Friday, September 02, 2011

Call for Host of 2012 IDEA China Open Debate Tournament

IDEA would like to remind everyone about the open call to host the 3rd annual IDEA China Open Debate Tournament in 2012. Previously Xi'an Jiaotong University (2010) and Northeast University of Qinghuandao (2011) graciously served as hosts for the tournament. As the tournament has grown in size and popularity, IDEA has been approached by various schools wishing to host the tournament going forward. In order to choose among these offers fairly, we feel that it is important to have an open bidding process.

We therefore request that any school interested in hosting the 2012 IDEA China Open Debate Tournament submit the following information to this year's tournament director, Robert Trapp ( ) and the executive director of IDEA-US, Alex Dukalskis ( ):

1. A letter of application from the applicant detailing the reasons for wishing to host the tournament, the facilities available for the tournament, and tentative budget.

2. The name, background and qualifications of the person who will serve as Tournament Host.

3. A letter of support from the university from a person at least as high-ranking as a dean.

We are attaching a draft Memorandum of understanding that explains the duties and responsibilities of the host. We also are attaching an organizational chart.

Please submit all these materials by email to Robert and Alex. We are extending the deadline to September 15, 2011. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

IDEA Youth Forum 2011: KPDC Grand Final

Motion: All states should immediately ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families

USA Hunter vs USA California

Videos from the third day of the #IYF11 KPDC!

Friday, July 22, 2011

And then there were 16... Who broke at the IYF11 KPDC?

The list of teams that broke to octo-finals at the 2011 KPDC, are, in no particular order:

Vancouver Canoucks [CAN]
New Hope 1
Romania 2
Lithuania 2
Lithuania 1
United Kingdom
Therapists [KOR]

Videos from the second day at the IYF11!

Round #3 Romania - Macedonia

Round #4 Turkey - Azerbaijan

Round #4

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Videos from the first day at the IYF11!

Demo Debate

KPDC Round #1: Quisqueya vs Independence[KSV]

KPDC Round #2: Bosnia vs Botswana

Friday, June 17, 2011

IDEA's 2nd annual China Debate Open Tournament Concludes!

IDEA's 2nd annual China Debate Open Tournament has concluded successfully in Qinhuangdao, China. The tournament featured 84 teams in the English language division and 48 teams in the Mandarin language division all competing in the British Parliamentary Debate format.

Debaters from all around China (as well as a few from Korea, the US and Australia) arrived on Thursday, June 2nd and participated in IDEA-sponsored training on Friday morning and afternoon before competing in round 1 on Friday evening. Saturday saw four more preliminary rounds and Sunday featured quarterfinals, semifinals and grand finals for each division.

Given the high number of teams and speakers, it was quite an accomplishment to break into elimination rounds and to win a speaker award at this tournament.

The China Open Awards - includes top speakers and team awards

English Team Rankings

English Speker Awards

Mandarin Team Rankings

Mandarin Speker Awards

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

170 teams registered for China Open!

As the China Open approaches this weekend, we are excited that we have 170 teams registered for the tournament! There will be 60 teams debating in the Mandarin-language BP division and 110 teams debating in the English-language division. This is a great turnout for the tournament. You can see the tournament's webpage here.

More information and results later.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

#UADC2011 Grand Final Video

NUS 1 vs UPD 1 on the motion THW never offer amnesty to heads of state in the midst of possible regime change.

#UADC2011 EFL Finals Video

Government: Bakrie 1 vs Opposition: LSPR 1. Motion: This house believe that regional proximity should be prioritized when handing out aid.

#UADC2011 Semi Finals Videos

NUS 2 v.s NUS 1

UPD2 v.s. UPD1

Saturday, May 21, 2011

#UADC2011 Quarter Finals Videos

THW make the raising of business and labour standards a prerequiste for development aid.

LSPR 1 v.s. Tokyo 1

NTU 1 v.s UPD 2

DLSU 1 v.s. UPD 1

#UADC2011 Octofinals Videos

NUS1 vs ADMU 3. THW discontinue all Black Operations

DLSU 2 v.s. DLSU 1

UPD3 vs UPD1

FOLC1 v.s. UPD2

#UADC2011 Double-Octofinals Videos


RVCE1 v.s. DLSU 2

UT Mara3 & NTU3

JG15 NTU1 v.s. UCTI1

#UADC2011 Round 8 Videos

UPM3 v.s. BINUS1

BIPED 1 vs BJUT2. This house preferes a secular autocracy to a fundemantelist democracy

Round 8 Room JM11

Friday, May 20, 2011

#UADC2011 Round 7 Videos

BJUT1 v.s. NUDT1

Teams to be determined

TWEDS1 v.s. PKU1

Thursday, May 19, 2011

#UADC2011 Round 6 Videos

BFSU 2 vs IIT 1Motion:THBT China should leave the WTO.

Teams and motion to be determined.

#UADC2011 Round 5 Videos

TFSU 1 vs CFS 2. Motion: This house celebrates the willingness of women to be 'sluts'

Teams and motion to be determined

#UADC2011 Round 4 Videos


#UADC2011 Round 4: CITYU 1 vs CUHK 3. Motion: This house would not grant citizenship at birth to the children of foreigners on domestic soil.

TWEDS 1 v.s. SZU 1

#UADC2011 Round3 Videos

CUHK1 v.s. VREC1 Motion:THW BAN Adult entertainment from casinos

BLCU 1 vs UMAC 2. This house believes that it is wrong to raise money for social welfare through national lotteries


JNU2 v.s. PKU2

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

#UADC2011 Round2 Videos

Round 2: CHUK 2 vs BINUS1. Motion: THBT copyright of visual media belongs to the subject and not the photographer.

Motion and teams to be determined

Motion and teams to be determined

#UADC2011 Round1 Videos

Motion: THW not allow minors to be involved in politics. Teams to be determined.

ITT 1 vs CHUK 3. Motion: This house regrets the practice of 'tiger' parenting

Motion and teams to be determined.

Motion and teams to be determined.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Canglong Cup in Wuhan, China

From April 21-24, IDEA helped organize and train at the Canglong Cup in Wuhan, China. The event, held at the Hubei School of Economics, consisted of one day of training and two days of competition.

The event had two divisions: English BP debate and Mandarin BP debate. Both divisions were very well-attended with 40 teams participating in English and 24 in Mandarin.

The motions for the event were:
  • Demo Debate (English and Mandarin): THW abolish the one child policy.
  • Round 1: THW end manned spaceflight.
  • Round 2: THW give the death penalty to people who endanger the safety of the public food supply.
  • Round 3: THBT NATO should use ground forces to support the rebels in Libya.
  • Round 4: THW make it a crime for scholars to commit plagiarism.
  • Semi-finals (English and Mandarin): THW ban non-essential cosmetic surgery
  • English Finals: THW increase the number of permanent members on the UN Security Council
  • Mandarin Finals: THBT citizens should be able to veto their government’s decision to build a nuclear power plant near their city.

Many thanks to the organizer, Isabel from HBUE, and trainers Yang Ge and Rowena from China and Michael Baer from the US. Here are a few photos - more photos and results will come soon!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

US Universities Championships Finals video

Motion: The US government should actively facilitate the circumvention of Internet filters in other countries

In this debate: Harvard BE, Yale DF, Alaska CS, New South Wales KM

US Universities Championships Semifinals videos

Motion: This house believe in a constitutional right to a minimum standard of living.

Room 1: OG Alaska CS; OO Alaska, CG St. John’s CM, CO FP Harvard BE
Watch live streaming video from springstreamingc1 at

Room 2: OG New South Wales, OO Alaska CH, CG KM Yale BE, CO Yale DF.

US Universities Championships Quarterfinals videos

Motion: THW instruct juries to acquit where they believe conviction not to be in the public interest.

Room 1: Harvard BE, Alaska FP, Carleton CM, Claremont SW
Watch live streaming video from springstreamingc1 at

Room 2: Yale BE, Alaska CH, LMU CK, Cornell BY

US Universities Championships Octofinals videos

Motion: This House believe that human shields are a legitimate target in war.

In this debate: Yale BE, Vermont AC, Alaska CH, Vermont GL

Saturday, April 02, 2011

US Universities Championships Round 6 videos

Motion: This house would approve annual tax on intellectual property

Room 1: OG Alaska FP, OO Yale BE, CG LaVerne MT, CO Harvard BE

Room 2: OG Alaska BJ, OO Claremont SW, CG New South Wales KM, CO Carleton CM

US Universities Championships Round 5 videos

Motion: This House would create a public forum for active duty military personnel to criticize government policy.

Room 1:OG Yale BE, OO Harvard BE, CG UCDLS OR, CO Cornell BS (first speech is missing due to technical problems)

Room 1 feedback

US Universities Championships Round 4 videos

Motion: This House would mandate a quota for women on the boards of large corporations.

Room 1: OG Harvard BE, OO Yale DF, CG Singapore CT, CO Alaska FP

Room 1 feedback

Room 2: OG Queen's GM, OO Cornell RS, CG Yale BE, CO Harvard BZ

Room 2 feedback

US Universities Championships Round 3 videos

Motion: This house would grant amnesty to dictators who leave office voluntarily.

Room one: OG Loloya CK; OO Edinburgh BO; CG Portland State BB; CO Harvard BE

Room one feedback

Room two: Swarthmore KM, Colgate LT, Seattle SW, Yale BE

Room two feedback

Friday, April 01, 2011

US Universities Championships Round 2 video

Motion: This House would charge players who commit violent sporting fouls with assault

Room 1: OG Edinburgh BO, OO Yale SF, CG LaVerne MT, CO Cornell BS

Room 1: Feedback

US Universities Championships Round 1 videos

Motion: THW mandate insurance in disaster prone areas

Room 1: OG Technology Jamaica BM; OO Yale DF; CG Regis BD; CO Texas State HK (We are missing the 1st minute of the debate due to some tehcnical problems.)

Room 1 feedback by Steve LLano

Room 2: Teams to be determined

Live Streaming Begins!

Remember, live-streaming for the US Universities Championships starts today. The videos can be seen live and will be archived for later viewing. Here is the tournament information:

United States Universities Debate Championship 2011
Burlington, Vermont
April 1st - 3rd

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NFL-IDEA Malaysia Qualifier Results

Results are in for the March 26-27 NFL-IDEA Malaysia Qualifier! Congratulations to everyone who qualified and a many many thanks to the host, Chempaka International Ladies College in Kuala Lumpur.

Public Forum Debate

Qualifiers: Sharandeep Kaur / Nur Ajierah Wahid (Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar)
Qualifiers: Sara Salim / Agu Nnaemeka (Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar)
1st Alternates: Nicholas Ming-an Balaguru/ Ramanthan al Palaniappan (Cempaka Damansara)
2nd Alternates: Nadia Feroz / Ines Alanah Enir (Cempaka International Ladies' College)

Original Oratory

Qualifier: Zenna Law (Cempaka International Ladies' College)
1st Alternate: Aiman Marzio (Cempaka International Ladies' College)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

NFL-IDEA Korea Qualifier Results

Results from the NFL-IDEA Korea Guest Country Qualifier tournament are in. The tournament was held on Saturday, March 26 at the Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies. Many thanks to Eric Moberg and HAFS for hosting and running the tournament, Gil Busby for running tab, and Logan lending his assistance. This tournament would not have happened without their hard work.

Congratulations to the qualifiers and alternates!

Solo Interpretation (Combined Humorous/Dramatic)
Qualifier: Minkyeong Cho (HAFS)
1st Alternate: Jungmin Kang (HAFS)

International Extemporaneous Speaking:
Qualifier: Chang Hyun Choi (HAFS)
1st Alternate: Jooyoung Huh (Seoul International School - SIS)
2nd Alternate: Alex Lee (Korea International School - KIS)

Qualifier: Kayoung Lee (SIS)
1st Alternate: Moses Kim (Daewon)
2nd Alternate: ChangHae Kim (IIS)

Public Forum Debate:
1st Qualifier: Sung Chan Park / Jae Young Kim (HAFS)
2nd Qualifier: Brian Kim / Joshua Kim (SIS)
1st Alternate: Donghun Kim / Keon-uk Lee (HAFS)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

IDEA to stream three prominent debate tournaments in April!

As part of the continuing effort to bring debate to as much wider an audience as possible, the media team at IDEA will be live streaming three large debate tournaments, occurring this April in the US.

Each of these tournaments will be streamed in real time, and the video archives will be available for subsequent viewing. Our Twitter feeds shall include live updates as the events unravel.

As for the schedule...

United States Universities Debate Championship 2011
Burlington, Vermont
April 1st - 3rd

HWS / IDEA Round Robin
Geneva, New York
April 8th - 9th

Campeonato Norte Americano de Debate
Ithaca, New York
April 7th - 10th

Watch this space for more updates!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Busy Spring for IDEA-US

As spring approaches, IDEA has quite a lot happening in the US and Asia. Just two weekends ago we had the inaugural meeting of our Asia Advisory Board in Bangkok. Although I had to Skype in after getting stuck in Japan, the meeting went well. The board is a mix of debate and civil society advocates from throughout Asia and will be extremely valuable in generating new ideas for programs throughout the region. Already we are working on new ideas that will be unveiled this summer.

Coming up, we have a lot going on:

  • March 26, IDEA will be holding two high school debate tournaments in Asia: one in Malaysia and one in Korea. Certain winners will qualify to compete in the United States National Forensic League national tournament.
  • April 1-3, IDEA will be live-streaming debates from the US Universities Championship debate tournament at the University of Vermont.
  • April 8 & 9 IDEA is helping sponsor the annual HWS-IDEA Round Robin Debate tournament. We will also be live-streaming this.
  • April 22-24 IDEA will be training and helping organize a Mandarin and English language debate tournament in Wuhan, China.
  • June 3-5 is IDEA's annual China Open, which features Mandarin debate, English debate and Moot Court.
We are very excited about all of these events and will be posting news/results about them here, in our e-newsletter and on our website. Check in to stay updated!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Belgrade Open 2011 Finals

Belgrade Open 2011 Final Motion: THBT that post-conflict governments should share power between both parties who were involved in the conflict.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Engaging Youth in Conflict Affected Areas: An Update on Challenges and Successes, and a Road map for the Future

Thursday & Friday, January 20-21, 2011 / Washington, DC, USA

The Open Society Foundations and the British Council announce the inaugural symposium of its “Youth Policy Symposium Series”1.

Twitter hashtag: #yps01

The Washington, D.C., symposium will focus on youth in conflict-affected areas. This symposium will advance discussions around the effects of conflict on youth in the field and explore the emerging need for agencies and donors to identify how current practices fit within larger trends in youth programming in conflict-affected areas. The symposium will also compare current trends with previous work in youth programming, evaluate the direction that youth programming is taking, and strategize proper ways to engage conflict-affected youth.

Goals: The symposium goals include:
1. Learning about the most-up-to date thinking, analysis, challenges, best practices, and next steps in this dynamic field;
2. Creating concrete strategies that various actors in youth programming can implement to make the field more coherent, responsible, and relevant to the needs of conflict-affected youth;
3. Fostering dialogue, coordination, and communication among funders, implementers, and scholars of youth programs and initiatives in conflict-affected areas.

Format: This symposium will bring together agencies and practitioners across the youth sector interested in sharing and strengthening their engagement with youth and will comprise small-group interactions, possible case studies, current trend updates from key policymakers and practitioners, and a marketplace of conceptual frameworks and tools.

Invited agencies: AED, American University, Colombia University, DFID, ICTJ, IRC, IYF, Oxfam, Save the Children, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, US Dept. of State, USAID, World Bank, World Vision, and many more.

Questions & RSVP: Saji Prelis: +1-202-674-4670

Partners: Center for Peace Building International - United States Institute of Peace - Peacebuilding & Development Institute at American University - Search for Common Ground - Washington Network on Children and Armed Conflict

1) Two-day participatory symposia convened regularly in a variety of international settings that will engage experts in youth sector programming, donors, scholar-practitioners, and youth working to improve how public policy affect young people. Areas of interest include youth in conflict-affected areas, youth and rights, political participation of youth, youth and transitional justice, youth and public health, youth and gender, and youth and civil society.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

World Universities Debating Championship Final

Motions: This house would invade Zimbabwe

Monash A (Victor Finkel & Fiona Prowse) Opening Government
Oxford A (Ben Woolgar & Hugh Burns) Opening Opposition
Sydney A (Tim Mooney & Bronwyn Cowell) Closing Government
LSE A (Anser Aftab & John Ashbourne) Closing Opposition

Monday, January 03, 2011

WUDC semifinals: LSE A vs Sydney D & Monash A vs Yale C

This house opposes organized religion

Note: Last three minutes are not recorded due to some technical problems but we record the debate with other camera and we'll post the whole debate as soon as possible.

WUDC Semifinal: Sydney A v Cambridge A v Sydney B v Oxford A

This house opposes organized religion

Sunday, January 02, 2011

WUDC ESL and EFL Semis recorded videos

ESL semis motion: THW prefer that the children of racial minorities to be adopted by parents of that race

ESL semis motion: TH supports a one state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

WUDC EFL Semifinals: Dikti A v Venezuela B v Zagreb A v Venezuela A

WUDC ESL semis: Stuttgart A v Leiden B v Ljubljana A v Ljubljana C


WUDC ESL semis: Utmara B v Haifa A v Lamore A v UCTI A

WUDC Octofinals recorded video

Alaska D Oxford D Oxford A UNSW A

WUDC quarterfinals recorded debates

WUDC QF motion: THBT courts should not enforce wills that discriminate on the basis of race.

Oxford C v Sydneyd v McGill A v Yale C

Monash B v UNSW A v Oxford A v Cambridge A

Sydney A v Sydney B v NUS A v Melbourne A