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.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA.


  • 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 Honolulu 2020.

Selection Process

  • Books must be nominated according to the application process described below
  • The selection will be made by the ISSS Best Book Award Committee.

Apply or Nominate for the Award

Eligibility Requirements

  • The book must have been published in 2018 on any aspect of security studies.

  • The author must be a member of ISA.

Application Process

  • 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.  Self-nominations are welcome.

  • The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2019.


Congratulations to the 2019 recipient of the ISSS Book Award, Ahsan Butt, George Mason University for his book Secession and Security: Explaining State Strategy Against Separatists (Cornell University Press, 2017).

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Sarah E. Kreps | Chair
Cornell University
March 2019- March 2020

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates

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 7 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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