Slate and the celebrated live-debate series Intelligence Squared U.S. launch our partnership on Sept. 7 with a debate at NYU about a contentious and timely topic: Is it time to end the war on terror? We'd like to invite you to attend the debate—we're offering Slate readers a 30 percent discount on tickets (see below)—and we'd like you to submit questions for the debaters. We'll pick the most interesting and moderator John Donvan will ask it at the debate.
First, a bit more about the topic: Days after 9/11, President Bush declared a war on terror that would "not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated." At first, his rhetoric served as an empowering battle cry for an enraged, disillusioned public. Ten years later, his words are a poignant reminder of the thousands of Americans killed in two wars overseas. And they're fodder for the pundits and analysts who aren't convinced that the threat of terrorism justified its position as the organizing principle behind our recent foreign policy decisions.
After two wars, the Arab Spring, and the death of Osama bin Laden, is it finally time to end the war on terror?
Four days before the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, a group of homeland security and terrorism experts will tackle this very question in a live Oxford-style debate in New York City. CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen and Homeland Security expert Juliette Kayyem will argue for the motion that "It is time to end the war on terror." Former Deputy Homeland Security Adviser Richard Falkenrath and former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden will argue against the motion.
If you've got a question for the debaters, write it below in the Comments section of this article. We'll select one to read live at the debate. Be sure to include your full name and hometown with your question. You can also cast a vote for or against the motion in Slate's poll below.
The details about the debate:
When/Where: Sept. 7, 2011 at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, located at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South).
The evening begins at 5:45 p.m. with a cash-bar reception for panelists and audience members; the live debate starts at 6:45 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. For venue information, click here.
Tickets: $40 ($12 for students with ID). Purchase tickets here, and be sure to enter the special Slate promotional discount code, Slate30, to receive 30 percent off your ticket.