Topic & Topic Statement: Forthcoming
The Forum on Climate & Security sponsored by Ecole de Guerre and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) will take place in Paris from March 15-17. In a collaborative dialogue, participants will deliberate the effects of climate on security with a transatlantic scope. The Forum will conclude with participants presenting their ideas to a panel of military officers from Ecole de Guerre, who will also lead an in-round questioning period for participants and their proposals.
U.S. students will be paired with European students for online debates on a climate change and security topic beginning in early February.
The students will meet their partners in-person in Paris on Sunday March 15 for in-person preparation.
On Monday, March 16, the international student pairings will compete in four rounds of debates judged by Ecole de Guerre officers.
On Tuesday, March 17, the top team will be invited to serve as respondents/speakers at an academic conference on climate change and security co-organized by RUSI and EdG. All participants will be invited to attend the conference.
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Rules & Format
During each round teams will be paired against a competing team using the following format:
10 minutes: Team 1 presents their position on climate change and security
5 minutes: Team 1 takes questions from the judges regarding their position
5 minutes: Team 1 takes questions from Team 2
2 minutes of preparation time
10 minutes: Team 2 presents their position on climate change and security
5 minutes: Team 2 takes questions from the judges regarding their position
5 minutes: Team 2 takes questions from Team 1
2 minutes of preparation time
3 minutes: Team 1 presents concluding thoughts
3 minutes: Team 2 presents concluding thoughts
5 minutes: Teams leave the room for judge discussions
5 minutes: Teams return to room for judge feedback
Judges will be instructed to assess both the presentation and scholarship of the teams and in each round will be asked both to select a winning team and to assign team scores.
The primary criteria applied by the judges will assess the merits of teams' scholarship. Did a team use logic and evidence as necessary to develop persuasive arguments supporting their positions? If so, were the team's arguments innovative and are they a valuable contribution to the ongoing transatlantic dialogue on climate and security?
In rounds in which the teams' scholarship is rated as similar, judges may break the tie by focusing on the quality of the teams' presentations. Students should not be penalized for being English as second language speakers. Rather judges will assess the students' command of the subject matter, teamwork, and organization of thought and argument when making this determination.
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