MECACS Student Essay Prize results

15 August 2022

MECACS is pleased to announce the winners of our first Student Essay competition on Understanding legacies of imperialism in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

The competition attracted entries from student from a range of Schools including Classics, Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies, History, International Relations, Modern Languages, and Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all students who participated. The winning essays will be published on the MECACS blog in due course – watch this space!


  • Kasumi Sakurada, "The significance of ‘dignity’ in constructing peace in Egypt as exemplified by the 2011 Egyptian Revolution" (1st year International Relations)
  • Oliver Mizzi, "Syria’s Long War – UCD and the Battle Between Ba’athist and Islamist" (Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Security Studies Masters programme)

Honourable mentions

  • Thomas Hodgson, "Russian-centric Historiography and its implications for the Caucasus" (1st year Modern History and Russian)
  • Florence Jones, "The Chines Dream: Dreaming as Constructing in the Definition and Self-Definition of China" (Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Studies)