NEWPORT, R.I. – With Congressional hearings underway and a vote on whether to go to war in Syria expected next week, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University is hosting a public conversation about the strategy and politics of the crisis in the Middle East featuring Dr. Timothy D. Hoyt, professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College and the author of the recent article, “How to Attack Syria,” published in The National Interest - http://bit.ly/18pZxYR.
Hoyt will focus on the strategy, the policy, and the politics of what may become America’s fourth war in the last decade in a lecture that is free and open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at DiStefano Hall, located in the Antone Center, corner of Leroy and Lawrence avenues on Salve Regina’s campus. Those interested in attending should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-341-2927.
On Aug. 21, 2013, chemical weapons were used to attack civilians in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria. It was not the first time chemical weapons had been used in the Syrian civil war, but for the administration of President Barack Obama, their use was the crossing of the “red-line” the President had warned would provoke an armed American response. Failing to win support in the United Nations or from America’s closest ally, the United Kingdom, President Obama last week announced he would seek Congressional authorization for the use of force in Syria.
Hoyt is professor of strategy and policy, and the John Nicholas Brown Chair of Counterterrorism Studies at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, where he has taught for 10 years. He earned his undergraduate degrees from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in International Relations and Strategic Studies from The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in 1997. Before joining the Naval War College, he taught at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
He is the author of Military Industries and Regional Defense Policy: India, Iraq and Israel, and over 40 articles and chapters on international security and military affairs. Recent publications include chapters and articles on the war on terrorism in South Asia, the limits of military force in the global war on terrorism, the impact of culture on military doctrine and strategy, military innovation and warfare in the developing world, U.S.–Pakistan relations, the impact of nuclear weapons on recent crises in South Asia, and the strategic effectiveness of terrorism. Dr. Hoyt served previously as Co-Chairman of the Indian Ocean Regional Studies Group at the Naval War College. He is currently working on a multi-volume study of the strategy of the Irish Republican Army from 1913-2005, a series of projects examining U.S. relations with India and Pakistan, and analyses of irregular warfare and terrorism in South Asia.