Professor Saki Ruth Dockrill (1952-2009)
Saki Ruth Dockrill, née Saki Namura, was an eminent historian of the Cold War, British and American foreign policy, international relations in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the Pacific War and its long-term ramifications for East Asian security. Born in Osaka, Japan on 14 December 1952, she obtained a Master's in Law (LL.M) from Kyoto University in 1976, an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Sussex in 1982, and a PhD from King's College London in 1988. In 1986 she married Dr, later Professor, Michael Dockrill. During 1988-89, Dr. Saki Dockrill held a John M. Olin Fellowship at the Department of History, Yale University. In 1992 she joined the staff of the Department of War Studies at King's College London, and in 2003 she was promoted to Professor of Contemporary History and International Security. Devoted to the College and her Department, she soon emerged as a scholar of international renown, an excellent lecturer and a model administrator. Above all, however, Professor Saki Dockrill was an inspiring and approachable teacher. She was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the General Editor of the Macmillan Palgrave Cold War History and the Global Conflict and Security Book Series, and served On the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Cold War History, and the Journal for Transatlantic Studies. Her publications include, together with many articles in edited volumes and journals:
- Britain's Policy for West German Rearmament, 1950-1955 (Cambridge University Press in 1991).
- Eisenhower's New Look National Security Policy, 1953-1961 (Macmillan/St Martin's, 1996)
- Britain's Retreat from East of Suez: The Choice between Europe and the World? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)
- The End of the Cold War Era: The Transformation of the Global Security Order (Hodder Arnold/OUP, 2005).
- (ed): From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima (Macmillan, 1994)
- (ed) Controversy and Compromise: Alliance Politics, between Britain, the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States, 1945-67 (Philio, 1998)
- with Geraint Hughes (eds.): Palgrave Advances in Cold War History (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
- with Robert Frank, Georges-Henri Soutou & Antonio Varsori (eds.): L'Europe de l'Est et de l'Ouest dans la Guerre froide, 1948-1953 (Paris: Presses Universitaires de la Sorbonne, 2003).
- with Günter Bischof (eds.): Cold War Respite: The Geneva Summit of July 1955 (Louisiana University Press, 2000)
Professor Saki Dockrill died on 8 August 2009 in London after a long and courageous battle against cancer.
Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Prize Recipients
The Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Prize is given in memory of her by her friends and colleagues. It is presented to the author of the best paper at the annual LSE-GWU-UCSB International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War. The winner's paper is published in Cold War History, and is awarded £100 in book vouchers.
2011: Jamie Miller, Cambridge University, 'This Bastion Against Communism': South Africa and the Collapse of the Portuguese Empire, 1973-74.
2012: Amy Rutenberg, University of Maryland, Drafting for Domesticity: American Deferment Policy during the Cold War 1948-65