International Debates

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is often approached by organizations in other countries seeking to make debates a central part of their elections.  For 30 years, the CPD has teamed with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to share debates best practices with groups from across the globe.  This work is based on the conviction that there is no single best way to stage debates.  The CPD and NDI have collectively helped sponsors hold more than 400 debates in some 45 countries.  This support includes exchanges via global and regional symposiums, in-country visits by debate practitioners and long-distance consultations on all aspects of debates.

As a result of these exchanges, Debates International, a network of debate organizers from more than 38 countries, has been formed to provide peer-to-peer support.  The Debates International resource website offers information on network members, debate news, videos and practical comparative materials on holding debates.  For more information, please contact the CPD at (202) 872-1020, visit or follow us @DebatesIntl on twitter.