ISSS Best Security Article Award

General Information


  • To recognize an article by an ISA member on any aspect of security studies that excels in originality, significance, and rigor, published in the prior calendar year.

Selection Process

  • Papers must be nominated according to the application process described below.
  • The selection will be made by the ISSS Best Article and Paper Award Committee


  • The recipient of this award will receive a plaque and a $500 prize, which will be distributed at a reception of the ISA Annual Convention in Toronto in 2019.

Apply for Award

Eligibility Requirements

  • Any author or co-authors of a security studies article that appeared in print in 2017.
  • The author or co-authors of the article must be current members of ISA.

  • Application Process

    • Please send a full PDF copy of the nominated article, along with a short (1-page maximum) justification for the nomination, to the committee chair, Sarah Kreps ( Self-nominations are welcome.

    • The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2018.


Congratulations to Austin Carson's article "Facing Off and Saving Face: Covert Intervention and Escalation Management in the Korean War" for receiving the 2018 ISSS Best Security Article Award!

Past Recipients

  • 2017, Aisha Ahmad, "The Security Bazaar: Business Interests and Islamist Power in Civil War Somalia," published in International Security
  • 2018, Austin Carson, "Facing Off and Saving Face: Covert Intervention and Escalation Management in the Korean War," published in International Organization
  • Award Committee

    Sarah Kreps, Chair

    Cornell University

    Tricia Sullivan, Member

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Jen Spindel, Member

    University of Oklahoma

    The International Studies Association

    Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 6 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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