Author Archives: Lauren Sabino

About Lauren Sabino

Lauren Sabino is the Director of Youth Programs at the National Center for Policy Analysis. She currently administrates Debate Central, the largest free online debate resource.

Are Debaters Better Lawyers?

The short answer: Maybe. The longer answer can be found in a new article in the Houston Law Review by former debaters (and current lawyers) Tom Fulkerson and Wes Lotz. Get into debate because you’re looking forward to a career … Continue reading

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A Crazy-Easy Way to Get a Better RFD

A few days ago, we noticed the debate Twitters-verse buzzing about one of the worst parts of competing – the unhelpful reason for decision [RFD]. What do we mean by that?

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Big Changes for Debate Central!

As many of you have noticed, Debate Central has undergone a serious makeover in the past year. Don’t worry; your favorite features aren’t going anywhere! We’re still doing all of the same topic analyses, free files and skills-based lesson plans … Continue reading

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Do US-Latin America Relations Really Matter?

A new article in the Eurasia Review argues that they might not – at least not as much as we think. We cut a card from the introduction but encourage you to read the entire thing. It provides some interesting … Continue reading

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Avoid the Biggest Pacing Mistakes

Here at Debate Central, we’re huge fans of speaking clearly and persuasively. We understand, however, that the demands of many activities make that complicated. Many debaters struggle to balance the desire to speak fast enough to be competitive with the … Continue reading

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The Surprising Bias Behind IR Kritik Authors

We were perusing the web today and ran into an interesting article by Stephen M. Walt over at Foreign Policy. His argument? Many of your favorite IR Kritik theorists are failing to produce policy-relevant research because of something so mundane … Continue reading

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How to Stop the Microwave Mentality

Happy Monday! Many of you have just begun competing and had your first tournament experience this past weekend or the one before. Are you happy with your tournament performance? If you are, that’s great! Keep up the great work! If … Continue reading

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