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2016 Tana Forum University Essay Competition

2016 Tana Forum University Essay Competition

Africa is the arena for some of the modern world’s most intractable security challenges. 80 years ago, when powerful nations boldly breached multilateral decision-making and international law, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia stood before the League of Nations and declared the imminent catastrophe facing the world, should the principles of common security be abandoned. Since then, Africa has not only been the testing ground of international peace and security, but its governments and institutions have been the champion and custodian of common security.

  • Are you an African youth concerned about peace and security on the continent?
  • Do you believe your future is, in any way, affected by current peace and security challenges on the African continent?
  • Would you want your voice to be heard on this issue?
  • Do you have a passion for writing?

Then you should participate in the 2nd edition of the Tana Forum University Essay Competition, organised by the Tana Forum Secretariat, which is based at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

The 2016 Essay Competition forms part of this consultative debate that is envisioned to contribute to policy building and development.


Africa in the Global Security Agenda


Tana Forum Secretariat, which is based at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS)


The authors of the top three essays will win a complimentary trip to the Tana High-Level Forum in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on 16-17 April 2016. The highest-scoring student will be invited to make an oral presentation of his/her essay to the Forum’s participants, including African heads of state and other high-level dignitaries and officials.


29 February 2016


  • Applicants must be an African residing in an African country;
  • Applicants must be MA or PhD students in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, Political Science, or International Relations at one of the participating universities (see below).

2016 Participating Universities

  1. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  2. Alexandria University, Egypt
  3. Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
  4. Cairo University, Egypt
  5. Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal
  6. Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  7. Makerere University, Uganda
  8. Manouba University, Tunisia
  9. Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  10. Université Omar Bongo, Gabon
  11. University of Cape, South Africa
  12. University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  13. University of Ghana, Ghana
  14. University of Lagos, Nigeria
  15. University of Nairobi, Kenya
  16. University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  17. University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
  • Entries must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman or an equivalent font with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page.
  • Essays must be 5-10 pages in length.
  • Submissions must be the original work of applicants with a comprehensive list of sources consulted. Essays on other topics will not be accepted. Please use the topic as the title of your essay.
  • Submissions should be either in English or French.
  • A bibliography must be included. AT LEAST three of the sources you cite must be primary sources, i.e. books, periodicals or newspapers that you have researched. (A primary source is a document, speech, or other sort of evidence written, created or otherwise produced during the time under study. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event. They may be accessed online.) Other sources may be online, provided they are cited correctly as such. Any submissions lacking three primary sources will be disqualified.
  • Any essay using crowd-sourced and publicly editable sources such as Wikipedia will be disqualified! Please make sure to also separate your primary source list from your Internet source list.
  • Essays MUST be submitted in a Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx). Any essay submitted in any other format will not be considered.
  • Your essay will be disqualified if it does not meet the requirements or is submitted after the submission date of 11:59 pm EST on 29 February 2016.
  • Applicants must be willing and able to travel.
  • Email your essay together with your full name, age, university, country of origin, and contact information (email address and telephone number) to Lettie Longwe (
  • Download the scoring template here


All inquiries should be sent to | Tel: +251 111 245 660 | Tana Secretariat, IPSS/AAU, P.O. Box 1176, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


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