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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of March 12-18, 2018

HOTtopics1. What can Sebastian Pinera do to solidify the continuation of the Chilean model?
2. Will China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” bolster its influence over Eurasian affairs?
3. How can free trade advocates better fight rising trade protectionist impulses throughout the globe?
4. Will Australia and East Timor’s latest agreement pave the way for economic growth for both nations?
5. Does Germany’s proposed social media law go too far?
6. Will the Kenyatta-Odinga announcement calm political tensions in Kenya?
7. Can geothermal energy successfully aid Japan’s shift away from nuclear power?
8. Is the UN failing to protect civilians in conflict zones?
9. Does Canada need to do more regarding pay equity?
10. Why does Vladimir Putin have strong support among young people in Russia?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of March 5-11, 2018

HOTtopics1. Will China come to regret abolishing presidential term limits?
2. Is Turkey becoming the next Pakistan?
3. To what extent should the European public have a say in European Union efforts to create a more integrated economic policy?
4. Will the result of the Italian elections create greater economic instability?
5. Has the Western world’s gamble on China failed?
6. Is Iran the greatest threat to Middle Eastern stability?
7. Can the Catholic Church bring about significant political change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
8. Is the international community doing enough to crack down on the illegal ivory trade?
9. Despite the scandals, is Benjamin Netanyahu still the best choice to lead Israel?
10. Is the global economy headed for a bear market?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 26-March 4, 2018

HOTtopics1. Is Vladimir Putin the biggest threat to European stability?
2. Does Iraq need a new constitution?
3. Is the rise of the German far-right Angela Merkel’s fault?
4. How can the United States and Western European countries downsize Russian intrigues in the Balkans?
5. Has the British Labour Party abandoned moderation?
6. Are labor reforms helping the Mexican economy grow?
7. What role can indigenous communities play in the Latin American war on drugs?
8. Was Justin Trudeau’s trip to India a disaster?
9. Is Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism?
10. Will Syria’s most recent ceasefire hold?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 19-25, 2018

HOTtopics1. Do Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent political problems make Israel more likely to take military action against Iran?
2. Is Poland’s Holocaust legislation unwise?
3. Should technology firms do more to limit hate speech on their websites?
4. Could a reform of Iraq’s political system lessen the country’s sectarian divisions?
5. Will Zimbabwe’s next elections be “free and fair”?
6. Does the Iran nuclear deal need improvements?
7. What should be Cyril Ramaphosa’s first priorities as South African president?
8. Is France poised to take military action against Syria?
9. How can Brazil fix its ailing pension systems?
10. Is the Democratic Republic of the Congo sliding back into a major conflict?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 12-18, 2018

HOTtopics1. What role should Asian nations play in the Maldives political crisis?
2. Is press freedom dying in Kenya?
3. Should Russian athletes be able to compete at the Winter Olympics under the “OAR” label?
4. Does the international community need to do more to dislodge ISIS from Libya?
5. Has Cuba made Venezuela’s political and economic crisis worse?
6. Is EU membrship bad for Eastern European countries?
7. Can India broker a peace in the Middle East?
8. Is Spain becoming ungovernable?
9. How can the international community effectively sanction North Korea?
10. What steps should the National Front take to be more competitive in the next French presidential election?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of February 5-11, 2018

HOTtopics1. Should Egypt continue using Israel assistance in its fight against ISIS?
2. How can Zimbabwe fix its agricultural sector?
3. Should Turkey be expelled from NATO?
4. Is it time for Theresa May to step down as British prime minister?
5. Should the Social Democrats re-enter a coalition with Angela Merkel?
6. Is China’s influence growing in Latin America?
7. How would a closer Japanese-South Korean relationship affect East Asian geopolitics?
8. Is Uzbekistan becoming more democratic?
9. Why are UN forces struggling in Mali?
10. Should Great Britain hold another Brexit vote?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 29-February 4, 2018

HOTtopics1. Has Assad triumphed in the Syrian Civil War?
2. Can the use of Mexican troops in high crime areas reduce the nation’s rising homicide rate?
3. Should African nations play a role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
4. Why are African nations confronting an obesity crisis?
5. Should Grace Mugabe be arrested?
6. Is China a military threat to Australia?
7. Are West African nations prepared for the return of Ebola?
8. What grade does Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno deserve as he nears the end of his first year in office?
9. Is Juan Orlando Hernandez the legitimate president of Honduras?
10. How can Germany’s SPD return to power?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 22-28, 2018

HOTtopics1. Are Pope Francis’ political positions creating a significant schism within the Catholic Church?
2. Could the Olympics pave the way for a peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula?
3. Should Great Britain hold a second Brexit referendum?
4. Does the EU need to do more to secure its borders?
5. Is it in India’s best interests to form a closer relationship with Israel?
6. Should African states rethink the aid that they get from China?
7. If the EU sanctions Poland, will it lose the rest of Eastern Europe to Russian influence?
8. Will Brazil embrace the left or the right in its next presidential election?
9. Can international pressure on Venezuela’s military spark the ouster of the Maduro regime?
10. Is the Taliban still a significant threat to the Afghan government?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of January 15-21, 2018




1. Are North Korea’s overtures to South Korea an effort to stave off a U.S. military strike?
2. Would efforts to construct a more powerful European Union create a right-wing political backlash in member states?
3. Should Benjamin Netanyahu resign?
4. Would land seizures wreak havoc on the South African economy?
5. Should more nations look to copy Iceland’s gender pay law?
6. Would a NAFTA renegotiation actually help Mexico?
7. What economic reforms should Iran make in order to lessen protests against the Islamic Republic?
8. Was Ethiopia’s ban on foreign adoptions justified?
9. Will Bitcoin become a major global currency within the next twenty-five years?
10. Is a two state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict becoming untenable?

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?