Lynch III, Thomas F.

Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research


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Areas of Expertise:  Asia and the Pacific (South and Central Asia); Middle East and North Africa

Dr. Thomas F. Lynch III is a Distinguished Research Fellow for South Asia, the Near East, and countering radical Islam at the Center for Strategic Research (CSR) at the Institute of National Strategic Studies (INSS) of the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Lynch researches, writes, lectures, teaches and organizes workshops and conferences for Department of Defense customers on the topics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, India & the Subcontinent, the Gulf Arab States, and the past & future trajectory of radical Islam.  His primary ongoing research is focused on India’s strategic rise and implications for Indo-Pacific security and stability.  Among his many open source publications are the recent: “The Growing Entente between India and Japan,” The National Interest (March/April 2019); “The Decades-Long ‘Double-Double Game’: Pakistan, the United States, and the Taliban, Military Review (July/August 2018); and,“Chapter 13 – Charting a Course: The United States in South Asia,” in R.D. Hooker, Jr. Ed, Charting a Course: Strategic Choices for a New Administration, December 2016.

Dr. Lynch joined NDU in July 2010 after a 28 year career in the active duty U.S. Army, serving in a variety of command and staff positions as an armor/cavalry officer and as a senior level politico-military analyst including as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff & Deputy Director of the Chairman’s Advisory & Initiatives Group; Commander of the U.S. Army War Theater Support Group in Doha, Qatar; Director of the Advisory Group for the Commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM); and Military Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.

Dr. Lynch is a regular multi-media analyst and commentator on national and international programs. He is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and a Masters (M.A.) & Ph.D. in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.



  • Military Factors and Conventional Arms Control: The Impact of Technology and Doctrine Upon Conventional Military Offensiveness and Arms Control. (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press Dissertation Service, 1995).
  • Understanding International Relations: The Value of Alternative Lenses, Thomas F. Lynch III, Asa Clark & Ricky Waddell eds. (New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 1993)

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