May 14, 2008

Trita Parsi Wins 2008 Council on Foreign Relations’ Silver Medal Arthur Ross Book Award

ImageWashington, DC – NIAC President Trita Parsi has received the 2008 silver medal from the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR’s) Arthur Ross Book Award for his work, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States (Yale University Press). The prize is the “the most significant award for a book on international affairs.” Endowed by the late Arthur Ross in 2001, the award honors nonfiction works that help change our understanding of important events, critical issues, and/or foreign policy problems.

The 2008 Jury included analysts and writers from some of Washington’s biggest Think Tanks, like The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and professors from some of America’s best universities, like Harvard University, Stanford University and Georgetown University.

“This unique and important book takes a closer look at the complicated triangular relations between Israel, Iran, and the United States that continue to shape the future of the Middle East,” the Jury said about Parsi’s book in CFR’s press release.

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (Oxford University Press) by Paul Colli won the 2008 gold medal. Past recipients have included Steve Coll for his popular book, Ghost Wars, and Robert Skidelsky, who won the CFR’s first Arthur Ross Book Award for his internationally-acclaimed biography of John Maynard Keynes.




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