Essay Competition: Protest Movements – A Vehicle For Change?
From Hong Kong to Santiago, and Baghdad to Paris. Unique in their causes, united in their ambitions: Change. In 2019, people all around the globe took to the streets to make their voices heard through public protest.
As part of its January 2020 essay competition, The Policy Corner invites you to submit your analysis, ideas, and recommendations on the politics of protests in an original article on the topic: Protest Movements: A Vehicle for Change? Authors are free to engage with the topic according to their areas of interest. For example, is there a common narrative between these seemingly isolated protests? What are the best government responses to protest, and how can they resolve the core issues? How can the Hong Kong government reconcile popular uprisings for a sustained democracy with the looming handover to China? What message do the protests in Chile send about inequality? How can policymakers reconcile global environmental interests of movements like Fridays for Future with strategic economic objectives?
The Policy Corner is an inclusive, independent platform for students and young professionals that publishes research-based articles on global issues. All submissions undergo a double-blind peer review, providing you with constructive feedback on argumentation and writing. In participating, you will have the chance of your paper being published on our website at policycorner.org. In addition, all submitted articles will be judged by a soon to be announced panel of experts on the topic, awarding the best rated essays the following prizes:
1st – 1 year online subscription to Foreign Policy
2nd – 3 month online subscription to The New York Times
3rd – Exclusive The Policy Corner notebook
Submissions are due on 16 February 2020 at 23:59 (Paris time). For further information, please consult the section on submission details below, and on our website.
EXTENDED DEADLINE 16 FEBRUARY 2020 at 23:59 (Paris time)
Articles must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 February 2020 at 23:59 (Paris time) in either .doc or .docx formats.
Articles must be between 800-1000 words and address a topical issue area, challenge, or initiative and make potentially actionable and innovative policy recommendations.
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