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Alex Walker posted on July 17, 2015 11:50
The International Studies Association is proud to announce that Alexander B. Downes, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University, has been named the 2016 Recipient of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) Emerging Scholar Award.  This newly created, annual award is meant to recognize scholars under the age of 45, or within fifteen years of receiving their PhD, who are judged to have made (through their body of publications) the most significant contribution to the field of security studies.  
Having received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2004, Professor Downes has published important work on a variety of subjects in international security, including civilian victimization, foreign-imposed regime change, military effectiveness, democracy, coercion, and solutions to civil wars.  His work can be found (or is forthcoming) in the British Journal of Political Science, Civil Wars, International Organization, International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, SAIS Review, and Security Studies, as well as multiple edited volumes. Downes has held fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2007/08) and the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies (2002/03), Harvard University, and Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (2003/04). His work has been funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Eisenhower Institute, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research.
From 2004-2011, Downes was Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University.  He holds a B.A. in Music (magna cum laude) from Brown University and an M.A. in International Relations (with honors) from the University of Chicago.
Professor Downes will receive the Emerging Scholar Award at the ISSS reception at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in March 2016, in Atlanta. We hope that you will join us there to help us celebrate his major scholarly accomplishments.
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