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3 July 2009

Debating in Iraq

Anyone looking at the list of teams registered for Worlds will have spotted teams from Iraq among the pre-registered list of teams.  This is the first time Iraqi teams will have attended Worlds.  The initiative to bring University Debating to Iraq is being lead by Muhammad Duhoki.  For more information visit

Iraq Debate is an independent civic engagement initiative to foster and promote open discussions and debate culture in Iraq and plans to promote and teach debate across Universities and Schools in the country.

Iraq Debate brings together Arabs, Kurds, Chaldo-Assyrians, Turkmen, and all components of Iraq communities to participate in debate workshops and tournaments.

Currently, Iraq Debate works with students from University of Duhok- Duhok, University of Salahaddin- Erbil and University of Technology- Baghdad. however we are looking forward to extending our activities to all Universities and Schools in Iraq in near future.

Recently, Iraq Debate held a successful workshop in the University of Duhok for 22 students debaters [ April 1-7, 2009]. we then trained and sent students to participate in Qatar National Schools Debate Championships and Qatar National Universities Championships with 5 students debaters representing the Iraq Debate Team. At invitation of Qatar Debate.

Iraq Debate currently is planning to train students for the Worlds Universities Debate Championships 2010, to be held in Turkey, where they will compete with over 300 teams.

Because all sections of Iraqi Society are equal, we wish to establish a fair forum for all Iraqi people to develop logical, presentational, and leadership skills. If you would like to join us, or know anyone you think would be interested in joining us, please let us know. it is our pleasure to serve the community, and feel all curious minds.

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