Friday's Munk Debate on Russia saw "con" side Garry Kasparov and Anne Applebaum defeat "pro" side Vladimir Pozner and Stephen F. Cohen, debating the motion: Be it resolved the West should engage not isolate Russia.
Prior to the debate, 58% of the 3,000-strong
audience in attendance agreed with the resolution, while 42%
disagreed. Following the debate, the "con" team achieved a 10% gain in
audience support for a final result of to 48% in favour versus 52% opposed. As such, we declare the “con” team the debate’s winners.
To encourage a continuing discussion of this important topic Munk Debates asked two top journalists—former Globe and Mail editor-in-chief Edward Greenspon, who has reported from Russia and Ukraine during his career and was most recently in Moscow in February, and Steve Paikin, anchor of The Agenda with Steve Paikin on TVO—to give their analysis and insights into the debate.
If you missed Friday's debate, you can watch it in its entirety here.