Part I: The Announcement

Nextgen, an EastWest Institute (EWI) initiative, is a platform that connects the next generation of foreign policy professionals with today’s leading experts. Having served as an outlet for young professionals since 2010, Nextgen grants young professionals the opportunity to share their perspective on the world of foreign policy.

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Nextgen Essay Contest, and we invite you to participate. This contest aims to harness new perspectives and solutions regarding some of the most pressing issues that impact our lives.

Last year’s installment generated entries from 14 countries across four continents! Chris Estep, the first place winner, was presented with an award at the EastWest Institute's 2016 Annual Gala in New York City.

Click for last year's competition.


This year, we are accepting essays on one of four topics. Each participant is requested to select one of the topics and prepare a single essay. This year’s topics to select from are the following:


Eligibility and Submission:

  • Open to students or recent graduates under 30 years old.

  • Essays, written in English, must be a maximum of 800 words in length.

  • Include a short bio of yourself at the bottom of your submission.

  • Send submissions to 

  • General guidelines for submissions can be found here.

  • The deadline for submission is June 2, 2017


Judging Process:

This year, our highly-esteemed panel of judges includes:

The winning essays will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Argument is well supported

  • Ideas are original and creative

  • Ideas are viable

  • Writing is clean

The winners will be announced on August 24, 2017.



So, start writing, be published and be heard!

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LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. By competing in this Contest and/or accepting a prize, entrants release EastWest Institute and contest sponsors from any and all liability for any loss harm, injuries, damages, cost or expenses arising out of or relating to participation in this Contest or the acceptance, use or misuse of the prize(s). UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES.