Charles Moskos Prize

The Prize is named in honor of Charles C. Moskos, PhD, beloved mentor, friend, and former
President/Chair of IUS. This Prize will inspire future generations of civil-military relations
scholars by recognizing, promoting, and rewarding annually the best article published by an
emerging scholar in Armed Forces & Society.


  • Article must be a full-length scholarly work; book reviews, commentary, etc., are not eligible.
  • Article must be published in Armed Forces & Society via OnlineFirst in a calendar year (e.g., The
    2020 Prize awarded in 2021 is for articles published between January 1 and December 31, 2020).
  • Articles may be sole-authored or co-authored by a maximum of two early career scholars.
  • Author(s) must be early career on the date of OnlineFirst publication:
    • Academic status may be a current student or PostDoc;
    • Academic rank may be no higher than Assistant Professor/Lecturer without tenure; or
    • Non-academy affiliated scholar(s) in an early career stage.


  • Cash award of $500
  • Commemorative plaque
  • Winning article permanently available free access by SAGE
  • Permanent recognition on SAGE’s Armed Forces & Society website


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Moskos Prize Winners

We are happy to announce Dr. Demet Yalcin Mousseau as the inaugural winner of the Charles Moskos Prize for her article "Does Foreign Development Aid Trigger Ethnic War in Developing States?". The selection committee, composed of Professor Damon Coletta (United States Air Force Academy), Professor Yagil Levy (The Open University of Israel), and Professor Pascal Vennesson (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University Singapore) (Chair), were unanimous in their decision.

This innovative article addresses a significant and enduring issue: in a post-pandemic world, neither foreign development aid, nor ethnic conflict are going away. The paper creatively addresses a scholarly gap: the impact of developmental aid on ethnic war, not merely on civil wars in general and other manifestations of state instability previously covered by the literature.

Dr. Mousseau combines several methods in a sophisticated way. She conducted a case study to comprehend to what extent and how foreign aid reshapes domestic politics in developing states, and conducted a large quantitative study as well. The piece features a creative and rigorous treatment of existing data to parse previous murky results on civil war and clarify the relationship between development aid and ethnic violence

Moreover, the author bravely challenges the conventional wisdom. Foreign aid is, and should be, inherently designed to improve domestic stability and, ultimately, favor development. However, it may have the unintended consequence of destabilizing inter-ethnic relations in some countries and thus may become a dangerous cause of war. This insightful, counterintuitive conclusion has immediate policy implications and should help design better foreign development aid.

Dr. Demet Mousseau is an Assistant Professor at University of Central Florida, School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs.