Intelligence Squared U.S. Kicks Off Spring Season With Debates On De-Extinction, China’s Tech Boom, And The Likelihood Of Another Recession | Shore Fire Media

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11 December, 2018Print

Intelligence Squared U.S. Kicks Off Spring Season With Debates On De-Extinction, China's Tech Boom, And The Likelihood Of Another Recession

Intelligence Squared U.S., which recently earned national attention with debates on the future of the political left and Silicon Valley's moral dilemmas, will enter its 13th year this spring debating a diverse array of topics: the security of the global financial system, whether scientists should bring back extinct species, and America's tech battles with China. 

Among the spring season's debaters are geneticist George Church, Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer, former Under Secretary of Defense Michéle Flournoy, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, Financial Times U.S. Managing Editor Gillian Tett, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari, international relations expert Parag Khanna, former Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton, former IMF chief economist Kenneth Rogoff, and American Museum of Natural History Curator Ross MacPhee. 

This initial lineup includes debates held in Intelligence Squared U.S.'s New York City home base along, with traveling debates in Philadelphia and other locations to be announced shortly. All debates will stream live online, then air soon after on public radio, cable television, and podcast. More debates and debaters will be announced soon.

See the initial debate schedule below, with more additions and debaters to be announced. Tickets will go on sale soon at



Intelligence Squared U.S. Initial Spring Debate Lineup

1/16 – "Ten Years After the Global Financial Crisis, the System Is Safer" 

Jason Furman & Neel Kashkari vs. Kenneth Rogoff & Gillian Tett

New York, NY

(In partnership with Foreign Affairs)


1/31 – "Don't Bring Back Extinct Creatures" 

Stewart Brand & George Church vs. Ross D. MacPhee & TBA

New York, NY


2/25 – "Unresolved: The Techonomic Cold War with China" 

Ian Bremmer & Michéle Flournoy & Parag Khanna & Susan Thornton

New York, NY


More debates to be announced soon…



A non-partisan, non-profit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in 2006 to address a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. Their mission is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse. The award-winning debate series reaches over 30 million American households through multi-platform distribution, including radio, television, live streaming, podcasts, interactive digital content, and on-demand apps on Roku and Apple TV. With over 150 debates and counting, Intelligence Squared U.S. has encouraged the public to "think twice" on a wide range of provocative topics. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated IQ2US since 2008. 

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