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 the late Arthur Ross in 2001, is for nonfiction works from the past year, in English or translation, that merit special attention for:

  • bringing forth new information that changes the understanding of events or problems;
  • developing analytical approaches that offer insights into critical issues; or
  • introducing ideas that help resolve foreign policy problems.

See the list of past winners, 2002 through 2014.

2016 Shortlist

Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist (Penguin Press)
Niall Ferguson

Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition (Hougton Miflin Harcourt)
Nisid Hajari

The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power (W.W. Norton & Company)
Thomas Christensen

The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq (PublicAffairs)
Emma Sky

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography: Volume II (Allen Lane)
Charles Moore

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (Penguin Random House)
Timothy D. Snyder

2015 Awards

Gold Medal
Thomas Piketty
Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Belknap Press)

Silver Medal
Stephen Kotkin
Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 (Penguin Press)

Honorable Mention
Evan Osnos
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)


We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2016 Arthur Ross Book Award. If you would like to nominate a book published in 2016 for next year’s award, please email with the following by Sunday, February 19, 2017

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

For any other inquiries, please email


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

Lisa Anderson
Former President, American University in Cairo

Nicholas Eberstadt
Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

Sumit Ganguly
Director, Center on American and Global Security, Indiana University, Bloomington

Walter Russell Mead
James Clarke Chace Professor in Foreign Affairs and Humanities, Bard College

Susan Kaufman Purcell
President, World Affairs Council of Greater Miami

Mary Elise Sarotte
Professor of International Relations and History and Dean's Professor of History, University of Southern California; Research Associate, Harvard University

Susan L. Shirk
President Emeritus and Chair, 21st Century China Program

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

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

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