Student Essay and Visual Arts Contests for Spring 2020

Columbia University's Journal of International Affairs holds two student essay contests: the Andrew Wellington Cordier Contest and the Global Public Policy Network Contest. Winning authors of both contests are published in the print issue and receive $500. Since Vol. 72, No.2, in the spring of 2019, the Journal also holds a biannual visual arts contest with a $250 prize. 

The theme of the spring 2020 issue will be Politics of Protest. The issue will take an in-depth look at protest movements across the globe, from Hong Kong to Lebanon to Chile. It will also explore sub-national and transnational trends: how modern technology shapes modern protest, how international law and institutions can support, or undermine, regional movements, how contemporary protests compare to historical movements, and more.

Deadline and Submission Guidelines 

All essays should be submitted via email to jiaeb@columbia.edu. Specific information on each of the contests can be found below.

If you have questions, please contact the Editorial Board at jiaeb@columbia.edu

Submissions for all three contests are welcome on the following topics, or on a similar topic related to the issue's main theme: 

  1. Tribal, state, local, or trans-national protests movements
  2. Retrospective analyses on failed or successful protests
  3. Comparison of current and past protest movements
  4. The role of international law and institutions in supporting protest movements 
  5. How modern technology shapes modern protest