Below is a list of NCFCA Homeschool Speech and Debate League source material released weekly for Policy Debate (sometimes called team-policy or CX debate). The source material is written for the 2018-2019 school year resolution:
“Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its foreign policy regarding international terrorism.”
Earlier NCFCA Policy Releases
- NCFCA Policy Release #34: “Turkey/Hamas Sanctions” (NEG) (4/8/2019)- The AFF plan imposes sanctions on Turkey for its support of the Palestinian group Hamas until they quit supporting them.
- NCFCA Policy Release #33: “Palestine TSP” (NEG) (4/1/2019)- The AFF case passes a bill that was introduced in Congress but never passed. The bill would impose various sanctions on countries and individuals that provide any substantial material support for Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or any of their affiliates.
- NCFCA Policy Release #32: “Nuclear Terrorism” (NEG) (3/25/2019)- Affirmatives may argue that this form of terror is knocking at the world’s door, but fortunately, it’s not as big of a deal as they will crack it up to be. No matter if they try to sabotage, steal, or build a nuclear weapon of their own, terrorists are as good as foiled. As the Cato Institute put it, alarm and hysteria are hardly called for.
- NCFCA Policy Release #31: “Cyberterrorism” (NEG) (3/18/2019)- This brief argues that cyber terrorism is being addresses by our government and private sector. Cyber terrorism has been overhyped and is not the means terrorists use because it does not provide the response terrorists are looking for. The solvency argument addresses the impossibility of eradicating this threat. One disadvantage shows that for the government to respond to the issue, it would involve us giving up our privacy. The other argues that wrong focus actually reduces our national security.
- NCFCA Policy Release #30: “Lebanon Sanctions” (NEG) (3/11/2019)- The AFF plan imposes sanctions on Lebanon, most likely for its support of the terrorist group Hezbollah, which is a political party in the Lebanese government and also classified as a terrorist organization.
- NCFCA Policy Release #29: “Yemen” (NEG) (3/4/2019)- Negative will show that US participation reduces, not aggravates, the suffering in Yemen. And fighting the rebels in Yemen is a good thing because they’re really bad guys and create serious threats. Supporting Saudi Arabia is the best policy both for Yemen and the rest of the world.
- NCFCA Policy Release #28: “Yemen” (AFF) (2/25/2019)- The United States is violating its Constitution to fight in a war that increases the threat of terrorism and contributes to one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. By framing the status quo as having good intentions but bad results, you’ll connect with the judge and show them why the United States’ policy toward terrorism – in this case, terrorism in Yemen – ought to be reformed.
- NCFCA Policy Release #27: “FISA 702” (NEG) (2/18/2019)- On negative, it’s important to remember that you aren’t just debating against a plan, you’re also arguing for something. In this case, your job is to argue for FISA Section 702 and the safer world that it brings. You’ll also need to impact that idea of safety directly to America and to the judge.
- NCFCA Policy Release #26: “FISA 702” (AFF) (2/11/2019)- Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows the government to spy on communications of suspected foreign terrorists without a warrant. The USA RIGHTS ACT of 2017 reforms section 702 to strengthen privacy protections and prevent the government from surveilling Americans without a warrant.
- NCFCA Policy Release #25: “Guantanamo” (NEG) (2/4/2019)- The AFF plan closes the Guantanamo detention facility center because of alleged human rights abuses. This neg brief shows that those “human rights abuses” don’t occur, and that the terror suspects are being treated fairly.
- NCFCA Policy Release #24: “Guantanamo” (AFF) (1/28/2019)- Guantánamo Bay detention facility center was established by the United States in 2002 as a place to hold people perceived to be ‘enemy combatants’ in the ‘war on terror.’ This case argues that we should close these facilities because the detainees at Guantánamo have had their rights violated.
- NCFCA Policy Release #23: “Debunking Root Causes of Terrorism” (GEN) (1/21/2019)- This brief will help you prove that and can be used generically against multiple AFF cases that will try to fight or reduce terrorism in the world.
- NCFCA Policy Release #22: “Definitions and Topicality” (GEN) (1/14/2019)- This is a comprehensive topicality brief (from a Negative perspective, although an Affirmative could use it if a definition fits their case) providing multiple definitions of terrorism and "foreign policy" that can be used to narrow the resolution and help argue topicality.
- NCFCA Policy Release #21: “Terrorism is Not a Problem” (GEN) (1/7/2019)- This brief is meant to help you out when you’re hitting a case you know little about – especially if that case is increasing U.S. overseas involvement.
- NCFCA Policy Release #20: “Military Aid to Egypt” (NEG) (12/17/2018)- This Negative brief says that Egypt doesn’t need or want our help. The U.S.-Egypt relationship isn’t as important as it once was, the U.S. weapon manufacturing industry isn’t a very big generator of jobs, and Egypt is not going to accept our training.
- NCFCA Policy Release #19: “Egypt Military Aid” (AFF) (12/10/2018)- The US provides anti-terrorism military aid to Egypt. Unfortunately, that support is not sufficient. When the Affirmative team increases military aid and training with this plan, they will reaffirm the U.S.–Egypt relationship, boost the U.S. weapon manufacturing industry, and help Egypt in the war on terrorism.
- NCFCA Policy Release #18: “Russia SST List” (NEG) (12/3/2018)- This Negative brief argues that we will face the disadvantage of Russian retaliation, not only against the U.S., but also against the U.S.’ allies, which would cause the U.S.’ relationship with our allies to become strained. Plus, passing the Affirmative’s plan would lead to an escalated conflict in many other countries.
- NCFCA Policy Release #17: “Russia SST” (AFF) (11/26/2018)- Countries put onto the SST list are automatically subject to sanctions and consequences. This Plan puts Russia on the State Sponsor of Terrorism list until they reform.
- NCFCA Policy Release #16: “Repeal JASTA” (NEG) (11/19/2018)- This brief responds to the affirmative's plan to repeal JASTA. It includes several more reasons why the status quo is fine.
- NCFCA Policy Release #15: “Repeal Jasta” (AFF) (11/12/2018)- JASTA, or the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, was enacted to allow victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia for their involvement in the terrorist attacks. This case argues that families will be more distressed and that this violates the separation of powers in the government.
- NCFCA Policy Release #14: “Military Aid in Somalia – Good” (NEG) (11/5/2018)- This Negative brief argues that our military strategy in Somalia works. Current policies are reducing terrorism and stabilizing the country. The last time we disengaged from Somalia was a disaster and we don’t want to make that mistake again.
- NCFCA Policy Release #13: “Withdrawal from Somalia” (AFF) (10/29/2018)- The US has direct military involvement in Somalia, but US involvement only fuels the fire. This case disengages from Somalia and tells the warring factions to negotiate a political settlement.
- NCFCA Policy Release #12: “Repeal AUMF” (NEG) (10/22/2018)- This is a negative brief that argues agains the repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The brief argues that the Affirmative plan is not realistic and provides numerous disadvantages.
- NCFCA Policy Release #11: “Repeal AUMF” (AFF) (10/15/2018)- Days after 9/11, Congress passed the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). The affirmative case argues that now is the time for Congress to take back its constitutional war making authority and repeal the obsolete AUMF
- NCFCA Policy Release #10: “Sanctions on Sudan ” (NEG) (10/8/2018)- The affirmative argues for removing Sudan from the SST list and revoking all remaining sanctions on Sudan. In response, this negative brief argues that the plan isn’t topical, isn’t needed, wouldn’t definitively solve, and would result in disadvantages.
- NCFCA Policy Release #09: “Life Sanctions Sudan” (AFF) (10/1/2018)- Sanctions against Sudan were just permanently lifted by the Trump Administration. However, there are still some sanction in effect and Sudan remains on the SST list. This download is an affirmative case that supports the removal of these sanctions and the Sudan name on the SST list.
- NCFCA Policy Release #08: “Afghanistan” (NEG) (9/24/2018)- The Affirmative case argues that further military efforts in Afghanistan are futile. This Negative brief argues that withdrawing our forces would lead to a much worse future. The Status Quo is effectively fighting terrorism there, and if corruption is a problem, US presence is the best way to fight it.
- NCFCA policy Release #07: “Afghanistan” (AFF) (9/17/2018)- This affirmative case provides the reasons behind why the US presence in Afghanistan has been wasteful. The evidence argues that thousands of Americans have been wounded or killed and billions of dollars have been wasted in the war there.
- NCFCA Policy Release #06: “Pakistan” (NEG) (9/10/2018)- This negative brief argues that Pakistan does not need military aid. The affirmative would like to continue aid to Pakistan, whereas this negative brief says that if the US really wants to fight terrorism, reducing aid to Pakistan will surely help.
- NCFCA Policy Release #05: “Pakistan” (AFF) (9/3/2018)- The United States and Pakistan have worked together to fight against terrorism. However, President Trump decided to freeze the military aid to Pakistan because he didn’t believe Pakistan was doing enough. This affirmative case supports the involvement in Pakistan.
- NCFCA Policy Release #04: “Drones” (NEG) (8/27/2018)- This Negative brief gives the reasoning and evidence against the mandate to get rid of the use of oversea counter-terror drones. The affirmative plan would cancel the use of drones, where as the Negative argues that drones are actually highly accurate and civilian casualties are rare.
- NCFCA Policy Release #03: “Drones” (AFF) (8/20/2018)- Drone strikes have been a key element in US counterterrorism, but drone strikes sometimes kill innocent men, women and children unlucky enough to be nearby whenever the missile hits. This download supports a policy against these deadly drones.
- NCFCA Policy Release #02: “Status Quo International Terrorism” (INFO) (8/13/2018)- In this download, we examine some of the better known and widely debated issues that are currently being discussed in the literature on international terrorism. Our goal is not to persuade you to any point of view, but rather to summarize what some of the arguments may be.
- NCFCA Policy Release #01: “History of International Terrorism” (INFO) (8/6/2018)- Policy debaters must have a solid understanding of the history of the year’s topic of study. The purpose of this article is to give competitors the underlying knowledge of that history while relating it to the resolution.
- Preseason: Policy Debate (6/25/2018)- This preseason document introduces the most exciting competitive event of Policy Debate. It gives the foundation of policy by giving competitor's an understanding of the structure, rules, explanation and the resolution for this season's policy debate.
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