Stefan recently sent out a message with topic finalists for next year:
_____ OCEANS Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans. _____ MIDDLE EAST POLICY REFORM Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the government of one or more of the following: Egypt, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority. What do people think? Having lived through a High School Oceans topic and two college topics about the Middle East this seems like a no brainer choice for me- say no to oceans. Here are some points 1. oceans are boring Yea thats about all that needs to be said. I think the middle east topic is a pretty good middle ground- it gets the better mechanism of the 2 (c-engagement) and will now occur at a timely point when there will be lots of new articles/developments to keep things interesting. Meanwhile 1. Oceans are boring.