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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The IISS-SAIS Merrill Center Young Strategists Programme in Security & GeoEconomics The International

Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), in partnership with the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at The Johns Hopkins Universitys Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is seeking applications for the first annual Young Strategists Programme in Security & Geoeconomics, to be held 29-31 July, 2013, at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. The Programme The Young Strategists Programme in Security & Geo-economics will bring together 20 policy leaders, age 35 and younger, from around the world to examine relationships among geopolitics, economics, and security. Topics addressed will include interstate conflict, cybersecurity, proliferation, climate change, terrorism, economic growth and development, financial and fiscal crisis, state failure, and post-conflict reconstruction, in particular as they relate to the lives of poor and vulnerable populations. Once selected, all programme participants will be required to submit a twenty-page paper on geoeconomics and strategy by 03 June, 2013. All papers will be distributed to the participants in advance of the programme, and will form the foundation of the programme curriculum. The best paper as decided by the faculty will be considered for publication in IISSs journal Survival. During the programme, the participants will be split into two groups: one focused on geo-economics and economic development, the other on geopolitics and security. The groups will meet separately to discuss their papers, and convene in a plenary session to address specific policy issues at the intersection of security and geo-economics. The programme will cover participant transportation costs (including economy airfare to Italy), housing, and meals for the duration of the programme. Selection Criteria The IISS/Merrill Center selection committee will consider professional and academic accomplishment, promise, and geographic and professional diversity. Participants will be selected from government, academia, the private sector, and NGOs, and will hail from six continents. Applicants must be fluent in English, and must have been born on or after 1st January 1978. How to Apply To apply, please submit:

1. A cover page with your name, address, email address, phone number, date of birth, nationality and an indication of whether you want to participate in the geo-economics and economic development group or the geopolitics and security group. 2. Your CV or rsum. 3. A 500-word essay answering the question: How do you think international economic trends and economic development efforts impact regional security challenges? Identify these trends and discuss their application to one or more regions or populations. Combine these materials into a single PDF with your last name as the filename and email it to The deadline for submission is 23:59 Eastern Standard Time on 2 January 2013. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by 15 February 2013.