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Dr. David S. Yost

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Research Interests
NATO; European security; U.S. national security policy; Nuclear deterrence; Missile defense; Arms control; Political philosophy; International relations theory

David S. Yost is a Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He earned a Ph.D. in international relations at the University of Southern California in 1976, and joined the NPS faculty in 1979. He worked in the Department of Defense, primarily in the Office of Net Assessment, in 1984-1986, while holding fellowships from NATO and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a fellow in international security studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institution in 1986; a visiting scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in 1986-1987; a Fulbright research fellow in Paris in 1990-1991; a visiting professor and research associate at the Centre des Hautes Études de l'Armement, École Militaire, Paris, in 1993-1994; a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., in 1996-1997; and a senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome in 2004-2007.

He has been a consultant to various organizations, including the Rand Corporation, the Hudson Institute, the Ford Foundation, the National Institute for Public Policy, Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is a member of the editorial board of Comparative Strategy and serves on the advisory council (Conseil Scientifique) of the Laboratoire de Recherche sur la Défense, Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris.

Professor Yost has specialized in international security issues associated with Europe. His publications include books such as NATO and International Organizations, Forum Paper no. 3 (NATO Defense College, September 2007); NATO Transformed: The Alliance’s New Roles in International Security (United States Institute of Peace Press, 1998); and Soviet Ballistic Missile Defense and the Western Alliance (Harvard University Press, 1988), and monographs such as The U.S. and Nuclear Deterrence in Europe, Adelphi Paper no. 326 (International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1999) and France's Deterrent Posture and Security in Europe, Adelphi Papers nos. 194 and 195 (International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1985). His recent publications include:

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