THE lifelong contribution of a leading expert in strategic studies, international relations theory and global security has been recognised by the British International Studies Association.

Prof Ken Booth, from the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, was presented with the BISA Distinguished Contribution Prize at the association’s 43rd annual conference in Bath.

The prize recognises an individual’s contribution to the promotion of excellence in the discipline of international studies over a substantial period of time.

Prof Elizabeth Treasure, vice-chancellor of Aberystwyth University, said: “I extend my warmest congratulations to Prof Booth on this award, which represents a richly deserved recognition of a lifetime’s contribution to the world of international relations.

“The Department of International Politics has played a pioneering role in the development of the discipline of international relations, born out of the ravages and bloodshed of the First World War.

“As it nears its centenary, in 2019, it is only fitting therefore, that one of the department’s most distinguished members is recognised in this way.”

Prof Booth originally came to Aberystwyth as a student and has spent his whole academic career in the Department of International Politics.

During this time he has also held visiting positions at the US Naval War College, Dalhousie University (Canada), Cambridge University, the University of Southern California, Antwerp University and the National University of Malaysia.

He was head of the department from 1999 to 2005 and the first EH Carr Professor.

He is currently president of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies, editor of the journal International Relations and he was recently made Distinguished Research Professor at Aberystwyth University.

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