Join the Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA)

The world is facing new global security threats. Great power and regional tensions are on the rise. The post-World War II security architecture is disintegrating. In this crucial moment of history, six institutions from the U.S, Russia, and Europe join forces and ask the next generation of arms control negotiators to meet the security challenges of our time.

What is ACONA?

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 will earn a Certificate in Arms Control Negotiation and become part of ACONA’s network of next-generation arms control negotiators.

ACONA Fellows are required to

  1. participate in three immersive workshops (“boot camps”) over the course of twelve months,
  2. actively engage in discussions with distinguished scholars and practitioners, and
  3. collaborate with a small group of Fellows on an international research project and submit the results of that project by the end of their 12-month Fellowship. The Fellowship covers the cost of travel and accommodation at the three boot camps, the first of which will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland, August 17-21, 2020.

ACONA Fellowship Term: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Dates:

  • Applications Deadline: April 26, 2020
  • Notification by: mid-May, 2020
  • Boot Camp 1: August 17-21, 2020, Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Boot Camp 2 & 3: January 11-15, 2021 and May 17-21, 2021
  • Fellows will virtually collaborate on a joint research project throughout the fellowship term.

Eligibility

ACONA welcomes applications by highly qualified candidates who demonstrate 3-5 years of advanced professional or research experience in in one of the following broad fields: (1) arms control and nuclear issues, (2) negotiation and mediation, (3) international peace, security, and global affairs, particularly U.S.-Russia-China-EU relations. International experience, advanced degree(s), and public recognition of achievements desirable.

Application 

To apply, please send the following to acona@fas.harvard.edu by April 26, 2020:

  • Motivation letter (1-2 pages, see website for letter requirements)
  • CV/resume (max. 5 pages) that reflects relevant experience
  • Letter of recommendation that highlights exceptional relevant work

ACONA is a collaborative effort of Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre at the University of Iceland, the Negotiation Task Force of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the History and Public Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.

Learn more and apply:

www.acona.fas.harvard.edu

COVID-19 update (03/17/20): ACONA applications can be submitted online. Fellows are not expected to meet in person until August 2020. Any changes to the program will be communicated directly to the selected Fellows. Please visit our website for more information or email us at acona@fas.harvard.edu.