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 2020 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 Nashville 2022.
  • The selection will be made by the ISSS Best Book Award Committee.
  • Please send a copy of the nominated book (or have the publisher send a copy of the book) to each of the three committee members along with a short (1-page maximum) justification for the nomination. To obtain the necessary addresses, please send an email to the committee chair, Jessica Piombo.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.
  • The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2021.


Congratulations to the 2021 recipient of the ISSS Book Award, Lise Morjé Howard, for Power in Peacekeeping! 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
2018 Dara Kay Cohen Rape During Civil War
2017 Philip Roessler Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa
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

Jessica Piombo | Chair
April 2021- March 2022
Naval Postgraduate School

Sumit Ganguly | Member
April 2021- March 2022
Indiana University

Heidi Hardt | Member
April 2021- March 2022
University of California, Irvine

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