Literary Agent Morton L. Janklow to Chair Council’s Arthur Ross Book Award

Literary Agent Morton L. Janklow to Chair Council’s Arthur Ross Book Award

April 18, 2002 12:41 pm (EST)

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NEW YORK, April 15, 2002 - To judge the winner of America’s newest and largest international affairs book award, the Council has named literary agent Morton L. Janklow as chairman of its blue-ribbon award jury. Janklow is senior partner at Janklow & Nesbit Associates, one of the foremost international literary agencies, which represents many leading writers of important non-fiction. As chairman, he will not have a vote in the selection of the winning book, but will oversee the entire selection process.

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“No one knows books on public policy better than Mort,” says Council President Leslie H. Gelb. "His long-time active involvement as a Council member will ensure that we are truly honoring the very best and most ground-breaking works on international affairs.”

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With a $10,000 prize for the winner, the Council’s Arthur Ross Book Award is the largest U.S. award for a book on international affairs. The second place prize is $5,000 and other finalists will receive honorable mention. It was endowed by Arthur Ross in 2001 to honor a non-fiction work from any recent year, in English or in translation, which merits special attention for its analysis of important events, its contribution to solving pressing political or economic problems, or its impact in galvanizing new thinking about the way long-standing issues of international concern are viewed.

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 on Foreign Relations in New York in June.

The 2002 finalists for the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award are:

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  • Lawrence Freedman


    Kennedy’s Wars: Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam (Oxford University Press)


  • Walter Russell Mead


    Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (Knopf)


  • Robert Skidelsky


    John Maynard Keynes: Fighting for Freedom 1937-1946 (Viking)




Arthur Ross Book Award Jury

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S. Lael Brainard

Senior Fellow, Economic and Foreign Policy Studies

The Brookings Institution

Joy A. de Menil


Random House

Leslie H. Gelb*


Council on Foreign Relations

Rose Gottemoeller

Senior Associate

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Stanley Hoffmann

Paul & Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor

Harvard University

James F. Hoge, Jr.

Peter G. Peterson Chair & Editor

Foreign Affairs

Morton L. Janklow**

Senior Partner

Janklow & Nesbit Associates

Robert W. Kagan

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Michael Mandelbaum

Christian Herter Professor

The Johns Hopkins University

Arthur Ross*

Vice Chairman

United Nations Association of the U.S.A.

Stephen M. Walt

Professor of International Affairs

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

*ex officio



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