Utah Debate Topics 2016-2017


Middle School

  • PolicyResolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its engagement with China on one or more of the following issues: space debris, climate change, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and/or Taiwan.
  • LD - Resolved: In the United States, national service ought to be compulsory.


  • Public Forum - Resolved: In the United States the benefits of compulsory national service outweigh the harms.


Arguments FOR US-China Engagement:

  1. Improved Relations
  2. Reduced Miscalculation
  3. US Leadership
  4. Impact to the issue of engagement (space, global warming, trade, Taiwan)

Arguments AGAINST US-China Engagement:

  1. Appeasement
  2. Economy
  3. Alliances
  4. Elections/Politics


Topic Paper on US-China Engagement Pro: 

Topic Paper on US-China Engagement Con: 

Background on US-China Engagement