HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 27-August 2, 2015

HOTtopics1. What role should major American cities play in the fight against climate change?
2. Has sub-Saharan Africa been a neglected part of President Obama’s foreign policy?
3. Can the New Horizons mission reinvigorate NASA?
4. How will the Anthem-Cigna merger affect health insurance markets?
5. Do progressives risk alienating millenials by attacking Uber?
6. Will Gitmo be closed by the end of Obama’s term?
7. What role should the U.S. play in the Ukrainian civil war?
8. Will new U.S. ivory trade regulations help to curtail poaching in Africa?
9. How can the Obama administration better sell the American public on the Iranian nuclear deal?
10. Should Fox News change their Republican presidential debate rules?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of July 27-August 2, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is a falling unemployment rate enough to save Mariano Rajoy’s government?
2. How can Vladimir Putin revive the Russian economy?
3. Who should the British Labour Party choose as its next leader?
4. Does another global tech bubble exist?
5. Should Australia prosecute Adam Brookman for aiding the Islamic State?
6. Does Tunisia’s new anti-terrorism law endanger its fledgling democratic system?
7. Has unrest in the Middle Eastern region as a whole complicated progress toward a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace deal?
8. What concessions should the Afghan government make to the Taliban in ongoing peace negotiations?
9. Is a nuclear arms race in the Middle East inevitable?
10. Are human rights global or are they an instrument of neo-imperialism?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of July 20-26, 2015

HOTtopics1. How should Israel respond to the Iranian nuclear deal?
2. Should the IMF move away from austerity recommendations for debtor nations?
3. Is Norway too lenient toward violent criminals?
4. Should the EU take more control of border management procedures by its member states?
5. Is the Yemeni conflict nearing its end?
6. Should Saudi Arabia cast its lot with Russia instead of the U.S.?
7. Is Kenya’s refugee policy discriminatory against Somalis?
8. Will Mahinda Rajapaksa become Sri Lanka’s next prime minister?
9. Is a military coup in Nigeria’s future?
10. Who can fix FIFA?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 20-26, 2015

HOTtopics1. Is “politically incorrectness” a virtue in 2016?
2. Are evangelicals becoming politically irrelevant?
3. Does the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provide employment protection for LGBT individuals?
4. Is fetal tissue donation legal?
5. What reforms does the U.S. need to make to its criminal justice system?
6. Should Georgia remove the Confederate Stone Mountain monument?
7. Is Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy faltering?
8. Should states impose more regulations on homeschooling?
9. Is the U.S. doing enough to prevent acts of domestic terrorism?
10. Will the Iranian nuclear deal strengthen or weaken American influence in the Middle East?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 13-19, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should more states adopt Washington State’s tuition policy?
2. Are gun-shaped iPhone cases a bad idea?
3. What should the U.S. do if it cannot reach a nuclear deal with Iran?
4. Can Donald Trump sustain his current level of support?
5. Should federal funding be withdrawn from “sanctuary cities”?
6. How would a Chinese stock market meltdown affect the U.S. economy?
7. Will new federal housing rules harm Julian Castro’s future political ambitions?
8. Was Ellen Pao’s dismissal justified?
9. What would a Bernie Sanders presidency look like?
10. Why is the Obama administration struggling in the fight against ISIS?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of July 13-19, 2015

HOTtopics1. How can Dilma Rousseff revive her waning approval ratings?
2. Is the Canadian economy entering a recession?
3. How should the Afghan government deal with the opium trade?
4. Does China need to have a higher birth rate?
5. How can the UN secure a lasting peace deal in Libya?
6. Does the arrest of Amama Mbabazi bode ill for Uganda’s next presidential election?
7. How can Central American countries reduce violence against women?
8. Was Srebrenica a genocide?
9. How will the escape of “El Chapo” affect U.S.-Mexican relations?
10. Would another bailout of Greece imperil Angela Merkel’s government?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of July 6-12, 2015

HOTtopics1. How can the Philippines prevent future ferry disasters?
2. Is the BJP’s derecognition of madrasas in Maharashtra an affront to religious freedom?
3. What needs to be done to reinvigorate the EU’s foreign policy?
4. Is the Syrian civil war helping or hindering Hezbollah?
5. Should the Dominican Republic deport unregistered Haitian immigrants?
6. Is Japan doing enough to counter the influence of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Southeast Asia?
7. Did the Pakistani government respond effectively to the Karachi heat wave?
8. Is the lack of a defense minister undermining Afghan security?
9. Could ISIS bring about the collapse of Tunisia’s government?
10. What steps does Vladimir Putin need to take to re-engage the West?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 6-12, 2015

HOTtopics1. Should more states ban fireworks?
2. Is the U.S. becoming a global leader on climate change?
3. Should states replace the gas tax with a mileage tax?
4. What role should gay rights play in U.S. foreign policy?
5. Does Jim Webb have any chance of winning the Democratic presidential nomination?
6. What should North Carolina do about a recent wave of shark attacks?
7. Should the U.S. rethink its Afghan troop withdrawal plan?
8. Will “China bashing” be a significant part of the 2016 presidential election?
9. Is polygamy constitutional?
10. Should GOP moderates fear Donald Trump?