Конкурс англоязычных эссе по вопросам контроля над обычными вооружениями и мерам укрепления доверия и безопасности в Европе

1 июля 2020

Конкурс англоязычных эссе по вопросам контроля над обычными вооружениями и мерам укрепления доверия и безопасности в Европе

The 2020 OSCE-IFSH Essay Competition on Conventional Arms Control and Confidence- and Security-Building Measures for Students and Young Professionals

in co-operation 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 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.

Prizes

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.

Participation

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.

The rules

Submission deadline: Entries must be sent to essay-competition2020@osce.org Wednesday, 1 July, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., Vienna Time (CET). Only one entry per person.

  • Essay length: Between 2,500-4,000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography) plus an abstract of maximum 150 words
  • Format: MS Word document
  • Language: English

The selection process

  • A Selection Committee will include members of all partner organizations. Submitted essays will be evaluated anonymously.
  • Announcement of the winners: No later than Wednesday, 21 October 2020
  • The winners will need to be available to travel to Vienna for the meeting of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation in December 2020.

Disclaimer: Decisions concerning the selection of winners are final and not subject to appeal. The Organizer reserves the right to award fewer or no prizes in any contest if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries for that contest.

For more information, see “Terms and Conditions”.

For any additional queries, please contact essay-competition2020@osce.org.

Terms and Conditions

1. The competition is only open to nationals of OSCE participating States and Partners for Cooperation.
For more information on the OSCE membership, please see osce.org/participating-states and osce.org/partners-for-cooperation

2. Applicants must be 35 years old or younger (born after 1st January 1985). Winners will be requested to send their identification documents (passport copy) to facilitate administrative arrangements and travel to Austria.

3. Individuals currently employed by the OSCE, including interns, are not permitted to participate in this competition.

4. Essay maximum word count: 2,500-4,000, excluding footnotes/bibliography and the abstract.

5. All essays must be submitted in English.

6. Only one essay is allowed per applicant of the competition. Once an essay has been submitted, the applicant will not have the opportunity to revise it.

7. All essays must be an original work by the applicant. All essays must be texts that have not been published elsewhere. Quotes and concepts taken from published and unpublished sources must be clearly indicated and acknowledged as such. Citations must follow Chicago style, and applicants can at any time be requested to provide clarification of the source. Any paper with content that can be identified as plagiarism will immediately be disqualified.

8. The essays should be submitted in MS Word format with the following settings:

  • Font: Times New Roman, size 12
  • Page orientation: Portrait
  • Margins set at “normal” (top: 2.54cm, bottom: 2.54cm, left: 2.54cm, right: 2.54cm)
  • Line spacing: 1.5 lines

9. The overall themes for the Young CSBM Scholars 2020 are as follows:

  • OSCE role in reviving military stability and confidence in Europe
  • Reducing military risks through OSCE instruments
  • Impact of new technologies and new types of weapons on security in Europe
  • Role of new technologies in enhancing conventional arms control and verification
  • Lessons learnt from other regions to enhance military security in Europe
  • The potential contribution by youth to the process of arms control and confidence- and security-building measures in Europe.

10. The submission should be made per e-mail to essay-competition2020@osce.org

  • With the subject “Essay Competition 2020 applicant’s family name” in the subject line - E.g. Essay Competition 2020 Bauer
  • Have the essay as an attachment in MS Word format
  • Contain the following information on the title page;
  • Applicant’s first and last name as in the passport;
  • Title (gender);
  • Contact details;
  • Affiliation with one of the following:
    • university student;
    • professional in academia, think tanks or NGO;
    • professional at industry/private sector;
    • state institution/public sector;
    • other (please specify).
  • If a student, in what programme enrolled (Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral Programme);
  • Citizenship;
  • Essay title;
  • Word count, excluding footnotes and bibliography, abstract, list of acronyms, table of contents, acknowledgements, cover page.

11. Only entries submitted before Wednesday, 1 July, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., Vienna Time (CET) will be considered for the competition.

12. Criteria for assessment of papers

  • Definition of the Research Question and Research Design
  • Clear line of argument based on evidence
  • Policy Relevance
  • Structure and Writing
  • Presentation and Referencing

Disclaimer: Decisions concerning the selection of winners are final and not appealable. The Organizer reserves the right to award fewer or no prizes in any contest if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries for that contest.

The winners will need to sign the OSCE “Standard Compliance Statement” before receiving the awards.



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