The Chess Clock Debates

A show for people who love good debates on divisive issues by serious people but think moderators just get in the way. We put interesting people on opposite sides of table separated only by a chess clock. We let them introduce the subject. We let them introduce each other. We give them equal time, and then we let them have at it.
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Oct 22, 2015

Two fiscal conservatives take on the question of the debt ceiling: Junk it, says Philip Wallach of the Brookings Institution. Keep it and use it as an instrument to force fiscal discipline, responds the Heritage Foundation's Romina Boccia.

Jul 8, 2015

Jonathan Rauch, author of a new Brookings ebook on "Pollitical Realism," takes on Norm Eisen, former White House official and ambassador to the Czech Republic, on whether we've gone too far with political reform. Roll it back, says Rauch, while Eisen argues we've done well and could do even better with more transparency. 

Mar 26, 2015

Should the United States arm Ukraine in its fight against Vladimir Putin's Russia? Kori Schake--former National Security Council, Defense Department, and State Department staffer and a fellow at the Hoover Institution--argues that we should. Ryan Evans, founder of the War on the Rocks web site, says no.


Mar 5, 2015

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu spoke before the U.S. Congress against the will of the White House and to objection of many Democrats. Whose fault is the faltering relationship between the United States and its closest Middle Eastern ally? Natan Sachs of the Brookings Institution argues that Bibi is to blame. David Hazony of the Israel Project puts the blame on Barack Obama.

Feb 19, 2015

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Suzanne Maloney takes on Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Michael Doran over Doran's recent article in Mosaic magazine, "Obama's Secret Iran Strategy."


Feb 16, 2015

Two Daily Beast journalists duke it out over whether journalists should have a privilege against testifying about their confidential sources. Shane Harris argues that they should. James Kirchick says they should not. 


Feb 11, 2015

Brookings Institution scholars Jonathan Rauch and Isabel Sawhill debate the question: "Can Marriage Be Saved?" Rauch, a noted journalist and same-sex marriage advocate, takes the affirmative view, and Sawhill, an economist and scholar of domestic poverty and family policy, takes a dimmer view. 

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