George F. 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, D.C. 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 $1,000, which is intended for the purchase 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 Awards Coordinator Perri Green at or (202) 719-9700.

2017 Kennan Award recipient Dr. David C. Schroeder (center)
with Brig.Gen. Darren Hartford (right).