March 4, 2004, New York - American foreign policy experts Ivo H. Daalder of the Brookings Institution and James M. Lindsay of the Council on Foreign Relations have won the 2003 Lionel Gelber Prize for "America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy" (Brookings Institution Press). Patricia Rubin, the Lionel Gelber Prize Board Chair and niece of Lionel Gelber, announced the winning book. Daalder and Lindsay will receive the $15,000 Gelber Prize in Toronto on March 24, 2004.
"’America Unbound’ is an incisive examination of U.S. foreign policy under President George W. Bush," said the Gelber Jury. "It is a close and dispassionate analysis, unsparing in its candor about who makes the decisions and why. It is unblinking in its exposition of the international consequences of American unilateral activism. Anyone who seeks to understand America’s role in the world and the shape of the new global order, will find this book invaluable and compelling."
According to Jury Chair George Haynal, a veteran of the top ranks of the Canadian Foreign Service: "This is the most balanced and focused guide to American foreign policy today. That makes it essential reading, pure and simple."
"America Unbound" is also a finalist for the Council’s Arthur Ross Book Award for the best book on international affairs.
Ivo Daalder is a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. James Lindsay is vice president and director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. Both men served on the senior staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.
On March 24, Daalder and Lindsay will give the inaugural Lionel Gelber Prize Public Lecture in Toronto. The authors will discuss their book about the current state of American foreign policy and answer questions.
The Lionel Gelber Prize was established in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. The 2002 Lionel Gelber Prize was won by Council Senior Fellow Walter Russell Mead for "Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How it Changed the World."
Along with Chair George Haynal, the Jury included:
- Soli Ozel, a world-renowned expert on international affairs.
- George Russell, a former editor of Time magazine’s editions in Canada and Latin America.
- Joe Schlesinger, foreign correspondent and former head of CBC Television News.
- Shibley Telhami, a scholar of the Middle East and governmental advisor.
The other finalists for the 2003 Lionel Gelber Prize were: Margaret MacMillan for "Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World" (Random House) Karl E. Meyer for "The Dust of Empire: The Race for Mastery in the Asian Heartland" (PublicAffairs) Peter W. Singer for "Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Corporate Military Industry" (Cornell University Press)
Fareed Zakaria for "The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad"(W.W. Norton)
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