David Holloway

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David Holloway, PhD

  • Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies
  • Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History
  • Faculty member at the Center for International Security and Cooperation
  • Affiliated faculty at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
  • Affiliated faculty at The Europe Center
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David Holloway is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, a professor of political science, and an FSI senior fellow. He was co-director of CISAC from 1991 to 1997, and director of FSI from 1998 to 2003. His research focuses on the international history of nuclear weapons, on science and technology in the Soviet Union, and on the relationship between international history and international relations theory. His book Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956 (Yale University Press, 1994) was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 11 best books of 1994, and it won the Vucinich and Shulman prizes of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. It has been translated into seven languages, most recently into Chinese. The Chinese translation is due to be published later in 2018. Holloway also wrote The Soviet Union and the Arms Race (1983) and co-authored The Reagan Strategic Defense Initiative: Technical, Political and Arms Control Assessment (1984). He has contributed to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Foreign Affairs, and other scholarly journals.

Since joining the Stanford faculty in 1986 -- first as a professor of political science and later (in 1996) as a professor of history as well -- Holloway has served as chair and co-chair of the International Relations Program (1989-1991), and as associate dean in the School of Humanities and Sciences (1997-1998). Before coming to Stanford, he taught at the University of Lancaster (1967-1970) and the University of Edinburgh (1970-1986). Born in Dublin, Ireland, he received his undergraduate degree in modern languages and literature, and his PhD in social and political sciences, both from Cambridge University.

In The News

Nuclear Summit

CISAC experts command airwaves as Obama rolls out nuclear agenda

With the release of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, the signing of the new START Treaty and President Obama's Nuclear Security Summit, it's been a memorable time for CISAC's security experts, many of whom played prominent as well as behind-the-scenes roles in negotiations related to these events, as ongoing news coverage reveals.
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David Holloway weighs in on U.S.-Russian nuclear treaty slated for signing this week

In an interview with Stanford Report, the author of 'Stalin and the Bomb' reviews the steps taken to reduce nuclear weapons and discusses what a new treaty between the United States and Russia means for the future.
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Russia rising: The Georgian crisis & U.S. foreign policy

David Holloway reports that the ongoing crisis in Georgia has catapulted relations with Russia to a top place on the foreign-policy agenda. It has presented the United States-and the West more generally with important policy decisions, and it has brought to a head a debate that has been taking place for many years about how to deal with Russia.