Douglas Dillon Book Award

The Douglas Dillon Book Award
for Books of Distinction on the Practice of American Diplomacy


James F. Dobbins accepts the 2017 Dillon Book Award for his book, Foreign Service – Five Decades on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy.

Since 1995, the American Academy of Diplomacy has celebrated distinguished writing about US diplomatic efforts and achievements with an annual award.

The deadline for submission of nominations for this year’s award has closed. A committee of Academy members will review nominated books and determine the winner, with concurrence by the Academy’s Board of Directors. The award for the winning entry this year includes a cash prize of $5,000. The awards are customarily presented at the Academy’s Annual Awards Luncheon ceremony in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the US Department of State in the late fall/early winter.

Eligibility Requirements

Submitted books must meet the following four criteria to be accepted for consideration: (1) The book is written by an American citizen, (2) the book is published in the U.S., (3) the book is published within the period of August 3, 2021 to August 2, 2022, and (4) the focus of the book fits within the thematic scope described below.

In selecting the winner, the Academy seeks to honor books, and their authors, dealing with the practice of American diplomacy with emphasis on the way US foreign policy is developed and carried out, rather than international theory, studies of broad foreign policy issues, or analyses of intelligence and security operations. Biographies, autobiographies, and personal memoirs that relate to diplomatic practice and process are welcome. Both official diplomatic relations between governments and non-official “Track Two” and other activities that supplement government-to-government diplomacy fall within the scope of this competition. We are particularly interested in books that focus on the opportunities diplomacy offers as well as its limitations.

Details about the 2022 call for entries can be accessed here: Dillon Award Call for Entries 2022

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Rose Gottemoeller

Negotiating the New START Treaty

The winner of the 2021 Douglas Dillon Award for a
Book of Distinction on the Practice of American Diplomacy

Negotiating the New START Treaty
by Rose Gottemoeller

Published by Cambria Press

Rose Gottemoeller is the first female Deputy Secretary General of NATO and the first woman to lead a major nuclear arms negotiation. As the US chief negotiator of the New START treaty, her new book Negotiating the New START Treaty is hailed by Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State, as one “future negotiators would benefit

from reading” and by William J. Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, as “the definitive book on this treaty or indeed, any of the nuclear treaties with the Soviet Union or Russia.”

In this invaluable insider’s account of the negotiations between the US and Russian delegations in Geneva in 2009 and 2010, the crucial discussions between President Barack Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev as well as the tough negotiations Gottemoeller and her team went through to gain Senate support are brought to light. Importantly, at a time when the US Congress stands deeply divided, Gottemoeller’s book tells the story of how Republicans and Democrats came together to ratify a treaty to safeguard the future of all Americans.

Uniquely qualified to write this book, Rose Gottemoeller brings to the task not only many years of high-level experience in creating and enacting US policy on arms control and compliance but also a profound understanding of the broader politico-military context from her time as NATO Deputy Secretary General. Thanks to her years of working with Russians, including as Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, she provides rare insights into the actions of the Russian delegation—and the dynamics between Medvedev and then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Her encyclopedic recall of the events and astute ability to analyze issues objectively—while sharing her thoughts and feelings as the negotiations took unexpected twists and turns—make this book both an invaluable document of record and a fascinating story.

By conveying the sense of excitement and satisfaction in delivering an innovative arms control instrument for the American people and by laying out the lessons Gottemoeller and her colleagues learned, this book will serve as an inspiration and a road map for the next generation of negotiators as they learn and practice their trade as well as a blueprint to inform the shaping and ratification of future treaties.