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International Security and Arms Control (Section 19)

The purpose of this section is to encourage research and scholarship in international security and arms control, providing an opportunity for presentation of papers and discussion of theoretical and empirical work at APSA section meetings.

Founded: 1988
Yearly membership dues: $10.00 for students and $10.00 for other members.
Section Counts

Organized sections provide opportunities for APSA members who share a common interest in a particular subfield to organize meetings and coordinate communications under Association auspices.

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Section Officers

Dan Lindley
University of Notre Dame
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Jeffrey Larsen
NATO Defense College
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2017 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Dan Lindley
University of Notre Dame
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Lindsay Cohn
U.S. Naval War College
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Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

All section 19. International Security and Arms Control awards to-date »

Kenneth N. Waltz Dissertation Award

Eligibility: ISAC will consider doctoral dissertations on any aspect of security studies with a submission date in calendar year 2016.

Criteria: The committee welcomes nominations for theses on any aspect, and that deploy any approach (historical, quantitative, theoretical, policy analysis, etc.), in the field of security studies. Theses will be judged according to four criteria:

  • originality in substance and approach
  • significance for scholarly and/or policy debates
  • rigor in approach and analysis
  • power of expression

Process: Nominations comprise an electronic copy of the thesis, a summary statement of no more than 1,000 words from the student, and a brief supporting statement of no more than 500 words from the supervisor, all submitted to the committee chair by 1 April 2017. Please email the thesis along with the summary statement and supporting letter to the [email protected].

Prize and notification: $500 will be awarded from an APSA account along with an award certificate. The committee chair will notify the recipient of the award, who will be encouraged to attend the 2017 annual convention, in order to receive the award in person. The Committee reserves the right not to make the award in any given year.

See past recipients here.

Committee Members:

Joshua Shifrinson (Chiar)
Assistant Professor
HW Bush School of Government
Texas A&M University

Dara Kay Cohen
Associate Professor
Kennedy School
Harvard University

Lindsay Cohn
Senior Assistant Professor
Naval War College

Matt Fuhrmann
Associate Professor
Texas A&M University

Aaron Rapport
University of Cambridge

Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Award for Public Service

The Joseph J.Kruzel Memorial Award for Distinguished Public Service is awarded to a scholar with a distinguished career in national security affairs both as an academic and a public servant. It is given to memorialize Joseph Kruzel, a security studies scholar and Department of Defense policy official who was killed while on a diplomatic mission to Bosnia.

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Deadline for nominations: TBA

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