James H. Noyes

Research Fellow

James H.Noyes is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution specializing in Middle East affairs. He is currently researching the impact on gulf security of Iran's threats, Syria's revolution, and Saudi Arabia's Bahrain intervention.

He was deputy assistant secretary of defense for Near Eastern, African, and South Asian Affairs (international security affairs) in Washington, DC, from 1970 through 1976.

Noyes's recent work includes “Prospects for US-Iran Talks,” Newsweek Japan, June 1, 2007; “Iran’s Nuclear Program: Impact on the Security of the GCC” in Iran’s Nuclear Program: Realities and Repercussions (Abu Dhabi, UAE: Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 2006); The U.S. War on Terrorism: Impacts on U.S.-Arab Relations (Abu Dhabi, UAE: Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 2003); online classes in the Oxford, Yale, Stanford Iraq Forum on the AllLearn Internet alumni program (2002 and 2003); “Threats to U.S. Security Interests in Southwest Asia,” prepared for the US Army's Strategic Studies Institute, June 2001; and "Fallacies, Smoke, and Pipe Dreams: Forcing Change in Iran and Iraq," Middle East Policy (June 2000).

His earlier publications include "Does Washington Really Support Israel?” (Foreign Policy, June 1997). He coedited, with M .E. Ahrari, The Persian Gulf after the Cold War (New York: Praeger, 1993) and wrote the chapter "American Perceptions of Iranian Threats to Gulf Security" in The Gulf and International Security: The 1980s and Beyond (London: Macmillan Press, 1989). Noyes's volume The Clouded Lens: Persian Gulf Security and US Policy (Hoover Institution Press, 1979; revised edition, 1982) has been widely cited for its in-depth analysis of US strategic interests in Southwest Asia.

Noyes was a visiting senior fellow at the Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley, from 1977 to 1978, when he joined the Hoover Institution. He represented the Asia Foundation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, during 1965–68 and was AMIDEAST's director for Syria in Damascus from 1956 through 1958. He received a BA from Yale University in 1950, was a special student at Allahabad University, India, 1951–52, and received an MA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1954.

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