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The IPPF is a unique contest that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy – for free. 

Over the past five years, international teams have done extremely well in our competition. In fact, international teams took home the $10,000 (USD) grand prize in 2010 and 2012! This year, the IPPF is tackling an issue of global significance – nuclear proliferation –  and we would like to have more international teams to register and take part in the competition.

How can my team participate in the IPPF?

To participate in the IPPF, high school students should form teams, and then go to and register by October 15. Teams are typically comprised of three to eight students.

After a team registers, it should prepare a 2,800 word qualifying round essay that either affirms or negates the IPPF topic, “Resolved: As a last resort, unilateral military force is justified to minimize nuclear weapons proliferation.”

Qualifying round essays must be submitted to by October 22. The top 64 teams will be announced on November 5. These teams earn cash awards and advance into a single-elimination, written debate contest. The final eight teams in the contest are invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City!

Should my essay be written in English?

Yes. The IPPF is an English language competition. But please keep in mind, judges base their scores on the merit of a team’s arguments. They understand that English is not the primary language for some teams.

International teams have excelled in this competition. Last year, nearly 70 international teams from 29 countries participated in the IPPF. The top 32 teams represented eight countries – the United States, the Republic of Korea, Czech Republic, Singapore, Canada, Nepal, South Africa, and Taiwan.

How can I learn more about the topic?

A topic primer is available on the IPPF website, as well as links to sample essays and contest rules. Visit to learn more.

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