In 2010, The German Marshall Fund (GMF) was excited to hold the first Young Professional Summit in tandem with Brussels Forum. This event brings together a vast group of young professionals and is a unique opportunity for the next generation of leaders to meet leading figures in global politics and to discuss the most pressing issues on the transatlantic agenda today.
To further cultivate dialogue among young leaders across the Atlantic, GMF, with the kind support of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is proud to also introduce the Brussels Forum Young Writers Award for outstanding and original writing on the future of the transatlantic relationship. The prize is open to all North American and European students and young professionals under the age of 33. The competition is an opportunity to demonstrate innovative thinking on issues that shape tomorrow’s transatlantic agenda. Essays will address “The future of the transatlantic relationship and how the next generation of leaders can address 21st century challenges” The prompt is intentionally broad to allow for a diverse range of responses related to pressing issues in the transatlantic relationship.
The Award is presented to a team consisting of one North American and one European who have co-written a single paper. The winning pair is invited to attend Brussels Forum and each writer receives a €2,500 prize award. In addition, The German Marshall Fund also publishes the successful essay.
Catherine Laporte-Oshiro (USA) and James Shires (Switzerland) for their essay: Negotiating Order in Cyberspace: Choosing Economic Governance Over Security Spirals
Cris Ramon (USA) and Aliyyah Ahad (UK) for their paper: A World Beyond Disorder: A Vision for a Transatlantic-Led Global Solidarity Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis (second place)
Michal Zuk (Canada) and Maria Ariadne Kypriadi (Greece) for their paper: A United Front: Transatlantic Cooperation against extremism and propaganda in the era of social media (third place)
George Bogden and Max Smeets for their essay: Medicine for Fear: Transatlantic Leadership in Emergency Funding for Epidemics of Communicable Diseases
Michaela Dodge and Rebecca Robison for their essay: The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship and How the Next Generation of Leaders can Address 21st Century Challenges
Wade Hoxtell (USA) and Alexander Gaus (Germany) for their essay: Connecting Security and Development: Towards a Transatlantic Strategy in Fragile States
This year’s competition was characterized by a very high number of participations and a variety of topics. For this reason, GMF would like to give an honourable mention to the following participants whose essays were distinguished for their quality and originality:
Will Fleeson (USA) and Christofer Berg (Sweden)
Topic: Rethinking Transatlanticism: Toward a New Transatlantic Narrative
Filip Tucek (Czech Republic) and Christopher Ustler (USA)
Topic: Security Together: The Renewal of the Transantlantic Alliance as a Global Force for Stability
2013: Teresa Cantero (Spain) and Rachel Molomut (USA) for their essay: An Innovative Approach to Combat Transatlantic Human Trafficking
2012: John Schellhase (USA) and Thomas Gietzen (Germany) for their essay: Rebuilding Together: The Renewal of Transatlantic Leadership in the Global Economy.
2011: David Post (USA) and Pierce O’Reilly (Ireland) for their essay: New Institutions for a New World: The Transatlantic Alliance and the Future of the Global Economic Order