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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 been debating for four years. She has qualified for team policy debate at NITOC for three years in a row. All three times, the qualification came within the first three tournaments.