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:
- "NATO's Deterrence and Defense Posture After the Chicago Summit: A Report on a Workshop in Rome, 25-27 June 2012," (Rome: NATO Defense College, October 2012).
"Carrying Forward NATO's Deterrence Review: A Report on a Workshop in Brussels, 25-26 October 2011 (Rome: NATO Defense College, December 2011). PDF
"Adapting NATO's Deterrence Posture: The Alliance's New Strategic Concept and Implications for Nuclear Policy, Non-Proliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament. A Report on a Workshop in Tallinn, 4-6 May 2011" (Rome: NATO Defense College, June 2011). PDF
Strategic Stability in the Cold War: Lessons for Continuing Challenges, Proliferation Paper no. 36 (Paris: Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Winter 2011). PDF
The Future of NATO’s Nuclear Deterrent: The New Strategic Concept and the 2010 NPT Review Conference, A Workshop Report (Rome: NATO Defense College, April 2010).
“NATO’s Evolving Purposes and the Next Strategic Concept,” International Affairs (Mar 2010).
“Introduction to the Special Issue on NATO and Deterrence,” Strategic Insights 8, no. 4 (September 2009).
“NATO and Tailored Deterrence: Key Workshop Findings in 2007-2008,” Strategic Insights 8, no. 4 (September 2009).
“NATO’s Deterrence Challenges: Report on a Workshop in Vilnius, Lithuania, 10-12 May 2009,” Strategic Insights 8, no. 4 (September 2009).
Karl-Heinz Kamp and David S. Yost, eds, NATO and 21st Century Deterrence, Forum Paper no. 8 (Rome: NATO Defense College, May 2009).
NATO and the Future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, co-edited with Joseph F. Pilat (NATO Defense College, 2007).
NATO-EU Cooperation in Post-Conflict Reconstruction, co-edited with Jean Dufourcq (NATO Defense College, 2006).
“Enhancing NATO’s Cooperation with International Organizations,” NATO Review, Autumn 2007.
“Analysing International Nuclear Order,” International Affairs 83 (May 2007): 549-574.
“NATO and the Anticipatory Use of Force,” International Affairs 83 (January 2007): 39-68.
“Missile Defence on NATO’s Agenda,” NATO Review, Autumn 2006.
“Is It Time To Update NATO’s Strategic Concept?” (with Lionel Ponsard), NATO Review, Autumn 2005.
“Dissuasion and Allies,” Strategic Insights 4, No. 2 (February 2005).
“Debating Security Strategies,” NATO Review, Winter 2003.