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Carol Gluck (Jury Co-Chair) is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University. She specializes in modern Japan from the late nineteenth century to the present, international relations, and historiography and public memory in Japan and the West. Her most recent book is Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon (Duke University Press, 2009). Her next book, Thinking with the Past: Modern Japan and History, will be published by the University of California Press in 2013, and Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory (Columbia University Press) is forthcoming.
Tommy T.B. Koh (Jury Co-Chair) is Singapore’s Ambassador-At-Large, Special Adviser at the Institute of Policy Studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Chairman of the National Heritage Board. He is on secondment from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore. Among his many government appointments, he has served as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, High Commissioner to Canada, and Ambassador to the United States and Mexico. He is a member of Asia Society’s Global Council.
Susan Glasser is the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy. A longtime foreign correspondent and editor for the Washington Post, she joined Foreign Policy in 2008. She spent four years as co-chief of the Post's Moscow Bureau, throughout President Vladimir Putin's first term, during which time she also traveled extensively around the countries of the former Soviet Union. Together with her husband, New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker, she wrote Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution, which was published in 2005. She also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as a correspondent for the Post.
Vali Nasr is Dean of the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a contributor at Bloomberg View. He served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, between 2009 and 2011. He is a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution; a member of the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board; a trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Democratic Institute; and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Kazuo Ogoura is currently serving as Secretary General of the Council of Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee. Prior to his appointment to the Committee, Ambassador Ogoura was President of the Japan Foundation from 2003–11. Before this, he was a Visiting Researcher at the National Institute for Research Advancement and an invited Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University. He worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for 40 years before retiring in 2002. His key posts in the Ministry included Director-General of the Cultural Affairs Department, Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau, and Deputy Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was also Japan’s Ambassador to Vietnam, South Korea, and France.
Thitinan Pongsudhirak is Associate Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. His publications have focused on Thailand’s political economy, foreign policy, and media, as well as ASEAN and East Asian security and economic cooperation. His comments and op-eds have been featured in international and local media. With prior experience at BBC World Service and The Economist Intelligence Unit, he earned degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His PhD at the London School of Economics received the UK’s best dissertation prize. He has held visiting positions at SAIS, Stanford University, and Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, serving on editorial boards of several academic journals.
Susan Shirk is Director of the University of California’s system-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and Ho Miu Lam professor of China and Pacific Relations at UC San Diego. From 2008–09, she was the Arthur Ross Fellow of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. She also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs from 2000–03, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mongolia. Her most recent publication is Changing Media, Changing China, which was published in 2011.
Rizal Sukma is Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also Chairman of International Relations in the Muhammadiyah Central Executive Board, and a member of the Board of Governors of the implementing agency for the Bali Democracy Forum at the Institute for Peace and Democracy. He has served as a member of the National Committee on Strategic Defense Review at the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia, and the National Drafting Committee for the National Defense Bill and the Armed Forces Bill. He is the first Indonesian to receive the Nakasone Award and was named as one of 100 Top Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine in 2009.
Asia Society is no longer accepting submissions for the 2013 Bernard Schwartz Book Award. Please check back shortly for updates on next year's nomination process.
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An independent jury comprised of experts in the fields of policy, media, academia, cultural affairs, and business selects the winner. The winning author receives a $20,000 prize and is honored at a special event at Asia Society. Two honorable mentions are selected and each receives a $2,000 prize.
Water: Asia's New Battleground (Georgetown University Press) by Brahma Chellaney won the 2012 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award. Dr. Chellaney, a professor of strategic studies at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, was honored and presented with a $20,000 prize at a special event to be held at Asia Society's headquarters in New York City on January 23. An additional event with Dr. Chellaney took place in coordination with the India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on January 24.
The Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award is the only award that recognizes nonfiction books for their outstanding contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or U.S.-Asia relations, as well as potential policy impacts relating to the region. Water: Asia's New Battleground was selected from nearly 90 nominations submitted by U.S. and Asia-based publishers for books published in 2011.
A jury co-chaired by Tommy T. B. Koh, Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large, and Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University, and composed of leading experts and figures from policy, academia, and journalism from India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States selected the winner and honorable mentions.
According to Ambassador Koh, "This timely, comprehensive, and forward-looking book makes the compelling case that water will likely emerge as one of Asia's biggest security challenges in the 21st century. The equitable and sustainable management of Asia's great river systems should be a priority on the global agenda."
Dr. Gluck added, "Conflicts over water are an increasingly pressing problem in many places. In his important book, Brahma Chellaney alerts us to the challenges facing Asia in assuring adequate water supplies across the region."
"Water: Asia's New Battleground underscores the importance of water as a means of security at multiple levels in Asia," said Suzanne DiMaggio, Vice President of Asia Society's Global Policy Programs. "Policymakers need to look at this vital resource in a way that takes into account the complex national security and development issues countries and communities will face as water scarcity in the region intensifies."
Two honorable mentions were also chosen: Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, by Ezra Vogel (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press) and Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land by Joel Brinkley (PublicAffairs). Each received a $2,000 prize. More information on the 2012 Award can be found here.
The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor (2011 Winner)
The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott (2010 Winner)
Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand by Duncan McCargo (2009 Winner)