Honorable Mention 2010

The Lepgold Prize Committee also awarded an Honorable Mention to Vincent Pouliot of McGill University for his book International Security in Practice: The Politics of NATO-Russia Diplomacy(Cambridge University Press, 2010).

This excellent book explains how once bitter enemies move beyond entrenched rivalry at the diplomatic level, and builds on Pierre Bourdieu's sociology to devise a theory of practice of security communities that illuminates post-Cold War security relations between NATO and Russia. The book demonstrates that diplomacy has become a normal, though not a self-evident, practice between the two former enemies, with pacifying effects. Pouliot argues, however, that intense symbolic power struggles will continue to limit the NATO-Russia relationship. In making this unusual Honorable Mention award, the Committee recognized the valuable theoretical innovations of Pouliot's work, as well as its empirical depth.