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Reviewed by Henry E. Mattox, contributing editor

Amatai Etzioni, Security First: For a Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy, New Haven & London, Yale University Press, 2007, 307 pages.

The author, a well-known leftist scholar, noted in particular for his development of communitarian concepts, is a professor of international relations at The George Washington University. He has published some 30 books in his field.

In this latest volume, he discourses at length on the necessity for a shift in America’s focus, a change in national security policy, away from the internationalist outlook that impelled the nation into the Iraq War. Professor Etzioni foresees the formation of a world grouping of some ten “core” nations in addition to the United States with a vital, key role in stopping nuclear arms proliferation. Hence his Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) as one of his specific conceptual offerings.End.



Henry Mattox
Henry Mattox

Henry Mattox, the journal’s contributing editor, was a Foreign Service officer from 1957 to 1980, serving in France, Portugal, Brazil, Nepal, Haiti, England, Egypt, and Washington. After retiring he entered academe, studying, writing, teaching, and earning a Ph.D. in U.S. diplomatic history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986. He was editor of American Diplomacy from its founding in 1996 until July, 2007.


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