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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 2012 award was
For her essay
The Balance to be Found Between Civil Liberties and National Security
Megan Warshawsky was awarded first prize and £500.00 for her essay. At the time of the award she was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill completing a Master's degree in Politics. She had spent the previous two semesters studying at the University of Bath and was writing her thesis on the crime-terror nexus.
Details on the competition rules and requirements are available here.
The winning essay was published in the RUSI Journal April 2013, Vol. 158, No. 2. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org