ISSS Book Award

The ISSS Annual Best Book Award recognizes a book on any aspect of security studies that excels in originality, significance, and rigor, published in the prior calendar year.


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  1. The book must have been published in 2021 on any aspect of security studies.
  2. The author must be a member of ISA.
  3. Books 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 Book Award Committee.
  • To nominate a book, complete the online nomination form:
  • To be eligible for the award, the book must have the publication year 2021 on the copyright page.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the committee to mail copies of their books to each of the committee members.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.
  • The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2022.



Congratulations to the 2022 recipient of the ISSS Book Award, Barbara Elias, for Why Allies Rebel: Defiant Local Partners in Counterinsurgency Wars! See the previous recipients below.


Year Recipient Title
2021 Lise Morjé Howard Power in Peacekeeping
2020 Lindsey O'Rourke Covert Regime Change: America’s Secret Cold War
2019 Ahsan Butt Secession and Security: Explaining State Strategy against Separatists

Dara Kay Cohen

Philip Roessler

Rape During Civil War

Ethnice Politics and State Power in Africa


Stuart Kaufamn

Caitlin Talmadge

nastionalist Passions

The Dictator's Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes

2016 Vipin Narang Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict
2015 Jennifer Mitzen Power in Concert: The Nineteenth-Century Origins of Global Governance
2014 Ja Ian Chong External Intervention and the Politics of State Formation: China, Indonesia and Thailand, 1893-1952
2013 Joshua Rovner Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence
2012 Michael C. Horowitz The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics
2011 Daniel H. Nexon The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe: Religious Conflict, Dynastic Empires, and International Change
2010 C. William Waldorf Just Politics: Human Rights and the Foreign Policy of Great Powers
2009 David A. Welch Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change
2008 Jonathan Kirshner Appeasing Bankers: Financial Caution on the Road to War
2007 David A. Welch Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change


Committee Members

Dara Kay Cohen | Chair
Harvard Kennedy School

Bridget Coggins | Member
University of California, Santa Barbara

Rupal Mehta | Member
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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