Kennan Writing Award

George Kennan Strategic Writing Award

Each year, AFSA is proud to participate in the graduation ceremonies at the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair in southwest Washington, DC. At that ceremony, we are able to honor the graduate whose final paper has been chosen as the best essay on strategy or policy among State Department employees.

The award is named for George F. Kennan, who was the first Deputy Commandant of the National War College, where he wrote his famous 1947 article, "The Sources of Soviet Conduct." AFSA is proud to recognize the important skill of excellent writing, in the tradition of Mr. Kennan.

The award amount is $250, which is intended for the purpose of scholarly books. The award is generally presented by the AFSA President and the Commandant of the War College.

For more information on this award, please contact AFSA's Coordinator for Special Awards and Outreach Perri Green at green@afsa.org or (202) 719-9700.


Former AFSA State Department Vice President Daniel Hirsch (left) and Acting National War College Commandant Ambassador James Foley (right) present the 2013 Kennan Writing Award to winner Christina Higgins (center).
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Previous Winners

  • 2013 Christina Higgins
  • 2012 Michael S. Dixon
  • 2011 Todd Holmstrom
  • 2010 Andrew Weinschenk
  • 2009 Patricia Mahoney
  • 2008 Karen Malzahn
  • 2007 Christopher J. Park
  • 2004 Christopher Henzel