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Winners of Carnegie Council's International Student Essay Contest 2018 - Is it Important to Live in a Democracy?

Mar 12, 2019

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018 International Student Essay Contest.

ESSAY TOPIC: Is it important to live in a democracy?

Students approached this topic in different ways. They weighed current and historical cases. They applied and critiqued political, moral, and economic theories. They considered the protections, inefficiencies, opportunities, and inequities associated with democracy in practice. And they related their lived experiences to fundamental questions about the way societies ought to be governed.

Thank you to all who submitted essays. We received more entries this year than ever before, with representation from schools in 65 countries: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China (including Hong Kong), Colombia, Comoros, Croatia, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Sweden, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

And the winners are:

High School Category

First PrizeDemocracy: The Keystone of our SocietyYou Young Kim, Seoul International School, South Korea

Joint Second PrizeLiving in an "Illiberal Democracy" Gergely Bérces, Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Kéttannyelvű Baptista Gimnázium, Hungary

Joint Second PrizeDemocracy: Freedom with a CaveatGage Garcia, Los Altos High School, USA

Third PrizeWhy Democracy is the Best We've GotAlexandra Mork, Harvard-Westlake School, USA

Undergraduate Category

First PrizeVote Democracy! Claudia Meng, Yale University, USA

Second PrizeWhat the Tunisian Revolution Taught Me about DemocracyAziz Ben Hadj Yahia, Tunis Business School, Tunisia

Third PrizeDemocracy is What We Choose and Uphold Mariana Isabel Sierra Estrada, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia

Graduate Category

Joint First PrizeDemocracy in GhanaWutor Mahama Baleng, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Joint First PrizeThe "Dirty War" and the History of Democracy in ArgentinaLena Muldoon, Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina

Honorable Mentions

Merry Christmas, Democracy!Jinyoung Kim, The King's School, Australia

Is it Important to Live in a Democracy?Murat Bakeev, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia

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