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- Five books are competing for the $50,000 prize for the best nonfiction book on international affairs published in English -
TORONTO and WASHINGTON, March 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- A jury of international academic and professional experts has selected the shortlist for the 2023 Lionel Gelber Prize. The Gelber Prize is awarded annually to the best book on international affairs published in English and is endowed with $50,000 Canadian. The winner will be chosen from the following five titles:
"This year's shortlisted books examine the role of technology and tyranny in shaping the 21st century and help us understand our recent past and possible futures," said Judith Gelber, President of the Lionel Gelber Prize Board. "We extend our deep appreciation to Ian Shugart, Janice Stein and the entire Lionel Gelber Award jury for their thoughtful deliberations around this year's award."
This year's shortlist was selected by the 2023 Lionel Gelber Prize Jury: Ian Shugart, Jury Co-Chair (Ottawa) and Janice Gross Stein, Jury Co-Chair (Toronto),Francis J. Gavin (Washington), Rosa Brooks( Washington) and Luis Rubio (Mexico).
Winner Announcement: The winner will be announced on April 4, 2023. The winning author will participate in a hybrid event organized by the Munk School of Global Affairs
About the Lionel Gelber Prize: The Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the best nonfiction book on international affairs published in English, was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. The winner receives a cash prize of C$50,000. The prize is awarded annually by the Munk School of Global Affairs
Lionel Gelber Prize 2023 – List of books and authors
Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology por Chris Miller (Scribner, un sello editorial de Simon and Schuster)
Jury comment: In this compelling history of semiconductors, Chris Miller tells the contemporary story of the geopolitical competition between the United States and China. In compelling prose, Miller traces the story of a tiny silicon wafer that shapes technological development and economic growth in the world economy, and is now at the forefront of the competition between the two most powerful states. For anyone who wants to understand contemporary geopolitics and geoeconomics, this is a must read.
About the author: Chris Miller is an Adjunct Professor of International History at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is also a Jeane Kirkpatrick Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, director of Eurasia at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and director of Greenmantle, a macroeconomic and geopolitical consultancy based in New York and London. He is the author of three previous books—Putinomics, The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy, and We Shall Be Masters—and writes frequently for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, and others. media. He is a Ph.D. in History from Yale University and a BA in History from Harvard University. He visits his website at ChristopherMiller.net and follow him on Twitter @ CRMiller1.
Overreach: How China Derailed Its Peaceful Rise por Susan L. Shirk (Oxford University Press)
Jury comment: Overreach is a masterful analysis of the leading contemporary challenge in geopolitics, by a longtime close observer of China. Shirk's analysis of the vulnerability of the regime is provocative, plausible, and full of pragmatic potential for policy makers. It skillfully answers two critical questions in managing the "China problem": how did we get here and where are we going? History feeds decision-making under his pen. Shirk conveys the way Chinese power moves in long arcs while at the same time being subject to the whims of personalities and "court dynamics." The author provides valuable insights into the power dynamics that will determine outcomes and sophisticated risk analysis of a relationship that will be at the center of critical issues shaping our future for decades and beyond.
About the author: Susan L. Shirk is Research Professor and Chair of the 21st Century China Center at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. Shirk is the author of China: Fragile Superpower and The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China. Between 1997 and 2000 she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Office for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia.
Revolution and Dictatorship: The Violent Origins of Durable Authoritarianism por Stephen Levitsky y Lucan Way (Princeton University Press)
Jury Comment: Revolution and Dictatorship changes the way we understand the staying power of authoritarian regimes. In a brilliant and original plot that leans heavily on history, Levitsky and Way show us how the origin of an authoritarian regime tells us a lot about how long it is likely to last. Revolutionary regimes and dictatorships that create cohesive elites and strong but politically servile military and police forces are likely to last for decades. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the future of authoritarianism.
About the authors: Steven Levitsky is the David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies, Professor of Government, and Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. His books include How Democracies Die and Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America.
Lucan Way is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Pluralism by Default. Levitsky and Way are joint authors of Competitive Authoritarianism.
Slouching Toward Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century por J. Bradford Delong (Hachette Book Group (Basic Books))
Jury's comment: Slouching towards Utopia is a gripping account of the economic and social dreams of Western countries in the 20th and early 21st centuries. J. Bradford DeLong tells a compelling story of wrong decisions that fell short of promises and left many frustrated and open to easy and risky solutions. "Slouching" refers not only to the speed of our progress, but also to our gait. How we got where we want to go is as relevant to our times as the speed or degree of progress we have made. This book enriches our understanding of the profound national and global forces that have shaped our societies.
About the author: J. Bradford DeLong, an economic historian, is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was deputy assistant secretary of the US Treasury during the Clinton administration. He writes a widely read economics blog, now at braddelong.substack.com. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Spin Dictators: The Changing Face of Tyranny in the 21st Century por Sergei Guriev y Daniel Treisman (Princeton University Press)
Jury comment: In Spin Dictators, Guriev and Triesman paint a portrait of the new breed of dictators who control their populations by distorting information and simulating democratic processes. They have pioneered methods of repression that are less violent, more covert, and more efficient and effective. Guriev and Triesman show us how these new authoritarians come to power, how they stay in power, and how they undermine democratic processes. An important book for all those who care about the future of democracy.
About the authors: Sergei Guriev is professor of economics and dean of Sciences Po in Paris and former chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Twitter: @sguriev.
Daniel Treisman is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of The Return: Russia's Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev. Twitter: @dstreisman.
Contact: Lani Krantz, Communications and Media Relations Specialist, Munk School of Global Affairs
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