2009 Arthur Ross Book Award Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China
Gold Medalist: Philip Pan for Out of Mao's Shadow
Silver Medalist: Ahmed Rashid for Descent into Chaos
Honorable Mention: Gareth Evans for The Responsibility to Protect
Elliott Abrams discusses the late Ariel Sharon's approach to national security policy and asks whether we can learn anything about Israel's current challenges.
"The only way this bleak prognosis could change is if Mr Netanyahu himself were to 'do a Sharon'—that is, to defy his own Likud party, forge a new outfit, reshape his coalition, and—in an expression that often comes up in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv—'cross the Rubicon' on the way to two states."