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People in the world have always wanted a peaceful life where no one has to be complicated with any conflicts. We all have seen some living men who sacrifice their lives for peace. One of them is Jusuf ‘JK’ Kalla, Indonesia’s current Vice President.

Great global leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Malala Yousefzai, Martti Ahtisaari and so on, have done their best to bring peace at the price of their comfortable lives and futures, many of whom were bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize, even though some are not yet.

JK is just like other businessmen-turned-to-be-statesmen who have thousands of reasons to live happily with their abundant wealth. His courage and bravery brought him to step into some prolonged conflicts just to reach one goal: peace.

Horrific conflicts in Indonesia, namely Ambon and Poso conflicts, as well as in Aceh were pacified thanks to JK’s work. Taking a great number of death tolls, these conflicts had drained government budget. People doubted that JK could end the conflicts.

But the doubts have never got the best of him. JK and his team came up with a lot of works, discussion and compromises that eventually resulted in peace treaties. JK seem to never stop his efforts to better our society. He leads an organization focusing on peacemaking in Asia Pacific region called CAPDI (Centrist Asia Pacific Democrats International). It gathers some great world leaders to take part in peacemaking processes in the region. Not being power during the period of 2009 – 2014, JK decided to continue his noble job by taking responsibility to be the Indonesian Red Cross (2009-now).

Recently, Hiroshima University awarded the highest academic title of Doctor Honoris Causa to JK for his contributions and dedication to maintaining peace and development in Indonesia. The university believed that JK’s peacemaking experience is beneficial in strengthening global peace as well as greater and better inter-nations relationships including between Japan and Indonesia.

JK’s leadership and statesmanship have always come with ideas of peacemaking that are proved to benefit our humanity. “Only peace can develop human civilization,” JK believes.


  1. Inspire young Indonesians to explore and be more knowledgeable in about peacemaking and the history of it in Indonesia especially regarding Poso, Ambon and Aceh peacemaking.
  2. Encourage young Indonesians to explore JK’s ideas on peacemaking and analyze them based on their knowledge and perspectives.
  3. Based on JK’s ideas, explore ideas of Indonesian position towards global peacemaking and Indonesia’s plan to be the one of the UN Security Council members.
  4. Giving input and support on the JK’s nomination for Nobel Peace Prize for his work in peacemaking both nationally and internationally.


  1. Peacemaking a la Jusuf Kalla: the history, the present and the future
  2. Conflict resolutions in Poso, Ambon and Aceh to inspire further global peacemaking
  3. Inspiration to support Indonesia as now a UN Security Council member based on JK peacemaking works.


Who is qualified to enter the competition?

  1. Indonesian youngsters, both individuals and teams, under 35
  2. Strong interest in peace building and peacemaking in Indonesia and the world.

Writing guidelines

  1. It must be an original piece created exclusively for this competition and not submitted or published anywhere previously
  2. The works must be created in English and carefully edited for content, spelling, and grammar.
  3. The works must be research-based, non-ficton, and be between 1000 – 1500 words long for the writing.
  4. The works must be new, original, and written specifically for this competition.
  5. Previously published works, whether in print or online (in any form), will not be accepted.
  6. All sources (primary or secondary) used must be fully and properly cited. All direct quotes must appear in quotation marks.
  7. The committee will scan all the works using plagiarism software that can detect any material previously published in books, articles, or available online.
  8. The works should have a title. The author’s name should appear under the title. Writers are expected to use heading system if necessary.
  9. The works must be submitted in the format of .doc or .docx format. For the essays, use 12 pt Times New Roman font. PDFs will not be accepted.
  10. For the essays, margins should be set to 1” on all sides. Pages should be numbered.
  11. The committee reserves the right to publish the winning essays and names the winning writers on its website.

Recommended structure

  1. Clear introduction related to any subject related to the recommended issues
  2. Explanation and exploration of the selected issue(s) in various contexts and perspectives like social, economic, political, cultural, religious and / or ideological
  3. Further explanation and exploration in relation to any existing actions or ideas by individuals, groups, movements, trends, ideas, organizations, or any combination of them
  4. Succinct conclusion that come with real-action-based recommendations in the pursuit of a Nominating Jusuf Kalla as Indonesia’s representation in the Nobel Peace prize Nomination

Submission deadline

  1. The works must be submitted online to the committee no later than 30 August 2018 at midnight Indonesian Western Time (WIB).
  2. Please send your works attached with a scan of your ID and a passport for verification to and
  3. DOWNLOAD the essay cover page from HERE to be attached with your essay.

Criteria for winning

Originality, clarity, coherence, use of sources, and the quality of the writing.

Panel of Judges

All writings will be read and judged by an independent panel of Indonesian and international experts and diplomats. The panel reserves the right not to award a prize if no essay qualifies. The panel’s decisions regarding prize winners are final.


  1. Based on the decisions of the judges, the committee will award first, second, and third best writings with prizes in the amounts of amounts of IDR 10,000,000, IDR 7,500,000, and IDR 5,000,000, respectively.
  2. Top 25 winners (including first, second, and third prizes) will be invited to have a dinner reception with VP Jusuf Kalla (time and location TBD) – the costs of transport and accommodation are at the winners’ expense.
  3. 25 winners will also receive award certificates from the committee.
  4. 25 winners’ writings will be published simultaneously on the website and will be publish in an edited book.