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The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES) and the Center for European Studies (CES) invite student submissions to their inaugural Policy Analysis Contest. The competition is open to all currently enrolled UNC-CH undergraduate and master’s students.

Examples of specific topics may include: cybersecurity and defense technology; biosecurity (i.e.Covid-diplomacy); nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation; military intervention; human rights and international law; climate threats; energy policy; NATO and EU defense policies; regional threats to security (i.e. Ukraine, Syria, Libya, etc.); migration and security.

Policy briefs should offer concrete recommendations to either a specific US government agency (DOS, DOD, etc.) or international organization (EU, NATO, etc.) and need to focus on issues pertaining to the European Union, Southeast Europe, Russia, Caucasus, and/or Central Asia.


  • Refer to the “How to Write a Policy Brief” document for details on how to structure your analysis.
  • Submissions should be between 2000 – 2300 words in length; double column preferred.
  • Individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted (no more than 3 co-authors)
  • All submissions need to incorporate one or more of The General and the Ambassador Podcasts as a source (
  • All submissions must include at least one non-US or non-English source.
  • Use of graphics and visuals is strongly encouraged.
  • Please follow MLA style for citation formatting; footnotes are allowed.
  • Please give your policy brief a title.

Each Center will select two finalists based on the area of focus (Russia and East Europe / the European Union) and reward each with a $500 prize.

Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2021.

Please email your policy briefs to Adnan Džumhur ( and Kathleen Shanahan Lindner ( Finalists will be notified by May 25.

This contest is supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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