CFR’s 2011 Arthur Ross Book Award Shortlist Announced

August 16, 2011

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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has announced the nominees for the tenth annual Arthur Ross Book Award, which honors the best book published in the last two years on international affairs.

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Thomas Hegghammer for Jihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and Pan-Islamism since 1979 (Cambridge University Press)

Robert Jervis for Why Intelligence Fails: Lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War (Cornell University Press)

Robert D. Kaplan for Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power (Random House)

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Charles A. Kupchan for How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace (Princeton University Press)

Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff for This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (Princeton University Press)

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Endowed by the late Arthur Ross in 2001, this award recognizes nonfiction works, 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 allow new and different insights into critical issues, or providing new ideas that help resolve foreign policy problems.

The 2011 award consists of a $15,000 first prize, a $7,500 second prize, and a $2,500 honorable mention. The winners will be announced in late August and be honored at an event in the fall at CFR’s headquarters in New York.


Stanley Hoffmann

Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor, Harvard University

James F. Hoge Jr. (Chairman)

Counselor, CFR

Robert W. Kagan

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution

Miles Kahler

Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations, University of California, San Diego

Mary Elise Sarotte

Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California

Stephen M. Walt

Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


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