Best essays of the NATO Summit Simulation Game 2013

06.06.2013. 14:51

To apply for the NATO Summit Simulation Game 2013 applicants had to write and submit an essay. All essays were subject of evaluation by organizers and supporters, and here are the six best authors and their essays!

Evaluation commission included representatives from NATO Public Diplomacy Division, LATO, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia. Evaluation commission thanks to all applicants as the all essays submitted included fresh ideas and interesting observations from young professional’s perspective. However, here are the six best authors and their essays:

AGNESE GERHARDE | LATVIA, Riga | Rīiga Graduate School of Law

Essay “Smart Defence in Times of Austerity”

“Smart defence is a way of thinking of the 21st century and it is a “game changer” for addressing modern conflicts by modern means of cooperation. It is a way how to safeguard peace and security for society globally.”

ANTRA DZENE | LATVIA, Riga | Turiba University

Essay “Euro-Atlantic Security Issues in the 21st Century” 

“There is shift from the direct military threats to terrorism, cyber wars and financial stability threatening national security of partnership. It can be observed that in the 21st century, security threats are much more complex, and we are entering time of the uncertainty, where Trans-Atlantic partnership may play a key role to protect national security of Euro-Atlantic partnership.”

ERNST-ARMIN TONISSON | ESTONIA, Tallinn | Tallinn University of Technology

Essay “Euro-Atlantic Security Issues in the 21st century” 

“Despite NATOs efforts to tackle emerging challenges, the phenomenon of climate change in the Arctic is resulting in greater geopolitical tensions between past Cold War rivals. The melting Arctic icecap is exposing new international waterways and vast commercial opportunities worth trillions of dollars at current market values. The role of NATO in the Arctic will become central to the regions governance as the region can benefit from the majority of Arctic countries speaking in a common voice. To achieve this, the passing of historical rivalries between NATO and Russia must be reassured.”

KADRI LUTTER | IGAUNIJA, Tallina | Bucknell University (USA)

Essay “Smart Defense in Times of Austerity”

“In the globalized world countless modern problems do not respect national borders and solutions to complex issues presuppose complex and innovative approach, but first and foremost, sustained commitment to problem solving and belief in our values and principles not only from politicians, but everyone across the board.” 

KĀRLIS SILS | LATVIA, Riga | University of Latvia

Essay “Central Asia Relations after 2014 in the Context of NATO’s Ability to Facilitate Closer Regional Cooperation”

“In context of last decade 2014 might be seen as a turning point in political developments of the region as well as it raises a lot of uncertainty. Can the government of Afghanistan keep in power without direct support of NATO military forces? Will Afghanistan stay a major no-NATO allay? If Afghanistan collapses how will it affect neighboring countries? As there are many uncertainties, NATO’s policy towards Afghanistan should be defined as to what is its aim, which should be to strengthen Afghanistan’s governmental, civic and democratic institution making it a stable state as well as keeping its government (and making its people) loyal to the NATO cause.”

LAURA NACYTE | LITHUANIA, Kaunas | Vytautus Magnus University

Essay “Euro-Atlantic Security Issues in the 21st century”

“In this this essay it is focused on three main issues. Describing the first one, it is claimed, paradoxically, that uncertainty makes it diffucult to project long-term NATO‘s strategy. Secondly, it presumed that transantlantic link will demand a determined effort. Finally, relations with strategically important partner, still being major NATO‘s ‘headache‘ — Russia —will remain the ‘axis‘ of relations with other countries.”