2015 Debates of University Students from Serbia and Slovakia Students from Belgrade (Faculty of Political Science) and Bratislava (Faculty for Social and Economic Sciences)
2015 Debates of University Students from Serbia and Slovakia
In the autumn semester of the project “Strengthening Debating Skills and Promoting Democratic Values”,CENTER FOR EURO-ATLANTIC STUDIES from Serbia and MESA10 from Slovakia,supported by the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, organized debate between students from Belgrade and Bratislava about security issues regarding the NATO and the EU.
Venue of the debate was Faculty of Political Science, and the audience in Bratislava watched the debate live via Google Hangouts.
The debate took place on Monday, November 23rd at 10:30 CET.
Debate team from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade consisted of 5 people (Virdžinija Saveska, Nataša Gajić, Jelena Ćeranić, Ivan Milovanović and Strahinja Obrenović). Debate team from the Faculty for Social and Economic Sciences, University of Bratislava consisted of 5 people (Peter Duris, Maros Kramar,Nikola Faberova, Mario Kajan and Martina Zimnikovalova). They had the task to address six different topics: perspective of Montenegro in NATO, Serbia and IPAP, refugee crisis, security aspect of the Serbia’s EU integration, Serbia’s 2015 OSCE Chairmanship and Russia and its new approach in Syria and Ukraine. All of the topics are very actual and interesting and student showed great interest in them. They proved as well informed about all of the topics and provided a lot of useful information in order to strengthen their arguments.
The most interesting part of the debates was the fact that debaters “cross-examined” each other during the debate. Namely, after the initial response by the debaters, there was the opportunity for everyone present to ask the question. Question came from the audience in Belgrade, as well as in Bratislava, but also from the debaters themselves. This fact contributed to the dynamics of the debate and to more quality responses.
The reaction of the debaters to additional question was really positive and they were able to give reasoned answers, proving that they had high level of knowledge about all the topics. Their arguments were structured and well supported by the facts.
Interaction between the debaters from two teams was good. Everyone respected the opinion of the colleagues from the other side even when did not completely agree with him/her. In their responses they referred to the previously mentioned issues by their colleagues thereby contributing to the completeness and the clarity of the answers.
The overall impression is that the debate was very useful, both for the debaters and audience. Debaters gained new and useful experience, and used well the unique opportunity to share and confront their opinions with colleagues from the other country.