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Alex Walker posted on June 29, 2016 10:09

The International Studies Association is proud to announce that Barry R. Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been named the 2017 recipient of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) Distinguished Scholar Award.

Professor Posen is the author of three books, Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy (2014), Inadvertent Escalation: Conventional War and Nuclear Risks (1991), and The Sources of Military Doctrine (1984), which won both the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Book Award and Ohio State University's Edward J. Furniss Jr. Book Award. Posen is also the author of numerous influential journal articles on a wide array of topics, including, but not limited to, grand strategy, the ethnic security dilemma, military intervention, nationalism and the mass army, US foreign policy, force structure, arms control, and the balance of NATO-Warsaw Pact forces during the Cold War.

An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Posen has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Ford Foundation, German Marshall Fund and Rockefeller Foundation. He was recently named the next Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center, where he will spend 2016-17 academic year researching the implications for the United States of a multipolar international order. Outside of academia, Posen has worked for the Office of the US Secretary of Defense and served as advisor to the US intelligence community as well as to policymakers, in Washington and abroad.

Many students and junior scholars have benefited enormously from Posen’s exacting, incisive and generous mentoring and advice. He has thus far chaired 21 Ph.D. committees at MIT, and his students have gone onto a wide array of positions in academia, government and the military. Through his research, policy work, service, teaching, and mentoring, Professor Posen has indelibly shaped the field of security studies. We hope that you will join us in celebrating his myriad accomplishments at the ISSS panel and reception to be held in his honor at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in February 2017, in Baltimore.

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