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Firing Line Debates

The Firing Line Debate Series seeks to model thoughtful and respectful discourse across political lines by bringing in experts with opposing views to debate a wide variety of policy and political topics.

Upcoming Firing Line Debates

Firing Line Debate: The US Should Prioritize Taiwan Over Ukraine

On Wednesday, March 6, the Buckley Institute is hosting a Firing Line debate on Ukraine and Taiwan aid with former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Bridge Colby and Yale Professor...

“The Buckley Program’s willingness to invite speakers with a variety of viewpoints, even if they identify with the same political party, is intellectually valuable… These types of conversations are helpful for me to construct my own opinions and apply them to the real world.”

— Yale Student’ 25

“It was at the Buckley Program that I found the persuasive and thoughtful defenders of conservative positions. I didn’t get that elsewhere on campus.”

— Alex Hu ’23

“I saw these Buckley Program speakers coming through and they clearly represent a totally different worldview. I would just go to these talks and I would meet these incredibly thoughtful people who would be able to defend positions that I had never heard really defended properly before.”

— Alex Hu ’23

“I think it’s really important that groups like Buckley are there to show that right-leaning opinions are just as deserving of critique and debate as left-leaning ones.”

— Yale Student ‘25

Past Firing Line Debates