Delegation of the European Union 
to the United States

Schuman Challenge

05/09/2017 - 21:44
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Our annual EU-U.S. foreign affairs contest invites undergraduate students in the United States to present and defend transatlantic policy initiatives before transatlantic experts. The 2020 edition of the Schuman Challenge will take place on 28-30 October 2020 in a virtual format.

 

Twenty-nine teams of undergraduate students from U.S. universities have registered to compete in the 2020 edition of the Schuman Challenge scheduled virtually from 28-30 October 2020. The contest is at capacity.

The theme of this edition is: "How should the EU and the U.S respond to China’s alternative models of governance? Address a specific example or case study."

Watch the preview of the 2020 Schuman Challenge here.

Participating teams this year originate from 19 U.S. states and the District of Columbia:

  • California Polytechnic State University (CA)
  • UC Berkeley (CA)
  • Pepperdine University (CA)
  • US Air Force Academy (CO)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • American University (DC) -- winner of the inaugural edition in 2017
  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Howard University (DC)
  • The George Washington University (DC)
  • University of Florida (FA)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • Wheaton College (IL)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Tufts University (MA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Rochester (NY)
  • West Chester University (PA)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Vanderbilt University (TN)
  • University of Texas San Antonio (TX)
  • James Madison University (VA)
  • Patrick Henry College (VA)
  • Norwich University (VT)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • University of Washington (WA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • West Virginia University (WV) -- winner of the 2018 edition

Panels of Judges:

The panels of judges are as follows:

First Round Panels

Day 1 (Wednesday 28 October from 9.30 am ET to ~5:30 pm ET)

  • Dearbhla Doyle, Head of the Political, Security, and Development Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States (Chair)
  • Tomas Baert, Head of the Trade and Agriculture Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States
  • Rachel Ellehuus, Deputy Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Day 2 (Thursday 29 October from 9.30 am ET to ~5:30 pm ET)

  • Michael Curtis, Deputy-Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States (Chair)
  • Rachel Ellehuus, Deputy Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Aili Ribulis, Deputy-Head of the Political, Security, and Development Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Day 3 (Friday 30 October from 9.30 am ET to 5:00 pm ET)

  • Mercedes Garcia Perez, Head of the Global Affairs and Innovation Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States (Chair)
  • Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council
  • Peter Fatelnig, Minister Counselor for the Digital Economy, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Final Round Panel (Friday 30 October from 16.45 to 19)

  • Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
  • Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Jim Sciutto, CNN National Security Correspondent

 

The final round will be livestreamed on Friday, October 30, from 5pm to 7pm ET HERE. Connect with us using @EUintheUS #SchumanChallenge.

 

 

See detailed rules and procedures

 

Learn more on the past edition (2019)

The third edition of our EU-U.S. foreign policy contest for undergraduate students took place at the EU Delegation to the U.S. on 14-15 February 2019. The topic for the 2019 Schuman Challenge was: "Supplementing the Minsk agreements: Taking additional steps in support of Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders".

17 teams from across the United States participated in this 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); Indiana University (IN); Patrick Henry College (VA); William & Mary College (VA); California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo (CA); Pepperdine University (CA); University of Washington (WA).

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 Seemann, First Secretary, Political Department, German Embassy (day 2 only).

The judges for the final round were: HE David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the U.S.; HE 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.

West Virginia University and the College of William & Mary made it to the final round, but judges ultimately chose the College of William & Mary as the winner of the 2019 edition. Both teams were later invited for lunch at the EU Residence and to a visit of the State Department in April that included meetings with senior diplomats.

The winners of the previous editions were West Virginia University (2018) and American University (2017).

You can:

  • read our Medium story on the 2019 Schuman Challenge here
  • read our press release on the winners of the 2019 Schuman Challenge here
  • watch the video highlights of the 2019 final round here
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