Ole R. Holsti

Ole R. Holsti

George V. Allen Professor Emeritus of International Relations

External Address: 
301B Perkins Library, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-7051
International Relations, Security, Peace, Conflict

George V. Allen Professor of Political Science, specializes in international politics and foreign policy decision-making. He is the author of Crisis, Escalation, War, Content Analysis for the Social Sciences and Humanities, and Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy and co-author of International Alliance: Unity and Disintegration, Enemies in Politics, Communication Content, Content Analysis, Change in the International System, American Leadership in World Affairs: Vietnam and The Breakdown of Consensus, and Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy. His articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, The Handbook of Social Psychology, Public Opinion Quarterly, World Politics, Journal of Politics, International Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Diplomatic History, Political Psychology, and various other journals and books. He is former associate editor of International Studies Quarterly and he is Contributing Editor of Running Journal. Professor Holsti was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and he was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1981-82. He was President of the International Studies Association for 1979-80, he was the recipient of the Nevitt Sanford Award from the International Society of Political Psychology for "distinguished professional contributions to political psychology" and is a past Vice President of the ISPP. He won the Howard Johnson award for distinguished teaching in 1990 and The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1995. He has been the recipient of six National Science Foundation Research Grants, and distinguished lifetime achievement awards from the American Political Science Association and the International Society for Political Psychology. His non-academic interests including running and racewalking marathons.


  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1962

Holsti, O. R., and J. N. Rosenau. “Does where you stand depend on when you were born? The impact of generation on post-vietnam foreign policy beliefs.” Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 1, Mar. 1980, pp. 1–22. Scopus, doi:10.1086/268563. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “Foreign Policy Issues and the 1980 Elections: Context, Hopes, Fears.” Aei Foreign Policy and Defense Review, vol. 2, no. 5, 1980, pp. 15–18.

Holsti, O. R. “The Three Headed Eagle: The United States and System Change.” International Studies Quarterly, vol. 23, Sept. 1979, pp. 339–59.

Holsti, O. R., and J. N. Rosenau. “Vietnam, consensus, and the belief systems of american leaders.” World Politics, vol. 32, no. 1, Jan. 1979, pp. 1–56. Scopus, doi:10.2307/2010081. Full Text

Rosenau, OR Holsti with James N. “Public Opinion and Soviet Foreign Policy: Competitive Belief Systems in the Policy-Making Process.” Naval War College Review, vol. XXXII, 1979.

Holsti, O. R. “Limitation of Cognitive Abilities in the Face of Crisis.” Journal of Business Administration, Mar. 1978, pp. 39–55.

Holsti, Ole R., and James N. Rosenau. “The Meaning of Vietnam: Belief Systems of American Leaders.” International Journal, vol. 32, no. 3, SAGE Publications, 1977, pp. 452–452. Crossref, doi:10.2307/40201576. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “Cognitive Process Approaches to Decision-Making: Foreign Policy Actors Viewed Psychologically.” American Behavioral Scientist, vol. 20, no. 1, Jan. 1976, pp. 11–32. Scopus, doi:10.1177/000276427602000103. Full Text

Holsti, O. R. “The Baseline Problem in Statistics: Examples from Studies of American Public Policy.” The Journal of Politics, vol. 37, no. 1, Jan. 1975, pp. 187–201. Scopus, doi:10.2307/2128896. Full Text

HOLSTI, O. R. “INTERNATIONAL POLITICS MAKES STRANGE BEDFELLOWS - REPLY.” American Political Science Review, vol. 69, no. 1, 1975, pp. 187–89.