Resolved: Failed nations are a greater threat to the United States than stable nations.
Foreword: This topic is both challenging and educational, but it will not be conducive to the time constraints of Public Forum. Although definitions are instrumental to this resolution, you will see through my strategy that I try to avoid topicality debates for the sake of debating the issues. The Pro team’s arguments will center on the nexus between failed states and terrorism; the Con will have to be much more creative. This topic is complex, but to be persuasive, you should be simple. Develop one theory on each side of the resolution and make sure your arguments are mutually reinforcing. This may be the one and only time I ever say this, but don’t get too caught up in the evidence. The research burden is impossible; the teams that will win are the teams that can analytically defend their argumentation.
I am expecting a lot of questions this month on the Con side of the debate so if you have any interesting theories or arguments you want to run by me, send an e-mail to Michelle@finalistfiles.com or write on the “Public Forum Debate” Facebook wall. Good Luck in another month of debating!