If you’re talented enough to be attending this year’s 2016 NSDA Nationals in Public Forum debate, the resolution you’ll face in Salt Lake City will be:

“Resolved: On balance, a one-day national primary would be more beneficial for the United States than our current presidential primary process.”



Our free breakdown of the Nationals resolution contains lots of strategic advice, expert tips, and ready-to-use evidence covering all of the key issues for both the affirmative and negative sides of the One-Day National Presidential Primary Reform debate.


Make sure you’re ready to win those PF rounds at Nationals! Find our topic analysis below.



Headed to debate Nationals this summer?


The National Speech and Debate Association has just released the resolutions debaters will be using at the 2016 National Speech & Debate Tournament, to be held this June in Salt Lake City, Utah.



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If you are having trouble viewing the image, the resolutions are:

Public Forum Debate- Resolved: On balance, a one-day national primary would be more beneficial for the United States than our current presidential primary process. (Free topic guide)

Lincoln-Douglas Debate- Resolved: Immigration ought to be recognized as a human right. (Free topic guide coming soon)

Cross-Examination/Policy Debate- Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.


Debate Central will be releasing our topic guides for the new PF and LD resolutions within the next few days, so be sure to check back! CXers, don’t forget to check out our resources for the policy topic, as well!


In the meantime, check out our Top 5 Tips for Succeeding at NSDA Nationals!


What do you think of these topics? Are you excited to debate them? Tell us in the comments!


Regardless of your skill level, preferred argument style, or debate event, all debaters can benefit from attending summer debate camp!


Debate camp provides numerous benefits. The time you spend improving this summer can pay off enormously during next year’s competitions. Attending camp provides the chance to learn from a new set of coaches, get a head-start on your research for next season’s topic(s), and have a ton of fun with other debaters from around the nation!


summer debate camp students


Here at Debate Central, we believe that the debate camp experience should be available to everybody, regardless of financial means.


That’s why we have prepared this list of summer debate institutes which offer low-cost tuition (in comparison to the average), scholarship opportunities, or both! With camps for every event at nearly every price point, you’re sure to find something that works for you.


summer debate camp student group


Below, you will find our master list, organized alphabetically by camp name. It includes location, debate events offered, dates, cost, and scholarship availability. For further information, or to apply, click on the camp name to be taken directly to its website. You can also write to the camp contact provided at the bottom of each listing.




The March/April 2016 resolution for Lincoln-Douglas debate is extremely broad, so we’ve prepared an appropriately gigantic file to match it!


We’ve prepared close to 300 pages to help LD debaters build their best possible cases for the topic:

“Resolved: The United States ought to promote democracy in the Middle East.”

Middle East map


Our free breakdown of the current resolution is chock full of strategic advice, expert tips, and tons of evidence covering all of the key issues for both the affirmative and negative sides of the Middle East democracy promotion debate.


Start winning more LD rounds now! Find our topic analysis below.




The March-April 2016 Lincoln-Douglas resolution is super broad, and includes several important phrases that can be tricky to define.


“Democracy promotion” and “Middle East” are both critical terms that debaters will have to wrestle with in order to debate this topic successfully.


Luckily, we’ve pored over countless pages of scholarly research, government documents, and other contextual evidence sources in order to bring you a Topicality file that includes enough definitions and interpretation cards to support every case!


It’s just a preview of the full file that’s to come– grab it now!



Public Forum debaters will spend March 2016 addressing a resolution asking them to consider whether the United States should withdraw its military presence from the Japanese island of Okinawa.



International relations resolutions are always especially tricky, due to their inclusion of a variety of complex interests. Not to worry, though, because we’re going to help you write the best possible cases for both sides, using this free guide!


Our topic analysis contains tons of free evidence for both pro and con, plenty of strategic tips from our experts, and a full breakdown of the March PF resolution,

“Resolved: The United States should withdraw its military presence from Okinawa.”



This year’s Young Patriots Essay Contest received a record-breaking number of entries, with more than 960 students from around the country participating. The quality of these essays was incredible!

After much deliberation, our judges have selected three winning submissions to receive $9,000 in scholarship prizes.


Was your essay one of the winners? Find out!



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