Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize 2023

See the winners of this year's prizes.

Dating back to 1874, the Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize reflects and reinforces the Institute's status as a uniquely placed platform for free-thinking debate on defence and security.

Awards are made on the basis of originality, logical argument, sound analysis, style, clarity and conciseness.


Full-time education category

The winner in the full-time education category, receiving £1,000, is Turner Ruggi for his essay: ‘Counterstrategies to Economic Warfare: A Strategic Framework in a World of Weaponised Interdependence’. Turner Ruggi is an undergraduate student in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Military career category

The winner in the military career category, also receiving £1,000, is Joe Reilly for his essay: ‘Perfidious Albion’? British Foreign Policy in an Age of Strategic Choice’. Joe Reilly is a Midshipman in the Royal Navy and a Research Analyst at the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre.

The prizes were presented by Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC, Chief of the Defence Staff, following his Annual Lecture on Wednesday 13 December 2023.


The judges this year were:

Competition Sponsor

This year the prizes were funded from the RUSI Military Sciences Martial Power Programme.


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