Rewarding Those Who
Contribute to Peace and Human Progress
Strategic Studies Association began, in 1983, the process of making Awards for
Outstanding Contributions to Strategic Progress to individuals who, by their
leadership, had advanced the cause of international peace and the progress of their own,
and other, nations. Throughout the years since their foundation, the ISSA Awards have been
presented to a number of world leaders. On two occasions, the Association has named
special Awards in honor of Dr Stefan T. Possony (1915-1995), one of the founders of ISSA,
who had been called "the greatest strategic philosopher of the 20th Century".
Those Awards were made to individuals who had made their contribution through Science and
In 1997, the
Association transformed the Awards which had been represented in the past by
certificates and different engraved silver dishes or bowls into an Order in two
grades: the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Contributions to Strategic Progress,
and the Silver Star Award for Outstanding Contributions to Strategic Progress. In
doing this, ISSA called on Garrard, the Crown Jewellers, of London, to assist in designing
and striking the collar medals (shown here in the Gold Star form) so as to conform with
international standards of protocol.
The Gold Star Award
is normally reserved for Heads-of-State, Heads-of-Government or very special cases at the
discretion of the Awards Committee. The Silver Star Award is reserved for those of
Cabinet-level or other levels of Government or Private Service. The Possony Prize is
always presented in the form of the Silver Star.
With the creation of
the system of Awards into the form of an Order, the Grand Mastership of the ISSA Awards is
always the President of the Association.
In addition to
receiving the Gold or Silver Medal, recipients of the ISSA Awards are also conferred with
the honor of Honorary Life Membership in the Association, and with the right to join ISSA
for any period they desire as Senior Research Fellows.
recipients of ISSA Awards gather at the Strategy2000 banquet in
Washington DC, June 20, 2000 (from left): VADM Ko Tun-hwa (Taiwan); Hon.
Caspar Weinberger (US); HM King Kigeli V (Rwanda); Rt. Hon. Sir Geoffrey
Pattie (UK); HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie (Ethiopia).
In recent years, the
recipients have included:
- His Excellency Maj.-Gen. Michael Jeffery,
Governor-General of Australia, 2009.
- The Hon. Sir Charles Court, former Premier
of Western Australia, 2008.
- Pres. Dr Askar Akaev, of the Kyrgyz
Pres. Dragan Cavic, of Republica Srpska, 2003.
- The Honorable Caspar W. Weinberger, former US Secretary of Defense (Gold
- Vice-Admiral Ko Tun-hwa, noted geostrategist and former Vice Minister of
Defense, Republic of China; currently National Policy Advisor to the
President of the ROC (Taiwan) (Stefan T. Possony Prize and Silver Star),
- General the Honorable Alexander M.
Haig, Jr., former US Secretary of State, and former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, of
NATO (Gold Star), 1997;
- His Majesty King Kigeli V, the Umwami w'u Rwanda (King of Rwanda), for his work in
helping to warn of the coming genocides in his country and region (Gold Star), 1998;
- The Honorable Bill McCollum, US
Congressman from Florida, for his work in international security (Silver Star), 1998;
- The Honorable Jim Saxton, US
Congressman from New Jersey, for his work in international security (Silver Star), 1998;
- His Imperial Highness Prince
Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, for his
humanitarian achievements in helping win recognition for the plight of Ethiopian refugees
in the worldwide diaspora (Silver Star), 1997;
- Dr Paul Kaminski, former US
Under-Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions and Technology, for his pioneering work in
stealth technologies (Possony Prize; Silver Star), 1997.
- Philip Yeo, Senior Singapore Government
- Sen. John Tower, US, 1983,
- Lt.-Gen. Daniel O. Graham, former Director
of Defense Intelligence, US, and Chairman, High Frontier, 1983,
- Rt. Hon. Sir Geoffrey Pattie, former British
Minister of State for Defence, and former Minister for Trade & Industry,
non-members of the Association may make recommendations to the Awards Committee,
nominating for consideration any individuals they deem worthy of receipt of an ISSA Award.
The Awards are normally presented at the ISSA Strategy Conference, the Global Strategic
A Special Awards Banquet is held to present the Awards.
US Congressmen Bill McCollum (R-FL)
(left) and Jim Saxton (R-NJ) (right) meet with ISSA President Gregory Copley after
receiving their ISSA Silver Star Medals at the Washington DC banquet on October 6, 1998.
His Majesty King Kigeli V of Rwanda
is congratulated by ISSA President Gregory Copley as the King is presented with the ISSA
Gold Star Medal at the ISSA banquet in Washington DC on October 6, 1998.
A piper pipes-in the head table
guests at the 1998 ISSA Awards banquet. Leading this group were the 1997 Silver Star Award
winner Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie of Ethiopia, HE Boniface Benzingé, the
Chancellor to Rwanda's King Kigeli (whom he was escorting), and ISSA President Gregory
ISSA Director Pamela von Gruber
greets guests to the 1998 ISSA Awards banquet which was held in Washington DC on October
US Congressman Jim Saxton, watched by
ISSA President Copley, speaks to the delegates from more than 40 countries following his
investiture with the ISSA Silver Star Medal in Washington DC on October 6, 1998.