Arms Control Essay Contest Seeks Your Innovative Ideas

Posted by Grant Schneider
December 13, 2012
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The State Department's Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) is in the final stages of its Innovation in Arms Control Challenge, and we hope to announce the results soon. In the meantime, we aren't slowing down. AVC has a new competition ready to go, and this time we will be engaging American and Russian citizens through the 2012-13 International Arms Control Essay Contest.

We are looking for ideas from citizens of the United States and Russia to offer innovative ideas on how to reduce the risks posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The nature of WMD risks has changed in the 21st century, but so has the nature of diplomacy and technology. From President Obama to Secretary Clinton and throughout the Administration, there has been a directive to find ways to leverage new tools and technologies to our advantage. We are working on creating new ways to verify and monitor WMD treaties and agreements, but we can always use new ideas. That is why we are looking for essays on the application of open source information and communication technologies to arms control verification, compliance, and monitoring.

AVC is excited to be partnering with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Center for Policy Studies (PIR) in Russia on this effort. Together, we will reach out to the widest possible audience of innovators in the United States and Russia. We hope to get some really cutting-edge ideas on how we tackle arms control verification in the information age.

For all the details on the rules and submission guidelines, please click here for the CNS website or here for the PIR website. The contest runs until January 31, 2013, and is open to all citizens of the United States and Russia. One winner from the United States will have their essay posted on the PIR Center website and one winner from Russia will have their essay posted on the CNS website. The bonus: both winners will also receive an iPad.

So think big, think innovative, and then get typing and send us some great ideas!



Age N.
California, USA
December 14, 2012

A.O.N. in California writes:

What is the goal? To make world a safer place? To save lives? It is not WMD's that are killing people. It is conventional weapons that we are exporting to the rest of the world that is the real problem. Unless you can get the military industrial lobbyist out of our political process we have no chance of curbing the sales of real guns and ammo's that we are shipping to the rest of the world.

ageili h.
December 18, 2012

Hamoud in Libya writes:

What well be president Obama action to stop owning machine gun to civilian over America.

Do you think president Obama well issue debate to people and congress to discuss such problem.

Do you think this well in pack others and spreed to other nations were governments take action to stop owning machine guns.

Anup D.
December 26, 2012

Anup in New Delhi writes:

A global contest would have been better. Ideas from around the world will be beneficial for the US citizens to avoid civilian and military misuse of arms and guns in particular.


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