Released: Filed Under: NCFCA Policy
About "Russia SST List"
The Affirmative plan adds Russia to the “State Sponsors of Terrorism” (SST) List. This is an official list maintained by the U.S. State Department that invokes automatic sanctions against any country on the list. Currently, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Sudan are the only ones on the list. Negative will argue that the SST sanctions won’t work, and in fact would be counterproductive.
SST sanctions would hurt the U.S. and Europe more than they would hurt Russia. We also 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 Ukraine, and Russian refusal to cooperate with the U.S. on different issues, such as sustaining pressure on the nuclear rogue states, supporting coalition military operations in Afghanistan, and ending conflicts in Syria.
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Rebecca Sumner has debated Policy for three years and has qualified for NITOC two years in a row. Both times, the qualification came within three tournaments. This past year she and her partner placed second, third, and first at the three regular-season tournaments they went to.