Month: January 2020

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 27-February 2, 2020

1. Who will win the Democratic Iowa caucus?
2. Will the tragic death of Kobe Bryant force Los Angeles to do more about its traffic problems?
3. Is President Trump a major underdog in his 2020 re-election campaign?
4. Should the upcoming food stamp cuts be cancelled?
5. Does former President Obama need to play a greater role in the Democratic presidential primary?
6. A week in, has President Trump’s impeachment trial been a dud for Democrats?
7. Should “cancel culture” be cancelled?
8. Will Joe Rogan’s endorsement provide a boon to Bernie Sanders presidential candidacy?
9. Does the U.S. need to beat China in the race for 5G?
10. Are greater visa regulations needed to combat “birth tourism”?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 27-February 2, 2020

1. Is the WHO doing enough in response to the China coronavirus outbreak?
2. What impact will growing climate change activism have on oil-producing states in the developing world?
3. Should Russia create a formal alliance with China?
4. Are European countries too subservient to the United States?
5. Would the imposition of “carbon tariffs” be a violation of global free trade rules?
6. Will Erdogan’s willingness to use the Turkish military in regional conflicts backfire?
7. Are locust swarms threatening East Africa’s food supplies?
8. How can Peru bolster its anti-corruption efforts?
9. Will low global oil prices persist through 2020?
10. Are Modi’s domestic policies hurting India’s ability to become a global superpower?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 20-26, 2019

1. Has Bashar al-Assad’s victory in the Syrian Civil War made him a weaker leader?
2. Are China’s activities in Xinjiang cultivating the national security emergencies it most fears?
3. Can more robust political activism fix Haiti’s dysfunctional political system?
4. How can Australia best combat future bushfires?
5. What drove Vladimir Putin’s constitutional coup?
6. How can a Johnson-led Britain create better relationships with African nations?
7. Do African nations need outside assistance in fighting jihadist threats?
8. Did global protests in 2019 achieve anything?
9. Is the World Economic Forum running out of energy?
10. How fragile is Iran’s regime?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 20-26, 2019

1. Will the recent rift between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren help Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy?
2. Are America’s pension systems in better shape than they were a decade ago?
3. Is America’s diplomacy with China deadlocked?
4. Could ongoing debates over gun rights in Virginia drive conservative turnout to new heights in 2020?
5. Should Major League Baseball strip the Houston Astros of their World Series title?
6. Does the U.S. government need to contribute more to public transportation efforts?
7. Will new Iowa caucus rules complicate the declaration of a winner?
8. Should more American workers max out their retirement funds?
9. Is the Silicon Valley economy bad for workers?
10. Would a fracking ban trigger a U.S. recession?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 13-19, 2019

1. Are Democratic presidential debate rules hurting minority candidates?
2. Could the U.S. economy withstand a major global oil price shock?
3. Does the U.S. need Turkey?
4. Is America’s global influence on the decline?
5. Has President Trump’s impeachment saga dragged on too long to be of political use to Democrats?
6. Is the U.S. winning the war against cancer?
7. Will increased transparency of hospital pricing lower healthcare costs?
8. Should Congress increase the Passenger Facility Charge?
9. Do President Trump’s re-election efforts depend on the state of the economy?
10. Should those under the age of twenty-one be prohibited from using a cellphone?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 13-19, 2019

1. How should the Iranian government handle recent protests over its downing of a Ukrainian jetliner?
2. Is “Megxit” a major blow to the British monarchy?
3. What can be done to stop Libya’s collapse?
4. Does Australia need to adopt controlled burning programs?
5. Why did Tsai Ing-wen win the Taiwanese presidential election?
6. Is China’s Taiwan strategy failing?
7. What should Justin Trudeau prioritize in his second term?
8. Can Europe reduce tensions between the U.S. and Iran?
9. What will be the economic impact of Spain’s new left-wing government?
10. Are global commodity prices poised to rise in the next five years?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 6-12, 2020

  1. Has Britain’s Labour Party lost touch with the working class?
  2. How should Iran respond to the death of General Qassem Soleimani?
  3. Would a war between the U.S. and Iran allow China to retake Taiwan?
  4. Was the drone strike on Soleimani a violation of international law?
  5. Are Bolsonaro’s economic policies working?
  6. Which nation improved the most in 2019?
  7. How can Russia make significant diplomatic inroads in Africa?
  8. Will the global economy grow in 2020?
  9. Could growing tensions in the Middle East drive a wedge between NATO allies?
  10. Has Shinzo Abe’s foreign policy been beneficial to Japan?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 6-12, 2020

1. Should the U.S. seek regime change in Iran?
2. Is the Democratic presidential primary becoming a race between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders?
3. Are schools becoming too lax in their discipline policies?
4. Should the U.S. reinstate the draft?
5. Is anti-Semitism growing in the United States?
6. If the 2020 presidential election suddenly becomes more about foreign policy and national security, which candidate stands to benefit the most?
7. What role should the Department of Housing and Urban Development play in combating America’s homelessness crisis?
8. Should California repeal AB5?
9. Will new FDA regulations banning the purchase of tobacco products by those under the age of twenty-one further lower teen smoking rates?
10. Are hedge funds hurting rural America?

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