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The Delegation of the European Union to the United States congratulates the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia) on winning the 2019 edition of the Schuman Challenge last week (February 14/15).
College of William & Mary students Grace Kier, Joseph Bistransky, George Barros, and their mentor, Professor Steve Hanson won the third edition of the EU's foreign policy contest for undergraduate students in the United States ahead of the team from West Virginia University. The competition, which fosters debate of major security issues on the EU-U.S. agenda in a global context, was hosted at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in Washington, DC. Teams are judged based on the merits of their contributions to furthering transatlantic dialogue, with judges favoring evidence-based analysis, command of the subject matter, and clarity and power of their presentation.
During 1.5 days of competition, seventeen teams (three students and a faculty mentor) from across the U.S. were asked to present their strategy for new initiatives for transatlantic cooperation in Ukraine in order to achieve the following objective: "Supplementing the Minsk agreements: Taking additional steps in support of Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders."
A panel of judges for the first round of competition selected the College of William & Mary and the University of West Virginia as the two finalists. Another panel of judges led by European Union Ambassador to the United States, David O'Sullivan, heard the presentations of the finalists, asking specific questions before selecting the winner.
"Both teams made an excellent presentation," said Ambassador O'Sullivan. "It is obvious that a lot of work went into this. I saw a lot of self-confidence. On balance, we felt that the team that convinced us most was William & Mary. I hope that all teams will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of the transatlantic relationship through this contest."
17 teams from across the United States (11 states and DC) participated in the 2019 edition: U.S. Air Force Academy (CO); American University (DC); George Washington University (DC); Howard University (DC); Tufts University (MA); University of Missouri (MO); University of North Carolina (NC); Norwich University (VT); West Virginia University (WV); University of Michigan (MI); James Madison University (VA); University of Indiana (IA); Patrick Henry College (VA); William & Mary College (VA); California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo (CA); Pepperdine University (CA); University of Washington (WA).
Full list of Schuman Challenge Judges:
The judges for the first round were: Caroline Vicini, Deputy-Head of the EU Delegation to the U.S.; Jamie Fly, director of the Future of Geopolitics program and the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., former foreign policy advisor to Marco Rubio during the 2016 campaign; Jorge Benitez, Director of NATOSource, professor at the U.S. Marine Corps Academy, and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council; Maria Belovas, Spokesperson, Head of the Press and Public Diplomacy Section, EU Delegation to the US (day 1 only); Dino Mihanovic, Counsellor, Political, Security and Development Section, EU Delegation to the US (day 1 only); Helena Boguslawska, Deputy-Head of the Political, Security and Development Section, EU Delegation to the US (day 2 only); and Christoph Heinrich, First Secretary, Political Department, German Embassy (day 2 only).
The judges for the final round were: David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the U.S.; Karin Olofsdotter, Swedish Ambassador to the U.S.; Julie Fisher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe and the EU; Ishaan Tharoor, Foreign Affairs Writer, The Washington Post, Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One.
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