Divergent Options ran a Writing Contest from March 1, 2023 to July 31, 2023 and as of this writing all of the entries we received have been published.  On behalf of the Divergent Options Team of Phil Walter, Steve Leonard, and Bob Hein, and also on behalf of our judges Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute, Wayne Hugar of the National Intelligence University, and Ali Wyne of EurasiaGroup’s Global Macro-Geopolitics practice, we want to thank all of our writers who entered the contest.  Divergent Options would not be what it is without our writers, and for that we are eternally grateful.  All writings related to this contest can be found by clicking here, and the awards are as follows:

First Place $500:  Michael A. Cappelli II – “Examining Disaster Aid as Cover for a Chinese Fait Accompli Against Taiwan

Second Place $300: Heath Sloane – “Assessment of the People’s Republic of China’s United Front Work Department, its Impact on Taiwan’s National Security, and Strategies to Combat Foreign Interference

Third Place $100:  Elliot Pernula – “Assessing the People’s Republic of China’s Current and Future Offensive Operations Against the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the Context of China’s International Ambitions

Honorable Mention $50:  Marshall McGurk – “Options for the United States to Counter China’s Multi-Pronged Offensives in Taiwan

Honorable Mention $50:  Thomas J. Shattuck – “Options for Taiwan’s Response to a Conventional Missile Strike by the People’s Republic of China

Honorable Mention $50:  Andrew Segal – “Assessing the People’s Republic of China’s Multiple Ongoing Offensives Against Taiwan