MSC Junior Ambassadors Programme

Junior Ambassadors Contest 2019

MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger opens the Munich Security Conference 2018 (Photo: MSC / Kuhlmann).

In the run-up to the 55th edition of the Munich Security Conference in 2019, the Munich Security Conference Foundation organised its seventh Junior Ambassadors essay contest. Since 2013, the MSC Junior Ambassadors programme gives dedicated students and young professionals aged 28 or younger the unique opportunity to participate in the Munich Security Conference.

The essay topic was:

This year, many world leaders voiced their concern that multilateral cooperation is increasingly being obstructed. For instance, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas highlighted before the UN General Assembly: "It becomes clear that we are indeed faced with a crisis – the crisis of multilateralism." However, today's major security challenges – such as climate change, arms control and internationalised conflicts – cannot be tackled without sustained multilateral action. What is your novel idea for reviving multilateralism? Which concrete policies should be pursed to achieve that end?

About the MSC Junior Ambassadors

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, Austria, the United States, Germany, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway and Russia.

Junior Ambassadors 2018

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

The selection process for the Junior Ambassadors 2018 was concluded in December 2017. The 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.

Junior Ambassadors 2017

MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger with the Junior Ambassadors 2017 (Photo: MSC / Kuhlmann)

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 not or insufficiently been debated?

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