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Schuman Challenge

April 7 @ 8:00 am - April 8 @ 5:00 pm


Challenge Question: How should the EU and U.S. cooperate in Afghanistan following the U.S. military withdrawal?

  • The 2022 Schuman Challenge will take place from April 7-8. It is an annual competition that invites teams of 3-4 undergraduate students to respond to a topic impacting transatlantic relations and present before a panel of judges.
  • The Schuman Challenge is a two-round competition. Teams from across the U.S. deliver 10-minutepresentations on a pressing foreign policy issue.
  • The Schuman Challenge is funded by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Finalists of the challenge will meet the Ambassador of the European Union to the U.S. and other senior diplomats on a special trip to Washington, D.C.

Meet UW-Madison’s 2022 Team

Ali Beneker

Ali Beneker is a freshman at UW-Madison studying Economics and Journalism and is thrilled to be on the Schuman Challenge team this year. A regular debater in Wisconsin Speech and Debate and a writer for an online publication, Ali is excited to bring writing, editing, and persuasive skills to the team. Participating in the Schuman Challenge is helping her reach her goals of a future career in political communication!



Pranav Krishnan


Pranav Krishnan is a freshman majoring in Economics and Political Science. He is participating in the Schuman Challenge to further his learning about American and European foreign policy and the predicament in Afghanistan. And hopes to utilize his experience in pursuit of a career in international relations.



Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is majoring in History and Psychology with a certificate in Southeast Asian Studies. She plans on graduating in 2023 and chose to compete in the Schuman Challenge due to her historical knowledge in US Foreign Policy during the Cold War and the parallels that can be seen in governmental choices that occurred in Saigon in comparison to Kabul. Because she plans on going to graduate school to study law, and its relation to immigration. She says, “the Schuman Challenge is a great opportunity for me to gain a better understanding in the mechanisms of foreign policy and diplomacy and the questions that arise in time sensitive decisions by governmental agencies.”



Aleksander Cwalina

Aleksander Cwalina is a senior studying journalism and political science, with minors in European studies and German. As a multilingual immigrant to the United States, he feels deeply connected to Europe both through his personal life and through his studies. He has previously competed in the the Schuman Challenge, saying, “The Schuman Challenge plays a key role in (deepening his connection to Europe) by providing me and other students interested in European affairs the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in researching, creating, and defending policy pertinent to current events.”


Benefits of participating:

– Develop critical thinking and foreign policy research skills
– Strengthen debating acumen while competing against undergraduates from other U.S. universities
– Present your foreign policy recommendations to an esteemed panel of foreign policy experts from the diplomatic community and leading media organizations

Read about UW-Madison’s participation in the 2020 Shuman Challenge.

More information forthcoming.


April 7 @ 8:00 am
April 8 @ 5:00 pm