Are you an early career researcher interested in the future of arms control? Do you have a game-changing idea that needs a platform?

About the competition

The global arms control regime is in peril. With the end of the INF Treaty, allegations of Russian cheating on various agreements, and US plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, arms control as we know it is in jeopardy. New technologies, such as cyber and artificial intelligence, also challenge historical approaches to arms control as rooted in “strategic stability”. Bonnie Jenkins recently called for “imaginative thinking” for the future of arms control, so we hope to jumpstart that conversation.

Do you have an idea for a future arms control agreement? This is your opportunity to pitch your best arms control idea to a panel of expert judges and wider audience. Ideas can be broad or narrow. Possible topics might include a New START follow-on, trilateral arms control, arms control for emerging technology, arms control verification, unilateral arms control, or arms control across domains. The more creative and more specific, the better. Round 1 will entail a 250-word pitch, followed by the live finals in Round 2 including a 5-minute (virtual) presentation with a question and answer session. Inspired by Policy Idol, an annual competition hosted by the Policy Institute at King’s College London, Arms Control Idol is looking for bold but concrete solutions to existing or future challenges in arms control–big ambitious ideas are welcome!

For more information and to apply, please see here.