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Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize
FAO Michael Codner
Director of Military Sciences
Royal United Services Institute
London SW1A 2ET

Previous Winners
2010: Lukas Milevski
A Collective Failure of Grand Strategy: The West's Unintended Wars of Choice

2009: David Blagden
Strategic Thinking for the Age of Austerity

2008: Andrea Baumann
A Clash of Organisational Cultures?

2007: Julian Lewis
Double-I, Double N: A framework for counter insurgency

2006: Peter Layton
Redefining Warfare

2005: Julian Lewis
Nuclear Disarmament Versus Peace in the 21st Century

2003: Stevyn Gibson
Open Source Intelligence: An Intelligence Lifeline

2002: Ian Bellany
Men at War: The Sources of Morale

2001: Jim Storr
Neither Art nor Science - Towards a Discipline of War

2000: Chris Tweed.
From Doughnuts to Toffee Apples - A New Model of War and Peace

Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize

RUSI logoThe Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize, the Royal United Services Institute’s annual competition awarded for original writing on contemporary issues of national and international defence and security, is now open for 2015.

Dating back to 1874, the Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize reflects and reinforces the Institute's status as a uniquely placed platform for free thinking debate on defence and security. Previous winners have discussed the challenge of integrating civilian and military efforts in stabilisation operations, an assessment of the methodology of modern insurgents and redefining warfare.

The competition is open to authors of any nationality and entries are particularly welcome from - but not exclusive to - members of the Armed Forces. One or more prizes within a total of £1,000 may be awarded.

The winner of the 2014 award was

Ben Challis

For his essay

Building the Bomb: Nuclear Proliferation in Authoritarian States

At the time of the award Ben Challis was studying for a Master of Science degree in Defence, Development and Diplomacy at Durham University

Details on the competition rules and requirements are available here.

Awards are made on the basis of originality, logical argument, sound analysis, style, clarity and conciseness.

For further information please contact the Competition Manager, Michael Codner, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Military Sciences, RUSI, at

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