2017 Student Essay Competition

in partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy



Foreign Affairs and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy want to give tomorrow's leaders the opportunity to demonstrate innovative thinking on the issues that shape their world. 

In the 2017 Student Essay Competition, a panel from the Foreign Affairs editorial staff and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy will select one undergraduate's essay to be published on the Foreign Affairs Web site.

Selection committee includes:

  • Gideon Rose, Editor and Peter G. Peterson Chair, Foreign Affairs
  • Justin Vogt, Deputy Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
  • Yuen Foong Khong, Li Ka Shing Professor of Political Science, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Does populism pose a threat to the international order? Why or why not, and what can be done about it?

Submit your essay here.

Submissions should be between 1,200 and 1,500 words. All quotations or uncommon facts should be appropriately cited. Entries must be original, unpublished work written by the contestant.

All submissions must be received by Friday, November 17, 2017, 11:59 PM, EST.

Open to all undergraduate students graduating no earlier than December 2017.

Submissions sent by mail will not be accepted. No purchase necessary to enter.


The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is a postgraduate school of the National University Singapore. The QS World University Rankings (2017) ranked NUS 15th in the world and 1st in Asia. Learn about their graduate programs here.