Is America Breaking up the International Order?

Q&A with David Holloway, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History. Written with Áine Josephine Tyrrell.

After over 30 years as an expert in political science and history at Stanford University, FSI bids a fond farewell to David Holloway, who retires in the fall. His research focuses on the international history of nuclear weapons, science and technology in the Soviet Union, and the relationship between international history and international relations theory. He is best known for his book Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939–1956(Yale University Press, 1994) which was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 1994.

Holloway’s quiet warmth and kindness have always been infectious, both inside and outside of the classroom. He will be sorely missed.

We asked him for his views on recent developments in U.S.-Russia relations one last time and about his time at Stanford University.


David Holloway, Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History at Stanford University.

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