Scott A. Silverstone

U.S. Military Academy, West Point; Carnegie Council Fellow, 2003-2004

Scott Silverstone is professor of international relations at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and is currently serving as the deputy department head.

His areas of expertise include international relations theory, international security, and American foreign policy, particularly how it gets shaped by the domestic political debate.

Before beginning graduate school in 1993, Silverstone was a U.S. naval officer. He flew for the Navy from 1986 to 1990, and from 1990 to 1993 served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon as a crisis management officer. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999.

Featured Work

FEB 26, 2019 Podcast

The Enduring False Promise of Preventive War, with Scott A. Silverstone

Does preventive war really work? "In the vast majority of cases historically, what we see is the country that thought it was saving itself from ...

MAR 28, 2005 Article

The Ethical Limits to Preventive War

The purpose of this research is to examine if there is in fact a general democratic anti-preventive war norm, to what extent this norm might ...

AUG 19, 2003 Article

Feature Articles from Inprint Newsletter (2001–2004): Response to "A New Turn in the New War"

As Rosenthal pointed out, the initial stages of the American-led war on terrorism--in particular, the war on al-Qaeda and the Taliban--enjoyed broad international support, whereas ...

FEB 27, 2003 Article

Can Democracies Initiate Preventive War? America's Confrontation with the Soviet Union and Iraq

During his commencement address to West Point graduates in June 2002, President Bush set in motion an extraordinary national and international debate over waging war with ...