Please forward this error screen to 50. The United States has many tools to advance and defend its foreign policy and national security interests around the world—from diplomatic approaches pursued by members of the Foreign Service, to the range of options available to the Foreign affairs essay contest 2018. In countries affected by or vulnerable to violent conflict, peacebuilding tools are important additions to the national security toolkit.
In such complex environments, cooperation across agencies and approaches is challenging, but it can also blend knowledge and skills in ways that strengthen the overall effort to establish a lasting peace. On the other hand, lack of coordination can lead to duplication of effort, inefficient use of limited resources and unintended consequences. In a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases—one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful—where the U. What relative strengths did members of the Foreign Service and military actors bring to the table?
What peacebuilding tools were employed? Ultimately, what worked or did not work in each case? How was each situation relevant to U. What lessons may be drawn from these experiences for the pursuit of U.
AFSA collects your information for this contest and for AFSA partners. You may be signed up to receive updates or information from AFSA and our partners. You may also receive a message from our sponsor regarding their program offerings. Students whose parents are not in the Foreign Service are eligible to participate if they are in grades nine through twelve in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U. Students may be attending a public, private, or parochial school. Entries from home-schooled students are also accepted. Previous first-place winners and immediate relatives of directors or staff of the AFSA and Semester at Sea are not eligible to participate.
Previous honorable mention recipients are eligible to enter. 2,500 to the writer of the winning essay, in addition to an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital from anywhere in the U. AFSA National High School Essay contest is AFSA’s main outreach initiative to high school students. We appreciate your willingness to contribute. Rest assured that your contribution will be put to good use.