Resolved: Deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea’s best interest.

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Resolved: Deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea’s best interest.

What a strange topic to start off the new season. It’s phrased quite vaguely, so as not to specify if the question is referring specifically to American anti-missile systems which South Korea has delayed deploying this year. If that was the question, then this would be a good targeted debate with lots of clash. Instead, we’re now left to speculate on what is in South Korea’s best interest in a vacuum. Ugh.


Anti-missile systems – This is pretty straightforward. There is technology which can defend against missile attacks; anti-missile systems are that technology.

Deployment – Also straightforward. These systems need to be built and deployed.

South Korea’s best interest – This is the crux of your debate. You must construct a framework which allows you to evaluate what is in South Korea’s best interest. In order to do that, you must explain how a government determines what is in it’s country’s best interest.


1. Security – A nation’s first priority is the security of its people. Security is the primary reason governments and societies are formed, and an anti-missile defense protects the security of the Korean people. North Korea is an active threat, and missile defense helps mitigate that threat.

2. U.S./Korea Relations – It is in a nation’s best interest to maintain strong global allies. The refusal of S. Korea’s new government to deploy a missile defense system has damaged its relationship with the United States, its strongest ally. This directly damages the interests of the Korean people.


1. Security – North Korea is not an active threat. They have not actually made any aggressive moves, and show no indications or possessing actually threatening military power. Consequently, the deployment of anti-missile systems would actually harm the security of the Korean people. It would damage environmental security, as well as expanding U.S. military influence in the country. This is not in the best interest of S. Korea.

2. Sovereignty – South Korea must be able to stand on its own two feet for the sake of its people. The word “deployment” clearly indicates that the anti-missile system would likely be American, rather than being constructed by Korea itself. Instead, S. Korea should construct its own anti-missile defense system. This would avoid the harms to its sovereignty which would occur as a result of it allowing a foreign power to deploy military apparatus within its borders.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

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