The Doha Debates
Hosted and funded by the Qatar Foundation, the Doha Debates deals with important issues of the Middle-East. Invited speakers are academics, politicians, government officials etc. The debates are hosted by Tim Sebastian and modeled on the Oxford Union debates.
A motion is presented to the audience, speakers argue on behalf and against the motion. Sebastian questions and challenge the speakers, then opens the debate to questions from the audience. Finally, the audience votes for or against the motion.
In addition the Doha Debate Specials gives students in Doha an opportunity to talk with some of the world’s most famous names about the major issues. Previous guests include Shimon Peres, Amre Moussa and president Bill Clinton.
To name a few among the available debates:
“This house believes Iran poses the greatest threat to security in the region” motion rejected-March 2006
Next debate: May 28, motion to be confirmed
PS: Michael Axworthy is the author of Sword of Persia