NATO Summit Simulation Game 2013 for Young Leaders from the Baltic States and Russia!

15.04.2013. 11:03

The NATO Summit Simulation game is being organised by Latvian Transatlantic Organisation and the U.S. Embassy in Latvia with support from the North Atlantic Treaty Association (NATO), the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.

This year’s theme is NATO After 2014: The Future of the Partnerships. The aim of the simulation game is to broaden young people’s knowledge and interest in the issues of NATO, international security and defence policy, thereby facilitating young generation’s political participation, awareness about NATO institutional framework, contemporary security policy and foreign policy challenges, partnerships, political and military issues.

Every student and young professional aged between 18 and 35 years from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Russia can join the game by winning the essay contest. Analytical essay needs to be written (up to 1 000 words) on one of the following topics

1.The Future of the Trans-Atlantic Relationship in a Time of Tectonic Power Shifts

2.Central Asia Relations after 2014 in the Context of NATO’s Ability to Facilitate Closer Regional Cooperation.

3.Renewing NATO Partnerships: Time for a New Look?

4.Smart Defence in Times of Austerity

5.Euro-Atlantic Security Issues in the 21st century

Essays must be submitted to e-mail addresses lato@lato.lv before 5 pm on May 26.

The essay will be appraised within two weeks, and on May 27 the 56 best essay authors will be announced which will then be invited to join the NATO Summit simulation. Six best essay authors according to the essay results will have an opportunity to choose a country to represent at the game themselves; for the others it will be an online draw.

The NATO Summit Simulation game will take a place on June 13 at the Latvian War Museum. During the game each team will represent one of NATO’s member countries defending their state’s position on concrete political, military, economic and/or social questions.

The teams’ work, activity, argumentation and behavior will be evaluated by an expert commission, which will then announce the four winners. The prizes are as follows: four best teams (8 persons) receive the chance to travel to Belgium and visit NATO Headquarters; the winners of next three places receive valuable books and materials on defence and security.

The contest regulations available here: Regulations of the NATO Summit Simulation Game 2013