International Competition in Geopolitics


invites all students interested in geopolitics to take part in our yearly international competition


The aim of the event is to find out the best and most ambitious students in a field of geopolitics, and reward them with an opportunity to integrate, discuss, get known to scholars and other best students, as well as reward them with honourable titles and valuable prizes.

The languages of international competition are Polish and English, with both language tests versions same in meaning and difficulty.

To take part in the competition you have to be a person, which doesn’t hold PhD at the moment of signing in. Students of each educational level are invited, highschool, bechelor, masters and PhD students. For person below 18 y.o. parent or another legal guardian agreement will be required. Competitors may represent their school/university or start individually.

– you need to fill in this form and send it to organizers:
– you don’t need to pay an organizing fee (100PLN) for Polish Geopolitical Society (as you will have to cover your trip higher costs if you will be in III stage).
– all above have to be filled in before March, 1st.
– having a doctorate abolish participation, but all PhDs still can cooperate with PTG as an organizers
The participation will be confirmed by email and on a list of participants on the Competition web page:

Regulamin_Olimpiady_Geopolitycznej contains the rules of the Competition written in Polish, and it concerns also all participants from abroad. A summary of rules for participants are shown below:
1) There are 3 stages of the Competition (see section below).
2) All participants or their sponsors cover all costs of their participation.
3) There are three offices in the Competition: the Organizing Committee, the International Professors Board, the Revising Commission. The Organizing Committee (KOOG) is established by PTG chairman and has organizing and marketing role, and supervises all activities conducted during Competition, like preparation of tests, checking them, etc. The Committee can disqualify participants if they would cheat during tests.
The International Professors Board (RN PTG) have advisory role, as well as conducting jury role during final stage. They review essays and quality of prepared test questions. Additionally they promote the Competition in an international academic world. The Revising Commission (KR) is a body responsible for all appeals when there are reservations regarding the course of the competition. Then they judge the case.
4) There are two types of prizes for participants if they would manage to get them. First type are guaranteed by PTG, and second by all sponsors. Information about them you will find below.
5) Geopolitics is a broad spectrum of knowledge, so this rules contains what participans should be familiar with, and what wouldn’t be taken into tests. List of disciplines and literature is below.
6) The rule is that all participants can bring their books and notes freely to write a tests. All papers are allowed, but using the Internet or mobile devices is forbidden, as well any cooperation with other participants, except practical part of III stage or team qualifications during II stage.

After completion of participant list Organizing Comittee gives time required for I stage (qualifiers). The aim of the I stage is only to eliminate all low skills participants. Following numerous of participant categories don’t have to take part in stage I duty.Consequently, these are participants who pass into stage II if they prove their right to do it:
– sole authors of reviewed scholarly books or articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals in a field covered by this competition. (To prove, you need to send a pdf or scan of a paper).
– officers and N. C. O.s of active military, police and other armed public service branches as well as students of military schools with active military service ongoing. (To prove, you need to send a proper document scan).
– participants of previous editions III stages.
– members of PTG with 2 recent years activity in PTG (They are allowed to pass on a decision made by PTG chairman).
– others, especially foreigners and those who added some value to the competition (more participants or sponsors or fame for example), which are allowed to pass I stage due to PTG chairman privilege to pass them.
If participant cannot fulfill the above requirements to pass this stage, he/she have to take part in it.
To pass stage I participants should write an essay (10-12 pages) on contemporary geopolitical events (such as political events, battles, border disputes, new conflicts etc). It has to be send on before 1st of March, and be prepared according to these marking highlights:
A) Editing skills markings (0-10 points to gain, or disqualification due to cardinal errors or plagiarism):
volume – 10-20 pages; correct language; short summary and 5 key words in English at the end; editorial format: Garamond – 12pt, citations: same format as in Przeglad Geopolityczny; maps or pictures added if needed; bibliography at the end (same standard like in above journal); note about the author should be included as well.
B) Essential markings (from -40 to 30 points to gain – positive point value allow participant to pass to II stage):
original subject choosen (up to 3 pts); text fulfill the subject (1 pt); subject is of those from the Competition disciplines list (1 pt); essay composition (3 pts); quality of analysis and choosen methods (4 pts); according to theory (3 pts); choosen statistics and statistical methods (2 pt); quality of conclusions (4 pt); choosen literature support (3 pts); narriation skills (1 pt); scientific discipline of the words (1 pt); original (primal) sources quality (2 pts); computing skills use (1 pt); graphics (1 pt).
An essay is marked by 2 reviewers (double peer-review), and result is an average points from those two independent reviewers. Best essays are granted to be published for free in scientific journals of PTG: Geopolitical Review or European Journal of Geopolitics!


Stage II is conducted in PTG regional headquarters or in one place per each country where resides a professor cooperating with PTG. Foreign participants from countries which have no official cooperating professor may choose place which they want to visit to write tests (such declaration should be sent to organizers). It may be in Poland in one of regional offices or in countries which are undertaking cooperation with PTG. List of this places will be sent on request. It also might be conducted using Internet.

II stage is a test which duration is 60 minutes and then completing the next parts of the stage remotely via e-mail after qualifying for them. During the test a participant is able to use all sources except Internet, support from other participants and staff present in the room. Participant cannot leave test room before ending test. It is forbidden to discuss with others, use telephone mobile devices, or copying answers from others. Cheaters will end with 0 points from this stage and will be disqualified in the future.

Participants entering the testing place should have their ID cards with them. Participants who are late will not be allowed to join tests. Test is composed of 60 questions with 6 possible answers and only of which 1 is true, so to answer a question you have to mark a proper box with letters A-F. Questions and answers are shown in both – Polish and English. You can gain 1 point if marked is true answer, 0 points if there is no answer, or -1 point if there is wrong answer. II stage begins at the same time in all places, and questions are the same everywhere. Results appears on our web page in the same day.

The second part of the stage is a team competition between participants representing various divisions and centres. Teams can consist of 1 to 5 participants. The team competition consists in developing a proposal of 5 questions for the opposing team, for which the answer must be found in the literature. Questions are sent to the Organizing Committee from which 3 are selected and sent to the opponents. There are 24 hours for a reply. The answer is given by e-mail. The average of all team members’ answers is counted, and in case of a tie, the speed of the best answers is decisive.

The third part of the second stage – the expert competition – consists in a similar elimination of the teams as in the previous part, but the questions come from randomly selected PTG experts, and the points are awarded as in the second part.

The fourth part of the second stage and the next ones are played individually. In the fourth part, the participant chooses four PTG experts who will prepare 3 difficult questions. A total number of questions is 12 and it can be answered in a descriptive form for 24 hours. The number of additional points for the classification is given to the number of correct answers.

The fifth part of the second stage is a geography quiz. Participants receive 10 fragments of maps of strategically important places. Their task is to recognize this place during a week. For each name they guess during the week, they get an additional 1p. (10 additional in total) to the scoring of the 2nd stage.

The sixth part of the second stage is the arms quiz. As in the fifth part, participants receive 10 fragments of photos of modern weapons. Their task is to recognize what kind of weapon is and / or write its country of origin for a week. For each name and country of origin that they guess during the week, they receive an additional 0.5 points (a total of 10 additional) to the scoring of the 2nd stage.

The seventh part is called the geopolitical duel. Participants create 6 questions from the European Journal of Geopolitics and the Geopolitics Review (accepted by the jury), which they ask the selected opponent and also receive 6 questions from him. They have 24 hours to answer and prepare it in a short written form. The jury evaluates the answers and awards points and the right to another match to the one who has answered more questions. 64 competitors take part in the first series, 32 drop out after the first and receive as many additional points in the second stage as many questions are answered. The 32 participants then work on another 6 questions (may be the same as before). From this, 16 participants drop out and receive as many points as they received for 1 and 2 series of questions. For subsequent series, regardless of the number of answers, additional 2 points are awarded. 16 participants enter the third series, prepare 6 questions again, then 8, 4 and 2. Their points are added up with the test result. The winner gets an additional 5 points instead of 2 for the last match.

The eighth part of the second stage is a geostrategic game played on a fragment of the world map selected by the Organizing Committee. 48 participants are distributed evenly on it, receiving: 10 infantry units, 2 artillery units, 3 mechanized infantry units, 2armored units, 1 logistics, engineering, communication and command unit. Every 24 hours, participants receive an updated map with the location of their own and opponents’ troops.

The ninth part of the second stage – the geoeconomic game – includes 32 participants with the highest total number of points. The geoeconomic game consists in managing the economy on the territory allocated or acquired in part eight for 20 days representing the decades of the 1800-2000 period. The aim is to obtain the highest possible income from exports, population development, industrial development, military development and infrastructure development.

20 best participants gain access to the III stage.

Stage III is arranged a day before the main annual meeting of PTG which takes place in different cities of Poland every first weekend of December each year. Only 20 participants pass to this final stage. This stage is conducted through three parts: spoken, written and practical tests.
Part I – written test: the rules are the same as in II stage, but questions are not so easy.
Part II – spoken test: participants awnser choosen questions from list and have to formulate solely proper anwsers. After 3 rounds of questions, participants can attack others by choosing opponents to ask to eliminate them. Points are awarded to those 20 participants who will survive 3 question rounds and who will not be eliminated longer during competition. Progress in this part will be shown on a map. In this part it is possible for participants to cooperate with others to eliminate opponents. Aim is to gather biggest territory on a map by eliminating neigbours using higher skills during awnsering the questions. Game ends if participants cannot awnser 3 questions, loose all territory or all questions prepared for the stage will be given out.
Part III – practical test: participants play strategic game prepared by Organizing Committee using their geostrategic knowledge and may form alliances to fullfil random goals they choose. Awarded is surviving and battle objective fullfilments on operational level.
Between three parts there are around 1 hour brakes.
Who is the winner it is decided on a combined results of these three parts, where participants can gain from 0-10 points  each. It is counted 10 pts for a person who wins a part and 9, 8, 7… for next, so 10/20 participants gains points from each part. Maximum is 30 points. Sum of points gives access to prizes. All parts might be filmed.
All results are publicly announced next day during opening celebration of Congress of Polish Geopoliticians. All prizes are awarded then.

Mandatory prizes:
– In stage I best essays are awarded by publishing them for free in PTG journals: Geopolitical Review or European Journal of Geopolitics.
– In stage II 20 best participants get free access to Polish Geopolitical Society annual congress, so all conference materials are given and a right and attend conference with a own prepared presentation and publish them afterwards without fee.
– In stage III 3 best participants gain title of the winner, and the rest of them gain the title of finalist, which are certified and can be put into personal CVs. There is an optional prizes granted by PTG which values depends on number of participants. PTG grants also official honourable prize, which is a millitary ribbon in three colours (bronze, silver, gold). It can be worn on military uniforms. Golden ribbon is awarded for 3 winners. Silver for finalists which gained overall 10 pts and more in the III stage. Bronze are for those participants who gained more than 3 pts. There are also 3 other classes of ribbons for organizers. Winners gain right to have an interview and a meeting with a choosen professor present at a Congress.
Other prizes:
All participants has access to other prizes funded by sponsors and partners of Polish Geopolitical Society which vary in each year.

Geopolitics is a broad interdisciplinary science, so we have choosen subdisciplines of geopolitics in which we focus and prepare tests. No other part of geopolitics or scholarly literature will be taken into tests:
Questions may concern:
academic geopolitics, political science, political geography, international relations, military science and security studies… with special focus on:
– definition of geopolitics
– history of academic geopolitics
– geostrategy
– geoeconomy
– classics of geopolitics and their theories
– geopolitical concepts during the Cold War
– geopolitics of eastern Europe
– global hegemony issue
– armed forces of the world
– military tactics and sciences
– military geography
– political geography, states of the world
– regional geopolitics of different parts of the world
– contemporary geopolitics of main powers
– geopolitical codes
– scientific methods in geopolitics and geostrategy
– strategic raw materials and energy sources
– arms and military industry
– military strategies
– intelligence and counterintelligence activities and role of propaganda
– geopolitical analysis and scenario making
On a basic literature we propose:
Geographical atlases, as well proffesional scholarly articles in our journals Przegląd Geopolityczny and European Journal of Geopolitics.
Classic handbooks should be obligatory:
by Colin Flint, John Collins, Samuel Huntington, Henry Kissinger, and so on.

1 II – 1 III: sending participation forms, fees
7 III: announcement of participants list on a web page
1 III – 30 IV: I stage of the Competition – sending essays
10 V: announcements of I stage results and II stage test date and places.
First saturday of June – II stage test
10 VI: II stage test result annoucement and team division
20 VI: sending question proposals deadline
25 VI: II stage – team competition
10 VII: II stage – expert team competition
1 VIII: II stage – individual competition
5 VIII: II stage – map quiz
15 VIII: II stage – armaments quiz
3 IX: II stage – geopolitical duels
20 IX: II stage – geostrastegical game
10 X: II stage – geoeconomical game
1 XI: finalist list annoucement
December: Saturday before Congress of Polish Geopoliticians: III stage
Sunday (first sunday of December), an opening ceremony to the Congress: Winners Annoucement and Prizes outhanding.