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photo courtesy NDI

Nepal 2013

photo courtesy DENDE

Paraguay 2013

photo courtesy Transparencia & NDI

Peru 2011

photo courtesy NDI

Burundi 2010

photo courtesy FUNCICAR

Colombia 2013

photo courtesy NDI

Iraq 2010

photo courtesy IEA

Ghana 2012

Photo courtesy Church and Society CCAP Nkhoma Synod

Malawi 2014

photo courtesy CRTA

Serbia 2012

photo courtesy NDI

Cambodia 2012

photo courtesy NDI

Macedonia 2013

photo courtesy TTDC

Trinidad and Tobago 2013

photo courtesy GIAP & NDI

Haiti 2010

photo courtesy Presidential Debate Task Force

Malawi 2014

photo courtesy Mark Abraham/CPD

United States 2012

photo courtesy NEDG

Nigeria 2013

photo courtesy CeSID

Serbia 2013

photo courtesy JDC

Jamaica 2011

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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.

Date (time EST):
May 15 2014 (All day)

The Second European Union presidential debate was broadcast live on Thursday, May 15 from 21:00 to 22:30 [CET - Brussels time], among candidates ...

Date (time EST):
Feb 27 2014 (All day)

The Civic Social Foundation for Cartagena (Fundación Cívico Social Pro Cartagena, FUNCICAR) and the Political Debate Commission of Bolivar (...

Date (time EST):
Jan 5 2014 (All day)

The Costa Rican Supreme Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones, TSE) organized a debate among 13 candidates for the presidency in two...

Spanish Publication Date: January 18, 2015 Source: Territorio Digital Country: Argentina

En poco más del 80 por ciento los argentinos quieren que los aspirantes a la Presidencia de la Nación tengan la obligación de debatir al menos una...

French Publication Date: January 17, 2015 Source: La Presse Country: United States

Les candidats républicains à l'investiture présidentielle américaine en 2016 auront moins d'occasions de se déchirer en public qu'en 2012, le...

English Publication Date: January 17, 2015 Source: Open Democracy Country: United Kingdom

The broadcasters can't "empty chair" the Prime Minister - he may well get what he wants.