Intelligence Squared Asia - Let The Bad Guys Be: Foreign Intervention Does More Harm Than Good

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"Let the Bad Guys Be: Foreign Intervention Does More Harm than Good"

Let the Bad Guys Be

Intelligence Squared Asia is proud to present its next debate in Hong Kong, “Let the Bad Guys Be: Foreign Intervention Does More Harm than Good." The event will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, on Monday, 6 February 2012.


IQ2 Asia, the region’s premier forum for live debate, will present leading voices and influential figures in a debate about foreign intervention. This discussion will raise questions like: Does foreign intervention lend itself to long-term partnerships characterized by respect and progress? Does it pose fundamentally damaging practical and moral problems? What country has the right to meddle in the affairs of another? Do human rights violations compel other nations to embrace interventionism as foreign policy? Under what circumstances may the presumption of sovereign state integrity be set aside?


Speakers for the motion:

Dr. Edward Luttwak leading public intellectual, historian and government consultant on strategic affairs

Prof. Zhang Weiwei author of “Shifting Gravity,” and professor of International Relations at the Geneva School of Diplomacy


Speakers against the motion:

Emily Lau – Legislative Council (LegCo) member and vice-chair of the Hong Kong Democratic Party

MJ Akbar - Editorial Director of India Today magazine, Editor of The Sunday Guardian and author of "Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan"


Consistent with its longstanding global commitment to promoting cultural vibrancy, Deutsche Bank is the lead sponsor of the 2011-2012 IQ2 Asia debate series.


Doors will open at 6.00pm and the debate will start at 6.30pm.

Tickets are HK$300 per person, and are available from HK Ticketing at +852 3128 8288 /


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We regret that there will be no specific seating area for media at the debate. If you are interested in attending, please contact us before 10 January to request for an invitation.


IQ2 Asia was founded in 2009 as a unique forum for political, economic and cultural debate. The Hong-Kong based non-profit organisation has at its core a strong educational remit and is committed to encouraging creative thought and challenging dialogue in the region.


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