If you remember in the Background guide for Topic A, a buzzword that was repeated over and over was of course Sovereignty.
The right for a supreme, independent authority over a geographic area has been in the news most recently, primarily across Northern Africa.
Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and don't forget Sudan have all given recent examples of different ways sovereignty is achieved.
Tunisia saw protests and a martyr that literally sparked a change in government, pardon the pun. Egypt has seen protests similar in scale, as has Yemen. The people are calling for new leadership, and the "Legal Use of Force in Conflict" can be examined from the perspective of "peaceful" protesters and their combat with security forces. It's not gone far enough to say this is literally Civil War, but it sure is getting close in theory.
Sudan on the other hand has held a vote for the secession of South Sudan which most likely will become Juba. Two more votes are imminent over border areas that are traditional grazing areas for northern nomads and sources of water/oil that the North surely does not want to lose to the South.
Regardless, all of these examples do link up one way or the other with our Topic A. Though they should not be the primary focus of debate, it's always a good thing to keep up with the news and stay up to date and major happenings, especially those that relate to the very topic we will be debating in 5 short weeks.