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Douglas Dillon Book Award Criteria

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 2023 call for entries can be accessed here: Dillon Award Call for Entries 2023

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