At the conclusion of the Iraq Debate Academy that took place in Duhok, Kurdistan Autonomous Region, Iraq in December 2009 the tournament featured a final round between American University Iraq Suleymaney on the proposition and University of Kurdistan Hawler on the opposition. This was the first university debating event ever held in Iraq.
The motion was:
THIS HOUSE BELIEVES THAT DEVELOPED COUNTRIES SHOULD NOT ACCEPT THE MIGRATION OF SKILLED PROFESSIONALS FROM DEVELOPING NATIONS.
The proposition team was: Bayad Jamal Ali, Safa Fudhl, Arevan Kamaran, Enji Issa
The opposition team was: Sara Mustafa, Mohammed Ali, Sayran Ibrahim, Raed Asad Ahmed
The debate was judged by Matt Stannard of the University of Wyoming, Megan Harlow of Bard College, and Jonathan Borock of the New York City Debate Society.
The decision was 2-1 for the University of Kurdistan.
Thanks to Muhammad Ahmad and Iraq Debate for sponsoring the event.
Video by Alfred Snider.