Neo-conservatives defeated by CASMII in Cambridge Union Society debate on Iran

CASMII UK Press Release | 8 November 2007

On November 1, 2007, the Cambridge Union Society debated the proposition This House Believes that Iran Poses a Serious Threat to the World. After two hours of debate with the participation of over four hundred students, the proposition defended by a leading UK neo-conservative and opposed by CASMII was defeated by a majority vote.

Established in 1805 by the merging of three debating societies, the Cambridge Union is well-known for thought provoking debates on controversial issues. In the course of over two hundred years of its history, it has become a national institution which has inspired the formation of other debating societies. Previous speakers at the Union include the President of Iraq Jalal Talabani, George Galloway (MP), the late U.S President Ronald Reagan, Queen Noor of Jordan, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Michael Howard (ex-Tory leader), Michael Moore, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer Secretary General of NATO and Ahmed Chalabi.

The Union’s latest debate on This House Believes that Iran Poses a Serious Threat to the World took place with Matthew Jarvis, Senior Union Officer, Gideon Mailer of the Henry Jackson Society and Douglas Murray, author of “Neoconservatism: Why We Need It”, on the proposition panel, and Ghayasuddin Siddiqui leader of the Muslim Parliament, Adam Bott Cambridge debating director and Abbas Edalat, Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Imperial College London and CASMII’s founder was on the opposition panel.

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