Marks Foundation Essay Contest
The American Academy of Diplomacy is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization whose membership includes 200 men and women who have held positions of major responsibility in the formulation and implementation of American foreign policy. They believe that diplomacy, backed by America’s strength, plays an indispensable role in the promotion of U.S. interests abroad. It is therefore of critical importance that the highest possible standards distinguish our diplomacy in practice.
**2009 marked the last year for the Leonard Marks Essay Contest, and we thank the Leonard Marks Foundation for its support.**
The Academy is pleased to present the first prize of the Marks Essay Contest to Ches Thurber of Tufts University for his essay titled, "Reassessing Diplomatic Strategy Toward Iran." Second prize goes to Christine Osowski of Georgetown University for her essay, "Setting the Agenda for US-China Relations." Mr. Thurber and Ms. Osowski will be recognized at the Academy's annual awards ceremony at the US Department of State in December 2009, and will be given cash prizes of $8,000 and $5,000, respectively.
The Academy heartily congratulates Mr. Thurber and Ms. Osowski for receiving the highest rankings by the Academy's Essay Committee, especially due to the large number of submissions the Academy received and the high degree of competition for this year's award.
Engaging Russia Realistically, by Brian Carlson
An Iranian Grand Bargain, by Farbod Elihu
A Limited Commitment in Afghanistan, by Gabriel Francis Geisler Mesevage
Previous Winners of the Leonard Marks Essay Contest
2007: First Prize: Joyce M. Lawrence, University of California at San Diego.
Second Prize: Christopher M. Dorle, University of Michigan.
Third Prize: David Dreilinger, Georgetown University.
2006: First Prize: Andrew Prosser, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva.
Second Prize: James Stocker, Graduate Institute of International Studies , Geneva.
Third Prize: Evan McKay, DePaul University.
2005: First Prize: Arturo Lopez Levy, University of Denver.
Second Prize: Ludovic Hood, Columbia University.
Third Prize: Kelley Cantrell, George Washington University.
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