2018: Meeting Future Security Challenges

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The 2018 Policy Corner Essay Competition at Sciences Po Paris



For details, please visit the event page.


Essay Competition

In this writing competition, we invite Sciences Po Paris students to submit an original policy article of 800-1000 words analyzing a current issue linked to the theme of “Meeting Future Security Challenges”. Essay topics can be broad, such as Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Food Security, Global Terrorism, Rising Powers, or anything which requires a global, regional or local policy response.

An expert panel consisting of Manuel Lafont Rapnouil (Head of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) Paris Office & Senior Policy Fellow), Olivier de France (Research Director of the Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS)), Ulrike Esther Franke (Policy Fellow at ECFR Berlin) and Etienne de Durand (Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Security Studies Center at the French Institute for International Relations (Ifri)) will judge the essays.

The three winners will be awarded prizes and will be invited to present their ideas at a public award ceremony with invited experts.

Essay Topic

Submitted essays must discuss a potential future challenge to global, regional or local security and craft its innovative solution.


The winners will be invited to attend an event with invited experts hosted at Sciences Po, where they can present their ideas. The top articles will be published on policycorner.org and winners get the chance to be featured in one of The Policy Corner’s podcast episodes. More information on the event is forthcoming.


Submissions should be sent via email to paris@policycorner.org as either .doc or .docx by March 19, 2018, at 23:59 (Central European Time Zone). Please familiarize yourself with our submission requirements and the format of articles on our website. Kindly note that we only accept and publish articles that conform these criteria. Please also include in your submission email the following information, which should not appear on the manuscript itself:

Your name

Title and word count of your document

Your age

Your current location

Your program at Sciences Po and your student number (when selected, it is possible we will request a valid certificate of enrollment)

Information on your age, name, and location will neither be shared with the review team nor with the jury.

To ensure the quality of published texts, the selected essays will go through an editorial procedure and authors may be asked to adapt their essays before publication.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch via paris@policycorner.org.


Open to all Sciences Po Paris students, bachelor, master and exchange with a valid certification of enrollment in the spring semester of academic year 2017/2018.