Intelligence Squared Debate Night Tonight!

Today! Intelligence Squared February Debate Night!!!!  We thank all of this month’s participating schools – PS 161, Success Academy, IS 230, Lakeland, Berkeley Carroll, Frederick Douglas Academy, One World and the Salk School.  We thank Intelligence Squared for making this incredible event happen and our incredible partnership to bring the best debate and civic education opportunities to all students.  We have an incredible line up for tonight!  For more information on tonights debate and to watch it live and vote on the debate live –   This is also the topic for our debate this Saturday!!!

The Topic

Declinists be Damned: Bet on America!!!

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The Debaters: 



Josef Joffe

Senior Fellow, Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute & Publisher-Editor, Die Zeit

Josef Joffe is the publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit and a senior fellow of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. A visiting professor of political science at Stanford and a fellow of the Hoover Institution, he has also taught at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Munich. In 2005, he co-founded the foreign policy journal The American Interest with Zbigniew Brzezinski and Francis Fukuyama. Joffe’s articles have appeared inForeign Affairs, The National Interest, International Security, and Foreign Policy as well as in professional journals in Germany, Britain, and France; his essays and reviews have appeared in New York Review of Books, Commentary, New Republic, and Weekly Standard; and, he is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and others. Previously he was a columnist and editorial page editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung. His most recent book is The Myth of America’s Decline: Politics, Economics, and a Half Century of False Prophecies (2014).




Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical Strategist & Author, The Accidental Superpower

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist who has lived in the world of international affairs throughout his career. After stints with the Center for Political Strategic Studies under Susan Eisenhower and the State Department in Australia, Zeihan was part of the core team that built Stratfor into a geopolitical consultancy and publishing house, ultimately serving as the firm’s vice president of analysis. He launched his own firm, Zeihan on Geopolitics, in 2012, in order to specialize in customized executive briefings. With a mix of insight and irreverence, he helps them see their businesses and industries from a new point of view, so that they can prepare for a now-more-understandable future. Zeihan’s first independent book, The Accidental Superpower, was published in November 2014.



Chrystia Freeland

Member, Parliament of Canada & Journalist

Chrystia Freeland is the Canadian Member of Parliament for the riding of Toronto Centre. After starting as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, Washington Post, and The Economist, she went on to do many jobs at FT, including deputy editor, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of its weekend edition, editor of, and US managing editor. From 1999 to 2001, she was deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. In 2010, Freeland joined as editor-at-large for Thomson Reuters, where she most recently worked as managing director and editor of consumer news. She is the author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012), a New York Times bestseller which won the National Business Book Award and the Lionel Gelber Prize in 2013. She is a co-chair of the Liberal Party’s Economic Advisory Council and the Party’s critic for International Trade.



James Rickards

Economist, Investment Banker & Author, The Death of Money

James Rickards is chief global strategist at the West Shore Funds, editor of Strategic Intelligence, a monthly newsletter, and director of The James Rickards Project, an inquiry into the complex dynamics of geopolitics and global capital. He is the author of New York Timesbestseller, The Death of Money (2014), and national bestseller, Currency Wars (2011). A portfolio manager, lawyer, and economist, he has held senior positions at Citibank, Long-Term Capital Management, and Caxton Associates. His clients include institutional investors and government directorates. He is an op-ed contributor to theFinancial Times, Evening Standard, New York Timesand Washington Post. Rickards is a visiting lecturer in globalization at the Johns Hopkins University and the School of Advanced International Studies, and has delivered papers on risk at various institutions. He is an advisor on capital markets to the U.S. intelligence community and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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