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More praise for IQ2 US

Post-Debate: Better Elected Islamists Than Dictators

By IQ2US Staff — October 15, 2012

We held the second sold-out debate of our Fall 2012 season last Thursday at NYC’s Kaufman Center.

At a reception at Boulud Sud following the spirited debate “Better Elected Islamists than Dictators,” attendees chatted with donors and debaters over passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Guests included author Amanda Foreman, MasterCard Thought Leadership executives Bernhard Mors & Douglass Hatcher, Commentary Magazine’s senior editor Abe Greenwald, author Dr. Qanta Ahmed, Columbia University’s Sue Terry, Alexandra Munroe, senior curator of Asian art at the Guggenheim Museum, and managing editor of The Nation Roane Carey.
Moderator John Donvan said the night’s event was “a contender” for the best debate he’s moderated by IQ2. Debaters Daniel Pipes, M. Zuhdi Jasser, Reuel Marc Gerecht and Brian Katulis were toasted by IQ2 founder Robert Rosenkranz, who also polled those in attendance about who they thought should moderate the next presidential election. The audience responded with unanimous applause and laughter: John Donvan, of course.

 Photos below.


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Robert Rosenkranz, Sue Terry

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Daniel Pipes, Dr. Qanta Ahmed

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Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute Stephanie Hessler, Shelby White

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Alexandra Munroe, Amanda Foreman, and Shelby White

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Bernhard Mors and Douglass Hatcher of Mastercard Thought Leadership, with Dana Wolfe, IQ2US Executive Producer 

1 comment

  • Comment Link Alison Saturday, 20 October 2012 16:54 posted by Alison

    While I love all things IQ2, I was disappointed that the panelists for "BETTER ELECTED ISLAMISTS THAN DICTATORS" were all men. Although the panelists were all extremely well-credentialed and impressive, the gender skew was ironic, particularly as they were debating a political "ism" with troubling and exclusionary views of women.

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