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BBC World Debate

The World Debate convenes panels that engage in a robust exchange of views on issues that matter around the globe.

In its five year history, the programme has assembled an extraordinary roll call of world leaders and global figures: Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Kevin Rudd, Felipe Calderon, Michelle Bachelet, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Robert Zoellick, Bill Gates, Carlos Ghosn and Indra Nooyi among many others.

The Debates are recorded before a live studio audience.

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Has America lost touch with the world?

From Davos, Switzerland

Recorded 24 January 2014

Burma - What future?

From Nay Pyi Taw, Burma

Recorded 6 June 2013


Rescuing the global economy: what next?

From Tokyo, Japan

Why Poverty?

From Johannesburg, South Africa

2012: Reinventing Capitalism?

From Davos, Switzerland

Recorded 27 January 2012

Syria: Is it time to intervene

From Paris, France

Recorded 6 July 2012


Can India Beat Corruption?

From Mumbai, India

Recorded 13 November 2011

Does the EU Have a Future?

From Rome, Italy

Recorded 25 September 2011

The Global Economy: A Tipping Point?

From Washington, DC

Recorded 22 September 2011

Powering Development in the 21st Century

From Vienna, Austria

Recorded 21 June 2011

Russia: Facing West and East?

From St Petersburg, Russia

Recorded 17 June 2011

Does Mining Benefit Africa?

From Lusaka, Zambia

Recorded 16 June 2011

Asia: Sharing the Wealth?

From Jakarta, Indonesia

Recorded 13 June 2011

The Arab Spring: Is America Getting it Right?

From Washington DC

Recorded 24 May 2011

The Arctic: A Resource or Reserve?

From Nuuk, Greenland

Recorded 12 May 2011

Have the West's Policies Failed North Africa & the Middle East?

From Brussels, Belgium

Recorded 26 March 2011

Is Homosexuality Un-African?

From Johannesburg, South Africa

Recorded 12 March 2011

What Role for Islam in Democracy?

From Istanbul, Turkey

Recorded 23 February 2011

Global Leadership: A New Era?

From Davos, Switzerland

Recorded 29 January 2011


Can Human Trafficking Be Stopped?

From Luxor, Egypt

Recorded December 12 2010

Natural Resources: Enough to Go Around?

From Dubai, UAE

Recorded 30 November 2010

Middle East Peace: Are the Right People Talking?

From Marrakech, Morocco

Recorded 27 October 2010

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