International Essay Contest for Young Researchers 2022 "European Security System: New Realities in the Changing World"

Volgograd Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation, Association of European Studies (AES, Moscow), Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Moscow office) are pleased to announce International Essay Contest for Young Researchers 2022.

Submission Details and Requirements

  • University students, postgraduates as well as young professionals who are interested in international politics and security policy;
  • Age up to 30 years (inclusive) at the time of application;
  • Citizens of the Russian Federation, Central and Eastern European Countries and Central Asia

You are invited to submit an analytical work / essay on the topic:

 “European Security System: New Realities in the Changing World”

(1000-1200 words, in Russian or English, Word, Arial / Times New Roman, text size 14).  

The essay may include:

  • A general overview of the issues to shape the contemporary European security architecture, the interests of the main actors, encompassing international organisations, alliances and particular states;
  • Analysis of a variety of factors affecting security (economic, socio-humanitarian, political, military, technological, communication, etc. factors) as well as topical issues on the current agenda (e.g. climate change and decarbonisation, rise of radical nationalism, anti-Semitism, radical religious movements, populism in politics and shifting of values, identity seeking, and so on);
  • A research on specific subjects and projects in terms of European security issues, elaborating in detail on certain territories of the OSCE space and partner states;
  • A personal vision of anticipatory concepts preventing threats to security at international and regional levels.

Please reference examples of essays on the website:

Entry Deadlines:

March 20, 2022 – for registration of application (in free form including Name and Surname, Age, Country of Residence and Citizenship, City, Occupation (University name/ Department/ Specialty or Company/Position), contact e-mail.

Submit your application here or by email to:

April 1, 2022 (till 24.00 GMT+3) – for submission of essay and CV.
Submit your essay by email to:


  • Winner Certificate,
  • Certificate of Participation,
  • The Invitation to participate in the final conference on European security in Moscow,
  • Essay publication on the websites www.icisecurity.club and www.ihc-vog.ru,
  • References (personal recommendations): for participation in international conferences and visitor programs, for University professors, etc.

Full information about the contest is also available on the website

Good luck to all the participants!


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