Writing Strategy 2019

Earlier this year, The Strategy Bridge asked university and professional military education students to participate in our third annual student writing contest on the subject of strategy. The response was amazing, with more submissions than our small team of volunteers could handle.

Luckily, we had an amazing set of partners in support from higher and military education institutions around the world. In particular, we'd like to thank the panel of judges who helped us choose the winners, including key leaders from the Virginia Military Institute, Kings College London, the U.S. National War College, the U.S. Marine Corps University, the Oklahoma University Press, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, the Australian Defense College, the U.S. Air University, the U.S. Naval War College, and the U.S. Army War College.

 More importantly, we would like to announce and congratulate our contest winners!

  • First Place: Rusudan Zabakhidze, Erasmus Mundus International Master
    Programme in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies, “The Nexus of Russian Foreign and Domestic politics through Diversionary Warfare against Ukraine”

  • Second Place: Joseph Chapa, University of Oxford, “Moral Philosophy as a Force Protection Measure”

  • Tie for Third: Katherine Kjellström Elgin, Princeton University, “The Thucydides Fallacy: Misdiagnosing Today's Challenge to the International System”

  • Tie for Third: Phillip Ramirez, Naval Postgraduate School, “Death from Below, Salvation from Above: The Effect of Civil-Military Relations on British and Japanese Anti-Submarine Warfare Strategies in the World Wars”

  • Tie for Third: Joseph P. Stabile, Georgetown University, “Political Interference, Strategic Incoherence, and Johnson’s Escalation in Vietnam“

We'll publish their essays, as well as some of the other submissions deserving an honorable mention, in a series in the very near future. We appreciate all the great submissions from the contest participants!

The Strategy Bridge Team

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