1 of 19

photo courtesy NEDG

Nigeria 2013

photo courtesy CRTA

Serbia 2012

photo courtesy FUNCICAR

Colombia 2013

photo courtesy NDI

Nepal 2013

photo courtesy TTDC

Trinidad and Tobago 2013

photo courtesy CeSID

Serbia 2013

photo courtesy Presidential Debate Task Force

Malawi 2014

photo courtesy GIAP & NDI

Haiti 2010

photo courtesy NDI

Burundi 2010

Photo courtesy Church and Society CCAP Nkhoma Synod

Malawi 2014

photo courtesy IEA

Ghana 2012

photo courtesy NDI

Iraq 2010

photo courtesy NDI

Cambodia 2012

photo courtesy NDI

Macedonia 2013

photo courtesy Transparencia & NDI

Peru 2011

photo courtesy DENDE

Paraguay 2013

photo courtesy JDC

Jamaica 2011

photo courtesy Mark Abraham/CPD

United States 2012

Organizing a Debate

Access resources on organizing candidate debates.

Learn More

Producing a Debate

Access resources on producing candidate debates.

Learn More

Debates and Events

Learn about past and upcoming debates and events

Learn More


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...

English Publication Date: September 14, 2014 Source: The Leader Country: Nigeria

As part of its social responsibilities to the society, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Imo State Council is to organize a political debate...

English Publication Date: September 13, 2014 Source: Radio New Zealand News Country: New Zealand

National Party leader, John Key, has defended his decision not to agree to an extension to the final leaders' debate of the election campaign.

English Publication Date: September 12, 2014 Source: The Guardian Country: International

The frontrunner in the Swedish general election this weekend is scrambling to stop his campaign being damaged after he shooed away a political...