Overseas Debates

  • Thursday, January 12 2012
    This House believes Turkey is a bad model for the new Arab states
    This House believes Turkey is a bad model for the new Arab states

    The statements and views expressed in the debate are solely those of the Doha Debates and the participants.  They are neither endorsed by nor represent the views of Bogazici University.

    Ece Temelkuran, Writer and journalist FOR
    Sinan Ulgen, Carnegie Europe AGAINST
    Hassan Mneimneh, German Marshall Fund FOR
    Aboubakr Jamai, Lakome.com AGAINST
    MOTION PASSED by 59% to 41%
    Broadcast: 21-22 January, 2012
    Venue: Bogazici University, Istanbul

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  • Wednesday, October 26 2011
    This House believes the Egyptian military is not interested in genuine reform
    This House believes the Egyptian military is not interested in genuine reform
    Mohamed Fahmy Menza, Founding member, Misr Al Horreya Party/ Professor, AUC FOR
    Sameh Seif- Elyazal, Chairman, Al Gomhouria Center AGAINST
    Heba Morayef, Human Rights Watch FOR
    Gamal Abdel Gawad Soltan, Professor, Political Science AGAINST
    MOTION PASSED by 85% to 15%
    Broadcast: 5-6 November, 2011
    Venue: Cairo, Egypt

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  • Monday, March 14 2011
    This House believes for the sake of democracy Egypt should postpone elections
    This House believes for the sake of democracy Egypt should postpone elections
    Marwa Sharafeldin, Human rights campaigner FOR
    Esam el Erian, Spokesman, Muslim Brotherhood AGAINST
    Shaheer George, Activist FOR
    Sherif Taher, Politician AGAINST
    MOTION PASSED by 84% to 16%
    Broadcast: 19-20 March, 2011
    Venue: AUC Tahrir Square Campus, Cairo, Egypt

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  • Tuesday, February 22 2011
    This House believes that Arab revolutions will just produce different dictators
    This House believes that Arab revolutions will just produce different dictators
    Raoudha Ben Othman, University of Tunis FOR
    Shibley Telhami, Author and scholar AGAINST
    Kamal Ben Younes, Political analyst FOR
    Fares Mabrouk, Yale World Fellow AGAINST
    MOTION REJECTED by 26% to 74%
    Broadcast: 26-27 February, 2011
    Venue: Tunis, Tunisia

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  • Monday, February 15 2010
    This House believes Muslims aren't getting a fair deal in India
    This House believes Muslims aren't getting a fair deal in India

    The Doha Debates was held for the first time in Asia at St Stephen’s College, one of India’s most prestigious university campuses.

    With a strong history of debating, the university was a fitting venue to host the debates and the college’s active debating society was instrumental in ensuring a large audience for the event, which was attended by more than 300 people.

    Seema Mustafa, Journalist and political commentator FOR
    Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications and IT AGAINST
    Teesta Setalvad, Civil rights activist FOR
    M.J. Akbar, Journalist and author AGAINST

    A group of 10 high school and university students from Doha travelled to India to participate in the debate and get a taste of student life in New Delhi. They met various members of the College’s faculty, politicians and prominent Indian journalists and took in a few of the capital’s most famous sights.

    MOTION REJECTED by 38% to 62%
    Broadcast: 20-21 February, 2010
    Venue: St. Stephen's College, Delhi

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  • Wednesday, March 25 2009
    This House believes it's time for the US to get tough on Israel
    This House believes it's time for the US to get tough on Israel

    This event was held at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

    The statements and views expressed in the debate are solely those of the Doha Debates and the film participants. They are neither endorsed by nor represent the views of Georgetown University.

    Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA's Bin Laden Unit FOR
    Dore Gold, President, Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs AGAINST
    Avraham Burg, former Speaker of the Israeli Knesset FOR
    Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor AGAINST

    Ten students from universities and high schools across Qatar – all with a demonstrated commitment to debating – travelled to Washington to attend the Debate. During their week-long trip, they saw the White House, Washington Monument, Georgetown University, the Pentagon, Camp David, the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. They also managed to find time to debate Georgetown students and meet New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman.

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    MOTION PASSED by 63% to 37%
    Broadcast: 4-5 April, 2009
    Venue: Georgetown University, Washington DC

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  • Monday, November 26 2007
    This House believes Britain's role in the Middle East is in terminal decline
    This House believes Britain's role in the Middle East is in terminal decline

    This event was held at the famous Cambridge Union Debating Society in the UK, marking the second time The Doha Debates have been held outside Qatar.

    Shlomo Ben-Ami, Former Israeli Foreign Minister FOR
    Raghida Dergham, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Al Hayat AGAINST
    Baroness Falkner, Liberal Democrat Peer, House of Lords FOR
    Sir Malcolm Rifkind, British Foreign Secretary 1995-1997 AGAINST

    A group of 15 students from high schools and universities in Doha traveled to the United Kingdom to attend the Debate. They also participated in a range of educational and cultural activities, including debating skills workshops and a tour of Westminster.

    MOTION REJECTED by 32% to 68%
    Broadcast: 1-2 December, 2007
    Venue: Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge, UK

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  • Tuesday, May 01 2007
    This House believes the pro-Israeli lobby has successfully stifled Western debate about Israel's actions
    This House believes the pro-Israeli lobby has successfully stifled Western debate about Israel's actions

    This event was held at the world famous Oxford Union debating society in the UK, marking the first time the Doha Debates have been held outside Qatar.

    Norman Finkelstein, Professor of political science, DePaul University FOR
    Martin Indyk, Brookings Institution AGAINST
    Andrew Cockburn, Full-time writer and lecturer FOR
    David Aaronovitch, British journalist, broadcaster and author AGAINST

    A group of 15 students and recent graduates from high schools and universities in Doha were selected to travel to the UK to attend the debate and participate in a range of other activities.

    They were given the opportunity to learn debating skills from some of the world's leading debaters, gain an insight into life at the university and meet politicians and other policy makers. A film crew and photographer followed the students from Doha to the UK to document their trip.

    MOTION PASSED by 66% to 34%
    Broadcast: 5-6 May, 2007
    Venue: Oxford Union Society, Oxford, UK

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