Shortlist: International Affairs Early Career Prize 2019

Leah de Haan


It has rarely been harder to launch a career in academia. Current demands placed on PhD students and post-doctoral researchers in terms of teaching, course administration, outreach, and, of course, research, have been well documented. In the UK, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) has only added to the pressure to publish regular high-quality, high-impact work alongside a researcher’s other institutional responsibilities. Similar pressures exist throughout the academic world.

What is the prize?

We have teamed up with our colleagues at Chatham House and Oxford University Press to put together the following prize:

  • £300 worth of books from the Oxford University Press catalogue.

When will the winner be announced?

The chosen winner will be announced at a drinks reception during the ISA Annual Convention in Toronto, on Wednesday 27 March at 7:30pm. If you are attending the ISA this year then we would be delighted to see you there.

The shortlist

The following articles have been shortlisted by members of our editorial board. They are listed in order of the issue in which they were published.

1) Conflict prevention as pragmatic response to a twofold crisis: liberal interventionism and Burundi

Katja Lindskov Jacobsen and Troels Gauslå Engell

2) China’s clear and present conundrum on the Korean peninsula: stuck between the past and the future

Xiangfeng Yang

3) China’s historical statecraft and the return of history

Maximilian Mayer

What next?

The judges will select the article from this list which:

  • Offers a valuable contribution to the field/literature
  • Demonstrates excellent research methods, analytical abilities and a clear presentation of argument
  • Is well written in an accessible style
  • Overall stands out as the best article by an early career author in the given calendar year, observing International Affairs’ remit to be an academically rigorous and policy-relevant journal



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