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Join the Arms Control Negotiation Academy

The HSE University and Harvard University with other partners started accepting applications in the Arms Control Negotiation Academy. The Academy will solicit applications from all over the world to select the top 16 applicants for the program. Applications are accepted until May 2.

Join the Arms Control Negotiation Academy

The Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA) is a 12-month, high-level professional development program for a competitively selected cohort of rising international security experts and practitioners. The ambitious training curriculum addresses critical historical case studies, technological know-how, and advanced negotiation skills in the realm of arms control. Participants earn a Certificate in Arms Control Negotiation and become part of ACONA’s network of next-generation arms control negotiators. Each year, ACONA recruits a new cohort of Fellows.

Eligibility
ACONA welcomes applications by highly qualified candidates of all nationalities who demonstrate 3-5 years of advanced professional or research experience in one of the following broad fields: (1) arms control and nuclear issues, (2) negotiation and mediation, and (3) international peace, security, and global affairs, particularly U.S.-Russia-China-EU relations. The most highly-qualified candidates will be able to demonstrate several years of professional or research experience in their field, international experience, an advanced degree, and public recognition of their achievements.
  ACONA Call for Applications 2021-2022.pdf
Over the course of their one-year fellowship, ACONA Fellows acquire advanced negotiation skills, collaborate on international research projects, and meet with senior leaders. Among the leaders who participated in ACONA events were Anatoly Antonov (Ambassador of Russia to the United States) and Catherine Ashton (former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy). The Fellows’ research projects draw on insights from discussions with these experts to propose new and innovative ways of tackling complex arms control challenges.
 
Three times per year, Fellows meet virtually or in-person for week-long “Negotiation Boot Camps.” At least one of these intensive workshops takes place in Iceland.
 
Program
•          Fellowship Term: July 1, 2021 — June 30, 2022
•          Boot Camp 1: August 16-20, 2021, Virtual
•          Boot Camp 2: January 10-14, 2022, Host TBD*
•          Boot Camp 3: May 9-13, 2022, Reykjavík, Iceland*
 
To apply, please send the following documents to acona@fas.harvard.edu by Sunday, May 2, 2021, 11:59pm EDT (Monday, May 3, 2021, 03:59am UTC):
1.         Motivation letter (see ACONA website for letter requirements),
2.         CV or resume that reflects relevant experience, and
3.         1 recommendation letter that highlights exceptional relevant work.
 
If you are interested in addressing some of the most pressing national security questions of our time, while engaging with fellow professionals and experts from around the world, find out more about how to apply for an ACONA Fellowship here.
 
The HSE coordinator is Lev SokolshchikPhD in Hist., Research Fellow at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies.