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Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Obama's Foreign Policy is a Failure

Tuesday | November 29 2016 | 4:45 pm

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Pre-Debate Reception | 5:45pm
Debate | 6:45pm

For many, Obama’s presidency will be defined by its accomplishments.  Taking out Osama bin Laden, disengaging from fights in the Middle East that America cannot win, defusing the threat of a nuclear Iran, and refocusing our attention and resources to Asia, where our greatest opportunities and biggest long-term challenges are located.  But for others, it has been marked by missteps and retreat—pulling back where action and leadership was needed, and presiding over policies that strengthened our adversaries and disheartened our friends.   Has Obama’s foreign policy been a success? 

For the motion:
Eliot Cohen,
Professor of Strategic Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
Kristen Silverberg, Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union

Against the motion:
Derek Chollet,
Former Undersecretary of Defense & Counselor, German Marshall Fund
Vikram Singh, Vice President, National Security and International Policy, American Progress

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