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March 27, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

Defining Economic Engagement for the National High School Policy Debate Topic for 2013 to 2014

A decent article on the topic by Stefan Bauschard here it suggests the following:

Obviously, the term “economic” limits the type of engagement, but contextual usage evidence doesn’t suggest that there is too much of a limit. I’ve found contextual evidence that supports including all of the following in economic engagement

– Trade
– Information technology
– Investment
– General environmental issues
– Forest and wetland conservation
– Water and air quality
– Small & Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
– Health care
– Clean energy, including renewable energy
– Electricity production and transmission
– Nuclear power
– General energy security
– Defense and security
– Economic development
– Intellectual property
– Reducing corruption
– Food regulation
– Environmental regulation

As well as providing these mechanisms:

In terms of specific mechanisms for engagement, contextual evidence exists for engaging in all of the following ways –

-Official contacts with the government
-Academic exchanges
-Two track dialogue(s)
-Development programs (foreign aid)
-Providing loans
-Working through non-governmental organizations (NGOS)
-Enabling International Financial Institutions (IFIs) to support work in the topic countries
-Negotiating trade agreements and facilitating trade ties
-Developing standards and practices for businesses
-Using the US Agency for International Development (AID) to support business development
-Encouraging other countries to reduce trade barriers
-Providing visas to individuals in other countries (this was an entire college resolution!)
-Supporting increased investment
-Helping US companies navigate the business climate
-Strengthening measures to protect intellectual property
-Encouraging countries to invest in the US
-Integrating countries into the global economic system
-Reduction in sanctions and other trade barriers
-Facilitating action by IFIs
-Boosting capital investment
-Supporting joint technology development
-Providing technical cooperation on energy environment
-Facilitating the development of regulation


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