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2013-14 Policy Debate Topic Finalists

 

Latin America and Export Controls are the final choices for the 2013-14 national debate topic

 
The National Federation of State High School Associations recently tabulated debate ballots from 30 states, the National Catholic Forensic League, National Debate Coaches Association and the National Forensic League. The returned ballots narrowed the five proposed topics to two for placement on the final ballot to select the 2013-14 national high school debate topic. The five topic areas were ranked 1-5 with the two topic areas receiv-ing the lowest totals – Infrastructure and Immigration– placed on the final ballot. On Janu-ary 10, 2013, the NFHS will announce the preferred topic area and resolution.

In addition to the NFL, NCFL and NDCA, the following states returned ballots:

Arizona      Kansas      Oklahoma 
Arkansas    Michigan    Oregon  
California    Minnesota    Pennsylvania 
Colorado    Mississippi    South Dakota  
Georgia    Missouri    Texas  
Hawaii    Montana    Utah 
Idaho    Nevada    Virginia  
Illinois    New Hampshire    Washington  
Indiana    New York    Wisconsin  
Iowa    Ohio    Wyoming  



  
Within each of the five topic areas appears one resolution. The resolutions within the two final topic areas are:

LATIN AMERICA

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially in-crease its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela.

EXPORT CONTROLS

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual-use technology toward one or more of the following: China, India, Israel, Russia, Taiwan.

The following chart summarizes the balloting on the topic areas and their respective resolutions.

 2013-14 Policy Debate Vote Chart

** Areas ranked 1-2-3-4-5 with low combined total indicative of top ranking.
** National Policy Debate Topic Area Balloting:


97     Export Controls – Topic I
102   India – Topic 2
85     Latin America – Topic 3
98     Russia– Topic 4
113   Southeast Asia– Topic 5
 

 

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