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Deadline for registration and submission of work:
March 22, 2021
Winner Announcement:
April 22, 2021

Hikma with Center for International Studies is pleased to announce the first edition of the Essay Competition with the title: "The climate challenge: between inequalities and world gap".

The challenge is open to all students and recent graduates who have obtained their degree no more than 24 months ago.

  • Theme description

The issue of climate change is the subject of significant debate in international relations. It is at the same time the cause and consequence of new world phenomena: if in fact on the one hand the excessive exploitation of natural resources and the consequent economic process that began from industrialization has significantly deteriorated the natural environment in an almost irrevocable way, it is also known that the effects of this impact on the environment are evidently noticeable only from the end of the 1990s, with an ever-growing interest of the international community in dealing with the issue of climate change.

In fact, the tangibility of climate change is manifested in particular with regard to the so-called environmental disasters, namely those accidents that occur due to natural or human actions and that have important repercussions on the environment and individuals.

The action of the international community has therefore been differentiated in two respects: on the one hand, the elaboration of new mitigation plans to cope with the unexpected and potentially disastrous effects of climate change, and on the other by inviting the States most affected by these disasters to develop resilience and adaptation plans to these environmental phenomena.

Precisely with regard to individuals and adaptation plans, it seems appropriate to consider that these environmental phenomena are drivers of important inequalities that directly affect the affected populations: in the areas most affected by environmental disasters, drought, food scarcity or the right to life itself (universally recognized right) are endangered for individuals; however, raising situations of disparity both at an interstate and international level with groups of individuals forced to migrate both within national borders and moving outside, leading to the phenomenon of environmental migration and so-called environmentally displaced migrants. Therefore, if the element of migration already clearly affects the internal and external security dimension of States affected by climate change, to this must be added a further destabilizing factor on this topic: interstate conflicts on the theme of the geopolitics of resources. These conflicts, which are increasingly frequent in many territories facing problems of drought or food scarcity, constitute a further example of the centrality of the issue of environmental disasters in relation to that of collective and international security, undermining the balance of peaceful coexistence. between states and causing new elements of instability in already economically fragile regions of the world.

  • Task description


The candidate is invited to write an essay, not exceeding 2000 words in length, on the topic of climate change and its impact on inequalities between individuals and on regional political balances. The writing can focus either on one of the two themes listed above, or on both, tracing a logical connection between the theme of inequalities related to environmental migration and the geopolitics of resources, focusing on a specific case-study or considering the theoretical implications of the theme. proposed in the field of international relations. 

The jury of experts will select as the winner the essay that most provided an interesting starting point for analysis on the proposed topics, having clearly and comprehensively exposed the content of his work and considering through a critical approach the main criticalities connected to his topic. of study.

The work must be sent via the google form by March 22, 2021.

  • Rewards


The essay selected by the jury will be published on both pages of the associations and advertised through the social media of Hikma and Center for International Studies.

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