CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE
college seniors or students within one year past graduation
who have not yet begun graduate school; must have high academic
achievement and significant course work in international affairs,
political science, economics, history, or Russian studies.
plus medical, dental, and life insurance and vacation time
are among the colleges and universities invited to nominate
two students each. The Graduate Studies Advisor screens
interested candidates in the late fall and names the nominees
five-page thought piece on one of three set topics, changing
are interviewed in the spring and about 10 winners are named
by April 15.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is one of the leading
think tanks in the world. It specializes in international affairs,
conducting programs of research, publication, education, and discussion
on issues relating to international relations and U.S. foreign policy. Each year
it appoints 10 students to be Junior Fellows, working as research assistants
to Associates of the organization. Projects include "non-proliferation,
democracy-building, international economics, China-related issues, and
Russian and Eurasian affairs." Junior Fellows help work on
books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, meet with high-level
officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings.
The Fellowship provides a substantive work experience for students with
serious career interests in these areas.
Applicants for nomination submit information to the Graduate Studies
Advisor, including a 1- to 2-page resume or background statement indicating
extra-curricular activities and work experience; two letters of recommendation
(at least one from a professor in your major department); an undergraduate
transcript; and an essay (see below). The two nominees will work
with the Advisor to revise and refine their application materials to
submit by about January 15.
The topics for essays are set each year in early October. For
the 2004 competition the topics were as follows:
A. President Bush
and senior administration officials speak often of the U.S.’s new “generational
commitment” to transform the Middle East into a zone of liberal democracies
and free market economies, likening the effort to the U.S. struggle to defeat communism during
the Cold War. Can the U.S. really transform the Middle East?If so, how? How is this
“generational struggle” similar to or different than the
Jintao became president of the People’s
Republic of China in March 2003. Evaluate his performance in dealing with issues
concerning China’s security and political reform.
C. Ukraine, being
semi-democratic and a rudimentary economy, can be seen as the last post-communist
transition country that has not found its form as yet. In the fall of 2002, the U.S. nearly froze its relations with
Ukraine after President Leonid Kuchma appeared responsible for having ordered the murder
of a journalist and the sales of sophisticated military equipment to
Iraq. Meanwhile Ukraine was also on the black list for laxity
on money laundering and intellectual property piracy. Now, Ukraine is one of the largest contributors
of troops to the alliance of the willing in Iraq, and U.S.-Ukraine relations have
greatly improved. What would
be the correct U.S. policy toward Ukraine?
D. President Bush
has said that the U.S. will not tolerate nuclear weapons
in either North Korea or Iran. What are the most important factors that can help prevent the
acquisition or retention of nuclear weapons by these states? If these two states succeed in “going
nuclear,” what should U.S. policy makers do to respond?
E. In September 2003,
the World Trade Organization held its major ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico. Once again, the world’s attention focused on the importance
of global trade rules in facilitating development. How would you rank the importance of international
trade compared with other factors in the development of the world’s
poorest 60 countries? Is international
trade given too much attention, not enough, or about the right amount?
These essays are designed to evaluate your analytical skill, logic,
and clarity of written expression, so it is expected that they will
be thought pieces, not research papers. Detailed
instructions are provided on the Carnegie website: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/about/index.cfm?fa=jrFellows.
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