R&D from Prepd: The New Hampshire Primary

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This R&D provides resources on the recent New Hampshire primary.  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won in a landslide against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while Donald Trump notched his first win in the Republican presidential contest.  The result on the Republican side has already prompted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina to exit the race and it appears that at least five candidates will contest the South Carolina primary in several weeks.

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R&D from Prepd: Sino-North Korean Relations

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This R&D provides resources on Sino-North Korea relations.  The Chinese government has been a longtime supporter of North Korea, saving it from annihilation in the Korean War of 1950-1953 when it attacked a U.S.-led multinational force as that force approached China’s borders.  China has also protected North Korea from harsh sanctions on the UN Security Council, fearing that if North Korea’s regime collapsed that it would send thousands of refugees into its territory.  However, North Korea’s recent launch of a long-range rocket, which contravenes several UN Security Council resolutions that bar its use of ballistic missile technology, has added tension to the relationship as some global powers such as the United States are being pressed to sanction China over its continued support of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of February 8-14, 2016

HOTtopics1. Who was the biggest winner of the Iowa caucus?
2. Does the Black Lives Matter movement need a prominent leader?
3. Will the TPP’s fate hinge on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election?
4. Are the stocks of social media companies overvalued?
5. Why is Hillary Clinton having a hard time winning over younger voters?
6. Should Congress pass President Obama’s oil tax?
7. Will the latest jobs report cause the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at its next meeting?
8. How can Marco Rubio overcome questions about his lack of executive experience?
9. Can the U.S. build a Sunni-led coalition to defeat ISIS?
10. Does the U.S. need to reduce its corporate tax rate?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 8-14, 2016

HOTtopics1. What is the state of the global steel industry?
2. Should the IOC move the Summer Olympics?
3. Who should be Myanmar’s next president?
4. What should Turkey do if Russia continues to violate its airspace?
5. Should the AU send a peacekeeping force to Burundi?
6. What steps does Nigeria need to take to eliminate corruption?
7. Would a higher oil price rescue the Maduro regime?
8. Should the international community impose sanctions on China for continuing to aid North Korea?
9. Would a large-scale Sunni intervention in Syria produce a large-scale regional war in the Middle East?
10. Should Saudi Arabia push for an OPEC production cut?

R&D from Prepd: Weekly Roundup for the Week of February 1-7, 2016

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Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of February 1-7, 2016.

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R&D from Prepd: The Iowa Caucus Results

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This R&D provides resources on the Iowa caucuses that took place on Monday.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz upset Donald Trump on the Republican side, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton narrowly defeated Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic contest.  Trump has said that his loss was illegitimate because Cruz spread stories that Ben Carson was dropping out of the contest, which did not occur.  Iowa has narrowed the field on both sides with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley dropping out of the Democratic race and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum doing so in the Republican race.  The next presidential contest will take place next Tuesday in New Hampshire, which is the first state to hold a primary in the 2016 cycle.

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R&D from Prepd: Syrian Peace Talks

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This R&D provides resources on the ongoing Syrian peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland.  The talks are being mediated by UN Syrian envoy Staffan de Mistura but have run into complications after the Syrian government claimed that terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State killed more than sixty people near the country’s most recognized Shi’ite shrine.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is also part of the talks and he is urging the Syrian government and rebel forces to reach an accord so that more stability can be brought to the Middle East.

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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 1-7, 2016

HOTtopics1. Does the Japanese economy need more quantitative easing?
2. Should more European nations copy Denmark’s push to confiscate the possessions of asylum-seekers?
3. What steps can the Afghan government take to prevent “insider” terrorist attacks?
4. Was Hassan Rouani’s tour of Europe a success?
5. Which regional actor is best positioned to solve Nepal’s ongoing political problems?
6. What is the significance of Portugal’s recent presidential election?
7. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi: Hosni Mubarak 2.0?
8. What should be the “non-negotiables” in the Syrian peace talks?
9. Does Angela Merkel or David Cameron have the most riding on the EU’s summit later this month?
10. Is the WHO prepared to deal with the Zika outbreak?