Conventional Arms Control and Confidence- and Security-Building Measures in Europe
Are you under 35 years old and interested in military security in Europe? Do you want to win up to EUR 3,000 and present your work to diplomats in Vienna?
The OSCE and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, together with Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO University), Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), are launching an essay competition to encourage innovative thinking and help create a new generation of professionals studying challenges and opportunities related to conventional arms control and confidence- and security- building measures.
Three winners of the competition will receive cash prizes of up to €3,000 and a certificate signed by the OSCE Secretary General. They will also travel to Vienna for an all-expenses paid trip to attend and present their essays at a meeting of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation.
Other prizes include a spot on the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Short Course offered by the VCDNP, the possibility to publish the paper with IFSH, a 500 EUR voucher for books and others.
Students and young professionals who are nationals of OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation up to 35 years of age (born after 1st January 1985) are invited to submit original essays on any of the following topics:
The OSCE’s role in reviving military stability and confidence in Europe
Reducing military risks through OSCE instruments
The impact of new technologies and new types of conventional weapons on security and stability in Europe
The role of new technologies in enhancing conventional arms control and verification
Lessons learnt from other regions to enhance military stability and security in Europe
The potential contribution by youth to the process of arms control and confidence- and security-building measures in Europe
The organizers especially encourage entries from women in the essay competition. Students and professionals studying/working on peace and security, military affairs, political affairs, international relations and other legal, policy and technical disciplines are invited to submit entries. The OSCE also welcomes entries by early career professionals from governments, including those working in foreign affairs, the defence forces, intelligence agencies, security agencies, the defence industry, as well as academia and the non-governmental sector.