CGU team takes first place, $10,000 prize in International Grand Strategy Competition
A team of five students from the School of Politics and Economics (SPE) has claimed first place and a $10,000 prize in the Wikistrat 2011 Grand Strategy Competition.
The month-long contest pitted 31 graduate schools and think tanks from across the globe against one another to develop strategies pertaining to globalization and geopolitics. After being assigned to represent a country, teams forecast their country’s national trajectory, developed national policies, brainstormed alternate futures, and responded to hypothetical geopolitical crises.
The CGU team represented Pakistan. The contest was assessed by a team of judges led by former Pentagon strategist Thomas P.M. Barnett.
Comprising CGU's team were: Benjamin Acosta, PhD student in comparative politics and cultural studies; Steven Childs, PhD candidate in world and comparative politics; Sean Gera, PhD student in world politics; Byron Ramirez, PhD student in political science and economics; and Piotr Zagorowski, PhD student in world politics.
The team bested rivals from the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Georgetown University, Ohio State University, Yale University, New York University, and other top schools.
Childs said the CGU team's victory is a testament to the university's emphasis on transdisciplinary education and the political methods courses found in SPE’s curriculum. Rather than examine the issues in isolation, the CGU team tackled the challenges of the contest with a broad range of thought and academic expertise.
“This emphasizes the strength in CGU's approach to education,” Childs said. “I'm really proud of our team.”