“Always intelligent and provocative, as well as disciplined and civil. A stimulating way to spend an evening.”

- The Wall Street Journal

More praise for IQ2 US

The World's Greatest Minds
Take To The IQ2US Stage Meet Upcoming and Past Debaters

Past Debaters

Lawrence O'Donnell

O'Donnell, Lawrence

Senior Political Analyst, MSNBC

Is a senior political analyst for MSNBC and an Emmy-winning producer and writer of NBC’s The West Wing. From 1993 through 1995, O’Donnell was the Democratic chief of staff of… more

Van Jones

Jones, Van

Former Special Advisor, White House Council for Environmental Quality

Worked from March to September 2009 as the special advisor for green jobs at the White House Council for Environmental Quality, where he developed policy recommendations to help implement the… more

Gray Davis

Gray Davis

37th Governor of California

Joseph "Gray" Davis was overwhelmingly elected the 37th governor of California in 1998, winning 58% of the vote. As Governor, he made education a top priority, signing legislation to strengthen… more

Sharon Waxman

Waxman, Sharon

Editor-in-Chief, Founder, and CEO of TheWrap.com

Is editor in chief, founder, and CEO of TheWrap.com, a primary news source focused on the business of entertainment and media. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and… more

Bobby Shriver

Shriver, Bobby

Member, Santa Monica City Council

Was elected to the Santa Monica City Council by the highest percentage of voters in that city’s 120-year history in 2004. Re-elected in 2008, he continues his work to reduce… more


Kluth, Andreas

Writer, The Economist

has been writing for the Economist since 1997 and currently covers California and the western states from Los Angeles. In previous assignments, he covered technology, Asian business and global finance. more

Itamar Rabinovich

Rabinovich, Itamar

Israel's Former Ambassador to the United States

is Israel's former ambassador to the United States and former chief negotiator with Syria in the mid 1990s. He is the incumbent of the Ettinger Chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern… more

Stuart Eizenstat

Eizenstat, Stuart

Chief White House Domestic Policy Adviser

Has held a number of key senior positions in three US administrations, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter; U.S. ambassador to the European Union, under… more

Rashad Khalidi

Khalidi, Rashad

Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, Columbia University

Is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He was president of the Middle East Studies Association, and was an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the… more

Roger Cohen

Cohen, Roger

Columnist, New York Times

Joined the New York Times in 1990. He was a foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting foreign editor on September 11, 2001, and foreign editor six… more