faculty
Nathan W. Toronto, Ph.D. associate Professor

Dr. Nathan W. Toronto is an Associate Professor of Security and Strategic Studies at the United Arab Emirates National Defense College. Previous to NDC, he taught at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was a researcher at the U.S. Army/U.S. Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center and the Foreign Military Studies Office.

He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 2007, and he holds a Certificate in Arabic Language from the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), American University in Cairo, where he studied from 2000 to 2001.

Dr. Toronto’s research interests include Middle East security, theories of warfare, and civil-military relations. He has published articles in Joint Force Quarterly, St. Antony’s International Review, and Small Wars and Insurgencies; he has also published shorter pieces in the Journal of Peace Research, Military Review, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and the SAGE Encyclopedia of Military Science. He has presented papers worldwide on security affairs and civil-military relations, and has won a number of fellowships and grants to conduct research, including the compilation of three data sets on military professionalism.

Dr. Toronto has received writing awards from the Col. Arthur D. Simons Center and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, including for a co-edited book titled "Stability Economis: The Economic Foundations of Security in Post-Conflict Environments" (Combat Studies Institute Press, 2012). He speaks Arabic and Spanish fluently, and he lives with his wife and four children in Abu Dhabi.