Security Challenges' annual Future Strategic Writer Competition, sponsored by the Australian Defence Business Review, has closed for submissions to the 2015 round.
A generous prize of $2500 AUD will be awarded to the best article, essay or comment submitted by an author under 35 years of age. This will be announced at the IFRS Annual Dinner.
All contributions to this competition, which can be made as full articles or comments, must conform with the standard Security Challenges author guidelines. Contributions can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org throughout the year.
Details of the 2016 Competition will be announced shortly.
The competition is open to all young scholars or professionals under 35 years of age (as of the closing date). If a submission is co-authored, all authors must be under 35 years of age. Authors must explicitly state their age and intent to enter the competition when submitting an article or comment.
All submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel whose decision is final. Members of the IFRS are eligible to participate, unless they are members of the Board of the Institute or of the editorial team of Security Challenges.
2013: David Schaefer
The Information Revolution and Foreign Intelligence Assessment: New Challenges for Australia?
2012: Will Clegg
Don’t Get Smart with Me! Sustaining the ADF in the Age of the Strategic Reform Program
2011 Winner: Wislon Chun Hei Chau
Explaining China’s Participation in Bilateral and Multilateral Military Exercises
1st Prize: Anna Samson
The Grand Weiqi Board: Reconsidering China’s Role in Africa
2nd Prize: Matthew Hill
Chessboard or ‘Political Bazaar’? Revisiting Beijing, Canberra and Wellington’s Engagement with the South Pacific
3rd Prize: Sheryn Lee
The Defining Divide: Cross-Strait Relations and US, Taiwan, China Strategic Dynamics
1st Prize: Will Clegg
Irregular Forces in Counterinsurgency Warfare
2nd Prize: Mayang Rahawestri
Obama’s Foreign Policy in Asia: More Continuity than Change
3rd Prize: Matthew Hill
A Velvet Glove? Coercion, and the Australasian Response to the 2006 Fijian Coup
Obama versus McCain: Implications for the United States-Australia Alliance
The Strategic Depiction of China in Howard Government Policy
Partnership Adrift: Reshaping Australia-Japan Strategic Relations
Another Perfect Storm? Predictors of Radical Change in North Korea
Raoul E. Heinrichs
Australia’s Nuclear Dilemma: Dependence, Deterrence or Denial?
Assisting Strategic Analysis in an Uncertain World
How to Be a Good Friend: China and the Australia-Japan Security Relationship
Patrick Chisan Hew
National Effects-Based Operations: The Example of Fleet Air Defence
Pursuit of the Pariah: Iran, Sudan and Myanmar in China’s Energy Security Strategy
Globalisation, Terrorism and Cosmopolitan Australia
James D. Stratford
Strategic Culture and the North Korean Nuclear Crisis: Conceptual Challenges and Policy Opportunities
Near-term Instability in the Taiwan Strait? Nationalist Constituencies in the PRC and Cross-Strait Stability
A 'helpem fren' in need... Evaluating the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands
Asia-Pacific: The New Nuclear Fault Line?
Robert Chaloner Prize
Prize: AUD $1,000
The Rob Chaloner Prize is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding young strategic leadership. The Prize consists of $1,000 to allow the winner to undertake further personal development of their choosing.
Rob Chaloner was an energetic supporter of the Institute for Regional Security from its very beginnings. He was particularly enthusiastic to see young strategic thinkers encouraged to strengthen their strategic analytical skills, understanding and expertise as well as their practical work, leadership and management capacities. In memory of her husband, Frances Chaloner donated a sum of money to the Foundation in order to fund an annual prize in memory of her late husband.
2015 Robert Chaloner Prize
The nomination form for the 2015 Robert Chaloner Prize can be downloaded here. For more information please also see the selection process.
Nominations will be judged by a sub-committee of the Institute's Board on the following criteria:
- Has demonstrated strong leadership and management skills.
- Has developed greatly improved strategic analytical skills.
- Has demonstrated initiative in launching and/or leading events that benefit other young strategic thinkers.
- Has worked harmoniously with others and demonstrated characteristics of a strong team player.
- Has demonstrated capacities to research and write quality strategic analysis.
- Has either worked within or aspires to work within, the Australian national security community, broadly defined. The Australian national security community is defined here to include all Commonwealth and State Government departments and agencies, the Australian Defence Force, police forces, relevant parts of defence industry and also relevant academic and independent research institutions.
- Is aged 35 years or below at 1 January of the year of the award.
The recommendation of the selection committee will be presented to the Institute's Board for endorsement.
The decision of the selection committee and the Institute's Board is final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decision or any part of the selection process.
2014: Kevin Davies