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Kissinger Center Director Francis J. Gavin’s Book One of Five Selected for Choice Reviews 2020 Outstanding Academic Titles List in International Relations

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The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs congratulates its Director, Professor Francis J. Gavin on the selection of his recent book, Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy (Brookings Institution Press2020), for the Choice Reviews 2020 Outstanding Academic Titles List. As one of five titles in the international relations category, Dr. Gavin’s book provides policymakers and scholars an accessible and deeply insightful resource on the misunderstood relationship between nuclear weapons and American strategic policy. Firmly grounded in a historical approach, Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy helps us bridge the gaps in our understanding to answer the question, "What role do nuclear weapons play in the United States’ grand strategy?” As novel threats jeopardize international stability and nuclear security, this book is a key resource for those interested in the policy approaches to and crucial questions about nuclear weapons and grand strategy for our times. 
Professor Francis J. Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS. In 2013, 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. From 2005 until 2010, he directed The American Assembly’s multiyear, national initiative, The Next Generation Project: U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions. Gavin’s writings include Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004) and Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age (Cornell University Press, 2012).

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