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Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates “Israel Can Live With A Nuclear Iran” At Kaufman Center, January 16th

On January 16th, Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) will open its Spring 2013 season with the debate “Israel Can Live with a Nuclear Iran.” Over the summer of 2012, despite increased international pressure and economic sanctions, Iran doubled the number of nuclear centrifuges installed in its underground Fordow site, stopping just short of the capacity to produce nuclear fuel. President Obama has rejected Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s call to draw a “red line” that would trigger U.S. military action. What are the costs and benefits of military action? Can Israel live with a nuclear Iran, or could the time be near for a pre-emptive strike?

James Dobbins, Director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center and Reuven Pedatzur, senior military affairs analyst with Ha’aretz newspaper will argue in support of the motion. Shmuel Bar, Director of Studies at the Institute of Policy and Strategy in Israel and former Israeli Intelligence Officer and Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic will argue against the motion.

Intelligence Squared U.S.'s spring season debates are streamed live on Debates also air on more than 220 NPR stations nationwide and are televised nationally on PBS and in the New York area on PBS Channel Thirteen, WNET, WLIW, and NJTV.

WHAT: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates “Israel Can Live with a Nuclear Iran”
WHEN: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 / Reception 5:45-6:30 / Debate 6:45-8:30 PM 
WHERE: Kaufman Center/129 W. 67th Street (bet. Broadway and Amsterdam)/New York, NY 10023
TICKETS: $40 ($12 for students w/ID). To purchase, visit

The debate will take place in front of a live audience at Kaufman Center in New York City. Before the debate, audience members will vote on the motion; afterward, the audience votes again. The team that moves the most voters to its side will be the winning team in this provocative debate.


Named One of "Five Podcasts that Will Change the Way You Think" by Forbes, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in New York City in 2006 by Robert Rosenkranz, and has grown into an internationally syndicated series heard and watched by millions. The debates have attracted some of the world's top thinkers including Paul Krugman, Karl Rove, Malcolm Gladwell, Alan Dershowitz, Peter Thiel and Arianna Huffington. Intelligence Squared U.S. has presented nearly 70 debates on a wide range of provocative topics including global warming, the financial crisis, the marketing of organic foods, and the death of mainstream media. ABC News correspondent John Donvan is the moderator, and the executive producer is Dana Wolfe.
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