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Is Donald Trump to blame for the crisis of American Democracy?

0: Sep 7, 2017

Newt Gingrich, Kimberley Strassel, E.J. Dionne, and Andrew Sullivan convene in Toronto to debate the state and future of American democracy.

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Peter Munk Announces Funding to Support Public Debate in Canada and Globally

0: Apr 28, 2017

$5 million pledge will ensure that the Munk Debate remains Canada’s leading public policy forum for informed debate.

In front of 3,000 people at Roy Thomson Hall, Peter Munk announced his foundation will make a $5 million gift to the Munk Debates to ensure another half-decade of world-class debates take place in Toronto, Canada.

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Twentieth Semi-Annual Munk Debate Announced: Is the Liberal International Order Over?

0: Mar 2, 2017

Today the Munk Debates announced the speakers and resolution for the twentieth semi-annual event, to be held in Toronto on Friday, April 28th. To mark this milestone, the Munk Debates is inviting back to the stage of Roy Thomson Hall two presenters who have thrilled its audience with their debating skills: Niall Ferguson and Fareed Zakaria. In keeping with the Debates' tradition of engaging with the big issues of our time, these two intellectual heavyweights will go head-to-head over the motion: be it resolved the liberal international order is over.

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Newt Gingrich & Laura Ingraham “Trump” Robert Reich & Jennifer Granholm at a no-holds-barred public debate on the US election

0: Sep 30, 2016

Tonight in Toronto some of the biggest names in U.S. politics and media debated Donald Trump’s candidacy for President of the United States. The result was a surprise victory by Trump’s defenders at the debate, Newt Gingrich and Laura Ingraham over their Democratically minded opponents Robert Reich and Jennifer Granholm.

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Nineteenth Semi-Annual Munk Debate Announced: Can Donald Trump Make America Great Again?

0: Aug 9, 2016

Newt Gingrich, Laura Ingraham, Robert Reich & Jennifer Granholm convene in Toronto, Canada, to debate the U.S. election.

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Eighteenth Semi-Annual Munk Debate Announced: How Do We Respond to the Global Refugee Crisis?

0: Mar 1, 2016

Louise Arbour, Nigel Farage, Simon Schama, and Mark Steyn convene in Toronto, Canada, to debate the pressing issue of our time.

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Seventeenth Semi-Annual Munk Debate Announced: Are Humankind's Best Days Behind Us?

0: Oct 7, 2015

Malcolm Gladwell, Alain de Botton, Steven Pinker and Matt Ridley convene in Toronto, Canada, to debate the future of progress.

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Academic Advisory Council to the Munk Election Debate on Canada's Foreign Policy

0: Sep 28, 2015

The Munk Debates are announcing today the membership of its national academic advisory council for the first ever election debate on Canada’s foreign policy.

Chaired by Stephen Toope, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, the council advised the Debates on the topics and themes that will form the basis of tonight’s election debate. Made up of leading scholars of international affairs from across Canada and overseas, the council also advised the debate’s moderator, Rudyard Griffiths, on the framing of the questions that will be put to leaders at Roy Thomson Hall.

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Three party leaders agree to the final format and rules for the September 28 Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy

0: Sep 15, 2015

Statement by Rudyard Griffiths, Chair of the Munk Debates:

“I am pleased to announce that Mr. Harper, Mr. Mulcair, and Mr. Trudeau have accepted our final proposal for the rules and format for the Monday, September 28 Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy. We are looking forward to hosting all three leaders at a debate where participants can speak in either official language when they want and for as long as they want. We also look forward to providing the audience at Roy Thomson Hall, those watching on television and the Internet, or those following the Munk Debates social media feeds with simultaneous translation of the entire debate proceedings."

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Déclaration sur la publication des règles et du format définitifs du débat Munk du 28 septembre sur la politique étrangère du Canada

0: Sep 14, 2015

« Nous avons fourni ce matin les règles et le format définitifs du débat Munk sur la politique étrangère du Canada aux partis politiques qui participent à cet événement. Les partis ont maintenant jusqu’à demain midi pour confirmer qu’ils acceptent les règles et le format du débat. Les partis qui ne répondent pas dans le délai prévu perdront leur droit de participer au débat.

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Statement on the release of the final rules and format for the Monday, September 28 Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy

0: Sep 14, 2015

“This morning we provided the participating parties with the final rules and format for the Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy. The parties have until noon tomorrow to indicate their acceptance of the debate’s rules and format. Parties who do not respond within the allotted time will forfeit their place in the debate."

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Re: Response to the Wednesday, September 9 Liberal Party statement regarding the Munk Debates

0: Sep 9, 2015

In all of our public and private communications with the three party leaders invited to take part in the Munk Election Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy, we indicated that our event would have “bilingual components”. The draft format that we proposed to the parties last week includes components conducted in both official languages. At no time did we state that the debate would be bilingual.

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Date Announced for First Ever Federal Election Debate on Foreign Policy

0: Aug 14, 2015

The Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy, Canada’s first-ever federal election debate devoted to foreign policy issues, will take place on Monday, September 28 at 7:00 PM EDT at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall. The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, the Hon. Thomas Mulcair, and Mr. Justin Trudeau have all confirmed their participation in the debate.

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Fifteenth Semi-Annual Munk Debate Announced: Should the West Engage, Or Isolate, Russia?

0: Mar 3, 2015

Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Pozner, Anne Applebaum, and Stephen F. Cohen convene in Toronto, Canada, to debate the West’s relationship with Russia

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Fourteenth Semi-Annual Munk Debate Announced: Obama’s Foreign Policy Emboldening our Enemies?

0: Sep 17, 2014

Bret Stephens and Robert K again will join Fareed Zakaria and Anne - Marie Slaughter to debate the motion: Be it resolved Obama’s foreign policy is emboldening our enemies and making the world a more dangerous place.

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Thirteenth Semi-Annual Munk Debate Announced: Is State Surveillance a Legitimate Defence of our Freedom?

0: Mar 3, 2014

Alan Dershowitz and Alexis Ohanian will join Michael Hayden and Glenn Greenwald to debate the motion: Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedoms...

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Twelfth Semi-Annual Munk Debate Announced

0: Sep 17, 2013

Hanna Rosin, Maureen Dowd, Caitlin Moran, and Camille Paglia convene in Toronto, Canada, to debate gender relations in the 21st century.

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Nine in Ten Canadians Support Taxing the Rich “More”

0: May 30, 2013

Average Canadian Defines ‘Rich’ As $195,000 Annual Household Income

While Canadians have great respect and admiration for the success and innovation of the country’s ‘rich’, most believe they should be putting more into the national coffers, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of The Munk Debates.

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Eleventh Semi-Annual Munk Debate Announced

0: Apr 3, 2013

Newt Gingrich, George Papandreou, Arthur Laffer, and Robert Reich convene in Toronto, Canada, to debate the global response to economic inequality.

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Debate convinces audience that the world can tolerate a nuclear Iran

0: Nov 26, 2012

Can the world tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons? Respondents in the Toronto audience initially believed it could not, and this belief held following the debate.

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Iran Debate Announcement Press Release

0: Oct 15, 2012

Charles Krauthammer, Fareed Zakaria, Vali Nasr and Amos Yadlin convene in Toronto, Canada to debate the global response to Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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Most Surveyed Agree Debt Crisis Will Lead to Breakup of European Union

0: May 25, 2012

Most Surveyed in Six Countries—Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Greece and Spain—(51%) Agree Europe's Current Debt Crisis is Indicative of Long-Standing Problems that Will Lead to Breakup of European Union. An almost equal average majority (52%) of those surveyed agree that they "support programs and policies aimed at cutting government spending to reduce public debt, instead of stimulating economic growth by increasing government spending".

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Eurozone nations want referendums on keeping the Euro

0: May 24, 2012

More than half (61%) of "decided" voters surveyed want referendums held on whether their country should to stay in the Euro zone. Two thirds (62%) of decided voters would vote to keep the Euro while four in ten (38%) would vote to leave it.

As fears reverberate through financial markets that Greece could leave the euro zone and throw the region—and the world—into economic turmoil, a new IPSOS poll commissioned by the Munk Debate on Europe of citizens in some of the most crucial countries engaged in the debate, debacle and damage control—Greece, Germany France, Italy and Spain—indicates that, on average, a majority (61%) with a decided view would support a national referendum in their country to decide whether they should keep the Euro as their currency and if there was such a referendum, an average of six in ten (62%) of decided citizens would vote to keep the currency.

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Has the European experiment failed?

0: May 7, 2012

In a clear sign that the European debt crisis remains a preoccupation for Canadians, the 2,700 tickets to the semiannual Munk Debate, to be held in Toronto on Friday, May 25th, sold out in under 48 hours.

This must see Munk Debate will convene four big European thinkers to tackle the motion: be it resolved, the European experiment has failed.

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Launch of the Ninth Semi-Annual Munk Debate

0: Apr 11, 2012

With Spain, the fourth largest economy in Europe, teetering on verge of a massive Eurozone and IMF bailout, the Aurea Foundation announced today the resolution and presenters for the ninth semiannual Munk Debate, to be held in Toronto on Friday, May 25th.

To encourage far-ranging discussion of an issue of global significance, the ninth semi-annual Munk Debate will table the motion: be it resolved, the European experiment has failed.

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Launch of the Eighth Semi-Annual Munk Debate

0: Oct 12, 2011

To encourage public debate of an issue critical to every Canadian, the eighth semi-annual Munk Debate will table the motion: be it resolved, North America faces a Japan-style era of high unemployment and slow growth.

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Launch of the Seventh Semi-Annual Munk Debate

0: May 5, 2011

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, joins high powered group to debate key geopolitical issue of the coming century

The Aurea Foundation announced today the resolution and presenters for the seventh semiannual Munk Debate, to be held in Toronto on Friday June 17th.

To encourage public debate of the geopolitical issue of our time, the seventh semi-annual Munk Debate will table the motion: be it resolved, the 21st century will belong to China.

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Launch of the Sixth Semi-Annual Munk Debate

0: Oct 12, 2010

To encourage a far-ranging discussion on one of humankind’s most vexing questions, the sixth semi-annual Munk Debate will tackle the resolution: be it resolved, religion is a force for good in the world.

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Healthcare takes Centre Stage at the FIFTH Semi-Annual Munk Debate

0: May 3, 2010

To encourage a far-ranging discussion of one of the key policy questions facing Canadians, the future of their healthcare system, the debate will have as its resolution: be it resolved, I would rather get sick in the U.S. than Canada

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2009 Climate Change Debate Vote Results

0: Dec 2, 2009

Just days before the United Nation’s historic Copenhagen summit the Munk Debates tackled one of the great public policy questions of our time: how should the world respond to climate change?

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Munk Debates to Tackle Climate Change on the Eve of the U.N. Copenhagen Summit

0: Oct 15, 2009

Peter and Melanie Munk announced today the resolution and presenters for the fourth semi-annual Munk Debate to be held in Toronto on Tuesday, December 1st.

The fourth Munk Debate will explore the opportunities and hazards of the global response to climate change by debating the resolution: “Climate change is mankind's defining crisis, and demands a commensurate response.”

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LAUNCH OF THE THIRD SEMI-ANNUAL MUNK DEBATE

0: Apr 30, 2009

Peter Munk announced today the resolution and presenters for the third semi-annual Munk Debates to be held in Toronto on Monday, June 1st.

The third Munk Debate will explore the opportunities and hazards of foreign aid, by debating the resolution: "be it resolved that foreign aid to developing countries does more harm than good". It will consider whether wealthy nations should be increasing foreign aid in a world where over 3 billion people live on under $2 a day and where the ills of underdevelopment (e.g. civil strife) can have global repercussions. The debate will also explore the poor track record of state to state foreign aid in increasing GDP, the support it often provides to dictators and tyrants, and the potential for freer and fairer trade to lift up developing nations.

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Canadians support military intervention, survey reveals

0: Nov 28, 2008

According to a new Innovative Research Group national telephone survey commissioned by the Munk Debates, a significant number of Canadians support military intervention as a means to stop humanitarian crises.

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Second Munk Debate Announced

0: Nov 3, 2008

Peter and Melanie Munk announced today the resolution and presenters for the second semi-annual Munk Debates to be held in Toronto on Monday, December 1st and broadcast live in Cineplex theatres across Canada.

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Forty-six percent of Torontonians believe the world is a safer place with a Republican in the White House

0: May 27, 2008

Forty-six percent of the 700 plus attendees at last night's sold-out Munk Debate agreed with the resolution: "The world is a safer place with a Republican in the White House." Fifty-four percent opposed the resolution.

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Peter and Melanie Munk Launch International Public Debate Series

0: Apr 11, 2008

Peter and Melaine Munk announced today the launch of the Munk Debates -- a semi-annual debate series designed to elevate and enliven public discussion on the major challenges facing Canada and the world.

The first debate focuses on the impact of the U.S. Election on global security. The resolution: "The world is a safer place with a Republican in the White House."

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