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Introduction: Intelligence Squared U.S. (02:25)


Moderator Robert Rosenkranz frames the debate, saying it is not really about whether we should talk to Iran at all, but what we should say

Debate "Housekeeping" (02:36)

Moderator John Donvan instructs the audience in pre-debate voting on the resolution.

For the Motion: Liz Cheney (07:44)

Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Liz Cheney says Iran has not responded to Obama's offer of talks. She outlines the history of U.S. relations with the Iranian regime.

Against the Motion: Nicholas Burns (07:51)

Long-time diplomat and Harvard professor, Burns argues that we haven't tried diplomacy with Iran. If negotiations fail, having tried them will put us in a better position to get international support.

For the Motion: Dan Senor (07:57)

Council on Foreign Relations member, Senor says the U.S. has signaled willingness to negotiate with Iran, but Iran has not responded. There are no inducements we can offer Iran to make them give up a nuclear weapon.

Against the Motion: Ken Pollack (08:12)

Foreign policy writer Ken Pollack says the international community has not cooperated on sanctions, arguing that the U.S. has not made them a good faith offer.

Pre-Debate Vote Results (00:51)

For: 34% - Against: 33% - Undecided: 33%

QA: Have we Tried Diplomacy? (09:32)

Burns says there have been individual meetings between Iranian and U.S. officials, but no sustained discussions. Cheney counters that the Iranians chose not to have these discussions.

QA: Do the Iranians Want Negotiations? (04:59)

Pollack says if the Iranians reject a deal, having negotiated with them will make it easier to get international support. Panelists debate what happened with Russia in 2006.

QA: Why Not Give Negotiations a Chance? (02:17)

Senor says Iran is not responding to U.S. offers for negotiations. The Arab world is concerned about U.S. strategy. Pollack counters that we can't get international sanctions without diplomacy with Iran.

QA: What Do We Have to Offer Iran? (06:30)

Pollack says the Iranian government wants us to lift sanctions. Senor says a nuclear bomb benefits the regime more than sanctions relief.

QA: Record of Diplomacy with Iran (05:39)

Burns predicts that Iran will come to the negotiating table after elections in response to Obama's overture. Cheney argues that we do not have time for all that.

QA: What Sanctions and Allies do we Want (01:30)

Burns says Europe has already cut trade with Iran by two-thirds, but we need help from China, Russia and the Arabs. We need to try diplomacy to get support from these countries.

QA: Blame for U.S./Iranian Enmity (04:19)

Cheney defends her decision to start her historical analysis with 1979. The regime has proven to be unchanged. The panelists debate whether Obama has credibly kept the military option on the table.

QA: Self-Confidence and Talks with Iran (03:07)

Burns argues that self-confidence means negotiating with Iran. Panelists argue over how much time to give negotiations.

QA: Would Russia Support Sanctions in Grand Bargain? (02:48)

An audience member suggests concessions to Russia on missile defense in Eastern Europe in return for sanctions on Iran. Cheney and Burns argue the purpose behind missile defense in eastern Europe.

QA: How Can We Retain Israel's Confidence? (03:50)

Burns says an airstrike would make it impossible to test whether diplomacy can work. Senor says Israel and Arab countries are worried about mixed signals from the U.S.

QA: Defining Diplomacy (02:08)

Cheney says diplomacy must be multilateral, but China and Russia aren't willing to implement tough sanctions. Only if the U.S. credibly commits to military force against Iran will they employ tough sanctions.

QA: What More Should Obama Administration Do? (02:20)

Pollack asks the proposition team what Obama could do to make diplomacy effective. Senor argues for crippling sanctions to give reformers a strong case in internal debates with hard-liners.

Closing Statement Against: Nicholas Burns (02:55)

Burns argues that continuing the diplomatic process is the only way to get draconian sanctions. If we don't try diplomacy, the only option is war.

Closing Statement For: Liz Cheney (01:42)

Cheney outlines steps the Obama administration must take for diplomacy with Iran to be successful, and says it has not taken these steps.

Closing Statement Against: Kenneth Pollack (02:21)

Pollack says the panelists are largely in agreement on most of what they advocate. However, a vote for the proposition is a vote for war in terms of the wider context of the U.S. political debate.

Closing Statement For: Dan Senor (02:33)

Senor argues that the rhetoric and history of the Iranian regime reveals it to be dangerous.

Time to Vote (03:45)

John Donvan reviews the predebate results, gives thanks for success of the third Intelligence Squared debate season, and highlights upcoming debates.

Final Vote Results (00:50)

Pre-Debate - For: 34% - Against: 33% - Undecided: 33% Post-Debate - For: 35% - Against: 59% - Undecided: 6%

Credits: Diplomacy With Iran Is Going Nowhere (00:23)

Credits: Diplomacy With Iran Is Going Nowhere

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The Obama administration is making an effort to reach out to Iran, but is it heading down a path to nowhere? Or is it that diplomacy with Iran has never really been given a chance to work?

Length: 102 minutes

Item#: BVL58303

ISBN: 978-0-81609-882-8

Copyright date: ©2009

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