Public Forum debaters will begin 2016 by debating a new resolution over the success of US and EU economic sanctions against Russia. Have these measures reduced Russia’s threat to Western interests, or not?


Debate Central wants to help all debaters write better cases, which is why we’ve prepared our complete, free introduction to debating both sides the Russia sanctions resolution!


Our topic analysis contains tons of free evidence for both pro and con, plenty of strategic tips, and a full breakdown of what you can expect from the January PF resolution, “Resolved: On balance, economic sanctions are reducing the threat Russia poses to Western interests.” 


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We just released our complete guide to the current Lincoln-Douglas debate resolution: “Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice.” We will break the jury nullification topic down for you, covering strategies, tips, and tons of evidence for both the affirmative and negative sides of the debate!


Need tips and evidence to help make your Public Forum debate case as strong as it can be? Look no further! Below the fold you’ll find our breakdown analysis of the current migrant crisis PF debate topic, “Resolved: In response to the current crisis, a government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests.”



Lincoln Douglas debaters, let us help you build your cases for the season-opening September/October LD debate resolution! We’ve got your back on both aff and neg, with strategic tips, evidence, and more. Below the fold you’ll find our totally free guide to the LD topic, “Resolved: Adolescents ought to have the right to make autonomous medical choices.”

This breakdown features all of the expert advice, high-quality research, and more that you could ever need to get a jump-start on winning your debates, covering both the affirmative and negative sides of the topic.



Public Forum debaters, are you ready to begin the 2015-2016 debate season? We want to help, by offering our totally free guide to the PF topic, “Resolved: The United States Federal Government ought to pay reparations to African Americans.”


Reparations may be a tough topic, but you’ll handle it like an expert– this breakdown includes tons of the strategy tips and free evidence you need to write the best cases for Fall 2015. The guide comes with strategic advice for both the pro and con, so you’ll be ready to make the most of your rounds on both sides. You’ll be winning tournaments in no time! [..]

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The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are happy to announce the 2015-2016 Young Patriots Essay Contest, Sponsored by Copart. Entrants have the opportunity to showcase their writing skills and compete for $9,000 in scholarship money.


The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge middle and high school students to creatively engage with public policy and current events through the art of writing. We assign a controversial topic each year, and THREE winners are chosen to receive a scholarship out of hundreds of essay submissions.


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Last year’s first place contest winner receiving his scholarship award.




Here at Debate Central, we aim to provide debaters with useful, topic-specific research they won’t find anywhere else. That’s why, each year, we commission a paper from an expert in the resolution’s area of controversy.


The 2015-2016 policy (CX) debate topic is “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.” These debates are certain to deal with difficult questions surrounding how the USFG should best balance the competing interests of privacy and civil liberties with national security and defense.  [..]

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