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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of June 10-16, 2024

Note:  These will be the last practice questions for the 2023-2024 season.  Check back for new questions on August 5.

1. Was the result of the Indian elections a major setback for Narendra Modi?
2. Is America’s national debt imperiling the global economy?
3. To what degree should Claudia Sheinbaum stick with AMLO’s agenda?
4. Could the Conservative Party finish third in the British parliamentary elections?
5. Is there anything the West can do to push China to improve its human rights record?
6. Would “deglobalization” make the world less safe?
7. Should Germany consider a nuclear weapons program?
8. Would it be in Turkey’s best interest to form a closer relationship to China?
9. Will battles over “culture war” issues inhibit cooperation among nations in the Americas?
10. How can South Africa best tackle income inequality?

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of June 3-9, 2024

1. How should the results of the South African elections be interpreted?
2. Is Netanyahu right to reject President Biden’s three-phase deal to end its war with Hamas?
3. Do democracy activists in Hong Kong have any more cards to play?
4. Is the international community failing to cure the causes of refugee flight?
5. Have drug cartels damaged the credibility of Mexican elections?
6. Will the fighting in el-Fasher decide the outcome of Sudan’s civil war?
7. How should South Korea respond to North Korea’s trash balloon campaign?
8. Will Rolexgate shorten the presidential term of Dina Boluarte?
9. Is it too soon for the European Central Bank to lower interest rates?
10. Will the new Dutch coalition live up to its pledge to reduce immigration?

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for th Week of May 27-June 2, 2024

1. Who will be Iran’s next president?
2. Will China squeeze, rather than seize, Taiwan?
3. Would an ICC indictment of Benjamin Netanyahu hasten the end of the war in Gaza?
4. Does Germany need an early election?
5. Are Haiti’s gangs getting stronger?
6. Is a summer election more advantageous for the Conservative Party than holding an election in the fall?
7. Should the West ease its rules on what its weapons in Ukraine can be used for?
8. Is the Philippines doing enough to stabilize Mindanao?
9. Should Mexico follow El Salvador’s approach to crime?
10. How can wealthier nations increase the number of people willing to do military service?

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 20-26, 2024

1. What does the sacking of Sergei Shoigu signal about the future of Russia’s war in Ukraine?
2. Should the EU shrink its existing membership?
3. Does Tajikistan have a jihadism problem?
4. How will rising unemployment impact the South African elections?
5. Are the high debt levels of Western European nations too high?
6. Is North Korea gearing up for an invasion of South Korea?
7. Should Panama shut down migrants passage through the Darien Gap?
8. Has Mexican democracy slid backwards under AMLO?
9. Is the rise of digital ID systems a threat to privacy rights worldwide?
10. How would the end of Israel’s wartime coalition affect its war with Hamas?

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 13-19, 2024

1. Do more open migration policies by Western governments make it easier for totalitarian states to hold onto power?
2. Are the fates of Ukraine and Taiwan interconnected?
3. How significant is the global competition for semiconductors?
4. Should Israel have been allowed to compete at Eurovision?
5. How will East Asia’s demographic crunch affect global politics?
6. Has the Israel-Hamas war proved that Hamas is incapable of governing?
7. What does a warming global climate mean for global health outcomes?
8. Would it be a mistake for the Democratic Alliance to coalition with the ANC after the next South African election?
9. Is China winning its “cold war” with the West?
10. Will the result of the Panamanian presidential election produce positive economic results?

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of May 6-12, 2024

1. Should Ukraine lower its mobilization age further?
2. Is “lawfare” having a detrimental impact on Spain’s politics?
3. Has the Scottish nationalist movement collapsed?
4. Should the Japanese government stop defending the yen?
5. Is an anti-Iran alliance emerging in the Middle East?
6. How will Colombia’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with Israel affect its economy?
7. What is the biggest challenge that will face the next Mexican president?
8. How would a non-junta government in Myanmar affect its neighbors?
9. Has Venezuela scrapped plans to invade Guyana?
10. Does Japan need to reform its immigration policies?

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 29-May 5, 2024

1. Could anger over Israeli operations in Gaza produce a new “Arab Spring”?
2. What is the biggest obstacle for India becoming a great power?
3. Can a pro-Russian electoral bloc in Moldova keep the country out of the European Union?
4. Could the Philippines, instead of Taiwan, serve as the starting point for a military clash between China and the United States in the Pacific?
5. Will favorable views of Russia and China in the Sahel last?
6. Is anything working when it comes to global climate policy?
7. Should the “Global South” reject the current international system?
8. Is the British NHS falling apart?
9. Should the level of France’s public debt be a cause of concern?
10. What should be the first priority of Haiti’s transitional council?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 22-28, 2024

1. Would a Maduro victory create a larger refugee crisis for Venezuela’s neighbors?
2. Did Iran’s recent attack on Israel backfire?
3. Is deflation the biggest threat facing China’s economy?
4. Should Germany liberalize its abortion laws?
5. Have international organizations lost their moral authority?
6. Should Palestine be given membership in the United Nations?
7. How will farmers protests affect European parliamentary elections this summer?
8. Should NATO admit Argentina as a global partner?
9. Will the new American aid package for Ukraine have an immediate impact on the battlefield?
10. Is Ethiopia’s conflict with Tigray heating back up?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 15-21, 2024

1. Will Ecuador’s diplomat spat with Mexico provide a political boost to Daniel Noboa?
2. Is Ethiopia the biggest threat to regional security in East Africa?
3. How will the European Court of Human Rights ruling on climate change affect future climate-change litigation in Europe?
4. Is Xi Jinping adopting the wrong cure for China’s economic woes?
5. Should humanitarian obligations or national interests play a larger role in rendering a final decision on the EU’s Aslyum and Migration Pact?
6. What do the results of the South Korean parliamentary elections mean for the future of President Yook Suk Yeol’s political agenda?
7. Why have voters in democratic countries become more skeptical about the fairness of elections?
8. How would a large war between Israel and Iran affect the stability of other Middle Eastern monarchies?
9. What should a transitional government for Haiti look like?
10. How can European nations prevent fentanyl from becoming a major problem?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 8-14, 2024

1. Do local election results in Turkey signal the beginning of the end of Erdogan’s rule?
2. Will the warming of relations between Japan and South Korea last?
3. Was Israel’s assassination of Zahedi necessary?
4. Can Dina Boluarte overcome “Rolexgate”?
5. Will the launch of the ZiG stabilize Zimbabwe’s economy?
6. How can governments best prevent non-state actors from employing drone technology for evil purposes?
7. Will Western governments eventually need to put boots on the ground in Ukraine in order to prevent it from losing its war with Russia?
8. Have Rwanda’s reconciliation efforts succeeded 30 years after its genocide?
9. Should European nations condition aid on whether developing nations help its limit migration?
10. Will a bird flu be the next global pandemic?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of April 1-7, 2024

1. What will be needed to bring the Syrian Civil War to a conclusion?
2. Has the international community abandoned Afghan women?
3. Is Pope Francis strengthening or weakening the standing of the Catholic Church?
4. How can Milei build more support for the 2025 Argentinian midterm elections?
5. If Labour wins the British general election, should it attempt to take Britain back into the European Union?
6. Will China’s demographic crunch short circuit its bid for global dominance?
7. Should Great Britain extradite Julian Assange to the United States?
8. Has Myanmar’s junta lost control of its borders?
9. How will Japan’s large public indebtedness affect future monetary policy?
10. Has the UN become too compromised to play a role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of March 25-31, 2024

1. Is a bubble building in India’s equities markets?
2. How can the West best support democratic efforts in Russia?
3. Has the Palestinian Authority outlived its purpose?
4. What should the Dominican Republic do about the unrest in Haiti?
5. Are concerns about Chinese espionage in Australia overblown?
6. Will Abdelmajid Tebboune win re-election?
7. Was ISIS’ recent attack in Russia a sign of the group’s reviving power or increased desperation?
8. Will other nations follow Canada’s arm exports ban to Israel?
9. Can Corina Yoris mount a successful challenge to Nicolas Maduro?
10. Are global drug decriminalization efforts stalling?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of March 18-24, 2024

1. Should seized Russian assets be donated to the Ukrainian war effort?
2. Will Henry’s resignation further destabilize Haiti?
3. Is Volodymyr Zelenskyy still Ukraine’s best bet for peace?
4. Due to ongoing tensions with Russia, is it wise to the European Union to continue accession talks with Balkan nations?
5. Could Israel survive as a pariah state?
6. Should the EU scrap its mandate to abolish fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2035?
7. How will Jacob Zuma’s MK Party affect the outcome of South Africa’s elections?
8. Will the Liberal Democrats benefit from internal problems in the British Conservative Party?
9. Have anti-corruption campaigns in Latin America failed?
10. What does Niger’s decision to suspend military cooperation with the United States mean for anti-jihadist efforts in the Sahel?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of March 11-17, 2024

1. What role, if any, should the Palestinian Authority play in post-war Gaza?
2. How should India respond to China’s new strategic partnership with the Maldives?
3. Is Nigeria’s economy too dependent on oil?
4. How will Swedish membership change NATO?
5. Is Milei’s austerity cure killing the patient?
6. Can a joint junta force in West Africa rid the region of its jihadist threat?
7. Why is gang violence becoming a significant national security concern in Haiti?
8. Should Russia put a nuclear weapon in space?
9. Why did the Irish constitutional referendum fail?
10. Will the crypto industry propel a new wave of economic growth across Africa?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of March 4-10, 2024

1. Is India becoming an emerging power player in the Middle East?
2. Would an ANC-EFF coalition be good for the future health of the South African economy?
3. Is China becoming too insular?
4. What should Egypt do if Israel conducts its Rafah offensive?
5. Does the world need a “new globalization”?
6. How should Nigeria handle the Anglophone insurgency?
7. What is to blame for a collapse in support for democracy across the world?
8. Should Ariel Henry step down?
9. Will Britain’s Conservative Party become a vehicle for the far-right after the next British general election?
10. How can Xochitl Galvez win the Mexican presidency?

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