International Affairs Essay Contest

Deadline: November 10, 2017

Entries are invited from undergraduates for the LKYSPP/Foreign Affairs Student Essay Competition 2017. Applicants are required to write on the topic: “Does populism pose a threat to the international order? Why or why not, and what can be done about it?” Foreign Affairs and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy want to give tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to demonstrate innovative thinking on the issues that shape their world.

In the 2017 Student Essay Competition, a panel from the Foreign Affairs editorial staff and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy will select one undergraduate’s essay to be published on the Foreign Affairs Web site.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is a postgraduate school of the National University Singapore. The QS World University Rankings (2017) ranked NUS 15th in the world and 1st in Asia. They envision a world transformed through good governance and leadership excellence. They have partnered with Foreign Affairs to bring this competition to students.

Since its founding in 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and global affairs. It is now a multiplatform media organization with a print magazine, a website, a mobile site, various apps and social media feeds, an event business, and more.


  • Open to all undergraduate students graduating no earlier than December 2017;
  • Only one essay is allowed per participant;
  • Entries must be original, unpublished work written by the contestant.

Selection committee includes:

  • Gideon Rose, Editor and Peter G. Peterson Chair, Foreign Affairs
  • Justin Vogt, Deputy Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
  • Yuen Foong Khong, Li Ka Shing Professor of Political Science, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy


  • Submit your essay here.
  • Submissions should be between 1,200 and 1,500 words. All quotations or uncommon facts should be appropriately cited.
  • Submissions sent by mail will not be accepted.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.

All submissions must be received by Friday, November 10, 2017, 11:59 PM, EST.

For more information, visit LKYSPP/Foreign Affairs Student Essay Competition.

The Journal of International Affairs holds two separate student essay contests: the Andrew Wellington Cordier Contest and the Global Public Policy Network Contest. Winning authors of both contests are published in the print issue and receive $500.

Andrew Wellington Cordier became the dean of the School of International Affairs (as it was known then) in 1962 following a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations. From 1969−1970, he served as president of Columbia University. The Cordier essay contest acknowledges and honors the contributions that he made to the school and university. The Andrew Wellington Cordier Contest is open to all currently enrolled Columbia University students. 

The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) Contest was established in 2011. The contest is open to all currently enrolled students of GPPN-partnered schools (Columbia University, Sciences Po Paris, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the FGV-EAESP, the Graduate School of Public Policy, and the Hertie School of Governance). Through this effort, the journal strives to promote dialogue and feature a diverse cross section of student perspectives. 

Submit your essay here by March 18th, 11:59PM EST

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