Tag Archives: March 2018 extemp questions

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 26-April 1, 2018

HOTtopics1. Is Trump violating the emoluments clause?
2. What adjustments does the U.S. need to make to its defense doctrine concerning cyberwarfare?
3. How can the media regain its credibility with the American people?
4. Are “red flag” laws constitutional?
5. Is John Bolton the National Security Advisor that Trump needs?
6. Should Trump fear a trade war with China?
7. Did the recent spending bill deserve a Trump veto?
8. Should Democrats be bullish about their prospects for 2018’s gubernatorial elections?
9. Will the #deleteFacebook movement do significant damage to Facebook’s future fiscal prospects?
10. Has the American housing market rebounded from the 2008 crash?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of March 26-April 1, 2018

HOTtopics1. Does Greece need a standby line of credit after its third bailout expires this summer?
2. Will the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) produce sizable economic benefits for the African continent?
3. Should Turkey prioritize its fighting against the Kurds at the expense of its ties to the United States?
4. Would the impeachment of Maria Lourdes Sereno do sizable damage to Filipino democracy?
5. Is Mauricio Macri significantly changing Argentina’s political culture?
6. Would more robust anti-corruption efforts significantly reduce armed conflict in African states?
7. Can Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit rejuvenate Thai democracy?
8. Has Sisi become Egypt’s new Mubarak?
9. Is “illiberal hegemony” on the rise?
10. Should nations boycott the 2018 World Cup?

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

HOTtopics1. Should democratic activists in Russia boycott the country’s upcoming presidential election?
2. Is violence between Fatah and Hamas creating significant complications for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
3. Were the PyeongChang Olympics a boon for South Korea?
4. Is climate change at the root of growing conflicts on the African continent?
5. Can the petro solve Venezuela’s economic problems?
6. Is the internal community doing enough to save endangered species?
7. What should Kim Jong-un demand in direct talks with Donald Trump?
8. How can LGBT activists in Africa succeed in their quest for equal rights and equality?
9. What will Italy’s next government look like?
10. Should Lebanon agree to an arms deal with Russia?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 19-25, 2018

HOTtopics1. Will a rollback of Dodd-Frank provisions on community banks set America up for another financial crisis?
2. Are U.S. forces still needed in Iraq?
3. How should America’s public schools grapple with student activism?
4. Are new U.S. sanctions on Russia simply symbolic?
5. What steps should states take to reduce their prison populations?
6. Will the Supreme Court deal a blow to pro-choice forces in National Institute of Family and Life Advocaes v. Becerra?
7. How can urban areas better fight the problem of homelessness?
8. Should the Senate confirm Gina Haspel?
9. Does Rex Tillerson’s departure from the State Department signal a shift to a more militant foreign policy from the Trump administration?
10. Was Andrew McCabe’s firing justified?

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

HOTtopics1. Should the U.S. abolish presidential term limits?
2. What lessons can the GOP learn from Pennsylvania’s special election?
3. Should ICE be abolished?
4. How can the U.S. best combat China’s growing influence in Africa?
5. Are states doing enough to prevent housing discrimination?
6. Will the Justice Department’s lawsuit against California succeed?
7. Is Texas turning blue?
8. Should the U.S. adopt a national standard for dayling savings time?
9. Will “gun politics” play a big role in the 2018 midterm elections?
10. Should American voters care about the Donald Trump-Stormy Daniels affair?

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: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of March 5-11, 2018

HOTtopics1. Will Trump’s tariff plan hurt U.S. workers?
2. Should the U.S. engage in direct talks with North Korea over its nuclear program?
3. Will Hope Hicks departure do significant damage to the Trump White House?
4. Are government subsidies in healthcare and education driving inflation?
5. Will the West Virginia teacher walkout provide lessons to teachers in other states over pay and pension disputes?
6. If Israel engages in a war with Hezbollah, how should the U.S. respond?
7. Are social media outlets unfairly targeting conservatives?
8. Should public schools return to more zero tolerance policies to better prevent mass shootings?
9. Is the federal government responsible for the opiod crisis?
10. Will Roger Wicker win Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary?

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

HOTtopics1. In the wake of new revelations, should the NCAA abandon its amateur model?
2. Should California make water restrictions permanent?
3. Would immigration reform benefit America’s agricultural sector?
4. Should more states return to paper ballots to prevent election tampering?
5. How can colleges recruit more male students?
6. Would American schools be safer if teachers were armed?
7. How will the Supreme Court rule in Janus v. AFSCME?
8. Does America’s religious right need another Billy Graham?
9. Did significant secruity failures cause the Parkland shooting?
10. To what degree does the Second Amendment protect gun ownership in the United States?

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?