Month: April 2021

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 26-May 2, 2021

1. Is Russia waging an indirect war on the rest of Europe?
2. What does the passing of President Idriss Deby Itno mean for Chad’s future?
3. Should the KMT continue to endorse a closer relationship between Taiwan and China?
4. What reforms does Guatemala need to make to its criminal justice system?
5. Should the IMF call out the United States for its projected budget deficit?
6. What would a large-scale civil war in Myanmar mean for the security of Southeast Asia?
7. How can Cuba’s communist leadership survive another century?
8. Is too much being expected of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi?
9. How should Pakistani President Imran Khan respond to agitations by the TLP?
10. What do declines in tourism due to COVID-19 mean for Latin American economies?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 26-May 2, 2021

1. Should the U.S. share its COVID-19 vaccine supply with other nations?
2. Is COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and refusal becoming a national security problem for the U.S.?
3. Should the U.S. begin treating China like it treated the Soviet Union during the Cold War?
4. Is the U.S. losing its pre-eminence in space?
5. How will President Biden’s statement on the Armenian genocide affect U.S.-Turkish relations?
6. Does the Supreme Court’s decision in Jones v. Mississippi foreshadow a return to tougher rulings on juvenile crime?
7. Can civilian participation in police review boards create better police forces?
8. Has President Biden enjoyed a successful first hundred days in office?
9. How can the GOP build on President Trump’s inroads with Hispanic voters?
10. Do President Biden’s climate goals go too far?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 19-25, 2021

1. Are America’s small businesses getting enough COVID relief?
2. Why are mass shootings on the rise in the United States?
3. If Democrats pack the Supreme Court, would it cost them the 2022 midterms?
4. Should American police forces be barred from carrying firearms?
5. Is it in the Republican establishment’s best interest to ignore former President Trump?
6. Should Americans view the war in Afghanistan as a failure?
7. Can the U.S. afford a new trillion dollar “social infrastructure” package?
8. Should mask wearing become permanent in the United States?
9. Is there any chance for Republicans to win the New Jersey or Virginia gubernatorial elections later this year?
10. How can President Biden maintain his high approval ratings?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 19-25, 2021

1. Are Chinese development projects worsening economic conditions in Latin American nations?
2. Is Myanmar on the verge of becoming a failed state?
3. If Alexei Navalny were to die in custody, what impact would that have on Russia’s domestic politics?
4. Is Germany’s far-right becoming a major threat to the country’s stability?
5. Should Cuba pursue a closer dialogue with the United States?
6. Is Israel making it more difficult for European nations to bring the United States back into the Iranian nuclear accord?
7. Do the Scottish people really want independence?
8. How can India bring its latest COVID surge under control?
9. Who will win Peru’s presidential runoff?
10. What can the United Nations do to bring greater stability to Tigray?

International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 12-18, 2021

1. Will demographic trends harm China’s geopolitical aims?
2. Why is inflation rising in Argentina?
3. Should the Iraqi government push for a permanent withdrawal of U.S. troops?
4. What should be NATO’s new “grand strategy”?
5. Are global counterterrorism operations in Africa failing?
6. How will Mansour Abbas’ kingmaker role in forming the next Israeli government impact policy?
7. Is space the next frontier for global military conflict?
8. Have international organizations lost their credibility when dealing with autocratic regimes?
9. Is Ashraf Ghani’s political career living on borrowed time?
10. What are the political implications of Brazil’s military creating more distance between itself and President Jair Bolsonaro?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 12-18, 2021

1. Is the Biden administration spending too much money on its policies?
2. How can U.S. states best eliminate fraud in their unemployment systems?
3. Could a race-based tax credit be the best way for the U.S. to pay slave reparations?
4. Does the U.S. risk an escalation of the war in Afghanistan if it does not withdraw U.S. troops by May 1?
5. Is the Biden administration priming itself for a battle to pack the Supreme Court?
6. What should the U.S. do if Russia and Ukraine get into a more protracted military conflict over Eastern Ukraine?
7. Are Hispanic voters drifting to the political right?
8. Should COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed equally among states or should more be allocated to states right the highest number of new cases?
9. Will Nikki Haley be the Jeb Bush of the 2024 election cycle?
10. After the defeat in Alabama, how can organized labor make a comeback in America?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of April 5-11, 2021

1. Will mask mandates in U.S. states be over by Memorial Day?
2. Do states have the legal authority to refuse to comply with vaccine passports?
3. Will business pressure force Georgia lawmakers to revise their voting laws?
4. Should the U.S. raise its corporate tax rate?
5. Will there be bipartisan support for President Biden’s infrastructure bill?
6. Do rising crime rates in major American cities mean trouble for progressive prosecutors?
7. Would higher gasoline taxes create a political backlash against Democrats in 2022?
8. Should states ban the use of long-term solitary confinement?
9. Do climate change initiatives have a place in a national infrastructure bill?
10. Should the U.S. directly sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 5-11, 2021

1. Should NATO dispatch troops to Ukraine?
2. What is needed to break Lebanon’s political deadlock?
3. Should South Korea turn the Quad into the Quin?
4. Are ongoing COVID problems in France bolstering the National Front’s presidential hopes?
5. Should Jordan continue to pursue a close relationship with the United States?
6. Will EU difficulties in securing adequate vaccine supplies harm its ability to find cooperation in other strategic areas?
7. How close is Iran to developing a nuclear weapon?
8. Can the formation of the National Unity Government overthrow Myanmar’s coup leaders?
9. What steps should the Afghan government be taking to prepare for a possible U.S. troop withdrawal?
10. Will China’s “long game” in the Middle East pay off?

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