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Scholar-Statesman Award Dinner


Watch highlights of the 2019 Scholar-Statesman Award Dinner featuring King Abdullah of Jordan.

The Washington Institute was proud to honor Jordan's King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein as the recipient of the Institute's 2019 Scholar-Statesman Award. The Institute conferred its most prestigious prize, now in its thirteenth year, at a gala dinner in New York City on November 21, 2019. The Institute also paid tribute to Merryl and James Tisch, longtime civic leaders, Institute Trustees, and supporters of many charitable causes in New York, the country, and abroad. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) offered remarks in their honor.

The Scholar-Statesman Award celebrates outstanding leaders who, through their public service and professional achievements, exemplify the idea that sound scholarship and a discerning knowledge of history are essential to wise and effective policy and the advancement of peace and security in the Middle East.

Watch videos of the 2020 ceremony.

Read higlights of the conversation.

View a gallery of photographs from the event.

The 2020 Scholar-Statesman Award will be conferred at a gala event in the late fall in New York City. For more information, please contact Barbi Zakin.

Scholar-Statesman Award Honorees

2019: King Abdullah II of Jordan
2018: Michael Hayden and George Tenet
2017: Dore Gold, Dan Gillerman, and Ron Prosor
2016: Gen. John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.), and Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)
2015: Ehud Barak and Leon Panetta
2014: Ambassador Michael B. Oren and Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich
2013: Dr. Condoleezza Rice
2012: Elliott Abrams and Dennis B. Ross
2011: Natan Sharansky and Saad Eddin Ibrahim
2010: Tony Blair
2009: William Jefferson Clinton
2008: Henry Kissinger
2007: Bernard Lewis and George P. Shultz

Since 2010, the event has also recognized luminaries from the Institute's board of trustees and board of advisors, respected leaders in business, philanthropy, and civic life who believe in the power of ideas. Their leadership and vision has strengthened their communities and the Institute's ability to fulfill its mission.

Washington institute Leaders

2019: Merryl and James Tisch
2018: Joan Kahn
2017: Jill and Jay Bernstein
2016: Carol and Roger Einiger
2015: Martin J. Gross
2014: Noni and Alan Aufzien
2013: Mortimer B. Zuckerman
2012: Lorraine and Richard Abramson
2011: John M. Shapiro
2010: Howard P. Berkowitz

For information about the Scholar-Statesman Award, email the Institute's press office or call 202-452-0650.