National Peace Essay Contest

The National Peace Essay Contest is a yearly competition that provides scholarships to high school students. NPEC encourages high school students to explore peacebuilding. Many NPEC winners have gone on to study foreign policy issues in college or have pursued careers in international affairs. Up to 53 winners receive college scholarships and, in 2014, the three national winners will be invited to an Awards Program in Washington, D.C.

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2013-2014 Essay Contest Deadline Quickly Approaching!

Contest Deadline: February 10, 2014, 11:59 PM EST

The submission deadline for the 2013-2014 National Peace Essay Contest is February 10, 2014. In order for students to submit their essays, coordinator and student registration first coordinators must register online , after which they will receive a link to the student registration system by email, and then students will be able to register and submit their essays (by February 10, 2014 at 11:59 EST) using that link. The final step for submission is approval of the essay by the coordinator by February 11, 5pm EST. In the case that a coordinator or student does not have access to the Internet, the student or coordinator should contact the contest staff for instructions on how to make a submission by mail. Please contact contest staff at essaycontest@usip.org if you have any questions or encounter difficulties with the registration database.

National Peace Essay Contest 2013-2014 Topic and Question

Security Sector Reform, Political Transition, and Sustainable Peace

Transitioning to peace and democratic governance raises challenging questions about how to handle security forces. What do you do with a police force that has been trained to serve a repressive government and protect the status quo? What do you do with an army that has been fighting in a civil war? What do you do with rebel forces that may know how to fight but know very little about civilian life? Read More

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Directions for entering the National Peace Essay Contest

Students: Please follow these instructions to participate in the contest.

  • Let your coordinator know about your intention to enter the contest. Ask the coordinator to review the directions for entering the contest, both the student section and coordinator section.

National Peace Essay Contest 2013-2014 Topic and Question

Security Sector Reform, Political Transition, and Sustainable Peace

Transitioning to peace and democratic governance raises challenging questions about how to handle security forces. What do you do with a police force that has been trained to serve a repressive government and protect the status quo? What do you do with an army that has been fighting in a civil war? What do you do with rebel forces that may know how to fight but know very little about civilian life?

Gender, War and Peacebuilding

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2012- 2013 National Peace Essay Contest
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In 2013, over 1,100 students submitted entries to the National Peace Essay Contest, while more than 1,000 more participated in related writing and other classroom exercises in high schools around the country.

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