IONS essay competition


Students of military science, particularly in the maritime domain, have an opportunity to stand up and be counted in the IONS (Indian Ocean Naval Symposium) 2014 essay competition.

Three topics have been selected and entries must not exceed 6 000 words. The topics are:

How can information sharing between IONS members support the aims of maritime forces’ co-operation envisaged in the IONS vision and objectives; IONS is now an established part of nascent security architecture in the Indian Ocean region, how might its aims be further advanced; and how might Indian Ocean countries transition from years of maritime capacity building to effective maritime co-operation.

Judging criteria include content, originality or approach, authenticity of research and linguistic proficiency with entries having to be written in English. Essays have to reach the organisers by December 1 and winners will be notified by next March.

The competition is open to all uniformed and civilian members of the 35 IONS member and observer navies.