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Moderator John Donvan addresses the team arguing against the motion "U.S. Airports Should Use Racial and Religious Profiling" in an Oxford-style debate on Nov. 22 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Seated are (from left) Hassan Abbas, Debra Burlingame and Michael Chertoff. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Matthew Hoh (left) and Nir Rosen participate in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate about Afghanistan, moderated by John Donvan (standing), at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 10. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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John Donvan (center) of ABC News moderated the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate "Big Government is Stifling the American Spirit." Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali (left) and Douglas Murray argue against the motion "Islam Is a Religion of Peace" in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on Oct. 6 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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The audience at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts voted 55 percent against the motion "Treat Terrorists Like Enemy Combatants, Not Criminals" after the Sept. 14 debate. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Four experts argue over the motion "The Cyber War Threat Has Been Grossly Exaggerated" during an Oxford-style debate moderated by John Donvan (center), before an audience at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on June 8. Dennis Brack hide caption

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Wesley Clark and Bernard-Henri Levy argue against the motion "Obama's Foreign Policy Spells America's Decline" in an May 11 debate, part of the Intelligence Squared U.S. series. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Does Obama's Foreign Policy Spell America's Decline?

A group of experts takes on that question in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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Rod Paige (center), former U.S. secretary of education, participates in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the motion "Blame Teachers Unions For Our Failing Schools" on March 16 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. His team also included Terry Moe (left) and Larry Sand. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Rashid Khalid (left) and Stuart Eizenstat (right) participate in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on U.S.-Israeli relations moderated by John Donvan (center). The debate was held at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 9. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Former California Gov. Gray Davis argues against the motion "California Is The First Failed State." Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, argues for the motion "America Is To Blame For Mexico's Drug War" during an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on Dec. 1. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer argues against the motion "Obama's Economic Policies Are Working Effectively." Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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David Carr (center) with Phil Bronstein and Katrina vanden Heuvel. Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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ABC's John Donvan (center) moderates an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the motion "America Cannot and Will Not Succeed in Afghanistan/Pakistan." Chris Vultaggio hide caption

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