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NFL Nationals Issue Released

05/26/11 05:18:39 pm

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Resolved: That the United States should intervene in another nation's struggle for democracy.

Foreword: Democracy promotion is currently an important goal of U.S. foreign policy. For example, one of President Bush’s major goals in Iraq was to democratize the state (although the primary stated goal was to disarm Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction). However, Bush’s predecessors in office have subscribed to a similar conception of democracy promotion as a crucial foreign policy tool for several decades. For example, the U.S. supported the democratization of Germany, Japan, and Italy post-WWII, and the U.S. aggressively encouraged states to adopt democratic forms of government to counter communism and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The question is whether democracy promotion remains a legitimate foreign policy goal in the current international environment.

Congratulations on qualifying for nationals! Enjoy the experience, and remember the way to win is to be more informed than the other team. Good Luck!

Michelle Schmit