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Guyana 2016

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Argentina 2015

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Kyrgyzstan 2015 

Haiti 2015

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Malawi 2014

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Paraguay 2013

photo courtesy NDI

Macedonia 2013

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Nigeria 2013

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Colombia 2013

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Serbia 2013

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Nepal 2013

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Trinidad and Tobago 2013

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Cambodia 2012

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Jamaica 2011

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Iraq 2010

The worm - that mysterious creature beloved of political junkies and hated by politicians that senses the mood of swinging voters - is becoming an endangered species in political debates. Read...

On April 18, the National Association of Young Businessmen (Asociación Nacional de Jóvenes Empresarios, ANJE) organized the first presidential debate in the country. 

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has launched its 2016 debate series for presidential candidates for parties with representation in parliament to articulate their...


Welcome to Debates International

This website is intended to serve as a comparative international resource for groups organizing candidate debates for a range of elected offices. The site includes examples of practical organizational and production information from debate sponsoring organizations from around the globe primarily members of Debates International, an informal association of new and longstanding debate groups. It also includes updates on the activities of these debate groups and highlights recent news and analysis on candidate debates.

This site is maintained by the National Democratic Institute. These resources have been made available based on the conviction that there is no one right way to organize candidate debates. Each country must develop debates that reflect its culture and politics, and all debate groups can benefit from the experiences of their counterparts in other countries. We hope that this is a useful resource and welcome your comments and suggestions.

Spanish Publication Date: May 29, 2016 Source: RPP Country: Peru

El debate, organizado en ocho módulos, dio pie a que los candidatos se hagan preguntas y repreguntas. También aprovecharon para recordar algunos...

English Publication Date: May 29, 2016 Source: Abc.net Country: Australia

Both the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader were questioned on why Australians should vote for them.

English Publication Date: May 29, 2016 Source: Abc News Country: United States

Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson faced off against his four main rivals on the debate stage on Saturday night, earning some of the...

Date (time EST):
Apr 18 2016 (All day)

On April 18, the National Association of Young Businessmen (Asociación Nacional de Jóvenes Empresarios, ANJE) organized the first presidential...

Date (time EST):
Apr 3 2016 - 8:00pm

On Sunday, April 3, at 8:00pm the National Elections Jury (Jurado Nacional de Elecciones,JNE), IDEA International and the Consortium of Economic...

Date (time EST):
Mar 13 2016 - 7:00pm

In Georgetown, Guyana, on March 13, 14, and 15 at 7:00 p.m. respectively the non-profit organization Merundoi will host a series of  constituency...