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EXCLUSIVE INTELLIGENCE SQUARED U.S. DEBATE LIVE STREAM: to Broadcast Debate Live Wednesday, March 12: Russia is a Marginal Power will present a free live stream of an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate that considers whether or not Russia is a marginal power. Arguing in favor of the motion are Ian Bremmer and Edward Lucas, against are Amb. Robert D. Blackwill and Peter Hitchens.

WHAT:, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) Oxford-style debate, “Russia is a Marginal Power.”

Disarming Syria. Asylum for Edward Snowden. Arming Iran. Is Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles, while our own president fades into the background of world politics, or is it all a global game of smoke and mirrors? Russia is one of the world’s largest oil producers and has the power of veto on the U.N. Security Council, but it remains an authoritarian state, rife with corruption and economic struggles. Is our toxic relationship something to worry about, or is Putin’s Russia fading in importance?

WHEN: Wednesday, March 12th at 6:45 pm EST

WHERE: The debate will be streamed live at The debate will be interactive with a live chat and Twitter feed following the conversation around the event. Online viewers will also be able to vote along with the live audience members, sharing their opinion before the debate starts and at the conclusion once all arguments are heard. Following the live event, will offer the debate as a free on-demand program, and the full video and highlights will be available to share and embed.

In support of the motion:
Ian Bremmer
Founder and President, Eurasia Group

Edward Lucas
Senior Editor, The Economist

Against the motion:
Amb. Robert D. Blackwill
Fmr. Deputy National Security Adviser under Pres. George W. Bush

Peter Hitchens
Columnist, Mail on Sunday & Fmr. Moscow Correspondent, Daily Express

The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News. In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

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