In April 2009, President Barack Obama told his Latin American counterparts that he wanted to begin “a new chapter of engagement” with the region. Almost two years later, Arturo Valenzuela, Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, said that the Obama Administration remained committed to shifting “the balance in the U.S.-Latin American relationship in a positive and constructive direction.” According to Deputy Assistant Secretary Juan Gonzalez, this commitment continues to guide the Administration’s approach to the region, as evidenced by the country’s new policy approach toward Cuba.
Through the “New Chapter of Engagement with Latin America Essay Competition,” the Islands Society challenges high scholars across the Lowcountry to consider these issues and come to their own determinations about what the future holds for our region. Then, they are asked to draft an essay that demonstrates thought leadership on the topic.
Young professionals interested in participating in the essay competition are invited to submit an article of 500-900 words. They are also asked to provide a resume. All materials must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00pm EST on April 30, 2016. Only completed applications received by that date and time will be considered. Selected essays will then be professionally edited and published on The Islander – the official blog of the Islands Society. A press release will also be issued and the articles will be shared with over 3,000 contacts across the region.
About the Islands Society
The Islands Society is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is also the only think tank on foreign policy and public diplomacy in South Carolina. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit therefore develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include the Pacific Islands Society, Baltic Islands Society, Sea Islands Society, Arctic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, and Remote Islands Society (Japan).