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US Institute of Peace Scholarship

Scholarship Deadline: March 15, 2018
Scholarship Value: $2,500
Number of Scholarships - 2


USIP is proud to partner with the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) on the annual National High School Essay Contest for 2017-2018. The contest each year engages high school students in learning and writing about issues of peace and conflict, encouraging appreciation for diplomacy's role in building partnerships that can advance peacebuilding and protect national security

In a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases-one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful-where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. Analyze and compare these two cases, addressing the following questions:

A) 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?

B) How was each situation relevant to U.S. national security interests?

C) What lessons may be drawn from these experiences for the pursuit of U.S. foreign policy more broadly?