The Conflict Research Society Book Of The Year
The Conflict Research Society (CRS) Book of the Year Prize honours research that is
contemporary, exceptional, and world leading, and which provides an invaluable contribution
to the literature on conflict and peace studies, very broadly defined. It is an annual prize
selected from nominations made by leading authorities around the world in the areas of
conflict and/or peace studies.
How to Nominate a Book for the CRS Book Prize
The annual book prize nomination period opens each year in January via email. A call for
nominations is sent out in January to all CRS members, the board, as well as a variety of
leading scholars and institutions from around the world.
Please click here for the nomination criteria.
For more information on the CRS book prize please contact Andrew Thomson
This Year’s CRS Book Prize Winners
The Conflict Research Society congratulates Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley on winning
the 2017 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize for their book titled Equal
Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States
published by Oxford University Press (2017).
The prize honours research on conflict and peace that is contemporary, exceptional, and
world leading, and which provides an invaluable contribution to the literature on conflict and
The prize committee received over 50 nominations from conflict/peace researchers,
institutions, practitioners and publishers from around the world. The committee chose the
winning title out of 3 short-listed books based on criteria such as how well the book
demonstrates a significant contribution to conflict/peace studies, impact factor,
methodological rigour, robustness and credibility of the findings, the extent to which it is
interdisciplinary, quality of writing and presentation. The committee also prioritised first time
The prize committee described Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping as a “tour de force” and
praised this timely publication for its “really important contributions to the fields of
peacekeeping, gender studies and to those interested in organisational efficacy in any field of
work.” This book provides a conclusive study in these areas by “drawing on surveys,
interviews, cross-national data and field experiments”. The committee also noted “its
application of multiple methods,” arguing that “the triangulation of quantitative and
qualitative research should make the conclusions and recommendations extremely hard to
ignore.” The judges agreed that this book goes far beyond fulfilling the criteria for the CRS
book prize. It is a deserved winner for its outstanding scholarship.
This year’s prize committee chose this year’s winner out of three excellent books. This year it
was a very difficult decision due to the quality of all three of the finalist entries. Our
congratulations are extended to the following running up titles (in no particular order):
Roessler, P., 2016. Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa: The Logic of the Coup-Civil
War Trap. Cambridge University Press.
Zukerman Daly, Sarah (2016) Organized Violence after Civil War: The Geography of
Recruitment in Latin America. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
The prize winners (Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley) are invited to the CRS annual
conference to receive their prize and to provide a short presentation on their work at the CRS
conference at Pembroke College, Oxford, September 18-19, 2017.
Previous Prize Winners
Kristin Bakke (2015) Decentralization and Intrastate Struggles: Chechnya, Punjab, and
Québec. Cambridge University Press
Kathleen G. Cunningham (2014). Inside the Politics of Self-Determination. Oxford: Oxford
Kevin Avruch (2012) Context and Pretext in Conflict Resolution: Conflict, Identity, Power
and Practice. Boulder CO: Paradigm Publishers.
Lars-Erik Cederman, Kristian Skrede Gleditsch and Halvard Buhaug (2013) Inequality,
Grievances, and Civil War. Cambridge University Press
Steven Pinker (2011) The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History
and its Causes. New York: Penguin Books
Joshua Goldstein (2012) Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict
Worldwide. New York: Penguin Books
John Paul Lederach and Angie Lederach (2010) When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys
through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Oliver Ramsbotham, Tom Woodhouse and Hugh Miall (2011) Contemporary Conflict
Resolution. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Nigel Young and co-editors (2010) The Oxford International Encyclopaedia for Peace.
Oxford: Oxford University Press.