Arthur Ross Book Award

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The annual Arthur Ross Book Award recognizes books that make an outstanding contribution to the understanding of foreign policy or international relations. The prize, endowed by Arthur Ross in 2001, is for nonfiction works (including biography), in English or translation, that merit special attention for:

  • bringing forth new information that can change our understanding of events or problems;
  • developing analytical approaches that allow new and different insights into a key issue;
  • or providing new ideas to help resolve foreign-policy problems.

See the list of past winners, 2002 through 2013.

Shortlist for 2014 Awards

Gary J. Bass
The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide (Alfred A. Knopf)

Alan S. Blinder
After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead (The Penguin Press)

Carter Malkasian
War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier (Oxford University Press)

Kenneth Pollack
Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy (Simon & Schuster)

David Shambaugh
China Goes Global: The Partial Power
(Oxford University Press)

Benn Steil
The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order (Princeton University Press)


We are currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Arthur Ross Book Award. Please note that submissions are due by February 15, 2015, and books must be published in 2014. To submit a nomination, email with the following:

  • book title and author
  • publication date
  • one-page description or press release

For any other inquiries, please email

2013 Awards

Gold Medal
Fredrik Logevall
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam (Random House)

Silver Medal
Anne Applebaum
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe,
1944 - 1956

Honorable Mention
Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (Crown Business)


Gideon Rose (Chair)
Peter G. Peterson Chair and Editor, Foreign Affairs

Robert W. Kagan
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, The Brookings Institution

Susan K. Purcell
Director, Center for Hemispheric Policy,
University of Miami

Mary Elise Sarotte
Visiting Professor of Government and History,
Harvard University

Calvin G. Sims
President and Chief Executive Officer,
International House

Andrew Ross Sorkin
Columnist and Assistant Business Editor,
New York Times

Stephen M. Walt
Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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