The policy brief includes an evaluation of and recommendations to deal with a specific national security challenge. It comprises a situation brief, analysis and evaluation, and policy recommendations to the national security decision-makers.
Typically, up to 1500 words, the writing should be analytical rather than descriptive and is expected to present logically organised, clearly written, and powerful arguments. You should avoid writing a paper that presents normative arguments or political polemics.
The brief should outline the vision and recommendations about your country’s national security policy for the next political mandate of four years.
Based on a study of the available country-specific sources (appropriately quoted) in terms of documents, data, and analysis, you should identify the key sectors of the comprehensive security concept relevant to the country’s needs and demands. In each sector, you should define one-two strategic objectives and select appropriate approaches and instruments. For example, revitalising economic security after the US’s COVID pandemic is connected with debt reduction, while there is no such problem in Bulgaria.