Andrew Wellington Cordier Essay Contest

The Journal of International Affairs is seeking submissions from students of Columbia University for its semiannual Cordier student essay contest. The author of the winning article will receive a prize of $500 and publication alongside noted scholars in the Journal’s forthcoming issue on the Geopolitics of Energy.

Fall 2015: The Geopolitics of Energy

The upcoming issue will explore the problems and solutions that energy strategies add to the geopolitical and environmental problems we face today.

The committee welcomes papers on any energy-related topic. Possible topics may include:

  • The link between oil prices and regime change
  • ISIS and oil theft
  • Shale gas revolution’s effect on US and major exporters to US
  • Latin America’s leap to renewable energy
  • Energy and climate treaties
  • Exploring the Arctic


Submission Guidelines:

  • Essays cannot have been previously published, but need not be written specifically for the contest. Papers submitted for academic credit are welcome, provided they are relevant to the upcoming issue’s theme.
  • Papers should not exceed 4,000 words.
  • Citations should be in the form of footnotes formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
  • The Cordier contest is open to all Columbia University students, both graduate and undergraduate.

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Interested authors may submit their papers via the online submission form

(URL: http://www.jotform.us/JIACordierGPPN/Fall_2015).

Questions may be directed to Sophia Barney-Farrar, Cordier/GPPN Editor, at s.barneyfarrar@columbia.edu.