Debate Debrief

Debate Debrief: On Balance, Humanitarian Aid by NGOs Does More Harm than Good

Debate Debrief: On Balance, Humanitarian Aid by NGOs Does More Harm than Good

Humanitarian aid in the modern era is complex, with thousands of NGOs supplying various forms of aid worldwide. Relief efforts by NGOs have come under criticism for inefficiency, poor allocation of resources and have even been shown to have played a role in prolonging conflicts in some cases. 

Though springing forth from noble intentions and a moral calling, these issues pose the question of whether, on balance, humanitarian aid by NGOs does more harm than good. This past Thursday the club debated this motion. 

Debate Debrief: Was NYU Abu Dhabi a Mistake?

Debate Debrief: Was NYU Abu Dhabi a Mistake?

When the University first announced its plans to build a campus in the UAE ten years ago, it was not met with complete support...But the original controversies of 2007 never subsided.

Given the timely nature of the issue, the club decided to hold a debate on whether or not the inception of NYU Abu Dhabi was misguided, focusing specifically on the topic of academic freedom.

Debate Debrief: Does Protest Have a Place in Sport?

Debate Debrief: Does Protest Have a Place in Sport?

When quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to protest the treatment of African-Americans and other minority groups in the US by kneeling for the National Anthem, he was met with condemnation. Such reactions force us to reconsider which political displays are deemed “acceptable” in sports and which are not. They also lead us to contemplate whether politics ought to have a presence in the field, in the stands, or in the locker room.

Debate Debrief: SHOULD THE UNITED STATES END THE WAR ON TERROR?

In a heated debate on whether the U.S.A should end the War on Terror, the proposition took the lead with a 8-7 vote and 2 abstentions in their favor. The opposition debaters Akash Lodh and Hamza Mazhar argued that the U.S.A can't end the War on Terror due to the losses because this would create a vacuum in the process of addressing terror today.  Professor James Traub and Thomas Resnick laid out some compelling arguments that the U.S.A still has the means to end the war on terror. They argued that the U.S.A should pursue this course of action due to the prolonged and unnecessary damage it has caused to innocent people. 

To find out more click here and view footage of the debate! 

Debate Debrief: Does Russia Better Guard Individual Liberties than the Countries to Its West?

Debate Debrief: Does Russia Better Guard Individual Liberties than the Countries to Its West?

The Review at NYU's Editorial Board discusses the motion for this Tuesday's debate regarding whether Russia or the countries to its west better guard individual liberties.

Debate Debrief: Was the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq America's Greatest Strategic Blunder?

Debate Debrief: Was the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq America's Greatest Strategic Blunder?

The Review at NYU's Editorial Board discusses the motion for this Tuesday's (11/10) debate with Professor David Denoon on whether the 2003 invasion of Iraq was America's greatest strategic blunder.