Televised eight times a year by BBC World News, the Debates are based on a centuries-old format, refined by the famous Oxford Union. They focus on a single, controversial motion, with two speakers for and against. Once they have outlined their arguments, each speaker is questioned by the chairman and the discussion is then opened up to the audience for argument and a final electronic vote.
Internationally, the Doha Debates have attracted wide attention. BBC World News is seen by nearly 300 million viewers across 200 countries.
The Doha Debates Special features Q & A sessions with a single guest - have given audiences an unprecedented opportunity to quiz high-level international and regional politicians first-hand.Participants have included Bill Clinton, Shimon Peres, Amre Moussa and Ayad Allawi.
In this special, a first high-ranking Israeli visit to Qatar in more than a decade, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres was questioned by students at a Doha Debates Special event.