2021 Multilateral Dialogue KAS and Atomic Reporters Essay Competition

2021 Multilateral Dialogue KAS and Atomic Reporters Essay Competition
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Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Multilateral Dialogue Vienna and Atomic Reporters are cordially inviting you to apply to join our first study programme 2021-2022 β€œA Neglected Story – The Legacy of Splitting the Atom”


Participants will be selected on the basis of an essay writing competition. Entries must be in English.

25 successful candidates from across academic disciplines and countries of origin, will participate in six online seminars interspersed with learning modules, culminating in a four-day dialogue programme in Vienna with visits to the international organizations. Certificates will be awarded.

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  • Essays must be submitted in English: length, 800 – 2,000 words, single space 12 pt font size with a bibliography and short abstract.
  • Essays should be written by one person. Co-authored papers cannot be accepted.
  • The essay must be unpublished and be the original work of the applicant.
  • Contestants should submit their essays together with a CV, a short letter of motivation , and contact details – by email toΒ info.vienna@kas.deΒ (subject line: Application, name, First Arms Control Study Programme 2021/22). The deadline for submissions is midnight CEST (Vienna time), Tuesday, 31 August,
  • Candidates will be selected by a board of experts from Atomic Reporters.
  • The authors of the 25 selected essays will be informed by end of September 2021.
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In order to be eligible to apply for the competition, applicants must:

  • This call is open to applicants below 35, professionals, diplomats, journalists, engineers, scholars, students, who would like to gain deeper knowledge of nuclear topics and arms control.
  • Applicants with a background in natural science, political science, diplomacy, journalism, humanitarian law, history, geography, anthropology, international relations, mediation, war studies, public health, economics, engineering, and philosophy are especially encouraged to submit their paper.
  • Participants agree to take part in the online-seminars and the study visit to Vienna. ο‚· Expenses of participants in the dialogue programme in June 2022 in Vienna/Austria (travel, accommodation, meals) will be covered by the organizers.
  • Certificates will be awarded.
  • The organizers will support subsequent alumni activities
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Key Information

Essay Competition

We would like to learn more about your views and ideas on nuclear safety and arms control. We would like to foster a discussion to build understanding, and share a vision on the programme theme:

A neglected Story – the Legacy of Splitting the Atom

You could elaborate on:

  • Why the topic is of importance, especially for young people.
  • The historical background to going nuclear.
  • Putting nuclear technology to peaceful uses today and tomorrow.
  • The future of nuclear deterrence and arms control.
  • How to get countries (back) to the negotiating table?
  • How to get more interest in nuclear safety and arms control?
  • What does it mean to multilateralism?
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  • Kick-off Lecture & Launch of the Essay Competition: 7 July 2021 (Link to the Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsszMLHTRok)
  • Deadline to submit your essays: 31 August 2021
  • Successful participants will be informed: end of September 2021
  • Virtual seminars will take place: October 2021 (nuclear basics – history, institutions involved, agreements and treaties, applications); November 2021 (nuclear energy – technology, main players & positions, safeguards, safety & security); December 2021 (nuclear applications – health, science, research, technology, food & agriculture); January 2022 (nuclear & military I – history, key treaties, failures, main players); March 2022 (Nuclear & military II – nuclear deterrence); May 2022 (Nuclear & military III – current state, key geopolitics, future threats) interspersed with learning modules
  • Dialogue Programme: June 2022 in Vienna
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How to Apply

An online lecture introducing the programme, and open to all, was held on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 at 16.00 CEST. Recording of the Kick-Off event here.

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