2011 Awards Luncheon


The American Academy of Diplomacy & 

 William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary of State

presented the

2011 Annual Awards Luncheon of the

 American Academy of Diplomacy

Academy members and distinguished guests joined for a Luncheon presentation of:

The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Award

for Excellence in Diplomacy to:

Dr. Robert M. Gates

Former Secretary of Defense

Robert Gates

(award accepted by former Under Secretary of Defense Eric Edelman) 


The Douglas Dillon Award

for a Book of Distinction on the Practice of American Diplomacy to:

 Edmund Hull  "High Value Target: Countering Al Qaeda in Yemen"

High Value Target and a special citation to: 

David Nichols "Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis -- Suez and the Brink of War"


The Arthur Ross Media Award

for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis of Foreign Affairs:

 Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times

Reporting Category

  Sylvia Poggioli, NPR

Commentator/Editorial Category


Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:30 a.m. - Reception

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Luncheon/Awards Ceremony

The Benjamin Franklin Room (8th floor) U.S. Department of State Washington, DC


Detailed Luncheon Program


Opening Remarks AMBASSADOR AVIS BOHLEN Vice Chairman, American Academy of Diplomacy

WILLIAM J. BURNS Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

Introduction by Ambassador Ronald Neumann Presentation by Ambassador Avis Bohlen of The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Award for excellence in diplomacy to

ROBERT M. GATES (Amb. Eric Edelman accepting on his behalf)


Presentation by Ambassador Howard Schaffer of The Douglas Dillon Book Award for a book of distinction on the practice of American diplomacy to

AMBASSADOR EDMUND HULL for High Value Target: Countering Al Qaeda in Yemen

and a special citation to Dr. David Nichols for Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis -Suez and the Brink of War

Presentation by Ambassador Robert Hunter of The Arthur Ross Media Award for distinguished reporting & analysis on foreign affairs to BORZOU DARAGAHI, Financial Times (formerly of LA Times) and SYLVIA POGGIOLI, National Public Radio

Presentation by Ambassador Samuel Lewis of The Philip Merrill Fellowship to SHELLY RANII

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