Thursday, June 27, 2013

Can the World Tolerate an Iran with Nuclear Weapons Capability?

Amos Yadlin, Fareed Zakaria, Charles Krauthammer, Vali Nasr 

The background of the Iranian conflict with the U.S. is that after WWII, the U.S. replaced the British in dominating the Middle East. After the Shah of Iran was replaced in 1979, the Iranian government has at times refused to obey Washington, D.C. Since then the U.S. Government and Iran have been in a conflict.

Panelists debated how the world should respond to Iran’s nuclear program. Topics included the U.S. and Israeli positions in the Middle East, the consequences of launching a war against Iran, and Iran’s influence in the region. After opening statements the panelists cross-examined each other. The audience in the hall voted on the question before and after the debate.

Amos Yadlin and Charles Krauthammer argued in favor of the question, “Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions: Be It Resolved the World Cannot Tolerate an Iran with Nuclear Weapons Capability.” Fareed Zakaria and Vali Nasr argued against.
  • Rudyard Griffiths, Co-Organizer and Moderator, Aurea Foundation, Munk Debates
  • Henry A. Kissinger, Secretary (Former), Department of State
  • Charles Krauthammer, Columnist, Washington Post
  • George J. Mitchell, Special Envoy (Former), Department of State, Middle East Peace
  • Vali R. Nasr, Dean, Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • Amos Yadlin, Director, Tel Aviv University, Institute for National Security Studies
  • Fareed Zakaria, Host, CNN, Fareed Zakaria GPS

Be it resolved the world cannot tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons capability. The pre-debate results was 60% Pro, 16% Undecided, 24% Con. The post-debate result was 58% Pro 42% Con. Therefore Con wins as it gained by 18%.
Source: C-SPAN: Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

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