Topics – PF Mar ’16, LD Mar/Apr ’16

The first of each month is the announcement date for topics that change the following month, so the new PF topic for March, and the new LD topic for March/April have just been posted. (You can always find any announced topics at the NSDA (NFL) Current Topics page. For LD and PF there are also the topic possibilities that could show up later in the season.)

2016 March PF Topic Area: East Asia
Resolved: The United States should withdraw its military presence from Okinawa.

I’m a bit surprised at the specificity of this one; there would seem to be other (better?) possibilities with a subject area of East Asia (South China Sea, anyone?). What I have will be in the Japan folder in the Extemp Files (see the post previous to this one for the link). I’ll get the backfiles on Japan up later. For my area, we’ll still be using the February topic through the state tournament, so this one will be used only if you have March NatQuals. The 2011 Nationals CX final was on this topic.

2016 March/April LD Topic
Resolved: The United States ought to promote democracy in the Middle East.

It is perhaps best that this is a value debate topic, not a policy topic. Arguing the morality of this issue would, at first glance, pit idealism against realism. See this recent post for some articles on Realism as a foreign policy idea. (Instead of CX debate’s should/would argument, we may end up with should/could.) There are folders on specific Middle Eastern countries in the Extemp Files (again, see the post previous to this one for the link), as well as folders labeled Middle East (Israel and Palestine articles), Arab World, and US Foreign Policy.  As with the PF topic, my area will still use the January/February topic for the state tournament, so this will be used only if you have March or April NatQuals.

Topic recap:

2016 February PF Topic Area: Energy Security
Resolved: The United States federal government should adopt a carbon tax.

2016 January/February LD Topic:
Resolved: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned.

Cross-Examination Policy Debate  2015-2016 topic
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.

Cross-Examination Policy Debate 2016-2017 topic
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

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