Past Debates: Series 4

Series 4 highlights

Watch a selection of highlights from all Series 4 Doha Debates and Doha Debates Specials.

  • Tuesday, May 27 2008
    Doha Debates Special Event with senior Hamas official, Dr. Mahmoud Al Zahar
    Doha Debates Special Event with senior Hamas official, Dr. Mahmoud Al Zahar

    Dr. Al Zahar was questioned by both Tim Sebastian and members of the audience, including Palestinian students, on the feud with rival Palestinian group Fatah and the prospects for peace.

    Broadcast: 7-8 June, 2008

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  • Tuesday, April 29 2008
    This House believes the Sunni-Shia conflict is damaging Islam's reputation as a religion of peace
    This House believes the Sunni-Shia conflict is damaging Islam's reputation as a religion of peace
    Juan Cole, Author, 'Informed Comment' blog FOR
    Imam Sayid Hassan Al-Qazwini, Detroit's Islamic Center of America AGAINST
    Ali Shukri, Adviser to the late King Hussein of Jordan FOR
    Hisham A. Hellyer, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies AGAINST
    MOTION REJECTED by 39% to 61%
    Broadcast: 3-4 May, 2008

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  • Tuesday, April 01 2008
    This House believes Palestinians risk becoming their own worst enemy
    This House believes Palestinians risk becoming their own worst enemy
    Akram Baker, Independent political analyst FOR
    Hind Khoury, Delegate General of Palestine in France AGAINST
    Munther Dajani, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Al Quds University FOR
    Saree Makdisi, Commentator on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict AGAINST
    MOTION PASSED by 71% to 29%
    Broadcast: 12-13 April, 2008

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  • Monday, March 03 2008
    This House believes that Muslims are failing to combat extremism
    This House believes that Muslims are failing to combat extremism
    Ed Husain, The Quilliam Foundation FOR
    Daisy Khan, American Society for Muslim Advancement AGAINST
    Arsalan Iftikhar, Contributing editor, Islamica Magazine FOR
    Moez Masoud, Muslim 'televangelist' AGAINST
    MOTION PASSED by 70% to 30%
    Broadcast: 8-9 March, 2008

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  • Wednesday, January 23 2008
    This House believes Arab governments couldn't care less about Darfur
    This House believes Arab governments couldn't care less about Darfur
    Ahmed Ibrahim Diraige, Former Governor of Darfur FOR
    Sirajuddin Hamid Yousuf, Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs AGAINST
    Nadim Hasbani, Africa specialist, International Crisis Group FOR
    Zeid Al Sabban, African Affairs division, Arab League AGAINST
    MOTION PASSED by 81% to 19%
    Broadcast: 26-27 January, 2008

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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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  • Wednesday, October 31 2007
    Doha Debate Special Event: former Iraqi Interim Prime Minister, Dr. Ayad Allawi
    Doha Debate Special Event: former Iraqi Interim Prime Minister, Dr. Ayad Allawi

    Dr Allawi was questioned by both Tim Sebastian and members of the audience at Qatar Foundation, many of whom were themselves Iraqi, on the current situation in Iraq and his potential return to power.

    MOTION REJECTED
    Broadcast: 3-4 November, 2007

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  • Wednesday, September 05 2007
    This House believes it is time to talk to Al Qaeda
    This House believes it is time to talk to Al Qaeda
    Terry Waite, Former hostage and hostage negotiator FOR
    Laith Kubba, National Endowment for Democracy AGAINST
    Asad Durrani, Former head, Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence FOR
    Adam Holloway, House of Commons Defence Committee member AGAINST
    MOTION PASSED by 63% to 37%
    Broadcast: 8-9 September, 2007

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