Dr. Francis J. Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University. Over the last 20 years he has also held positions at MIT and the University of Texas. He has particular interest in European, Iranian and American foreign policy, as well as NATO and U.S. grand strategy.
Dr. Francis J. Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University.
In 2013, Dr. Gavin was appointed the first Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies and Professor of Political Science at MIT. Before joining MIT, he was the Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs and the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas. He also directed The American Assembly’s multiyear, national initiative, The Next Generation Project: U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions.
He has particular interest in European, Iranian and American foreign policy, climate change, cold war, history and statecraft, international monetary policy, NATO, nuclear proliferation, public policy, and U.S. grand strategy.
Dr. Gavin’s writings include Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971 and Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age.
He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Studies in Modern European History from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
This piece critically examines the leading schools of thought relating to nuclear weapons and their influence on international relations and U.S. grand strategy. Aside from...