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11.03.2019

"After the leaders of the United States and the DPRK failed to reach a compromise on further steps for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in Hanoi, the parties sent each other signals that in case of a complete failure of the negotiation process, they will be ready to continue on the previous course. At the same time, Pyongyang did not immediately start preparations for a full-scale missile test, and Washington decided to limit the scope of its exercises with South Korea. This means that both capitals are set to continue negotiations and expect that the other side will become more сoncessive," Adlan MargoevDirector of the PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” program. 

08.02.2019

“Vienna document is a good example of a politically binding agreement having a verification mechanism. This system works, however, as long as it is a multilateral arrangement reached within the framework of OSCE. Bilateral political documents concerning arms control function quite ineffectively”, – PIR Center Board Chairman Evgeny Buzhinskiy. 

21.01.2019

“During your tenure, you took an active part in the discussions of the Board, formulating concrete recommendations on a number of important issues. I applaud your important contribution to the work of the Board,” — Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General.


Debates

Debates rules

General rules:

All participants are divided into three groups: affirmative and negative teams (2 speakers for each) and the audience. All participants will acquire the topic (resolution) of the upcoming debate in advance, but the debating groups positions will be provided only 45 minutes before the event start. Both groups prepare all cases in advance, i.e. speeches, including sets of arguments and supports (statistics, specific data, laws, regulations, rules, expert opinions) both for affirmative and negative teams. After the finishing of keynote delivery by the debaters, the discussion goes on between the audience members. They realize their vote twice – prior to the debates and after. The winning team is determined by the difference of voters for the position after first and second vote.

Time-limit:

Determination of the affirmative/negative positions in provided 45 minutes before the start of the first round.

  Participants

Time

Content

The first vote goes before the speakers performance

The speech of the first speaker of affirmative team

10 min.

Resolution definition, arguments declaration

 

The speech of the first speaker of negative team

10 min.

The reaction to the speech of affirmation team, negation team arguments declaration

The speech of the second speaker of affirmative team

10 min.

Revelation of the affirmation case, support arguments entering

The speech of the second speaker of negative team

10 min.

Revelation of the negative case, support arguments entering

Discussion between the audience members

30-40 min.

The discussion is hosted by an expert, attendees announce new arguments or present a new vision of the declared problem

Answer of affirmative team

 

5 min.

Affirmative team responds to the questions from the Audience or beats negative team arguments and restore their own

Answer of negative team

5 min.

Negative team responds to the questions from the Audience or beats afiirmative team arguments and restore their own

Break (by the decision of the moderator)

 

10 min.

 

Concluding speech of affirmative team

5 min.

The team summarizes the stated arguments in support of their position and indicates the negative team case fallacy

Concluding speech of negative team

5 min.

The team summarizes the stated arguments in support of their position and indicates the affirmative team case fallacy

Specification (detailing)

During the first four speeches, each speaker may be interrupted not more than twice by questions from the audience or from the opposite team. However, the speaker may like to take a question and answer it maximally brief, as well as able reject the appeal. In case if the speaker agrees to answer, he should not ask counter questions, thereby transforming the elaboration in the discussion.

In the last round (summarizing) can take be taken by both team members or by one of them according to prior mutual decision.

One minute before the expiration of each speech timekeeper notifies the speaker.

After the last round the moderator announces the start of voting, the results of which reveals which performance was more convincing for the audience.

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