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The Lafayette Debates 2019

The Lafayette Debates 2019


This event is organized by Cultural services of the Embassy of France in the United States and the George Washington University.
Elimination and final rounds of the 2019 Lafayette Debates North American Championship. This year’s topic is "la Démocratie comme espoir pour la paix" Democraty is the best hope for peace.


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WHAT: The Lafayette Debates 2019

WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 12:30pm - 9pm

WHERE: La Maison Française – 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C. - 20007

PRICE: Free admission

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ADD. INFOS: Valid ID required. No parking inside the embassy.

Organized by the Higher Education Department of the Embassy of France in the United States in partnership with The George Washington University. The Lafayette Debates seek to promote international civil society and enduring relations between the United States and France by engaging tomorrow’s leaders today on the opportunities and challenges facing our rapidly globalizing world.

Immanuel Kant posited that if all countries were liberal democracies, war would become a thing of the past. Kant’s thinking was revived in the 1960s by scholars arguing democratic governments are less likely to wage war due to, among other things, shared democratic institutions, norms, and values. The 2019 Lafayette Debates topic challenges students to scrutinize the contemporary utility of democratic peace theory.

Affirmatives are asked to defend the proposition that liberal democratic habits, norms and institutions within states are the most desirable outcomes for predicting interstate peace. Affirmatives are not asked to defend specific proposals for promoting democracy or democracy promotion in general but instead to focus on the value of democracy as a predictor of peace. Negatives are asked to rebut this proposition by arguing either that liberal democracy is not a reliable predictor of interstate peace or that some other theory of interstate peace and conflict should be preferred when assessing and understanding which outcomes are most likely to promote interstate peace.

2018 Lafayette debaters