Topic: Your video should argue a case in response to the following question, “Should NATO Allies commit to spending 2% of their Gross Domestic Product on defense, and can they do so?" You should feel free to focus your answer (i.e. your research) on your own country (regardless of whether or not it is already spending 2% of GDP on defense), but this is not compulsory; if you choose to do so, you should keep in mind the “big picture” of the totality of the Alliance (i.e. use your country as a case-study for broader, cross-cutting issues and solutions).
Teams: Except in special cases agreed with your schools, students should compete in teams of two students each. Members of each team can comprise undergraduates, graduates, and early/mid-career students, including in combination. The assessment of each team's presentation will take account of varying levels of seniority to "level the playing field". Only one team of two students may submit videos on behalf of any given school.
Time limit:: Videos should be no longer than 30 minutes.
Judging criteria: Videos will be ranked by a topic expert based on the quality of the student scholarship contained in the video not the level of technical sophistication of their video. This will include assessing student scholarship along at least the following lines: originality and creativity, quality of research and arguments, clarity and effectiveness of presentation. In short we are asking teams to demonstrate in their videos that they would be valuable contributors to the Brussels in-person program. The selection process will make allowances for the inevitable differences among participating teams' English language skills.
Step 1: Develop your position.
Discuss the topic with your professors and teammates. Research the issues by way of reviewing the discussion questions, bibliography, and fact sheet provided on this website, based on which you can identify additional sources for consideration and research. Find an approach that inspires you.
Step 2: Develop your content.
Write your script (what you plan to say during your video) and practice it. We encourage a frequent back-and-forth among team members, rather than a mechanistic juxtaposition of separate sections each with a different presenter. Your video can be 100% material that you have filmed, with your own voice and comments, or a combination of your own material (interviews, filming on site, etc.) and additional content. If you wish to insert additional content, think about what you might use. Are there publicly available videos or photos that could be included in your video?
Step 3: Produce your video.
Now you're ready to film. You can use just about any camera-enabled product to film your video. This means that you can use your computer, your phone, a video camera or anything else in between. You can film the video yourself or you can have friends or family run the camera for you. Practice in front of the mirror, with friends or family or anywhere else to make sure that the words come out smoothly!
Step 4. Review your video.
Once your video has been recorded and edited, watch it back one time. Is it within the time limit? Did you say everything you wanted to say? If so, you’re ready to upload the video.
Step 1: Once the video is on a computer, you can go to youtube.com and find the upload button in the top right hand corner.
Step 2: When uploading the video please select “unlisted”, this means that only those with the link to the video can view it.
Step 3: The title for your video should be "[Your School]- NATO Debates 2018 - [Your Title]".
Step 4: Wait! It might take a few minutes for your video to upload; the site will let you know when it’s done.
Step 5: Once your video is uploaded you are ready to submit! Go here to fill out the form to submit your video.