Voting on Topics
Coaches may vote on upcoming topics by logging in to the Points Application. Students may vote by clicking here.
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela.
Policy Debate Resources »
2013 November/December Topic
Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, truth-seeking ought to take precedence over attorney-client privilege.
2014 January/February Topic
Resolved: Developing countries should prioritize environmental protection over resource extraction when the two are in conflict.
Lincoln-Douglas Resources »
NEW in 2013-14: At its spring meeting, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to designate a resolution for NOVICE Lincoln-Douglas Debate to be used in the first two months of a novice season:
Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.
The Board considered this approach after studying the positive benefits from states that have already adopted this practice. Establishing a resolution for the first two months of the novice season enables the League to create educational materials that can be updated and improved year-to-year, and allow educators to have a consistent topic geared toward novices that will enhance and streamline their novice LD curriculum, particularly after the first year of implementation.
Coaches are encouraged to check with tournament hosts in their area before exclusively prepping for one topic over another.
Lincoln-Douglas Resources »
2013 December Topic
Resolved: Immigration reform should include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
(345 schools and 120 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 60% of the school vote and 57% percent of the student vote.)
2014 January Topic
Resolved: Development assistance should be prioritized over military aid in the Sahel region of Africa.
(384 schools and 175 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 70% of the school vote and 68% percent of the student vote.)
Public Forum Resources »
topic area ideas
Note: The PF Topic Selection Committee chooses topic areas to debate at their summer meeting. These areas are then used throughout the school year. If you would like to submit a topic area for consideration, please submit by
June 1 for the following school year.
NEW in 2013-14: At its spring meeting, the Board of Directors voted to change the initial Public Forum topic to a two-month topic in September/October and then revert to a month-to-month topic.
A two-month topic to start the year will benefit novices who have more time to learn and improve their skills without switching topics. The topic will still coincide with the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) topic area. It may also allow more schools to take advantage of the contest opportunity with a focus on one topic area.
For a list of the League's approved websites for online publishing sources in 2013-14, please click here.
Submissions for online publishing sources must be received November 1 through March 1 for consideration the following academic school year. Submissions made after the deadline cannot be added to the list for use in competition until the following year. To access the 2014-15 Online Publishing Source Application Form, please click here.
Note: The new list for 2014-15 will be published in June 2014 after the conclusion of National Tournament.
Interpretation Resources »
Each question is from a different nationals topic area:
Provided by Coach Todd Hering
How much damage are revelations about NSA surveillance doing to the US relationship with its allies?
What does the resurgence al-Qaeda mean for Iraq?
Is the Taliban in Afghanistan strengthening or weakening?
How strong is the relationship between the US and China?
Has the foreign policy of Vladimir Putin been a success?
What will become of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt?
Has the Obama Administration learned to better use restraint in its drone warfare?
What should be done to help the world’s 28.8 million internally displaced persons?
Does Xi Jinping face significant challenges to his leadership from within China?
What steps should South Korean President Park Geun-hye take to improve her country’s security?
Does the student loan system in the U.S. need to be overhauled?
Is Obamacare imploding?
Who were the winners in the government shutdown showdown?
Why does the US seem to lurch from one budget crisis to the next?
Why is Virginia’s governor race in the national spotlight?
Are efforts to address childhood obesity working?
Is Chris Chistie a viable candidate for the GOP nomination on 2016?
What is Michael Bloomberg legacy as Mayor of New York?
In light of new knowledge about concussions, should contact sports be banned at the high school level?
Should the US embrace nuclear energy to fight climate change?
Extemporaneous Resources »
Topic Release Schedule