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05-16-2007, 04:32 PM
FYI for anyone who is interested in entering a submission.

2007 NATIONAL SECURITY Strategy Essay Contest
Sponsored by the Army-G3 and the Combating Terrorism Center

Traditional theories of international security argue that deterrence will only succeed if one actor credibly threatens future harm `against something another actor values. When that threat of harm is made against something or someone that an actor does not value, or if that actor is not rational, deterrence invariably fails.

To date, America’s attempts to deter would-be terrorists have relied on the credible threat of imprisonment or death. But given that the United States continues to be targeted by violent extremists six years after the attacks of September 11th, it seems increasingly clear that adherents of al-Qa`ida and like-minded groups do not value self-preservation in the way in which the United States had anticipated.

To the contrary, members of al-Qa`ida have sought to clarify the fact that adherents of their ideology are motivated not by the prospect of continued life on Earth but by the promise of life in the hereafter. This rationality nullifies the effectiveness of a deterrence strategy based on the threat of being captured or killed.

The Army G-3 and the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point are sponsoring the 2007 National Security Strategy Essay Contest in order to solicit new ways of thinking about deterrence in today’s post-9/11 world. We invite submissions of article-length (7,500 – 10,000 words), publication-quality essays addressing the following question:

How can the U.S. credibly and ethically deter adherents of extremist religious ideologies from engaging in terrorist activity?

Essays will be judged on scholarly rigor, creativity and innovation. Authors are encouraged to be interdisciplinary in their thinking. The author of the essay judged by the CTC Faculty and Senior Fellows to be the best will receive a $5,000 research grant.

For instructions on submissions, go to http://www.ctc.usma.edu/CTC-NSS-Essay-Contest-2007.pdf

05-17-2007, 02:27 AM
Does anybody know if they perfer MLA, APA5, IEEE for bibliography?

05-17-2007, 02:56 AM
Does anybody know if they perfer MLA, APA5, IEEE for bibliography?

No idea, Sam, but if you find out, let me know :D.


05-17-2007, 02:56 AM
Maybe we should think about submitting a collective SWC paper :eek:.

05-17-2007, 03:54 AM
Think that would be allowed?

05-17-2007, 01:28 PM
No idea, but I suspect that co-authored papers are. I suppose we cold always ask :D.

Querie sent...

05-17-2007, 06:49 PM
-totally abandon Israel and exert no influence anywhere in the middle east and donate very, very heavily to the PCF (peaceful cohabitation fund) to be administered by unnamed and unkown ME parties. That ought to at least get me a nod of recognition from somebody:wry: