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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: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of December 5-11, 2016

HOTtopics1. How will a Trump presidency affect Sino-U.S. relations?
2. What will be the first priority of the new Congress?
3. Who will win Louisiana’s Senate runoff?
4. Would financial sanctions for outsourcing hurt the American economy?
5. How safe is the U.S. financial system from another 2008-style meltdown?
6. Is General James Mattis a poor pick for Secretary of Defense?
7. Will President Obama pardon Bowe Bergdahl?
8. Should all U.S. public housing be smoke free?
9. How much constitutional protection should teacher speech enjoy?
10. Should flag burning be constitutional?

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

HOTtopics1. Do Americans need a tax cut or a tax increase?
2. Will Trump’s presidency be a major setback for global climate change efforts?
3. Do poor Black Friday sales signal weakness in the U.S. economy?
4. Should Democrats block Jeff Sessions confirmation as attorney general?
5. What role should President Obama play in national politics after he leaves the White House?
6. Should House Democrats ditch Nancy Pelosi?
7. Will the death of Fidel Castro make it easier for the U.S. to form closer relations with Cuba?
8. Would Mitt Romney be an effective Secretary of State?
9. Should President Obama pardon Hillary Clinton?
10. Will Jill Stein’s recount efforts delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency?

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: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of November 14-20, 2016

HOTtopics1. Why did Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election?
2. Will the Electoral College be abolished before 2020?
3. Who is the Democratic frontrunner for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination?
4. Will U.S.-Russian relations improve during a Trump presidency?
5. Who should Donald Trump name to the U.S. Supreme Court?
6. What does Trump’s victory mean for President Obama’s legacy?
7. Are protests against the outcome of the 2016 presidential election counterproductive?
8. How might a Trump presidency affect the future of the Federal Reserve?
9. Will Trump build his wall?
10. Was Mike Pence instrumental in Trump’s electoral success?

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

HOTtopics1. What was the most shocking outcome of the 2016 elections?
2. What lessons should the Republican Party learn from the 2016 elections?
3. What lessons should the Democratic Party learn from the 2016 elections?
4. Are the ongoing Clinton investigations doing significant damage to the FBI’s reputation?
5. How can the NFL fix declining ratings?
6. Should “citizens observers” be allowed near polling precincts?
7. What should the U.S. do about Venezuela’s growing political and economic problems?
8. Should the U.S. abolish daylight savings time?
9. Are U.S. schools doing enough to stop teen suicide?
10. How many tax incentives should exist for charitable giving?

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: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of October 31-November 6, 2016

HOTtopics1. Who will win the 2016 presidential election?
2. What is the most important Senate campaign of 2016?
3. Are low interest rates doing significant damage to the standard of living of elderly Americans?
4. Why did the government fail to secure a conviction of the occupiers of the Oregon Wildlife Refuge?
5. How will the Supreme Court rule in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board?
6. Should Hillary Clinton make Joe Biden her Secretary of State?
7. How much influence will Bernie Sanders have in the next Congress?
8. Should all U.S. states use early voting?
9. Are U.S. schools doing enough to prevent cyberbullying?
10. Is President Obama’s “pivot to Asia” failing?