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This House believes individuals who have committed atrocities in the Syrian Civil War should be investigated by the ICC.
4 Sep 2013
international criminal law | international law | justice | Politics | Syria | War | Human rights | International law | Punishment | War/peace | Law
Popular demonstrations started in Syria in March and April 2011 as part of the Arab Spring movement that swept across large areas of the Middle East. This...
18 Jan 2013
Arab Spring | Biological Weapons | Chemical Weapons | Collective Defense | Conflict | Defence | Politics | responsibility to protect | security council | Syria | United Nations | War | WMD | Asia | War/peace | International
In Syria there have now been almost two years of conflict between the Ba’ath Party of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a fractured Arab spring...
17 Jul 2012
assassination | at Qaeda | Barak Obama | CIA | drones | international law | Pakistan | Politics | self-defence | Somalia | sovereignty | terrorism | UAV | United States | use of force | War | Yemen | Human rights | Terrorism | Law
This debate first of all makes the assumption that a strike against terrorists is going to be made. The debate is therefore not focused on whether there should...
22 Feb 2012
Afterlife | Atheism | Culture | faith | God | Religion | secularism | War | Faith | Morality | Religion | Society
The last few years have seen a renewed enthusiasm for atheism and secularism in much of the world and debates between believers and non-believers have become...
21 Feb 2012
Iran | Iraq | justification for war | Nuclear Weapons | Politics | rogue states | Saddam Hussain | War | Middle East | Terrorism | War/peace | International
The war in Iraq is likely to be remembered for decades, if not centuries, as the defining conflict of the early 21st century. The effect it had not only in the...
This House believes NATO countries and the government of Afghanistan should negotiate a power-sharing deal with the Taliban.
17 Feb 2012
Afghanistan | al Qaeda | Diplomacy | NATO | Negotiations | Peace | Taliban | terrorism | War | Americas | Middle East | International
The Taliban first emerged in an organized form in 1994, from the confusion of twenty years of civil war in Afghanistan. They presented themselves as an...
17 Feb 2012
African National Congress | al Qaeda | justice | Middle East | Politics | Religion | Repression | terrorism | War | Political philosophy | Terrorism | Philosophy
In the wake of the shocking events of 11 September 2001, terrorism and the “war on terror” became the number one issue for the US government. But terrorism has...
26 Jan 2012
Conscription refers to the compulsory enrolment of citizens to national service. National service does not always include military service but traditionally...
26 Jan 2012
Armed Forces | Common foreign and security policy | Defence | EUROPEAN UNION | International Organisations | International Responsibility | Military Spending | North Atlantic Treaty Organisation | Peace | Politics | threat | War | Economic policy | Economy
NATO is an alliance of 28 states from Europe and North America. It was founded in 1949 at the start of the Cold War to provide for the collective defense of...
26 Jan 2012
Conflict | Defence | Democracy | democratic peace theory | Human rights | Politics | sovereignty | War | Government | Political philosophy
This topic asks debaters to question the value of democracy as opposed to other systems, and whether democracy is so important that it ought to be required....