We would like to say thank you to this year's Nextgen Essay Contest student participants. We have enjoyed reading all their submissions and were heartily impressed by their engaging, thought-provoking ideas. It was difficult to make an official selection among all of the fantastic pieces, but, as this is a contest, we have narrowed the field to what we've deemed our top 10 in no particular order. Congratulations to those who made it! For all others, we strongly encourage you to send us your pieces next year!
We'll be revealing the winners of the contest on August 21.
The March of Populism by Lewis Smart, "Now however, twenty or so years into the afternoon culture of the post-cold war world our liberalism is lazy, weak and fragmenting."
The Reports of Liberalism’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated by Yashodhara Varma, "Periods of populism inspired by strongmen are inevitable but do not offer any conceivable threat to the status quo of liberalism in international relations."
A Truly Historic Moment : The Stuxnet Cyber Attack on Iranian Centrifuges by Max Sterling, "In the cyber era, the Stuxnet attacks demonstrate the similarly awesome destructive potential of cyber attacks."
Participation, Policy, and Technology: The Changing Face of Millennial Engagement in Politics by Haley Silverstein, "Technology has transformed the way millennials participate in politics and furthermore, it has changed the way we shape policy."
World Order 2.0 by Miloš Milivojević, "The liberal international order created after World War II is going through inevitable changes. However that doesn’t mean liberal order itself will disappear."
Tackling the Underrepresentation of Women by Kasey Robinson, "As women constitute 50% of the population, their underrepresentation in most fields, including in diplomacy and as ambassadors is disappointing."
The Liberal World Order in Peril: A Story of Winners and Losers by Benjamin Rasmussen, "Populism is but one symptom of a much more serious disease; the tensions inherent in the liberal system that guarantee its proclivity towards collapse."
The House of Cards of Liberal World Order by Máté Mátyás, "From failure to predict (or avoid) the Second World War through many conflicts of the previous century to the momentous end of the cold war, the collapse of the Soviet Union, we are now standing before an era of complex global uncertainty more confused than ever."
CRISPR-Cas9: Are We Entering a Genetic Revolution? by Artemis Tapliga, "The idea of a ‘genetic revolution’ is no longer reserved for the realm of science fiction."
Gendering Foreign Policy: Where are the Women? by Khadija Sufi, "The area of ‘foreign policy’ is significantly shaped by ‘masculine’ interests, and so it is no surprise that ‘gender’ is not centralized in foreign policy theorizing and decision- making."