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Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
The targeted killing of General Qassim Suleimani sent shockwaves around the world and sparked staunch debate about the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign. Supporters argue that this strategy, which includes leaving the JCPOA and imposing harsh economic sanctions, will safeguard American interests, quell Tehran's human rights abuses, and halt the state's support of terrorist networks. But opponents see "maximum pressure" as dangerously misguided. They argue that abandoning the hard-fought JCPOA and undermining the Iranian economy has promoted violence, isolated allies, and fueled anti-American sentiment. Is the maximum pressure campaign against Iran working?
Presented in partnership with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
Motion: The Maximum Pressure Campaign Against Iran Is Working
For the Motion:
Victor Davis Hanson - Military Historian & Author, “The Case for Trump”
H. R. McMaster - Retired Lieutenant General, U.S. Army & Former National Security Advisor
Against the Motion:
Martha Crenshaw - Terrorism Studies Expert & Author, “Explaining Terrorism”
Abbas Milani - Iranian Studies Program Director, Stanford University
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