The Russia Direct editorial team is pleased to announce the winner and 3 finalists of our fourth student essay competition for young international affairs experts. 

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The Russia Direct editorial team is pleased to announce the winner and 3 finalists of our fourth student essay competition for young international affairs experts. We reviewed submissions from so many places – including Japan, India, Brazil, Europe, the U.S. and Russia – and would like to thank all of the participants!

We were very impressed by the quality and diversity of the submitted entries.

After much deliberation, the Russia Direct editorial team has determined that the winner is Peter J. Marzalik, a Master’s student from George Washington University.

His winning essay will be published on our website this Monday, May 18.

The three finalists are Jerry Byers from the European University in St. Petersburg; Alexander Kravchenko from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and Steven Luber from Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania. Read the winning essays on our website this week.

Congratulations to the winners! And thank you all who participated!