International Security (Section 19)

The purpose of this section is to encourage research and scholarship in international security, 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.
Website: connect.apsanet.org/s19
Section Counts

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Section Officers

David Sacko
US Air Force Academy

Steve Grenier
The Citadel


2019 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Steve Grenier
The Citadel
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Stephen Grenier, The Citadel
Lindsay Cohn, Navy War College
Tom Mahnken, Johns Hopkins University
Sean Lynn Jones, Harvard University
Jennifer Erickson, Boston College
Joshua Shifrinson, Boston University
Sean Lynn Jones, Harvard University
Lise Morje Howard, Georgetown
Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University
Tom Karako, Kenyon College
Monica Toft, Tufts University
David Goldfischer, Denver University

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 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 2018.

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 must include three components:

  • A complete electronic copy of the field dissertation
  • A summary statement of no more than 1,000 words from the student
  • A brief supporting statement of no more than 500 words from the dissertation supervisor

Prize and notification: Decisions will be made in the summer.  The prize winner will be awarded $500 along with an award certificate. The Committee reserves the right not to make the award in any given year.  Contact Committee Chair for other information including Committee member list.

Nomination Deadline: March 31, 2019

Committee Members:

Joshua Shifrinson
Boston University
[email protected]


Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Award for Public Service

The Joseph J.Kruzel Memorial Award for Distinguished Public Service is awarded to a scholar who has made significant contributions in both academe and in government. 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.  Previous awardees include Joseph Nye: Kenneth Waltz; Catherin Kelleher; Steve Krassner; and James Steinberg, among others.  The award is $500 for travel and $500 along with a certificate.  The Committee reserves the right not to make the award in any given year.  Contact Committee Chair for other information including Committee member list.

Deadline for nominations: March 31, 2019

Committee Members:

Richard Cupitt
[email protected]

Gale Mattox
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Jeff Larsen
[email protected]

Best Article Award

The International Security organized section of APSA (formerly ISAC) Best Article Award seeks to recognize the best peer-reviewed articles in the field of international security and security studies broadly defined each year.  Eligible articles must have appeared in print ion a relevant peer-reviewed journal in 2018.  Authors must be IS/ISAC members.  Nominations do not need to be section members.  Nominations will consist of a single PDF that includes the article and a nomination letter explaining why the article moved international security studies forward and merits consideration as the "best" article in international security studies.  The winner will receive $500 prize and a certificate, as well as $500 in travel support if they attend the reception to receive the award in person.  

Deadline for nominations: March 31, 2019

Committee Members:
Lindsay Cohen
Navy War College
[email protected] 

Best Book from a Non-Tenured Faculty Member Award

Awarded to the non-tenured faculty member who published the best book in Security Studies.

Deadline for nominations: March 31, 2019

Committee Members:
Sumit Ganguly
University of Indiana
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Sean Lynn Jones
Harvard University
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Stephen Grenier
The Citadel
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