NPTE 2018 Final Topics

Thank you again to the topic committee members and everyone who participated by submitting papers, voting, providing feedback, etc. I appreciate you all very much!

Below you’ll find the final topics for the NPTE 2018. As per the bylaws, topics followed by *** are designated for prelims and the first two elim rounds. The remaining topics will be designated as elim topics.

21st Century UN: The United Nations should significantly reform its institutions and processes.
Resolution 1: The United Nations should amend its charter to permit non-state actors from civil society to apply for and receive membership in the United Nations.***
Resolution 2: The United Nations should enact a global tax on international monetary transactions.
Resolution 3: The United Nations should enact the Elect the Council initiative.***

East Asia: The People’s Republic of China should increase efforts to promote stability in East Asia.
Resolution 1: The People’s Republic of China should significantly decrease the presence of its police force in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.***
Resolution 2: The People’s Republic of China should recognize Tibetan independence.
Resolution 3: The People’s Republic of China should significantly increase its protections for Chinese diasporic communities subject to violence in Southeast Asian countries.***

Military Technology: The United States federal government should significantly increase its investment in the deployment of next-generation military technology in the United States military.
Resolution 1: The United States federal government should significantly increase its investment in the deployment of the Long Range Strike Bomber in the United States military.
Resolution 2: The United States federal government should significantly increase its investment in the deployment of laser weaponry in the United States military.***
Resolution 3: The United States federal government should significantly increase its investment in the deployment of next-generation weaponized drones in the United States military.***

Separatist Movements: The African Union should recognize the sovereignty of separatist movements within Africa.
Resolution 1: The African Union should recognize the Indigenous People of Biafra as a sovereign entity.***
Resolution 2: The African Union should recognize the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front as a sovereign entity.
Resolution 3: The African Union should recognize Somaliland as a sovereign entity.***

US Military Structure: The United States federal government should significantly improve the United States military structure.
Resolution 1: The United States federal government should eliminate the United States Special Operations Command.***
Resolution 2: The United States federal government should eliminate its intercontinental ballistic missile program.
Resolution 3: The United States federal government should significantly increase its ballistic missile submarine fleet.

I know these next few weeks will be especially busy for everyone–I wish you all the best in your research and preparation for NPTE 2018!

Rebecca