2013 Lionel Gelber Prize Longlist
Twelve Books That Will Change the Way You Think About International Affairs
For Immediate Release: February 4, 2013 (Toronto and Washington) – Jury Chair William Thorsell has announced a dozen books on a wide range of foreign affairs subjects that comprise the 2013 Lionel Gelber Prize longlist, as follows:
Click here for individual audio interviews with each of the longlisted authors, conducted by noted journalist Robert Steiner and designed to engage the public with the works of these great thinkers right at the start of the annual prize cycle.
The jury will choose a shortlist of five titles, announced Tuesday, February 19th, and the winner on Monday, March 25th, 2013, via press release. The winner will be invited to accept their award and deliver a free public lecture on Monday, April 15th, at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada.
William Thorsell, Jury Chair, is currently Associate Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. After more than 10 years as editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail in Toronto, Mr. Thorsell was appointed Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in August, 2000. He was invested into the Order of Ontario in January of 2008 and also invested as Chevalier, Order of Arts and Letters, in France in 2010.
Daniel W. Drezner, is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a contributing editor at Foreign Policy. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He is an editorial board member of Perspectives on Politics.
Gaynor Lilian Johnson, Ph D. is currently Reader in International History and Member of the University of Salford’s European Security Research Centre. A specialist in the history of the British Foreign Office, she is a member of the editorial board of Diplomacy and Statecraft and book reviews editor of The International History Review.
Walter Russell Mead is professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College, the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and one of the country’s leading students of American foreign policy. His book, Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World, was widely hailed as an important study that will change the way Americans and others think about American foreign policy. Special Providence was awarded the Lionel Gelber Prize in 2002. Mr. Mead writes regularly on international affairs for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper’s and Esquire.
Margaret Wente is among the best-read columnists in Canada. She writes on a range of subjects, from social policy to politics, the changing roles of men and women, the future of higher education, and the evolution of the post-welfare state. Prior to becoming a full-time columnist with The Globe and Mail in 1999, she was the editor of several leading business publications, including the Globe's Report on Business. She has won a variety of journalism awards, and is the author of two books, An Accidental Canadian and You Can't Say That in Canada. She has a BA in English from the University of Michigan, and an MA from the University of Toronto. She is a deep admirer and frequent critic of both countries.
About the Lionel Gelber Prize:
The Lionel Gelber Prize is a literary award for the world’s best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues. It was founded in 1989 in the memory of Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber (1907 – 1989). A prize of $15,000 is awarded to the winner. The award is presented annually by the Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with Foreign Policy Magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
Ezra F. Vogel was the 2012 prize winner for his book Deng Xiao Ping and the Transformation of China, published by the Belknap Press/Harvard University Press.
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