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NIAC President Trita Parsi Wins Grawemeyer Award

12/01/09 Written by National Iranian American Council (NIAC)

Trita Parsi

Louisville, KY - NIAC President Trita Parsi has won the prestigious 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for his 2007 book, Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US.

The award, which carries a prize of $200,000, is presented annually. Previous recipients of the award include Mikhail Gorbatjov, the former leader of the Soviet Union, the late Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington, former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, and renowned political scientist Robert Jervis.

Rodger Payne, a political science professor at the University of Louisville who administers the awards, said the judges thought the potential for conflict in the Middle East was one of the largest threats to world order and that Parsi's book "addressed this problem very effectively."

Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to former President Jimmy Carter, helped supervise Parsi's PhD dissertation at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, on which the book is based on.

"I felt that it was an insightful and well-researched effort, of high intellectual caliber," Brzezinski told the Courier Journal of Louisville.

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At 35, Parsi is one of the youngest recipients of the award. "Treacherous Alliance" has also won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Silver Medallion in 2008 for most significant foreign policy book.

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