The award recognizes a person whose "singular intellect, assertiveness, and insight most challenge conventional wisdom and intellectual and organizational complacency" in the international studies community.
Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science and a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Professor T.V. Paul of McGill University, the 2016-17 president of the International Studies Association (ISA), presented the award at the group's 58th annual convention in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Susan Strange Award was established in 1998 to recognize Susan Strange for her unique and extraordinary role within the International Studies Association and the worldwide community of scholars.
Sagan's expertise is in the development of norms concerning the use of force; the management of hazardous technology; and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and South Asia.