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Public Forum Debate 2022-2023 Potential Topic Areas
The Public Forum Wording Committee has developed a variety of potential resolutions for the 2022-2023 season. Member students and one chapter advisor per active school may vote for each topic one week prior to the topic release date. Topic voting for the September/October topic opens August 1.
See the full details at https://www.speechanddebate.org/topics/.
2022 September/October – Topic Area: Environmental Infrastructure
Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its investment in high-speed rail.
Resolved: The United States should substantially increase domestic extraction and production of rare-earth minerals.
2022 November/December – Topic Area: Military Strategy
Resolved: The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue should establish a formal security alliance.
Resolved: The United States’ strategy of Great Power Competition produces more benefits than harms.
2023 January – Topic Area: West Asia
Resolved: On balance, Israeli rapprochement towards Arab states produces more benefits than harms.
Resolved: The United States Federal Government should increase its diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve internal armed conflicts in West Asia.
2023 February – Topic Area: Economy
Resolved: In the United States, right-to-work laws do more harm than good.
Resolved: On balance, the United States’ adoption of the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act of 2021 would produce more benefits than harms.
2023 March – Topic Area: South and Southeast Asia
Resolved: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should formally recognize the National Unity Government (NUG) as the legitimate government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
Resolved: The Republic of India should ratify the Artemis Accords.
2023 April – Topic Area: Technology
Resolved: The United States Federal Government should ban the collection of personal data through biometric recognition technology.
Resolved: The United States Federal Government should establish global standards for artificial intelligence.
2023 National Tournament – Topic Area: Civics
Resolved: The United States should adopt ranked-choice voting for its federal elections.
Resolved: The United States should end lifetime appointments for Article III judges.