Junior Ambassadors

Junior Ambassadors Contest 2018

MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger with the Junior Ambassadors 2018 (Photo: MSC / Kuhlmann)

In the run-up to its 54th conference in 2018, the Munich Security Conference organized the sixth edition of the Junior Ambassadors essay contest.

This year's essay topic was:

These are uncertain times for arms control: Recent developments in the field of cyber warfare and lethal autonomous weapons pose new challenges. Moreover, a lack of commitment to renew and update established mechanisms calls the existing patchwork of conventional and nuclear arms control into question. What can be done A) to revive arms control for conventional and nuclear weapons or B) to extend it to new technologies?


Congratulations to the three winners of this year's Junior Ambassadors contest: Sandra Rau from Germany, Nicholas Barile from the United States and Dmitry Solovyev from Russia.

Many thanks to all applicants! We are overwhelmed by the number of submissions and the different ideas from many parts of the world.

About the MSC Junior Ambassadors

Conference chairman Wolfgang Ischinger with the Junior Ambassadors 2017…
…and 2016 (Photo: MSC/Kuhlmann).

Since 2013, the MSC "Junior Ambassadors" program aims to give very dedicated students and young professionals under the age of 28 the unique opportunity to participate in the Munich Security Conference. The three winners qualify through an essay contest focusing on current and future challenges in international security. The winning contributions are published on the MSC's website in the days ahead of the conference.

The three winners are awarded the "Ulrich Weisser Scholarship", which includes an invitation to the Munich Security Conference and covers the cost of travel and accommodation during the three conference days. The scholarship honors the memory of Vice Admiral Ulrich Weisser, who passed away in 2013. Vice Admiral Weisser was Head of the Policy Planning Staff at the German Ministry of Defense from 1992 to 1998, author of books and many articles on security and defense issues, and one of Germany's leading strategic thinkers of the past decades.

So far, Junior Ambassadors have come from Argentina, the United States, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, and Austria.

Junior Ambassadors 2017

The selection process for the Junior Ambassadors 2017 was concluded in December 2016. The topic was:


Euroskepticism is on the rise across Europe. Over the past year, the idea of a strong, ever-closer
European Union has increasingly lost popular support. However, 74 % of Europeans want a more
active role of the EU in world affairs, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. In your
opinion, which two policy measures are urgently needed to strengthen EU Common Foreign and
Security Policy, but have so far been insufficiently/not debated?


Congratulations to our three winners: Ulrik Trolle Smed (Denmark), Vytautas Jankauskas (Lithuania), and Simon Engler (United States).