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PONI Essay Contest


The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is holding their 2010 Essay Contest. PONI was established in 2003 to develop the next generation of nuclear weapons experts and to contribute substantively to the debate on nuclear weapons policy. Now in its seventh year, PONI has over 1,000 members from across the nuclear enterprise and has established a lasting presence in the nuclear community.

This year, one of our department's priorities is getting more undergraduate and graduate students thinking and writing about nuclear issues. As part of that effort, we are sponsoring our first essay contest. Submissions should be between 4,000 and 5,000 words and focus on the following issue areas: nuclear strategy, policy, and posture; nuclear nonproliferation; scientific and operational methods to improve security; and nuclear disarmament and material security.

A panel of senior and junior nuclear experts will review the submissions and select winners. The author of the best overall essay will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize and have their essay reviewed for publication in The Washington Quarterly. The author of the best undergraduate essay will receive a $3,000 cash prize. Submissions are due by August 31, 2010. For questions, please contact John K. Warden at

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