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CIMB Group World Universities Peace Invitational Debate

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The CIMB GROUP World Universities Peace Invitational Debate (CIMB WUPID), is the first ever invitational intervarsity debating tournament which is exclusive only for the top 30 debating institutions recognized by the World Debate Website and active members of the World Universities Debating Council.

The CIMB WUPID is organized by H&G Strategic Communications Sdn. Bhd. (H&G). H&G is a speech communication auditor, consultant and debate promoter. Since it’s establishment in 2006, the company has lend it’s debating expertise through debate event management, debate workshops and seminars, coaching and trainings, as well as the publications of debate handbooks and materials. H&G’s corporate objective is to enhance human capital through speech communication development programmes.

In conjunction with Malaysia’s 50 years Independence Anniversary, the theme for the CIMB’s 2007 chapter of WUPID is: ‘Independence: Respect, Tolerance and Togetherness’.

Share the things you learn at CIMB WUPID!

The International Debate Education Association (IDEA), unsurprisingly, supports peace. A debate tournament centered around the theme of peace is valuable and worthy of further discussion. To this end, we hope the discussions surrounding peace and tolerance will continue long after the CIMB WUPID has concluded and all the competitors, adjudicators, organizers and observers have returned to their respective homes.

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Youth Peace Roundtable

An important part of the CIMB WUPID is the Youth Peace Roundtable featuring the prominent NGO Peace Malaysia. This event will feature youth discussing how to achieve peace both now and in the future. Part of putting this goal into practice is to design policy statements that can be disseminated to NGOs, policy makers, media outlets and generally interested global citizens. Debatepedia is a useful resource for collaborative work as even after the Roundtable, youth can draft policy statements by creating a page on Debatepedia, putting it in the category "Peace Tournament", and typing in their ideas. Others can then improve and edit so that improved statements can be generated. Imagine how much easier this is than emailing a Word document back and forth amongst dozens of people! We encourage you to use Debatepedia to achieve your goals of Peace, Tolerance and Understanding. At the bottom of this page there are even some contacts for you to disseminate your ideas. We've even begun a blank Debatepedia page on which you can begin your work:

Youth Peace Roundtable Policy Statements

Useful Topics Already on Debatepedia

There are several articles on Debatepedia already devoted to issues surrounding peace and how to achieve it. If you're not ready to start a new peace discussion or simply want to browse, a good way to start becoming involved in this post-CIMB WUPID discussion is to read and/or contribute to some of the following articles. Some of them relate to peace or war, some to tolerance or intolerance, others to the philosophical underpinnings of peace, but they have one thing in common: they would all benefit from your unique perspective and intelligence!

Theories and Themes:

Debate: Pacifism

Debate: Security vs. liberty

Debate: Self-defense and Debate: Preventive war

Debate: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

Debate: Democracy and Debate: Democratic peace theory

Debate: Capitalism vs socialism

Debate: Nationalism

Debate: Are some topics inappropriate to debate?

Debate: Anarchism

Countries and Regions:

Debate: Invasion of Iraq and Debate: Withdrawing from Iraq and Debate: Partitioning Iraq

Debate: War in Afghanistan

Debate: Road Map to Middle East Peace

Debate: Kashmir self determination

Debate: Is China a threat to international stability? and Debate: Should the US use trade barriers to end China's human rights abuses?

Debate: International funding of Palestinian Authority

Debate: Kosovo independence

Debate: Foreign military intervention in Chechnya

Debate: Roma nation


Debate: Is Islam compatible with democracy?

Debate: Catholic Church contraception policy

International Community:

Debate: Intervention to prevent failed states

Debate: UN Committee on Counter Terrorism

Debate: Negotiating with terrorist groups

Debate: NATO expansion

Debate: Should only democracies have a vote in the UN General Assembly?

Debate: Should the US permit its soldiers to serve as UN troops?

Debate: United Nations Standing Army


Debate: Abolition of nuclear weapons and Debate: Mini-nukes development in the United States

Debate: George W. Bush


Outside Resources and Contacts

Around the world, there are many NGOs, think tanks, institutes and citizen groups striving toward peace. Governments are also an important stakeholder in the struggle for peace. Below is a list of a few organizations may be relevant to themes discussed at the CIMB WUPID. Please help your fellow debaters by adding more organizations to this list. This list could be a useful contact database for transforming your ideas from WUPID into policy statements or letters to disseminate. Talking and debating about peace is a valid and worthwhile activity, but transmitting those well thought-out ideas to others outside of the debate world has the potential to be a powerful tool for change.

Advocacy Groups:

Malaysians for Peace

Peace Action

Student Peace Action Network

Students for Peace

Think Tanks and Institutes:

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Peace Education Center at Columbia Teacher's College

Resources on the Nobel Peace Prize

Government and International Organizations:

UN Peace and Security

Contact US Congresspeople and Officials

Contact your UK Member of Parliament

Contact your Canadian Member of Parliament

Contact your Australian Member of Parliament

Contact Malaysian Government Officials

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