Live From The Topic Committee Meeting: Final Voting

The NFHS topic committee is meeting this morning to narrow down the list of eight working resolutions to the final five that will appear on the national ballot.

Update:

1. The Russia topic was voted out in the first ballot. There were 28 total ballots; each ballot ranked the top five topics. Russia received 8 votes; Urban Renewal finished seventh with 9 votes and so remains on the ballot.

2. The Urban Renewal topic was voted out on the second ballot. One more balloting will occur to eliminate another topic; the final five topics will appear on the national ballot.

3. The IMF/World Bank topic was voted out on the third ballot. It received 13 votes; the second-lowest vote recipient was Cyber Security with 17. The top vote getters were India (25/28), Southeast Asia (24), Space Policy (24), and China (22).

Three of the following topics will NOT make the cut:

Cyber Warfare: The United States federal government should establish rules of engagement governing its use of cyber warfare.

Southeast Asia: The United States federal government should substantially increase its development assistance to Southeast Asia.

Russia: The United States federal government should substantially increase its constructive engagement with the Russian Federation.

Space: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth’s mesosphere.

India: The United States federal government should substantially increase its cooperation with India in one or more of the following areas: civilian space programs, nuclear proliferation, trade.

Urban Renewal: The United States federal government should substantially increase its urban renewal assistance in the United States.

IMF/World Bank: The International Monetary Fund and/or the World Bank should eliminate one or more economic policy conditions placed upon Highly Indebted Poor Countries.

China: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement with the People’s Republic of China on one or more of the following issues: trade, currency, environment.

Discussion and advocacy of each topic is underway; voting will begin in the next hour or so. I will update this post as votes are taken and topics are eliminated.