Below is a list of Stoa 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 aid.”
Earlier Stoa Policy Releases
- Stoa Policy Release #34: “EXIM Bank” (NEG) (4/8/2019)- This Negative brief shows how the Ex-Im Bank doesn’t cost taxpayers. The Ex-Im Bank actually earns money for the Treasury. Instead of hurting the free market, the bank helps level the playing field. Plus, it helps countless small businesses. The Ex-Im Bank expired a few years ago and some of the evidence in this brief talks about how a lot of American companies struggled without the loans.
- Stoa Policy Release #33: “Indian Water Sanitation” (NEG) (4/1/2019)- AFF plan gives US foreign aid to India to clean up rivers and do sewage treatment. The Status Quo is already doing this, both by US foreign aid and locally by Indian government programs.
- Stoa Policy Release #32: “Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank” (NEG) (3/25/2019)- This Negative brief is against the Affirmative case that donates US federal money to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). AIIB is an organization started by China a few years ago that intends to operate like (some say compete with) the World Bank.
- Stoa Policy Release #31: “Uganda Refugee Camps” (NEG) (3/18/2019)- Summary: AFF plan gives an additional $534 million in foreign aid to Uganda to support camps caring for refugees from South Sudan. South Sudan has been in civil war since 2013, displacing around 4 million people.
- Stoa Policy Release #30: “Syrian Rebels” (NEG) (3/11/2019)- Summary: AFF Plan reverses Status Quo policy that has stopped US aid to rebels attempting to overthrow the government of evil dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria. NEG position will be that the rebels can't win, and the aid we give them gets diverted to radical terrorists like ISIS and Al Qaeda. And even if Syria with Assad is bad, if the rebels win, Syria without Assad will be worse.
- Stoa Policy Release #29: “EBRD – Good” (NEG) (3/4/2019)- AFF plan stops US contributions to the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD). EBRD is one of many international lending institutions that manage loans from rich country governments to poor countries for various projects that otherwise probably would not be financed.
- Stoa Policy Release #28: “Africa Hopeless” (GEN) (2/25/2019)- Summary: This is a generic Negative brief that can be used against almost any AFF plan that tries to improve things in Africa using US foreign aid. There are so many other issues and so many other problems that the root causes of them all cannot be addressed by any foreign aid program. And those issues will defeat the solvency of any foreign aid program in the long run.
- Stoa Policy Release #27: “Malaria” (NEG) (2/18/2019)- The drawbacks are highlighted with solvency arguments. Insecticide and antibiotic resistance both plague our ability to fight malaria. Without coordination, the AFF has the chance to make the current problems worse without solving the core problem. Black markets and resistance could increase.
- Stoa Policy Release #26: “Fight Against Malaria” (AFF) (2/11/2019)- The President’s Malaria Initiative was launched in 2005. Since then it has saved millions of lives—mostly in Africa and Asia. This case will increase funding for it in our fight against malaria.
- Stoa Policy Release #25: “PEPFAR” (NEG) (2/4/2019)- The Affirmative plan increases funding to the Presidents Emergency Plan for Aids Relief. Its past success and humanitarian goals can make it sound intimidating, but don’t worry: there are plenty of good reasons to oppose this plan.
- Stoa Policy Release #24: “PEPFAR” (AFF) (1/28/2019)- Welcome to PEPFAR: It’s a U.S. campaign to fight HIV/AIDS in other nations. It’s seen substantial success over the years and helped millions of people. The US also donates to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNAIDS, a program operated by the United Nations.
- Stoa Policy Release #23: “Foreign Aid – Good” (GEN) (1/21/2019)- This is a generic brief that runs through several pros of foreign aid. For example: how aid is critical to preventing conflict, establishing U.S. global leadership, gaining soft power.
- Stoa Policy Release #22: “Foreign Aid – Bad” (GEN) (1/14/2019)- This brief also goes through and refutes several arguments in support of foreign aid like the common assumption that aid alleviates poverty or listing examples of times that countries move out of poverty without the help of foreign aid.
- Stoa Policy Release #21: “HR 390 Iraq & Syria” (NEG) (1/7/2019)- AFF plan has Congress pass HR 390 – the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017. This negative brief argues some extra-topical points as well as attacks the funding of the plan.
- Stoa Policy Release #20: “Honduras” (NEG) (12/17/2018)- This negative brief argues that the benefits out-weigh the potential harms of supporting Honduras through means of military and security aid. This brief also argues that the US is influencing Honduras positively by promoting human rights and democracy.
- Stoa Policy Release #19: “Honduras” (AFF) (12/10/2018)- The AFF plan is to pass the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (H.R. 1299) which prohibits funds from being made available to Honduras for its police and military (including for equipment and training).
- Stoa Policy Release #18: “Egypt Aid Good” (NEG) (12/3/2018)- Negative will argue that U.S. manufacturers will be hurt, because they’ll lose the deals they could make on weapons sales to Egypt. Ending military aid would cause Egypt to break away from the U.S., harming US foreign policy interests.
- Stoa Policy Release #17: “End Egypt Aid” (AFF) (11/26/2018)- This affirmative case provides evidence on how Egypt is one of the largest recipients of US military aid, and this case argues that such aid is bad and should be canceled.
- Stoa Policy Release #16: “LPR Food Aid” (NEG) (11/19/2018)- The United States currently has over 90% of food for food aid bought in the US and then shipped to the needy countries. The Affirmative team’s claims are that if we were to switch to local and regional procurement.
- Stoa Policy Release #15: “LRP Food Aid” (AFF) (11/12/2018)- The United States currently has over 90% of food donated as foreign food aid bought in the US and then the physical bags of grain are shipped to the needy countries. This plan takes the recommendation of many experts who advocate switching to local and regional procurement (LRP).
- Stoa Policy Release #14: “Food-Aid Counter Plan” (NEG) (11/5/2018)- There are going to be several cases discussing food aid and different aspects of reforming it for the better. In this week's release, Coach Vance Trefethen prepares students with a cleverly conducted Counter-plan.
- Stoa Policy Release #13: “NATO Exit – Bad Idea” (NEG) (10/29/2018)- AFF plan has the US exit from NATO. This NEG brief shows that a US pullout means the end of NATO, which leads to multiple disadvantages of US and world security being harmed.
- Stoa Policy Release #12: “UNRWA – Bad” (NEG) (10/22/2018)- The AFF plan restores US funding to the UNRWA. This negative briefs argues that this is not a long term solution, there is nothing to fill the gap for the US absence and this brief provides numerous disadvantages.
- Stoa Policy Release #11: “The Case for Funding UNRWA” (AFF) (10/15/2018)- This case is phrased in terms of a simple Harms/Solvency case. Without the US funding to the UNRWA (United Nations Relief & Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees), bad things will happen to the Palestinian refugees, and restoring the funding solves.
- Stoa Policy Release #10: “Cargo Preference for Food Aid” (NEG) (10/8/2018)- The Affirmative’s theory is that CPFA slows down and increases the price of aid, creating harm to hungry people in poor countries. Here are the negative strategies against the theory.
- Stoa Policy Release #09: “Cargo Preference for Food Aid ” (AFF) (10/1/2018)- Status Quo policy on US food aid to foreign countries requires at least 50% of the food to be delivered on US-flagged vessels. Because of the cost, the numerous harms and the delays this policy creates, this case argues that this rule should be repealed.
- Stoa Policy Release #08: “Pakistan” (NEG) (9/24/2018)- This Negative brief argues that Pakistan doesn't need military aid. Far from helping the US in the war on terrorism and the conflict in Afghanistan, Pakistan is actually helping the bad guys. If the US really wants to fight terrorism, reducing aid to Pakistan will surely help.
- Stoa Policy Release #07: “Pakistan” (AFF) (9/17/2018)- The United States needs to maintain a good relationship with Pakistan, and the only way to restore it would be to un-freeze the military aid.
- Stoa Policy Release #06: “Peace Corps” (NEG) (9/10/2018)- NEG will argue that Peace Corps is trying to make the world a better place, that volunteers have training specific to the field they’ll be going into, PC has new policies in place to make sure the volunteers are safe, and that there’s a diverse group of volunteers—it’s not all white rich folk.
- Stoa Policy Release #05: “Peace Corps” (AFF) (9/3/2018)- This lesson gives a case for abolishing the Peace Corps as well as additional evidence to support this mandate.
- Stoa Policy Release #04: “Ag Universities” (NEG) (8/27/2018)- This brief contains arguments – not only against subsidizing African agriculture universities – but also against any case that deals with agricultural improvements in Africa.
- Stoa Policy Release #03: “Ag Universities” (AFF) (8/20/2018)- It's time for Africans to research what works best for them and then reap the rewards: Build up Africa's own educational institutions so they can research and develop their own agricultural improvements locally.
- Stoa Policy Release #02: “Status Quo Foreign Aid” (INFO) (8/13/2018)- Policy debaters should be aware of current issues being discussed in this year’s topic area. This download has the perfect information to equip them to do so.
- Stoa Policy Release #01: “History of Foreign Aid” (INFO) (8/6/2018)- Policy debaters should be aware of current issues being discussed in this year’s topic area. This download has the perfect information to equip them to do so.
- 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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