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Since 2008, we have brought the world’s sharpest minds and brightest thinkers to our mainstage debates in Toronto, Canada. In front of live audiences of 3,000 people, twice a year, we debate the big issues of the day, from climate to the global economy to political correctness to the future of democracy. All these great debates are curated here in video, audio and text for your watching, listening and reading pleasure. Enjoy the art of civil and substantive public debate.

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Be it resolved, the world cannot tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons capability...

Pro
Amos Yadlin
Charles Krauthammer
Con
Fareed Zakaria
Vali Nasr
Result
CON gains 18%. CON wins
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May 25, 2012

Europe

May 25, 2012

Europe

Be it resolved, the European experiment has failed...

Pro
Niall Ferguson
Josef Joffe
Con
Daniel Cohn-Bendit
Peter Mandelson
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Nov 14, 2011

North American Economy

Nov 14, 2011

North American Economy

Be it resolved, North America faces a Japan-style era of high unemployment and slow growth...

Pro
Paul Krugman
David Rosenberg
Con
Lawrence Summers
Ian Bremmer
Result
CON gains 19%. CON wins
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Jun 17, 2011

The Rise of China

Jun 17, 2011

The Rise of China

Be it resolved, the 21st century will belong to China...

Pro
Niall Ferguson
David Daokui Li
Con
Henry Kissinger
Fareed Zakaria
Result
CON gains 22%. CON wins
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Nov 26, 2010

Religion

Nov 26, 2010

Religion

Be it resolved, religion is a force for good in the world...

Pro
Tony Blair
Con
Christopher Hitchens
Result
CON gains 13%. CON wins
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