Month: January 2021

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 25-31, 2021

1. How should Vladimir Putin respond to protests to free Alexei Navalny?
2. Will the effects of COVID-19 make China the world’s new superpower?
3. Should Jair Bolsonaro face charges in the Hague over his Amazon policies?
4. Can Afghanistan’s government survive without American support?
5. Is the political hold of Vietnam’s Communist Party weakening?
6. What will be the impact of Russia quitting the Open Skies Treaty?
7. Can Great Britain more effectively fight COVID-19 while outside of the EU?
8. Is growing economist unrest posing a threat to Tunisia’s democracy?
9. Does Mahmoud Abbas need to groom a successor for his role in the Palestinian Authority?
10. Should Australia force Google and other tech firms pay media outlets for their content?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 25-31, 2021

1. Can UBI policies be successful on a local level?
2. Should teachers receive a high priority vaccination status?
3. Could a Trump-led social media alternative do significant damage to Facebook and Twitter’s stock standing?
4. Should there be an increase in the national gas tax?
5. Did President Biden make the right call in stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline project?
6. Is the U.S. relying too much on Special Force units to fight in Afghanistan?
7. When should the national foreclosure moratorium end?
8. Will the GOP be too divided to retake the House or Senate in 2022?
9. Is liberal Christianity replacing evangelical Christianity as the most powerful religious political force in America?
10. Should the U.S. make new demands on Iran as part of rejoining the Iranian nuclear accords?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 18-24, 2021

1. Will Biden’s immigration plan pass Congress?
2. Is right-wing extremism now the largest national security threat facing the United States?
3. Was Parler’s de-platforming justified?
4. Does a $15 increase in the national minimum wage go too far?
5. What impact will the return of the United States to the Paris Climate Accord have on the U.S. economy?
6. Is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis emerging as the GOP frontrunner for 2024?
7. After COVID vaccines are widely distributed, should mask mandates go away?
8. Is the NRA’s political influence waning?
9. Will American race relations improve under a Biden presidency?
10. Does Joe Biden need to copy President Trump’s Middle East policy?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 18-24, 2021

1. What can the international community do to lend support to Chinese democratic reform efforts?
2. What economic reforms does Uganda need to take to help young people?
3. Who will be Germany’s next chancellor?
4. Has the world moved on from the “war on terrorism”?
5. Will upcoming Turkish-Greek talks on maritime borders and gas exploration rights bear fruit?
6. Can Boris Johnson’s proposed D10 alliance be an effective counter to China’s rise?
7. If the U.S. rejoins the Iranian nuclear accord, what should Israel do in response?
8. Why is there great mistrust of the Modi government’s farm reform policies?
9. Should Brazil keep subsidizing Ford?
10. How can the UN mobilize global efforts to fight rising food insecurity?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 11-17, 2021

1. Should Japan adopt a universal basic income?
2. Will new oil wealth be a blessing or curse for Cambodia?
3. Should Canada invest more in the Arctic?
4. Will the African Continental Free Trade Area bolster the economic fortunes of the continent?
5. Should NATO create its own bank?
6. How will a Biden presidency shape Turkish behavior toward the U.S. and its goals in the Middle East?
7. Should the Central African Republic be wary of Rwandan support for its existing government?
8. Are economic sanctions against North Korea starting to bear fruit?
9. Is Spain’s ruling coalition drifting too far to the left?
10. How can the world’s fisheries be better protected?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 11-17, 2021

1. Should President Trump be criminally prosecuted for his part in the Capitol riots?
2. Would it be legal for the Senate to impeach President Trump after his term of office was over?
3. If Justice Stephen Breyer steps down, who should Joe Biden pick to replace him?
4. Are states doing a poor job facilitating the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine?
5. Should Vice President Mike Pence invoke the 25th Amendment?
6. How will the Capitol riots impact the 2022 midterm elections?
7. Should the U.S. reduce its involvement in the Mexican drug war?
8. Is social mobility dying in America?
9. Can President Trump legally pardon himself?
10. Should “hybrid learning” become a permanent part of the American education system?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of January 4-10, 2021

1. Have state governors acquired too much power during the COVID crisis?
2. Is Pete Buttigieg the right choice for Transportation Secretary?
3. Will growing debt levels hinder continued growth in the U.S. stock market in 2021?
4. How long should state eviction moratoriums be extended?
5. Should schools mandate that all teachers receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the beginning of the next school year?
6. Has Gavin Newsom’s handling of COVID-19 hurt his future political aspirations?
7. Should President Trump pardon Julian Assange?
8. What changes should Biden make to America’s foreign policy with Latin America?
9. Should the U.S. be willing to go to war with China over Taiwan?
10. What role will President Trump play in the Republican Party when his term of office ends?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 4-10, 2021

1. Should Indonesia forge a closer relationship with China?
2. Has the idea of liberal internationalism been a failure?
3. Are the 2021 Israeli elections the end of the line for Benjamin Netanyahu?
4. Venezuela’s plan for a digitized economy: progressive thinking or a disaster waiting to happen?
5. Is Pakistan’s military losing political ground?
6. Should South Korea’s leaders abandon any hopes of reunification with the North?
7. Will Great Britain become an EU member again in the foreseeable future?
8. What caused Argentina’s shift on the abortion question?
9. Will Yoweri Museveni win another term as Uganda’s president?
10. Is Hindu nationalism holding India back?

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