Clarke Contests Summary

Welcome to information about the Richard A. Clarke National Scholarly Monograph competitions.

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Center for First Amendment Studies in conjunction with, launched a national graduate student monograph contest in April of 2011, and two more in 2012 and 2013.

The contests honored Richard A. Clarke, the author of the 2007 book Against All Enemies, and a national terrorism advisor to three US presidents: George H.W. Bush; Bill Clinton; and George W. Bush. It was funded by L.A. businessman Steven C. Markoff.

The contests were financed by the A-Mark Foundation of Santa Monica, California, run by The Center for First Amendment Studies at California State University, Long Beach, in conjunction with the A-Mark Foundation website

For a brief summary of contest rules and eligibility requirements for the three contests, click here.

For information about winners from all of the competitions, click here. For information about the specific annual competitions, please click on the links below:

2013: “Are American drone attacks in other countries:

1. Legal?

2. Moral?”

2012: “Beyond capturing and killing terrorists, some nations have seemingly evolved effective means of preventing violent extremism and countering radicalization

1. What are some of the better examples of such successful programs?

2. How could such programs be more broadly utilized to combat terrorism against the United States?”

2011: “The two competition questions are:

1. What lessons have we learned from 9/11?

2. Given the lessons learned, what policy changes would make America more secure?”

To send your comments about the competitions, click here
Updated October 2021