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Nocera Hits the Bulls-Eye on Magnitsky Act

April 17, 2012

[Commentary magazine quotes Ian Bremmer from an IQ2US debate on China.] …As Nocera notes, our dedication to the rule of law is a big reason this law would be effective. And it’s not just Russians. Last month, at Intelligence Squared U.S.’s debate on China and capitalism, Ian Bremmer said the same thing: “We got to watch what people do, not what people say, what they do. Did you see that piece in the Wall Street Journal, talked about the disposition of Chinese millionaires, how over 50 percent of Chinese millionaires say they prefer to live in the United States than China?…”

Defining and Debating Cyber Warfare

April 15, 2012

Cyber warfare is a hot topic in the security industry, but what does this term actually mean? At what point does a cyber conflict become a cyber war? Are cyber threats, cyber attacks and cyber espionage acts of cyber war? Many of these questions need to be discussed – and that discussion is about to take place.

China’s Not the Big Trade Cheat Harming America’s Domestic Economy

March 16, 2012

Last week Intelligence Squared hosted a debate on whether China does capitalism better than the United States does. The result was a resounding no, and a strong audience endorsement of the notion that China is more paper tiger than dragon on the rise.

China Ups U.S. Debt to $1.16 Trillion

March 15, 2012

“We got to know who has all the cards in this relationship. It is not the U.S., because China is the biggest creditor and we are the debtor,” Peter Schiff, CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc, said after a televised debate on China and the US economy hosted by Intelligence Squared in New York.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Audience Does Not Agree that “China Does Capitalism Better than America”

March 13, 2012

Last night, Intelligence Squared U.S. continued its spring 2012 season with a sold-out debate and a victory against the motion “China Does Capitalism Better than America.” In the final tally, Ian Bremmer and Minxin Pei won the Oxford-style debate by convincing 35% of the audience to change their minds and oppose the motion. In the largest margin in IQ2US history, 85% of audience members agreed post-debate that China does not employ a more successful capitalist system than the United States, up from 50% pre-debate.

Why America’s Capitalism Is Better Than China’s

March 13, 2012

About three-fourths of the way through Tuesday’s Slate/Intelligence Squared Oxford-style debate on whether China does capitalism better than America, one audience member stood up to request a clarification of terms. How, she asked the panelists on stage, do you define capitalism? She struck a nerve.

Does China Do Capitalism Better Than America?

March 04, 2012

Four Sinologists, economists, writers, and policy advisers will tackle these questions at the next Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. live debate on March 13 at NYU’s Skirball Center in New York City.

Learning from Clinton’s Mideast Mistakes

January 12, 2012

...But the question now is, what should be done instead? That was the topic of the debate, which was entitled: “The U.N. should admit Palestine as a full member state.” It pitted, for the motion, Palestinian legislator Mustafa Barghouthi and the New America Foundation and J Street’s Daniel Levy against Israeli diplomat Dore Gold and Miller. The whole debate is worth watching, which can be done at Intelligence Squared’s website.

The U.N. Should Admit Palestine as a Full Member State

January 11, 2012

Last night, Intelligence Squared U.S. launched it's spring 2012 season with a sold-out debate and a decisive victory for the motion, “The U.N. Should Admit Palestine as a Full Member State.” The debate was especially heated and, according to the final votes, Mustafa Barghouthi and Daniel Levy won by convincing 18% of the audience to change their minds to support the resolution, thus winning the Oxford style debate.

Whitewashing Hamas Is a Mistake

January 11, 2012

Last night, I attended an Intelligence Squared Debate in New York. As expected, the debate was spirited and lively. How could it not be? The motion was “The UN Should Admit Palestine as a Full Member State.” As is the norm with almost all debates on the Arab-Israeli conflict, emotions were high and sparks flew.

Palestine, 194th Member?

January 11, 2012

At last night’s Intelligence Squared U.S. debate held at NYU’s Skirball Center, the motion was: “The U.N. Should Admit Palestine as a Full Member State.” The Oxford style of the contest—one side defends the platform, the other side opposes it, and they are judged purely on their respective success at doing what they are supposed to do, not what is “right” or how the motion fits into a larger context—made for an evening that at once obscured the larger difficulties of the Middle East conflict and highlighted that conflict’s intractability.

It's Time for the U.N. to Admit Palestine

January 11, 2012

After an hour and a half of trying to soften an increasingly furious—and personal— debate over Palestinian membership in the United Nations on Tuesday, moderator John Donvan gave up and wearily asked his panelists for closing statements. Aaron David Miller started off. “I realize in the last 90 minutes that perhaps one of the most astute things I’ve done, the best decisions I’ve made, was to leave the Arab-Israeli negotiating table,” he quipped. The audience laughed. Onstage, the rest of the panelists looked pained.

Should the U.N. Admit Palestine as a Full Member State?

January 02, 2012

Israel’s occupation of land in the West Bank and Gaza, the status of Jerusalem, and the rights of Arab refugees have roiled the Middle East for almost half a century. Four longtime engineers of the peacemaking efforts in the Middle East will tackle these questions at the next Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. live debate on Jan. 10.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates “The U.N. Should Admit Palestine as a Full Member State”

December 13, 2011

On January 10th, New York's premier live debate series, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), returns for the first debate of its spring 2012 season with the divisive proposition: "The U.N. Should Admit Palestine as a Full Member State."

With TSA Under Fire, is Racial Profiling on the Table?

November 23, 2011

At a debate last night hosted by Intelligence Squared US, syndicated columnist Deroy Murdock argued that "we want the TSA and others to recognize that the current threat to passengers and airliners comes almost exclusively from one source..." Countered former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff: "The problem with using racial and religious profiling is it takes you down a road to looking at people who you don't need to look at and avoiding looking at people that you should look at..."

Afghanistan: A Lost Cause?

November 11, 2011

This fall's second to last Intelligence Squared debate took place last night at the Skirball Center. Speakers debated the motion that "Afghanistan is a lost cause." Prior to the debate, the audience was polled on their opinions of the motion. The results showed 46 percent of the audience voted in favor of it, 23 percent voted against and 31 percent was undecided. Speakers took a strong voice against corruption and ineffectiveness of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's administration.

Blaming Islam Itself for Militancy

October 11, 2011

I recommend that you listen to the full debate on NPR or watch it on Bloomberg television this week. For now, trust me that each of the four debaters has a fascinating biography. On the For side, young Zeba Khan is a religious Muslim from Toledo, Ohio who attended a Jewish day school for nine years and speaks Hebrew, and Maajid Nawaz, a former Muslim radical, spent 12 years in an Egyptian jail before having a change of heart. He now spends his time in counter-Islamist social activism...

Is it Time to End the War on Terror?

September 11, 2011

On September 7, 2011, Intelligence Squared held a debate at New York University on whether it was time to “end the war of terror.” Given the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the recent killing of Osama bin Laden, the issue of whether the war this country is fighting remains vital or has run its course is a useful one to discuss. The spirited debate featured discussion of legal issues that are important ten years after the war on terror began.

The "War On Terror" And Its Debate Have No End

September 09, 2011

What does "The War on Terror" mean? Is it the legal authority granted to the president by Congress to use all "necessary and appropriate force" against the people, countries or organizations that "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the September 11 attacks? Is it taking your shoes off at airport security, or seeing something and saying something?

Pulling the Plug on the 'War on Terror'

September 08, 2011

Is it time to end the 'War on Terror'? That was the motion under debate on Wednesday night in New York City, as the Intelligence Squared Debate series brought experts from inside and outside the government to try and convince the audience that it is either time to declare the open-ended war against "terrorism" over, or that doing so would cripple the US government’s ability to protect its citizens.

We’ve Made Impressive Progress Since 9/11, But Danger Remains

September 08, 2011

As the war on terror—or whatever we’re calling it this week—approaches its tenth anniversary, much of the popular analysis is founded on the premise that, following Osama bin Laden’s death and numerous other setbacks for the terrorist group, the threat from al-Qaeda has been radically reduced, perhaps even eradicated. As White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan said today, al-Qaeda “has taken it on the chin.”

Is Now the Time to End the War on Terror?

September 07, 2011

Former CIA director Michael Hayden and the Boston Globe's Juliette Kayyem hold opposing viewpoints on the value of continuing the War on Terror. They both join Morning Joe to discuss why the U.S. should and why the U.S. should not end this era.

Is It Time To End the War on Terror?

September 07, 2011

While the GOP contenders debating last night in Simi Valley, Calif., were engaged in a long discussion of the HPV vaccine and Rick Perry's unusual views about Social Security, the participants in the live Intelligence Squared U.S./Slate debate at New York University were battling over perhaps the most pressing question of this 9/11 anniversary week: Is it time to end the war on terror?

Last Night’s War on Terror Debate at Skirball Was Pretty One-Sided

September 07, 2011

As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, it is necessary as a society to analyze the effects of the War on Terror. How has the war served our national goals of liberty, prosperity, and safety? Furthermore, if the war has ceased to benefit these goals, is withdrawal sensible?

Decisive Victory to Continue the War on Terror

September 07, 2011

Last night audience members at the Intelligence Squared US debate “It’s Time to End the War on Terror” gave a decisive victory to the debate team arguing against this resolution. Michael Hayden and Richard Falkenkrath convinced 15% of the audience to change their minds over the course of the evening, thus winning the Oxford style debate.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates Featured as a Critics' Pick

August 16, 2011

At this edition of the lively Intelligence Squared debate series, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen and Harvard professor–terrorism specialist Juliette Kayyem argue in favor of ending the War on Terror. On the other side, Homeland Security adviser to President Bush Richard Falkenrath and former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden respectfully disagree with the motion.

CNN, NSA and CIA heads to discuss war on terror

August 13, 2011

Is it time to end the war on terror? That's the provocative question that will be discussed on Sept. 7, when Intelligence Squared U.S. hosts a live debate at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Greenwich Village.

American Foreign Policy is Not Overreaching

April 05, 2011

In the latest round in America’s premier debate series, Intelligence Squared Debates (IQ2US), Peter Galbraith, a diplomat, author and academic joined Lawrence Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense, in support of the motion, while arguing against the motion were Elliott Abrams, Deputy National Security Advisor of Middle Eastern Affairs in the George W. Bush administration and Eliot Cohen, who also served as Counselor to the Dept. of State under Condoleezza Rice.

Notes From the Front: Are We Securing Our Vital Interests Abroad?

March 28, 2011

If only we had political leadership worthy of our military. That's the one sentence take away from my recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan (under the auspices of the Council on Foreign Relations, headed by Max Boot, their senior defense analyst, two of their military fellows and about 10 DVs -- military parlance for distinguished visitors).

Two Muslims, Playing Against Stereotype

November 30, 2010

Zeba Khan was born and raised in a middle-class home in Toledo, Ohio, and for nine years attended the local Jewish day school, The Hebrew Academy, going to morning minyan every day. She graduated in 1993. She says she would have continued on with her Jewish education but the school only went through sixth grade. “I knew Hebrew better than most of my classmates,” she recalled in a recent interview, “and I wanted a bat mitzvah.”