Category 2 of the "Your Ideas, Your NATO" competition has concluded! Our five finalists wrote a great Atlantic Memo detailing how NATO can improve its partnerships after the Arab Spring. Now, we are happy to announce the winner of the category, Geoffrey Levin of the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Bologna Center, who wrote the article Endowing the Arab Spring Generation with the Skills to Govern. Geoffrey will receive 500 EUR and present the policy recommendations from the Atlantic Memo to decision makers at our event on May 21.
Vivien Pertusot, head of office in Brussels for the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and wrote the article Partnerships Should Be Incentivized, 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 final category! We are accepting submissions in Category 3, Smart Defense, until April 5. The first place winner gets a 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.
You can also still check out each of the five finalists' articles, as well as additional articles from our participants in Category 2.