Containment Is Not Enough: ISIS Must Be Defeated

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

In June 2014, the Sunni militant group ISIS declared that it had established a new caliphate spanning territory in Syria and Iraq. Since then, the region under its control has expanded, despite airstrikes and the deployment of U.S. military advisors, and Jihadist groups across the Muslim world have pledged their allegiance. What should the Obama administration’s next steps be? Should the U.S. goal be containment, or can ISIS be defeated?

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Bonus Release: Israel & A Nuclear Iran

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The U.S., Iran, and other world powers have reached a final deal to limit Iran’s ability to build a nuclear weapon. According to President Obama, “every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off.” But to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, this deal will go down as “a historic mistake.” In 2013, Intelligence Squared U.S. debated whether “Israel Can Live with a Nuclear Iran.” Would a nuclear Iran pose an existential threat to Israel? What role does it play in Israel’s condemnation of this historic pact? And how have the arguments changed?

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Bonus Release: Obamacare Podcast

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With the recent Supreme Court ruling that upholds the Affordable Health Care Act, President Obama seems to have secured the legislative cornerstone of his Presidential legacy. But is Obamacare now finally on the road to permanence or is the recent Supreme Court ruling just a setback for a still steady opposition to repeal the law? In 2014, we debate the motion: OBAMACARE IS NOW BEYOND RESCUE. Are we now at a place where the Affordable Health Care Act has moved beyond its critics? Join us as we revisit the arguments.

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Bonus Release: Father's Day Podcast

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On this Father’s Day, alongside the many deserving gestures of love and appreciation, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on what could lie ahead for dear old Dad. More women than men are enrolling and graduating from college, and their participation in the labor force has grown. The central question arising, are we now at a place where women will achieve in the future the same sort of dominance that men have held in the past, or will it always be a man's world? Happy Father’s Day!

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The Equal Protection Clause Does Not Require States To License Same-Sex Marriages

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015


The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides: “No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” On June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that all states are required to license same-sex marriage. This debate, held just before the ruling, has been updated to note the outcome, and gives many insights into the issues the Supreme Court considered while making their decision.


Presented in partnership with the National Constitution Center. Sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.    

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Obama's Iran Deal Is Good For America

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In April 2015, the P5+1, the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, negotiated an interim nuclear accord with Iran. Among the key parameters: Iran’s enrichment capacity, enrichment levels, and stockpile would be limited; its Fordow site converted into a research center; and the Arak heavy water reactor redesigned. In return, the IAEA would gain greater access for inspections, and U.S. and EU sanctions would be lifted. Many in the U.S. fear that a deal as outlined would not go far enough and, instead of being a benefit, would strengthen Iran’s hand in the Middle East. Not to mention the important question of trust. Is this agreement a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to halt nuclear proliferation, or does President Obama have this wrong?

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Bonus Release: Do Too Many Kids Go To College?

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It’s graduation season, a time for high school seniors to look back and celebrate their formative years before embarking on the next step on their academic journey: college. But not every graduation senior attends college, and perhaps not every student should. With unemployment for those with bachelor’s degrees still at an all-time high and student loan debt surpassing credit card debt, it begs the question whether it’s really worth it? Do too many kids go to college? A bonus release from IQ2US.

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Smart Technology Is Making Us Dumb

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Smart technology grants us unprecedented, immediate access to knowledge and to each other—a ubiquitous and seamless presence in everyday life. But is there a downside to all of this connectivity? It’s been said that smart technology creates dependency on devices, narrows our world to echo chambers, and impairs cognitive skills through shortcuts and distraction. Are smart tech devices guiding so much of our decision making that we are losing autonomy without even realizing it? Or are these concerns an overstatement of the negative effects of high-tech consumption?

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