Category 1 of the "Your Ideas, Your NATO" competition has concluded! Our five finalists wrote a great Atlantic Memo detailing the steps NATO can take to increase transparency and promote engagement among Member publics. Now, we are happy to announce the winner of the category, Stephanie Baulig of the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich, who wrote the article NATO Academies: Learning Together, Training Together, Feeling Together. Stephanie will receive 500 EUR and present the policy recommendations from the Atlantic Memo to decision makers at our event on May 21.
Andrew Barr of the University of Illinois, who wrote the article By the Numbers: How Quantifying State Action Can Lead to a Better NATO, is our second place winner and will receive 250 EUR.
The articles counted towards 2/3 of the final tally and were ranked by our expert jury of academics and think tankers, which includes Prof. Colette Mazzucelli from New York University, Dr. Christian Mölling from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Mr. Giuseppe Belardetti from the Atlantic Treaty Association, and Dr. Jorge Benitez from the Atlantic Council (USA). An additional 1/3 was based on a rating of the finalists' contributions in the comments section of the articles and towards helping construct the Atlantic Memo.
There is still time to submit articles in our remaining two categories! We are accepting submissions in Category 2, Partnerships after the Arab Spring, until March 15, and in Category 3, Smart Defense, until April 5. Both offer the first place prize of 500 EUR and a trip to Berlin, with the runner-up receiving a 250 EUR prize. See the competition page for all the information on how to enter.