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2017 Daisy Alliance Scholarship Essay Announced

Daisy Alliance

Annual Student Scholarship/Essay Contest

1st Place -- $500

2nd Place -- $250

3rd Place -- $150

Daisy Alliance is pleased to announce the reinstatement of the Annual Student Scholarship/Essay Contest. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any country who are currently enrolled in a college or university.

The essay should be at least 10 pages in length (double spaced, excluding footnotes and bibliography), and must use appropriate scholarly resources (Note: Wikipedia is not an acceptable academic source). Essays will be judged based on content and quality, including a clear thesis statement and strong support for your argument.

Papers must be submitted by April 17, 2017 via email in English as a Word file to Ms. Jessica Jennings, Staff Assistant, Be sure to include your name, complete mailing address, school name and address, and classification. Please direct any questions to Ms. Jennings, or to Dr. Gregory Hall, Executive Director,, 859-257-4671 (Office).

Essay Topic

“The Role of NATO in the 21st Century”

The United States’ role in extending a nuclear security guarantee to allied nations in Europe has diminished since the Cold War period, and several new nuclear security threats have emerged – India, Pakistan, and North Korea have established themselves as nuclear weapons states, Iran could potentially become a nuclear weapons possessor, and there are terrorist organizations that aspire to obtain and use weapons of mass destruction against the United States and its allies. And while Russia and the United States are no longer on the brink of nuclear war, tensions between the two largest nuclear weapons possessors have steadily heightened over a number of issues, to include NATO expansion, missile defense, and Russian aggression in Georgia and Ukraine.

Students should address all of the following questions:

  • Has NATO outlived its usefulness? Is the alliance obsolete?

  • How has the deterrent usefulness of the U.S. nuclear umbrella changed since the end of the Cold War?

  • What effect, if any, has this had or is it likely to have on nonproliferation and disarmament efforts? How important are these efforts for the security of all NATO partners?

  • Is NATO still needed to provide a nuclear security guarantee to its non-nuclear members?

  • Should NATO decrease or end its reliance on nuclear weapons?


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