Month: September 2020

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 28-October 4, 2020

1. Should Puerto Rico become the next U.S. state?
2. Who will win the first presidential debate? (Rephrased post-Tuesday: Who won the first presidential debate?)
3. Will President Trump concede the election if he loses?
4. How will drone change the war strategies of the U.S. Air Force?
5. Has COVID-19 dealt a lasting blows to major American cities?
6. Should the U.S. rejoin the Iranian nuclear deal?
7. Does the U.S. need to abandon its ambiguous support for Taiwan?
8. Should there be term limits for Supreme Court justices?
9. What is the ideal role for the U.S. to play in international organizations?
10. How would Amy Coney Barrett alter Supreme Court decision making?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 28-October 4, 2020

1. Has Benjamin Netanyahu poorly handled Israel’s COVID pandemic?
2. How should Russia be held to account for the Navalny attack?
3. Can China achieve carbon neutrality by 2060?
4. Will North Korea become more aggressive during the next U.S. presidential administration?
5. Assuming one is developed, how can the UN ensure that a COVID-19 vaccine is freely accessible to the world?
6. Will Iraq’s crackdown on illegal arms bring more stability to the country?
7. Has Ukraine’s anti-corruption court been a success?
8. Will the EU broker a major trade deal with Mercosur by the end of the year?
9. How can the EU better convince Europeans that greater integration is in their best interest?
10. Has the attempted impeachment of Martin Vizcarra weakened his power?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 21-27, 2020

1. Is a strong U.S.-China relationship necessary for tackling global climate change?
2. Would partition fix what ails Lebanon?
3. Should Palestinian leaders launch a third intifada?
4. Is it in Japan’s national interest to be closer to China or the United States?
5. What impact will Israel’s recent normalization agreements have on Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future?
6. Has Abiy Ahmed been a disappointment?
7. Is it only a matter of time before Evo Morales returns to power?
8. Why is Europe seeing significant growth in COVID-19 cases?
9. Does Colombia need to reform its police forces?
10. Is Germany’s COVID-19 bailout package too generous?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 21-27, 2020

1. Will Senate Republicans be able to confirm a new Supreme Court justice by Election Day?
2. Would it be more politically beneficial for Republicans to wait to confirm a Supreme Court justice until after the 2020 elections?
3. Is the Republican Party “intellectually bankrupt”?
4. Should the U.S. aim to demilitarize its foreign policy?
5. Does the U.S. need to lockdown again to best fight COVID-19?
6. Should more U.S. states adopt ranked choice voting?
7. Is Roe v. Wade settled law?
8. If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, who should he name as his Secretary of State?
9. Are historically black colleges making a comeback?
10. Should Illinois adopt a graduated-rate tax structure?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 14-20, 2020

1. Will revelations about President Trump downplaying the coronavirus be the final nail in his electoral coffin?
2. Should sixteen-year-olds get the right to vote?
3. Does California need to create a better policy for preventing wildfires?
4. Are Americans losing faith in democracy?
5. How big should a second coronavirus stimulus package be?
6. Should Joe Biden’s poor polling numbers with Latinos worry his campaign?
7. Have the BLM protests drifted away from their original advocacy?
8. Is QAnon a national security threat?
9. Should America’s foreign policy about China be a bigger issue in the 2020 presidential election?
10. Who will win Montana’s Senate race?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 14-20, 2020

1. Why have high numbers of COVID-19 cases failed to dent Bolsonaro’s popularity?
2. If more Arab states recognize Israel after the UAE and Bahrain, how does that affect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
3. Why has Venezuela’s oil industry collapsed?
4. Is Saudi Arabia starting to prioritize India at the expense of its relationship with Pakistan?
5. Will China’s behavior in the Xinjiang region hurt its ability to forge stronger ties with Muslim nations?
6. Does al-Qaeda still pose a major threat to global security?
7. How can Vladimir Putin prevent Belarus from slipping out of Russia’s orbit?
8. Can the ICC help end ethnic violence in Myanmar?
9. Should the Democratic Republic of Congo improve its mine safety standards?
10. Is Africa suffering from a “silent epidemic” of COVID-19?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 7-13, 2020

1. Should the EU impose sanctions on Turkey over its Mediterranean dispute with Greece?
2. If Iran acquires a nuclear bomb, will that do irreparable damage to global anti-proliferation efforts?
3. Is it only a matter of time before China becomes the financial superpower of the world?
4. Will Bashar al-Assad ever be held to account for the war crimes committed during the Syrian Civil War?
5. Why has Latin America been hit so hard by COVID-19?
6. What does the recent withdrawal of large numbers of American troops from Germany mean for that nation’s defense policy in the years ahead?
7. Why has China been attacking the rights of ethnic minorities in recent years?
8. Should Thailand’s monarch be brought under the constitution?
9. Is the arrest of Paul Rusebabagina politically motivated?
10. What should the West do in response to Vladimir Putin’s poisoning of Alexei Navalny?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of September 7-13, 2020

1. Is the presidential race tightening?
2. Have protests in Portland gone too far?
3. Should there be a campaign finance law that targets social media platforms?
4. Why is foreign policy less of a concern in this year’s presidential race?
5. Have American efforts to find a COVID vaccine been too rushed?
6. Has President Trump’s foreign policy been more successful than President Obama’s?
7. Should Andrew Yang become the Secretary of Labor in a Biden administration?
8. How many Supreme Court justices will the winner of the 2020 presidential election be able to appoint?
9. Will virtual learning become a new component of American public schools post-COVID?
10. Have American efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon failed?

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