Entries are invited to address the following question in the context of a speciﬁc country or region in Africa, or the continent as a whole:
"What should African armed forces of the 21st Century look like?"
Some themes to address might include: The future threats African militaries are likely to face and the capabilities that will be needed to combat them; the changes that are required in terms of their current force structures; the efﬁcacy of external assistance in this process; the main challenges to civil-military relations in Africa; the prospects for success of the proposed African Standby Force and African peacekeeping in general.
First Prize: £1500
This exciting competition established jointly by RUSI and The Brenthurst Foundation, a Johannesburg based think tank devoted to strengthening Africa’s economic performance, with the generous support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, aims to encourage fresh and innovative perspectives on African security and development.
The Nelson Mandela International Essay Competition is open to professionals writing in the ﬁeld, academics, government and armed forces' personnel, and new writers seeking to contribute to the debate. Entries need not be members of RUSI. The winning entry will receive an award of £1500 and a year's membership to RUSI, and two runners-up will also each receive a year's membership. All three winning entries will (subject to Editorial Board approval) be published in the RUSI Journal.
Authors of any nationality are eligible, but their work must be presented in English
Essays must not be less than 3,000 words and not more than 3,500 words in length
Closing date for entries to the competition is 19 April 2007. Entries are preferred by e-mail but will be accepted on paper by post and fax. Please do not send ﬂoppy disks. An international panel of eminent judges selected by RUSI will assess the entries. The judges’ decision is ﬁnal and no correspondence on the nature of assessment or the results will be entered into.
Please supply your name, a one-paragraph biography and current afﬁliation, address and e-mail on the ﬁrst page of the essay.
Please use ‘Nelson Mandela International Essay Competition 2007’ as the message title and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
For paper applications please send your essay to:
Dr Terence McNamee, Director of Publications, RUSI, Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET, United Kingdom or fax completed entry form and essay to: +44 (0)20 7747 2647
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