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Cold War study earns LSE academic a book prize

A study of the special relationship between the US and the UK during the crisis years of the Cold War has won LSE academic Dr Nigel Ashton a major book prize.

His book Kennedy, Macmillan and the Cold War: the irony of interdependence (Palgrave, 2002) has been awarded the Cambridge Donner Book Prize for 2003. This prize is given once a year in recognition of outstanding achievement in analysis of the Anglo-American relationship.

Dr Ashton, senior lecturer in the Department of International History at the School, will accept the prize at a conference on 'The New Transatlantic Relationship' in Cambridge on Saturday 28 February, where the keynote address will be given by the former Secretary-General of NATO, Lord Robertson. This conference has been organised by the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence and the Donner Atlantic Studies Programme at the Centre of International Studies.

The book focuses on Anglo-American relations under president John F Kennedy and prime minister Harold Macmillan. It argues that despite the friendship which developed between the two men, there were often tensions over key policy issues, such as the Cuban missile crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, and the maintenance of the British independent nuclear deterrent. Since the ability of the British prime minister to exercise influence over the president of the United States remains an issue of great contemporary interest, the historical parallel offered by the Macmillan years is a fascinating one.

Dr Stefan Halper, chairman of the Cambridge Donner Prize panel, said: 'This book was chosen because of its unique and perceptive analysis of the US-UK relationship. Clearly written and well researched, it provides vivid insight into the workings - public and private - of modern history's most remarkable partnership.'

Dr Ashton said: 'It is an honour to receive this prize and I am very grateful to the judging panel and the Donner Foundation for awarding it. The Kennedy and Macmillan years were vital in the development of the contemporary Anglo-American relationship because they showed both the value and the limits of the alliance in a time of crisis. I am delighted that my work in this field has been recognised.'


Contact Dr Nigel Ashton, LSE, on 020 7955 7104; email: n.ashton@lse.ac.uk| 

15 January 2004