To celebrate its first anniversary, Russia Direct is pleased to launch its second student essay competition to find new voices with fresh ideas and approaches on how to tackle the most difficult problems in foreign affairs.

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If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student anywhere in the world, we encourage you to participate in our second annual RD Student Essay Contest. We want you to tell us how you’d answer the following question: What does the global balance of power look like after Ukraine?

We’re interested in hearing your thoughts about the way you view the system of international relations. What are the types of global challenges political leaders – especially those in Russia and the U.S. – should address? What are the keys to reaching global economic and political stability? What types of partnerships should nations be forming? What lessons from past history should leaders keep in mind?

The winner of the contest will become a guest contributor on Russia Direct for a period of three months. In addition, the essays of three finalists selected by Russia Direct’s editorial team will be published on our website. 

How to enter: In an essay of 1000 words or less, tell us what the global balance of power looks like after the Ukraine crisis. Please, be specific and straightforward while paying attention to concrete examples. And, above all, please be creative.

All essays must be submitted via email by 12 midnight (EST) on June 9, 2014. Please send all responses to: By June 16, the Russia Direct editorial team will select one winner and three finalists, based on originality, creativity and style. We will announce the winners in our weekly newsletter. In order to enter, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student at a fully accredited university.

The winning essay entry will be published online on June 17, the day that Russia Direct celebrates its one-year anniversary. Over the following days, the essays of the three finalists will appear on the website.

Starting July 1, the winner will become a guest contributor to Russia Direct for the three-month period from July 1 to Oct.1, with the opportunity to contribute three op-ed pieces or articles on any topic during that time period.

As a point of reference, please see the results of our first student essay competition that was organized in November 2013.

View last year’s winning essay: “U.S.-Russian health diplomacy: Cure for political stalemate?