Bobbitt, MacMillan and Power on Short List for Council’s 2003 Arthur Ross Book Award

March 14, 2003

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March 14, 2003 - The Council on Foreign Relations has announced the authors shortlisted for the second annual Arthur Ross Book Awards for the best books on international affairs. The books are, in alphabetical order:

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  • Philip Bobbitt The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History (Alfred A. Knopf).


    For examining history to see how much the world has changed over the past generation. This study of history over the past six centuries focuses on the interplay between conflict, international affairs, and the concept of the state, and how that has led to the contemporary transformation of the nation-state into a “market-state.”


  • Margaret MacMillan Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World (Random House).


    For digging into a major piece of history to see how much has stayed the same in the world. An enlightening and insightful analysis of the Versailles Peace Conference following World War I that improves our understanding not only of the conference, but of today’s times and contemporary crises as well.


  • Samantha Power “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide (Basic Books).


    For a self-examination of the last decade to remind us dramatically of our moral short-comings. A wide-ranging, carefully informed study of the politics surrounding U.S. policy that takes what appears to be a straightforward moral issue— preventing genocide— and forces us to confront what we really believe and are willing to sacrifice for.

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The Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award is the largest U.S. award for a book on international affairs. It was endowed by Arthur Ross in 2001 to honor non-fiction works, in English or in 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.

The awards consist of a $10,000 first prize, a $5,000 second prize, and honorable mention.

The jury will meet on April 30 to determine the winner of this year’s award, who will then be honored at a dinner at the Council in New York in June.

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For further information about the award, please contact Jeffrey Reinke at 212-434-9452 or, or visit the Council’s website at /press/arthur_ross.php


S. Lael Brainard
Senior Fellow, Economic and Foreign Policy Studies
The Brookings Institution

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Leslie H. Gelb*
Council on Foreign Relations

Rose Gottemoeller
Senior Associate
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Stanley Hoffmann
Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor
Harvard University

James F. Hoge, Jr.
Peter G. Peterson Chair and Editor
Foreign Affairs

Morton L. Janklow (Chairman)
Senior Partner
Janklow & Nesbit Associates

Robert W. Kagan
Senior Associate
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Arthur Ross*
Vice Chairman
United Nations Association of the U.S.A.

Stephen M. Walt
Academic Dean and Belfer Professor of International Affairs
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

*ex officio


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