Huntington Prize

Students and friends of Samuel P. Huntington (1927–2008) have established a prize of $10,000 for the best book published each year in the field of national security. The book can be a work of history or political science, or a work by a practitioner of statecraft. The prize will not be awarded if the Huntington Prize Committee judges that the submissions in a given year do not meet the high standards set by Samuel P. Huntington.

The Huntington Prize Committee is pleased to solicit nominations for books published in 2022.


Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2023.

How to Apply

A letter of nomination and two copies of the book should be sent to:

Ann Townes

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
1737 Cambridge Street, Room K225
Cambridge, MA 02138

Past Recipients

Eliot A. Cohen was awarded the prize for his book Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime (New York: Free Press, 2002). This book speaks to our time by laying forth the enduring dimensions of the interactions between great leaders of democracies and their senior military officers. Supreme Command is an excellent example of the policy-relevant scholarship long encouraged by Samuel P. Huntington. Eliot A. Cohen is the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Stephen D. Biddle was awarded the prize for his book Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle (Princeton University Press, 2004). Biddle's book addresses a subject central to national security and all of political science. With an approach that combines an appreciation for the human and material elements of military power, Biddle compels our attention and advances our understanding of military power. Stephen Biddle is professor of political science and international affairs and director of the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.