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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of December 5-11, 2016

HOTtopics1. How significant was the result of Austria’s presidential election?
2. Should Great Britain pay for access to the EU’s markets after Brexit?
3. Will Gambia have a peaceful democratic transition?
4. Is it time for Mahmud Abbas to step down as the head of the Palestinian Authority?
5. Will King Rama X be Thailand’s last monarch?
6. How will Hollande’s exit affect the French presidential race?
7. What does OPEC’s recent deal mean for the global economy?
8. How can South African bolster its economic standing?
9. Is another “Arab Spring” looming?
10. Why have international efforts to stop South Sudan’s civil war failed?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of November 28-December 4, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will Colombian voters approve a revised peace accord with the FARC?
2. How can the international community best curb violence against women in combat zones?
3. Would a cashless society bolster the Indian economy?
4. Should Park Geun-hye resign?
5. Did Iraq’s government err in legalizing Iranian-backed militias that are operating within its borders?
6. Do Turkey and the EU need each other?
7. Has China become the world’s defender of globalization?
8. What does the appointment of Qamar Javed Bajwa mean for the future of Pakistan’s defense policy?
9. Can Francis Fillon’s policies fix France’s economic ills?
10. What should the legacy of Fidel Castro be?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of November 14-20, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is the world winning its battle against famine?
2. How can Egypt reverse its economic fortunes?
3. Is a genocide taking place in South Sudan?
4. Will Australia be able to broker a refugee deal with the United States?
5. Should the world allow Assad to win the Syrian Civil War?
6. Is Duterte a foreign policy realist?
7. What does rising populism mean for the future of international institutions?
8. Is Italy going to be Europe’s next big headache?
9. If the Iran nuclear deal ends, what does that mean for the larger Middle East?
10. Should America’s European allies be worried about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of November 7-13, 2016

HOTtopics1. Can the Catholic Church resolve Venezuela’s political problems?
2. Is democracy dying in Nicaragua?
3. Does Australia treat refugees too harshly?
4. Why are Francois Hollande’s approval ratings so dismal?
5. Is it just a matter of time before Cyprus is reunified?
6. Will economic problems lead to a popular revolt against Abdel Fattah al-Sisi?
7. Is the Nigerian government violating human rights in its campaign against Boko Haram?
8. Has the British High Court killed Brexit?
9. Is it just a matter of time before Park Geun-hye is forced to step down?
10. Are fears of Russia trying to disrupt Western elections overstated?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 31-November 6, 2016

HOTtopics1. How can the Iraqi government become more inclusive?
2. Will Spain’s new goverment exist for more than six months?
3. Is the recent EU-Canada free trade deal flawed?
4. Why did the Pirate Party fail to win Iceland’s recent elections?
5. Should NATO prepare for war with Russia?
6. Would a UN ban on nuclear weapons carry any weight?
7. What is the significance of South Africa’s planned departure from the ICC?
8. How can the EU reduce inequality among member states?
9. Is Venezuela a dictatorship?
10. What steps should the UN take to encourage greater global population control?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 24-30, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will Brexit actually happen?
2. Should governments around the world reduce restrictions on foreign students?
3. Will Ethiopia become Africa’s next conflict zone?
4. What is Saudi Arabia seeking in Yemen?
5. Is Myanmar doing enough to prevent sectarian violence?
6. What grade does Justin Trudeau deserve after his first year in office?
7. Would Scottish voters opt for independence if a second referendum were held?
8. Are charges against Pravin Gordhan politically motivated?
9. What terms should Colombia demand of the ELN in upcoming negotiations?
10. Are state-owned enterprises weighing down the Chinese economy?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 17-23, 2016

HOTtopics1. To what extent does national sovereignty still exist in a globalized world?
2. What economic reforms should Saudi Arabia pursue?
3. Is Cambodia becoming more reliant on China?
4. What are the ramifications of Burundi’s decision to leave the ICC?
5. How can Afghanistan better combat drug addiction?
6. What does the death of King Bhumibol mean for the future of Thai politics?
7. Has the EU failed to exercise proper diplomatic muscle in Syria?
8. Did Thuli Madonsela fail in her role as South Africa’s public protector?
9. How can the world best help Haiti after Hurricane Matthew?
10. What are the implications of the “death” of the Great Barrier Reef?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 10-16, 2016

HOTtopics1. Is Bangladesh’s war against terrorism going too far?
2. How should NATO handle terrorism-related issues?
3. Was Antonio Guterres a good selection for UN Secretary General?
4. Does Pakistan’s “honor killings” law go far enough?
5. What would defeat in Mosul mean for ISIS?
6. Is Bosnia on the brink of renewed civil war?
7. How will OPEC’s production cuts affect the global economy?
8. If you were Theresa May, how would you plan Brexit?
9. Does the world need globalization?
10. Where does the Colombian peace process go following voter rejection of a deal with the FARC?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of October 3-9, 2016

HOTtopics1. How might a Pirate Party-led government affect Iceland?
2. Why has Darfur slipped off the international community’s radar?
3. Can the Colombian peace process be used as a template to fix what ails Syria?
4. Do European nations’ desire to be secular override the ability of religious minorities to wear traditional garb?
5. Could a nuclear South Korea effectively counter a nuclear North Korea?
6. Is “junk status” an appropriate way to categorize Turkey’s debt?
7. Will Iran be the location of the next major global crisis?
8. How might Latin American politics be affected by a Trump presidency?
9. Does Libya need another strongman?
10. Will Germany have to bailout Deutsche Bank?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of September 26-October 2, 2016

HOTtopics1. Will Myanmar flourish without American sanctions?
2. Has Vladimir Putin made Russia stronger or weaker?
3. Is nuclear instability rising in the world?
4. Has Joseph Kabila undermined the Congo’s democracy?
5. Are drone strikes the best way to fight al-Qaeda?
6. Should France demolish the “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais?
7. Is the Philippines using the right approach in its war on drugs?
8. Should Israel receive observer status within the African Union?
9. How can Jeremy Corbyn re-unify the British Labour Party?
10. Should world leaders encourage more dialogue between Christian and Muslim groups?