High School Essay Contest Resources

Students beginning their research for the 2018 National High School Essay Contest may wish to consider the following resources. Be sure to view past winners’ essays, rules and guidelines, and a helpful writer’s checklist.

Study Guide

  1. The U.S. Institute of Peace has developed a comprehensive study guide for this year's contest: www.usip.org/sites/default/files/20171130-EssayContest_D4-edu.pdf.

“Basics” of Peacebuilding and Diplomacy

  1. AFSA’s book: Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work.
    Note: Although you can purchase this publication online, it is also available in many libraries.
  2. The Department of State’s website: www.state.gov
  3. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s website: www.usaid.gov
  4. The United States Institute of Peace’s website: www.usip.org
  5. AFSA’s Foreign Service Journal: www.afsa.org/fsj-archives
  6. Information about the Foreign Service: careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service
  7. Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training: adst.org/
  8. The Wilson Center publications: www.wilsoncenter.org/publications
  9. The Wilson Center research: www.wilsoncenter.org/research
  10. Brookings Institute research: www.brookings.edu/research#iran/topics/
  11. The Center for Strategic and International Studies publications: www.csis.org/programs/strategic-technologies-program/publications
  12. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace publications: carnegieendowment.org/
  13. American Enterprise Institute: www.aei.org
  14. The Department of State’s list of think tanks: www.state.gov/s/p/tt/
  15. Writing, research, and bibliography guide: owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
  16. Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training: www.loc.gov/collection/foreign-affairs-oral-history/?q
  17. What diplomats do, why it matters http://chqdaily.com/2018/08/what-diplomats-do-why-it-matters/