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May 10, 2011 |  Print  Your Opinion  

Editorial Team

Competition Winners: Women on Transatlantic Security

Editorial Team: It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the winners of our op-ed competition sponsored by the United States Mission to NATO and the NATO Public Diplomacy Division. We received over 100 submissions, many of such a high standard that they were used to produce two Atlantic Memos. These memos showcase the best ideas and solutions from our Open Think Tank and are distributed to decision-makers as executive summaries.

The winners of Atlantic Community’s op-ed competition "Women on Transatlantic Security" are:

1. Prize (900,- EUR)

Rebecca Gerome: Limit Arms Exports to Reduce Violence Against Women

The availability of small arms increases sexual violence against women. Therefore, gender based violence needs to be central to international discussions on the Arms Trade Treaty, and states must act to end impunity for armed violence against women.

Rebecca Gerome is a consultant for the IANSA Women's Network. 

2. Prize (600,- EUR)

Natasha Lamoreux: Resolution 1325: From Rhetoric to Action

The most expedient way to engage more women at all levels of transnational and transatlantic security efforts, as well as to ensure the safety and security of women in post-conflict situations, is to move Resolution 1325 from rhetoric to action by enacting a quota-system during conflict resolution processes.

Natasha Lamoreux is a graduate student at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University and Theory of Change and Human Rights Intern for ActKnowledge.

3. Prize (300,- EUR)

Rachel A. Posner: Energy: NATO's Tool for Success in Afghanistan

A collaborative, strategic approach to energy will provide NATO with the means for success in Afghanistan. A NATO-wide energy initiative can fundamentally enhance mission effectiveness at multiple levels, from overcoming enemy insurgents to improving human development for local communities.

Rachel Posner is a policy and programs analyst in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs.

The mission of is to broaden the foreign policy debate, give a voice to a new generation of thinkers and to contribute to a more diverse transatlantic strategic community. Since women are still underrepresented in positions of power and political leadership, a key part of this mission is providing publishing and networking opportunities to encourage more young women to share their own ideas on international security issues with senior experts. The competition was launched to celebrate the 10th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 and to contribute to the implementation of its goal of empowering women in peace and security.

We received 106 articles from 19 NATO Member Countries and 13 NATO Partner Countries. The editorial team has already published 65 of the submissions and will publish approximately ten more articles in the next  two weeks. All the published submissions have been listed in our Competition Compilation.

The editorial team at appreciates the many excellent articles with great ideas and will continue to promote them. We have published Atlantic Memos with policy recommendations from some of the best articles in the competition:

Arab Spring: The West’s Chance for a Fresh Start

How to Invest in Afghanistan's Long-Term Stability

We are currently writing an additional memo, which will feature some of the best ideas from competition submissions on UN Resolution 1325.

The editorial team edited the submissions for language to level the playing field between native and non-native speakers. Many thanks to our Jury, who dedicated their time to blind review the submissions:

Mr. Spencer P. Boyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, US Department of State,

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Associate Vice President of the Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program at the United States Institute of Peace,

Dr. Ulrike Guérot, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Berlin Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations,

Dr. James Joyner, Managing Editor of the Atlantic Council and founder of the popular weblog Outside The Beltway,

Dr. Bente Aika Scheller, Director of the Boell Foundation's Kabul Office.

This competition was made possible through the generous support of the United States Mission to NATO and the NATO Public Diplomacy Division.



Watch the Interview with Dr. Stefanie Babst, the Acting Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, and Mrs Palshaw Kakar, the Deputy Minister of Women Affairs of Afghanistan. Read about the US State Department’s work supporting Afghan women.

We would like to thank our partners who supported our outreach efforts: The Gunda Werner Institute, Women in International Security, American Association of University Women, and Dr. Colette Mazzucelli from New York University.

Photo: NATO Youth Forum (c) NATO.

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