3rd CSDP Olympiad, Slovakia
(Residential phase 4th - 7th October 2016)

1. Aim

This part of the 3rd CSDP Olympiad aims at improving the basic knowledge of cadets on CSDP by providing them with the incentive to study a specific aspect of CSDP in more detail, through the elaboration and submission of an approximately about 3,500 words paper.
To provide extra motivation, all accepted papers will be collected and published in printing after the competition. The authors of the 10 best papers will get the opportunity to present their paper to their peers and to a competent jury, during the residential phase in Slovakia. The winner of this phase will be awarded.
2. Timeline

a) Choice of the title
The participants will choose a topic of the relevant list of the topics and will inform the ESDC Secretariat and Organizers of the topic that they choose no later than

22nd January 2016

, at the Olympiad site by e-mail ( and The Secretariat will confirm the receipt of the title. Participants can, with the approval of their national Point of Contact, also suggest a title of their own choice, as long as it is related to CSDP/CFSP and allows the participant to express an informed opinion on the chosen topic. The title should be proposed to the ESDC Secretariat by the deadline mentioned above. The Secretariat will confirm whether the title is acceptable or not. Participants that do not indicate a topic of choice by the

22nd January 2016

, will be attributed a subject by the ESDC Secretariat. There is no appeal possible against the decisions of the ESDC Secretariat concerning the choice of subjects.
b) Drafting of the paper
The drafting of the paper can start as soon as the participant has chosen a title from the list or as soon as the suggested subject has been agreed by the ESDC Secretariat.
c) Submission of the paper
All papers must be submitted to the ESDC Secretariat NLT

9th May 2016

  by e-mail. The ESDC Secretariat will confirm the receipt of the paper. Papers arriving after the

9th May 2016

  will not be eligible for the competition, unless the participant provides written proof that the document has been sent on time.
3. Grading

All papers will be graded by a team consisting of national and EU level specialists between

9th May 2016 – 20th June 2016

. Each admitted paper shall be graded by two persons. The final score will be the average of the two scores.
The participants will receive their scores at the latest on

8th July 2016

 and at the same time will be informed if they are selected to present their paper during the residential phase.
4. Guidance for the writing of the paper

Regulation on how to author & evaluate Essays -

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5. Plagiarism

In case that the Secretariat suspects plagiarism, the national points of contacts will be informed about the suspicion and together with the Secretariat will take a final decision. If plagiarism is considered proven, the work will be excluded from the competition and from the written publication. The appropriate disciplinary procedure will be started at national level, based on the provided evidence.
Furthermore, the extent of quotations in the text of the paper should not exceed the 30 % of the total extent of the paper.
6. Oral presentation

The 10 papers with the highest score will be eligible for an oral presentation during the residential phase in Slovakia. During the presentation, each participant will receive a score from a jury of experts and from the other participants. The final order will be based on the weighted average score of the written phase (50 %), the score of the jury (25 %) and the average score of the other participants (25 %) for the oral presentation.
At the end of the presentations, the jury will announce who has obtained the highest score.

Paper writing topics
  1. Cyberspace as new dimension of European security
  2. The role of the European Union in maritime security
  3. Challenges and opportunities for the EU in a changing global environment
  4. The current state of the European energy security supply
  5. Operational capability of the EU Battle groups
  6. "Pooling & Sharing" as the answer to Europe's capability shortfalls.
  7. The role of CSDP in the EU’s comprehensive approach
  8. The role that CSDP could play in countering hybrid threats
  9. The relevance of the EU’s CSDP in light of the United States’ “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region.
  10. The impact of a potential Brexit on further development in CSDP
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