The Lionel Gelber Prize Board has announced the return of jury chair Professor Janice Gross Stein for the 34th awarding of the prestigious Lionel Gelber Prize.

Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and the Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Last year, she co-chaired the National Advisory Committee on Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy for Canada’s Minister of Global Affairs and currently serves as Chair of the Board for the Halifax Security Forum.

Two new jurors will join Prof. Stein in choosing the shortlist and winner of the 2024 award. Iain Martin is a London-based journalist and author. He is Director of the London Defence Conference, an annual geopolitical gathering. Eric Reguly is the European bureau chief for The Globe and Mail newspaper and is based in Rome.

Francis J. Gavin and Rosa Brooks will return to the judging panel this year. Brooks holds the Scott K. Ginsburg Chair in Law and Policy at Georgetown University Law Center.  She is also Georgetown Law’s Associate Dean for Centers and Institutes and co-director of Georgetown’s Center on Innovations in Public Safety. Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

“We are proud of the depth and diversity of this jury. They are profoundly experienced in exploring complex issues in international affairs leading to deepen public debate and understanding,” says Judith Gelber, Chair of the Lionel Gelber Prize Board.

Founded in 1989 to honour Canadian diplomat and author Lionel Gelber, the Lionel Gelber Prize is a literary award for the world’s best non-fiction book on foreign affairs, published in English. The author of the winning book receives $50,000 CAD at the Lionel Gelber Prize Ceremony, held in Toronto. The award is presented every year by the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.

The jury will announce a shortlist of five books in contention for the Prize on February 8, 2024 and the winner will be revealed in March.