Debate Topics

Public Forum Topics

September/October Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative.
November/December Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.
January —Latin America—
February ———
March ———
April ———
National Tournament ———
Topic Areas
for 2019-20
  • China
  • Africa
  • Sustainable Development
  • Cybersecurity
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Federal Judiciary
  • Latin America
  • Greater Middle East

Lincoln-Douglas Topics

Novice Topic
Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.
* The novice topic is used only for Sep/Oct, and is reused each year.
September/October Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions.
November/December Resolved: The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.
* CFL tournaments will continue to use the Sep/Oct topic until January. Invitationals (like SCU), however, will use the Nocember topic.
January/February ———
March/April ———
National Tournament ———
Future Topics
for 2019–20
  • Resolved: Predictive policing is unjust.
  • Resolved: The United States ought to grant legal personhood to natural ecosystems.
  • Resolved: Japan ought to amend Article 9 of its constitution to allow for offensive military capabilities.
  • Resolved: The United States ought to legalize adult sex work.
  • Resolved: The intergenerational accumulation of wealth is antithetical to democracy.
  • Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.
  • Resolved: The United States ought to act as the employer of last resort.
  • Resolved: A just nation ought not use offensive cyber operations to target civilian infrastructure.