Is Trump making China great again? Can the U.S. and China strike a deal to contain North Korea? Intelligence Squared U.S. kicks off its fall season of debates on Wednesday, September 13 by examining urgent U.S.-China policy questions against the backdrop of breaking news and rising tensions. In an innovative new format, the event will be staged the same week as the United Nations General Assembly and will be divided into two sections. During the first part of the evening, General David Petraeus will discuss pressing national security risks and China’s role in responding to North Korea in a Q&A moderated by the Council of Foreign Relations’ Max Boot.


Following that, a panel of participants including Ian Bremmer, Dr. Liz Economy, Noah Feldman and David Shambaugh will debate how the U.S. should respond to China. This debate will be the second using the new Intelligence Squared U.S. “Unresolved” format, which features multiple debate resolutions on a unifying topic. Debaters must declare their “yes” or “no” stance on each of the resolutions, allowing for both sharp disagreements and unexpected alliances.


Among the questions General Petraeus and the debaters will address are: Has President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy helped or hurt China? How do we forge common ground to defuse the North Korea threat? Will protectionist U.S. policies spark a trade war? And who will ultimately prevail as the dominant power in the Asia-Pacific region?


The event will be held at NYU’s Skirball Center and stream live online, then air soon after as part of the syndicated public radio show and podcast “Intelligence Squared U.S.” On September 13, online viewers can tune in at IQ2US’s website:


Intelligence Squared U.S. will announce more fall debates soon. Upcoming highlights include French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy and author and Financial Times columnist Edward Luce examining the state of Western democracy; New York Times columnist David Brooks and scholar Robert George exploring morality of political parties, and sports columnist Christine Brennan examining whether we should pay college athletes.


WHAT: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates “Unresolved: How Should the U.S. Respond to a Rising China?”
WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 / Reception 6:00 PM / Debate 7:00 – 8:30 PM

WHERE: Skirball Center / New York University / 566 LaGuardia Pl / New York, NY

TICKETS: $40 ($15 for students w/ ID). To purchase, visit




  • Max Boot, Foreign Policy Analyst & Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group
  • Elizabeth Economy, Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Noah Feldman, Author, Cool War: The United States, China, and the Future of Global Competition & Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Gen. David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.), Chairman, KKR Global Institute, Fmr. CIA Director
  • David Shambaugh, Author, China’s Future, Professor of International Affairs & Director, China Policy Program, George Washington University

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 140 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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