A Review of Charles Yost's The Insecurity of Nations

by Seyom Brown

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The central propositions of Yost’s penetrating analysis of international relations are (1) the nation-state system is the basic cause of national insecurity in the twentieth century, and (2) considerations of national security demand that this system be fundamentally transformed. Yost refrains from presenting a blueprint of the world political system that will have to supplant the nation-state system; his concern is to set long-range sights in the right direction and to challenge policymakers to work on more immediate objectives as steps toward the larger goal of radical transformation of the international system.

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