What Makes Our Briefs Different

Here at the Global Debate Symposium, we believe in producing the best quality of argumentation and evidence. Our briefs were compiled by former debaters and coaches we believe comprise the best staff in the country. We take the time to edit our briefs such that every argument or card you will find in our brief has been peer-reviewed multiple times and can be read past a bid round of a tournament.

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Lincoln Douglas

Topic Analyses (TA’s): We recognize that the state of debate is changing, and we are closely following all developments. We have topic analyses that address a variety of of debate at different levels.

We uniquely offer a critical TA, framework TA and policy TA. Our critical TA analyzes a multitude of critical arguments that can be run on both sides of the topic, clearly explaining topical links and strategic ways to engage the critical debate. Our framework TA provides broken down analysis of key philosophical theories that link to the topic. Our policy TA analyzes unique plans (with an analysis of theoretical analysis of plans), counterplans, and disadvantages and how to strategically utilize these arguments on the topic.

Cards: We know that other briefs boast hundreds of cards, but our briefs contain cards that can actually be used in positions and blocks. Each card in the brief is peer-reviewed by 3 distinct individuals. If we don’t like a card, we start against and find better evidence! Our card cutters have collectively cleared at and won national and local tournaments.

GDS Briefs Staff

2020-2021 Staff:


Shania Hunt

Mitali Mathur

Rodrigo Paramo


Alexandra Mork

Anna Myers

Bennett Eckert

Brian Zhou

Jaya Nayar

Mihir Rai

Vishan Choudhary

Contributors from Previous Years:

Elijah Smith

Jacob Koshak

Evan Engel

Shruthi Krishnan

Indu Pandey

Raffi Piliero

Liz Yount

Rohith Mandavilli

Rishabh Shah