This is the national championship final round of the 2014 USU Debating Championships, a tournament annually held in the US to determine the best team in the BP format of debating.
This debate features speakers from Cornell University, Yale University, Bates University, and Loyola Marymount University.
The topic: This House regrets the continuation of NATO after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
This is a competition, and no speaker is necessarily representing his or her personal views. Speakers are assigned their position in the debate before the topic is announced. It is a competition based not on whose personal opinion is better, but who is a better speaker and advocate for their assigned position. The arguments being made should not be conflated with the people speaking. These are not their personal views.