ISSS Best Security Article Award

The purpose of the award is 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.


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  1. Any author or co-authors of a security studies article that appeared in print in 2022.
  2. The author or co-authors of the article must be current members of ISA and the International Security Studies Section at the time the award is presented at the ISA Annual Meeting.
  3. Papers must be nominated according to the application process described below.
  • 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 Montréal 2023.
  • The selection will be made by the ISSS Best Article and Paper Award Committee.
  • 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, Katharine Millar.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.
  • The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2022.



Congratulations to the 2022 recipient of the ISSS Best Security Article Award, Allard Duursma, for “African Solutions to African Challenges: The Role of Legitimacy in Mediating Civil Wars in Africa”! See the previous recipients below.


Year Recipient Title
2021 Henry Farrell & Abraham Newman Weaponized Interdependence: How Global Economic Networks Shape State Coercion
2020 Lise Morjé Howard & Alexandra Stark How Civil Wars End
2019 Rachel Elizabeth Whitlark Nuclear Beliefs: A Leader-Focused Theory of Counter-Proliferation
2018 Austin Carson Facing Off and Saving Face: Covert Intervention and Escalation Management in the Korean War
2017 Aisha Ahmad The Security Bazaar: Business Interests and Islamist Power in Civil War Somalia


Committee Members

Katharine Millar | Chair
April 2022 - March 2023
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Sumit Ganguly | Member
April 2022 - March 2023
Indiana University

M. Taylor Fravel | Member
April 2022 - March 2023
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Award Chairs, please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

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