Daisy Alliance Scholarship Essay Contest

Bruce Roth, Founder of Daisy Alliance, will award cash prizes to the students who submit the best original papers. For more information or any questions regarding the scholarship or the essay contest, please email  bruce@daisyalliance.org or click here.

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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, and several new nuclear security threats have emerged-North Korea has nuclear weapons, Iran may have them soon, and there are terrorist organizations who aspire to using weapons of mass destruction against the US and its allies. Russia and the U.S. are no longer on the brink of nuclear war, but tensions still exist from disagreements over missile defense, NATO expansion, and the Russian invasion of Georgia.

Students should address all of the following questions:

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?

This essay should be at least 2,500 words and not more than 3,000 words excluding footnotes and bibliography. Papers must be submitted by January 26th, 2010 in a Word file to bruce@daisyalliance.org. Be sure to include your name, mailing address, school name, and grade.

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