Marina Henke wins Lepgold Book Prize

In Constructing Allied Cooperation, Henke shows how states organise collective action in the face of human atrocities, terrorism and the threat of weapons of mass destruction.

Marina Henke, Professor of International Relations at the Hertie School and Director of the Centre for International Security, has won the 2019 Lepgold Book Prize for Constructing Allied Cooperation: Diplomacy, Payments, and Power in Multilateral Military Coalitions.

In her book, published by Cornell University Press in October 2019, Henke demonstrates that collective mobilisation in the security sphere never emerges naturally. Rather, states need to actively organise it. To do so, they use their bilateral and multilateral diplomatic connections—what Henke terms diplomatic embeddedness—as a resource. As Constructing Allied Cooperation shows, these ties constitute an invaluable state capability to engage others in collective action: they are tools to construct cooperation.

Henke shares the prize with Paul Poast, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, who received the award for his book Arguing about Alliances. Both authors will receive their awards and discuss their research in the context of the results of the 2020 US election at this year’s Lepgold Book Prize Award Ceremony on 17 November hosted by Georgetown University in Washington DC.

This is the second award Henke has received for her book. In April, Henke won the 2020 “Best Book Award” from the American Political Science Association (APSA) International Collaboration Section.

Every year, the Georgetown University Lepgold Book Prize honours exceptional contributions to the study of international relations, with particular emphasis on the resolution of critical policy challenges.

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