The jury for the 2018 Lionel Gelber Prize, which recognizes the world’s best English-language non-fiction book on foreign affairs, has been announced. Janice Gross Stein, Belzberg professor of conflict and global affairs at the University of Toronto, and founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, will act as jury chair, leading a panel of respected international academics comprising Ramachandra Guha of India; Desmond King of Oxford, U.K.; David M. Malone of Tokyo; and Jeannette Money of the U.S.
The jury will select a shortlist of five titles, which will be announced Jan. 30. Podcast interviews with each of the shortlisted authors will be posted on the Gelber Prize website in February. The winner of the $15,000 prize, who will be invited to speak at a free public event at the Munk School of Global Affairs in April, will be revealed Feb. 27.
Now in its 28th year, the prize was founded in honour of Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber, and is presented annually by the Lionel Gelber Foundation in partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Foreign Policy magazine, with an aim to increasing awareness and public debate on significant global issues. Past winners include Canadians Michael Ignatieff, Shelagh Grant, and Chrystia Freeland.