High School Essay Contest Resources

Students beginning their research for the 2024 National High School Essay Contest may wish to consider the following resources. Be sure to view past winners’ essays, rules and guidelines, and a helpful writer’s checklist.

Study Guide

  1. AFSA has developed a comprehensive study guide for this year's contest. Click here for the guide.

“Basics” of Peacebuilding and Diplomacy

  1. What diplomats do, why it matters http://chqdaily.com/2018/08/what-diplomats-do-why-it-matters/
  2. Economic Diplomacy: What U.S. Diplomats Do and Why It Matters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTxlzaG7JVU
  3. AFSA’s book: Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work.
    Note: Although you can purchase this publication online, it is also available in many libraries.
  4. Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the Foreign Service by John K. Naland and Harry W. Kopp
  5. The Department of State’s website: www.state.gov
  6. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s website: www.usaid.gov
  7. AFSA’s Foreign Service Journal: www.afsa.org/fsj-archives
  8. Information about the Foreign Service: careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service
  9. Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training: adst.org/
  10. The Wilson Center publications: www.wilsoncenter.org/publications
  11. The Wilson Center research: www.wilsoncenter.org/research
  12. Brookings Institute research: www.brookings.edu/research#iran/topics/
  13. The Center for Strategic and International Studies publications: www.csis.org/programs/strategic-technologies-program/publications
  14. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace publications: carnegieendowment.org
  15. American Enterprise Institute: www.aei.org
  16. Writing, research, and bibliography guide: owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
  17. Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training: www.loc.gov/collection/foreign-affairs-oral-history/?q