Monday, November 5, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 Oct


  • How much damage would a ‘no-deal’ Brexit do to the UK economy?
  • Does the compromise deal with the World Anti-Doping Agency mean that Russia can be trusted to police its own athletics on the international stage?
  • Have Russian athletes paid enough for doping scandals in the recent past?
  • Will the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh erode the public’s trust in the US Supreme Court?
  • Should the Fed be raising interest rates more rapidly?
  • Is the federal government adequately prepared to deal with nation-state level cybersecurity threats?
  • Can the Trump Administration keep tensions between the US and China from rising?
  • Is the Trump Administration undermining the US dollar’s position as the global reserve currency?
  • Can Mark Zuckerberg fix Facebook?
  • Are renewable energy sources transforming Europe’s energy sector?
  • Is the political engagement around the 2018 midterms a permanent change or a passing fad?
  • Are President Trump’s economic policies succeeding?
  • Is America facing an imminent debt crisis?
  • Will the US trade war with China stymie global economic growth?
  • How will Kavanaugh’s confirmation change the Supreme Court?
  • Does ISIS still pose a significant international threat?
  • What should the international community do to restore security and stability in Libya?
  • Can the international community find a way to clean up plastic pollution?
  • Can a new President take a serious bite out of government corruption in Brazil?
  • Will Bosnia move towards closer integration with the EU?
  • What implications will Kavanaugh’s confirmation have for the midterm elections?
  • Should the Chinese government be doing more to counter the demographic effects its one-child policy has had on the population?
  • Will an aging population drag down China’s economic growth?
  • What does the new USMCA deal mea for global trade?
  • Has President Trump been good for America’s trade deficit?
  • Is there a way to move beyond partisan tribalism in the US Senate?
  • Should the international community be doing more to help Indonesia recover and rebuild?
  • Will Brazil elect Jair Bolsonaro as President?
  • Can the IMF bring Zimbabwe’s currency crisis under control?
  • Will Zimbabwe’s efforts to get the currency crisis under control be successful?
  • Will Bibi Netanyahu be indicted?
  • Should Congress impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia?
  • Can the international community build the political will to effectively combat climate change?
  • Should Congress raise the federal minimum wage?
  • Are trade tensions with China undermining US efforts towards North Korean denuclearization?
  • Should the US continue to support Saudi Arabia?
  • Will the Trump Administration’s difficulty in staffing key positions have a lasting impact on the federal government?
  • Will Imran Khan be able to make the economic reforms necessary for an IMF bailout of Pakistan to succeed?
  • Will Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal result in real and lasting anti-corruption reforms?
  • Can Europe save the Iran nuclear deal?
  • Does a conviction in the case of Jason Van Dyke signal that a change in police accountability is on the horizon?
  • What can be done to build more transparency into the use of lethal force by law enforcement?
  • Can Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy?
  • Can tech companies find a way to stop the weaponization of social media?
  • Is America’s economic growth overly dependent on low interest rates from the Fed?
  • Will the second round of US sanctions be enough to bring Iran back to the table to negotiate a new deal?
  • What steps should the EU take to strengthen the European Monetary Union?
  • Should Congress expand the funding for space exploration?
  • Can a universal basic income boost America’s economy?
  • How much are US politics in the age of Trump reshaping the future of the EU?
  • Will Brexit create an existential threat to the Good Friday Agreement in Ireland?
  • Is Marine Le Pen’s National Rally Party making a political comeback in France?
  • Will Nikki Haley’s resignation impede Trump Administration efforts on the international stage?
  • Can South Africa’s ANC avoid the mistakes that Zimbabwe made in enacting lang reforms?
  • Is a formal end to the Korean War finally within sight?
  • Are women voters abandoning the Republican Party?
  • Is America entering a new Cold War with China?
  • Will the gender gap be a deciding factor in the midterm elections?
  • Should America cut back arms sales to Saudi Arabia?
  • Can China clean up the air around its cities without causing economic calamity?
  • Has Saudi Arabia’s human rights record been overlooked b America for too long?
  • Are human rights violators around the globe being emboldened by President Trump?
  • Will the Saudi King continue to stand behind MBS?
  • What consequences will the Khashoggi case have on US-Saudi relations?
  • Is Congress too politically polarized to address climate change?
  • Do state and local governments have the ability to reshape how America deals with climate change?
  • Should the federal government be doing more to mitigate the risk of flooding around America’s coastal cities?
  • Does Saudi Arabia still make a good strategic partner for the United States?
  • Has the Trump Administration abdicated America’s role in global leadership?
  • Will Bolsonaro win Brazil’s Presidency?
  • Will America’s handling of the Khashoggi case reopen the rift between the US and Turkey?
  • Is the influence of the far-right on German politics growing?
  • Should the federal government more tightly restrict the civilian use of drone aircraft?
  • What does Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana mean for the US?
  • Will Canada’s decriminalization of marijuana create more problems than it solves?
  • Do traditional conservatives still have a place within the Republican Party?
  • Can AMLO reshape Mexico’s relationship with the US?
  • Is President Trump’s trade war with China eating away at America’s economic growth?
  • Is Jared Kushner a political liability for the Trump White House?
  • Is a Brexit deal still achievable?
  • Can MBS still be an effective leader for Saudi Arabia on the global stage?
  • Is it time for the US to implement a carbon tax?
  • Has the security situation in Afghanistan begun to backslide?
  • Can Theresa May’s government survive Brexit negotiations with the EU?
  • Will Mohammed Bin Salman be pushed out as Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia?
  • Has the Trump Administration taken the necessary steps to protect America’s elections from foreign interference?


Friday, October 5, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 Sept (sorry I'm a couple days late)


  • How much responsibility should Facebook bear for attacks against the Rohingya in Myanmar?
  • Is Donald Trump growing into the role of President?
  • Will Attorney General Jeff Sessions leave his office before the midterm elections?
  • Should implicit bias training be a mandatory part of training for all law enforcement officers?
  • Should the federal government more tightly regulate e-cigarettes?
  • Will American cuts to aid for Palestinians lead to more violence in the Middle East?
  • Will Myanmar’s military generals face trial for crimes against the Rohingya?
  • Would failing to get a new NAFTA deal hurt America more than Canada and Mexico?
  • Is there a viable path for America to exit Afghanistan?
  • Should the Senate restore the 60 vote threshold for judicial nominees?
  • Will putting President Obama on the campaign trail backfire against the Democrats in the 2018 midterms?
  • Will America get drawn into a more active military role in Syria?
  • Has the Trump Administration lost the chance to accomplish North Korean denuclearization?
  • Does the surge of deficit spending under President Trump pose a serious risk to America’s long-term economic health?
  • Does Argentina face another imminent economic collapse?
  • Is President Trump in control of his own White House?
  • Will Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the US Supreme Court?
  • Will President Trump turn out the Republican base in the midterm elections?
  • Should the collection of user’s personal data by American tech companies be more tightly regulated?
  • Is the rise of far-right nationalist political parties in Europe tapering off?
  • What steps should Congress take to stem the growth of income inequality?
  • When will America’s economic growth be reflected in real labor wages?
  • What can be done to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table?
  • Should the US cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia?
  • Can Secretary of State Pompeo  successfully reset America’s relationship with Pakistan?
  • Will the jailing of journalists in Myanmar refocus international attention on the Rohingya?
  • Should Aung Sang Suu Kyi step down?
  • Should paper ballots and auditing be mandatory in American elections?
  • Will the US impose sanctions against China for human rights violations against the Uyghur minority?
  •  What can the international community do to hold China responsible for human rights violations against the Uyghur?
  • What should be done to restore stability to Libya?
  • Has America failed to deflect North Korea away from its nuclear ambitions?
  • What should the international community do to clean up plastic pollution in the world’s oceans?
  • Would a Syrian military victory in Idlib province bring refugees one step closer to returning home?
  • Can the UK government do more to hold Russia accountable for the Novichok poisonings?
  • Is the government of Theresa May doing all it can do bring the Skripal poisoning suspects to justice?
  • Can a civilian bloodbath in Idlib be avoided?
  • How much does decriminalization of homosexuality mark a turning point for LGBT rights in India?
  • Is a lasting peace deal in South Sudan still just a dream?
  • Can the Trump Administration keep America’s economic growth going?
  • Will President Trump face a serious Republican primary election challenge in 2020?
  • Is the ability of the Japanese government to adequately respond to natural disaster improving?
  • Should the US approach for dealing with North Korea more actively involve regional allies?
  • Should NATO countries impose further sanctions against Russia?
  • What can the international community do to curb Iran’s influence in Syria?
  • Can the memory of John McCain restore some bipartisan cooperation to Congress?
  • Is there anything Congress can do to get dark money out of American politics?
  • Will Brexit change the EU for the better?
  • Has the migrant crisis of the past few years fundamentally changed the EU?
  • Has a stable peace taken hold in the horn of Africa?
  • Should the EU impose sanctions on the government of Viktor Orban?
  • Should the FDA do more to restrict teenager’s access to e-cigarettes?
  • Can Imran Khan break the relationship between the Taliban and Pakistan’s ISI?
  • Will Yazidi girls kidnapped by ISIS ever be able to find justice?
  • Should the IMF provide another bailout to Argentina?
  • Will the economic reforms proposed by President Macri stave off economic collapse in Argentina?
  • Are the economic problems of Venezuela spreading to its neighbors?
  • Is the Iraqi government making progress rooting out corruption?
  • Has the political controversy over the national anthem been good for the NFL?
  • Can private industry be trusted to adequate self-regulate access to e-cigarette products by teens?
  • Will the previous failures of the Catholic church take down Pope Francis?
  • What can the US do break the stalemate between the Afghan government and the Taliban?
  • Should the Department of Justice establish a national investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic church?
  • Is America becoming a pariah on the world stage?
  • Will Trump Administration attempts to strongarm Palestinians into a Mideast peace deal succeed?
  • Does President Trump’s adversarial relationship with the intelligence community pose a real threat to America’s national security?
  • Will Eu sanctions against Hungary strengthen nationalist political movements in other member nations?
  • What will Paul Manafort’s decision to cooperate mean for the Mueller investigation?
  • Have the big banks learned the right lessons from the 2008 global financial crisis?
  • Is the Trump White House on the verge of a nervous breakdown?
  • Has FEMA learned the appropriate lessons in the aftermath of hurricane Maria?
  • Has the official government response to the violence against the Rohingya permanently damaged the credibility of Aung San Suu Kyi?
  • Can the EU find a compromise agreement to share the burden of migrants across its member states?
  • Are Trump Administration policies on the detention of unaccompanied minors placing too heavy a burden on federal agencies?
  • Should Myanmar’s military leadership face trial at the Hague?
  • Is diplomacy with North Korea getting back on the right track?
  • Will sexual assault allegations derail the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court?
  • Has the movement started in the wake of the Parkland shooting made any real headway on passing real gun control legislation?
  • Is the trade war with China a political win for President Trump?
  • Can state legislation lead the way for the federal government to implement gun control measures?
  • Will President Trump’s trade war with China continue to escalate?
  • Will the growth of the Internet of things force companies to accept financial liability for security flaws in their products?
  • Will Congress do more to protect Americans’ online privacy?
  • Is the senior leadership of the NRA doing a disservice to its members by taking an absolutist stance on the Second Amendment?
  • Does the DOD still need to drastically improve its handling of sexual abuse cases in America’s armed forces?
  • Is President Trump’s use of Twitter a threat to US national security interests around the globe?
  • How much will the Trump Administration’s policy of family separation at the border hurt Republicans in the 2018 midterms?
  • Should Saudi Arabia face international sanctions for civilian casualties in Yemen?
  • Will the scandal around Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court hurt or help Republican candidates chances in the midterm elections?
  • How much credit does President Trump deserve for progress being made in talks with North Korea?
  • Do American cuts to foreign aid undermine efforts to secure a Middle East peace deal?
  • Is America prepared for the long-term impacts of trade war with China?
  • How long will the trade war with China last?
  • Have divisions within Germany’s government coalition reached a breaking point?
  • Can Angela Merkel keep her coalition government together?
  • Is Angela Merkel’s fading leadership a problem for Europe?
  • Has there been real progress made since the start of the #MeToo movement?
  • Will Brexit boost the chances for a united Ireland?
  • Will copyright reforms in the EU make their way to America?
  • Is democracy in Poland dying?
  • Is democracy in western Europe under attack?
  • Is President Trump driving America towards conflict with Iran?
  • Is the USMCA trade deal a win for President Trump?
  • Will the USMCA trade deal bring economic growth to North America?
  • Are India’s courts moving to quickly to make changes to Indian society?
  • Can Facebook continue to weather public scandals?
  • Will President Trump fire Rod Rosenstein?
  • Will Trump be a drag on the Republican ticket in the midterm elections?
  • Has the Trump Administration abandoned America’s international obligations towards human rights?
  • Should the UK hold a second Brexit referendum?
  • Is Brexit tearing apart the UK’s Conservative Party?
  • Is French enthusiasm for President Macron waning?
  • What further steps should the Trump Administration take to curb the rapidly rising costs of prescription drugs?
  • Is the rising cost of higher education eroding America’s middle class?
  • Does the outbreak of Ebola near the border of Uganda post a serious public health threat to the region of central Africa?
  • Can the international community do more to push for deconfliction in Yemen?
  • Should Venezuela’s President Maduro face international investigation for crimes against humanity?
  • Is resolution to the Trump trade war with China within sight?
  • What political implications does the Kavanaugh nomination have for the midterm elections?
  • Is the US headed towards military intervention in Venezuela?
  • Can economic stimulus bring South Africa out of depression?
  • Is President Rodrigo Duterte turning the Philippines into an autocratic regime?


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 Aug


  • Is North Korea really willing to get rid of its nuclear weapons?
  • Will the US restoring sanctions on Iran make the Middle East less safe?
  • Would a No Deal Brexit be a disaster for the British economy?
  • Have elections in Zimbabwe provided a legitimate government?
  • Should Congress do more to repair America’s aging infrastructure?
  • Can President Maduro get hyperinflation under control in Venezuela?
  • Is the Greek economy headed in the right direction?
  • Will government corruption and ethics reforms be a key voting issue in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Does Imran Khan have the political support he needs to enact the political reforms he wants for Pakistan?
  • Has Russia’s involvement in Syria brought stability?
  • Are denuclearization talks with North Korea in trouble?
  • Is the rift between Turkey and the West widening?
  • Will the trade war between China and the US continue to deepen?
  • Can the UK avoid a “No Deal” Brexit?
  • Do American tech stocks still have room to grow?
  • Can Democrats find a winning economic message for the 2018 midterms?
  • What can Congress do to overcome the problem of political polarization?
  • Can the Afghan government find a solution to the problem of the Taliban?
  • What steps should the Trump Administration take to get talks with North Korea back on track?
  • Is Australia incapable of maintain stable political leadership?
  • Is a major overhaul of Australia's political system necessary?
  • Should Democrats be campaigning on impeaching President Trump?
  • Does the conviction of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen mark a turning point for the Trump Administration?
  • Does NATO still play a critical role on the global stage?
  • Should Betsy DeVos be removed as Secretary of Education?
  • Has the EPA become a more effective organization since the departure of Scott Pruitt?
  • What can be done to improve the strained relationship between Turkey and the US?
  • Will President Trump’s continued attacks against the press backfire?
  • Is the Trump White House being played by Kim Jong-un?
  • Has Bashar al-Assad won the war in Syria?
  • Has the involvement of foreign powers prolonged the war in Syria?
  • Will Argentina decriminalize abortion?
  • Does Imran Khan have the political freedom to be successful as Pakistan’s new leader?
  • Will President Trump’s travel ban make America materially safer?
  • Is America’s tariff war with China nearing an end?
  • Will President Trump’s decision to snap back sanctions be enough to convince Iran to rein in its actions?
  • Can Emmerson Mnangagwa find a way to unify Zimbabwe?
  • Will President Trump’s push for a new branch of the military lead to a new arms race in space?
  • Is the Congress edging towards a blue wave in November?
  • Can Iran’s economy weather renewed American sanctions?
  • Can the Catholic Church do anything to move beyond child sex abuse scandals?
  • Is the Vatican doing too little in rooting out the problem of pedophile priests?
  • Should Congress do more to bridge the gender pay gap?
  • Will Special Counsel Mueller get an interview with President Trump?
  • What should be done to grow America’s stagnating wages?
  • Is Democratic Socialism the future of the National Democratic Party in America?
  • Is disinformation spreadon social media an existential threat to democracy?
  • Is Pakistan entering a period of political instability?
  • Will Nicaragua’s President Orega be forced out of power?
  • Is the federal government taking the necessary steps to secure the 2018 elections?
  • Will the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation be terminated early?
  • Will President Trump’s trade war continue to escalate?
  • Are sanctions an effective means of changing Russia’s behavior on the international stage?
  • Is America heading down the path of regime change in Iran?
  • Is the enforcement of economic sanctions against North Korea becoming too lax?
  • Has the conflict in Yemen spiraled out of control?
  • Will American sanctions result in long-term economic volatility for Turkey?
  • Is America’s ability to project power in the South China Sea receding?
  • Can a diplomatic solution to the tension between the US and Turkey be found?
  • Does President Trump’s rhetoric work against America’s international interests?
  • Should the federal government do more to reduce Americans consumption of plastics?
  • Can state and local governments do more to reduce America’s consumption of single-use plastics?
  • Is the Trump Administration making real progress on criminal justice reform?
  • Can a summit between North and South Korean leaders get denuclearization talks back on track?
  • Can Prime Minister Khan deliver on his promises for Pakistan?
  • Has the federal government learned from the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Maria?
  • Will the Pope resign?
  • Should the US reduce its support of Saudi-led forces in Yemen?
  • Does California’s elimination of cash bail mark a new trail in the national debate on criminal justice reform?
  • Will President Trump be able to get the North American trade deal he wants?
  • Can South American nations find a way to adequate deal with Venezuelan migrants?
  • Will Cyril Ramaphosa’s push for land reform damage South Africa’s economy?
  • Can Pope Francis find a way to end corruption in the Catholic Church?
  • How long will America’s real wage growth remain stagnant?
  • What does the future hold for the Rohingya still living in Bangladesh?
  • Is the Catholic Church still the center of Irish society?
  • What does the future hold for Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change?
  • Can Australia find a way to move beyond political infighting?
  • Can a policy of international isolation lead to regime change in Venezuela?
  • Should the federal government more tightly regulate the cybersecurity of large American businesses?
  • Is the stock market in a bubble?
  • Have cryptocurrencies and the blockchain already become a key component of the global economy?
  • Is the rollback of the Obama Clean Power Plan good for America in the long run?
  • Should Puerto Rico be allowed an opportunity for statehood?
  • Will Congress allocate more money for the long-term recovery of Puerto Rico?
  • Will there be a showdown between the US and the EU over restoring sanctions against Iran?
  • Should Congress implement a national carbon tax?


Monday, August 6, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 July



  • Have other world leaders figured out how to work with President Trump?
  • Does America have a crisis with civility in public debate?
  • Will NATO survive the Trump Presidency?
  • Are the US and China headed for conflict over the South China Sea?
  • What does Erdogan’s reelection mean for the future of Turkey?
  • Are state and local governments moving to strengthen voter suppression measures?
  • Should Congress move to cut entitlement spending over the growing US debt?
  • Will Congress pick up the issue if infrastructure spending after the midterm elections?
  • Should civics be a mandatory part of American primary and secondary education?
  • Will Senate Democrats be able to delay a vote on President Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination until after the 2018 midterms?
  • Will the ongoing trade war cost President Trump the support of the business community?
  • Should Congress make a push for federal right-to-work legislation?
  • What steps should the Trump Administration take to address the problem of homelessness?
  • Is the Trump White House taking steps towards pulling the US out of the WTO?
  • Will Mexico’s new President-elect be able to tamp down on drug-related violence?
  • Can Scott Pruitt survive ad head of the EPA?
  • What further steps should the Trump Administration take to stabilize America’s healthcare markets?
  • What more can the international community do to enforce sustainable fishing practices?
  • Is the UK’s National Health Service failing its patients?
  • Will the ongoing fight over trade tariffs make it more difficult for the US to convince NATO allies to increase their defense spending?
  • Has the Trump Administration been lax in responding to cyberattacks from foreign nations?
  • Is real progress being made on North Korean denuclearization?
  • Will the Mueller investigation be allowed to reach its natural conclusion?
  • Will Senate Democrats be able to block or delay the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Kavanaugh?
  • Should the Trump Administration take further steps to combat the opioid epidemic?
  • Should the federal government play a larger role in combating wildfires in the American West?
  • What can be done to bring the Afghan Taliban to the bargaining table?
  • How long will America remain engaged in Afghanistan?
  • How much will America’s trade war hurt the global economy?
  • Is the resignation of Scott Pruitt good for the Trump Administration?
  • Can European allies still rely on the United States?
  • Is real progress being made in the denuclearization talks with North Korea?
  • What should President Trump hope to accomplish in his one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki?
  • How much will the resignation of Scott Pruitt change the future actions of the EPA?
  • Will President Trump start losing the support of rural America over the trade war?
  • Will trade policies of the Trump White House be an anchor around the necks of Republican candidates in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Will the US trade war with China make it more difficult to find success in denuclearization talks with North Korea?
  • Will the UK’s Conservative Party survive Brexit?
  • What will Senate Democrats do to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh?
  • Has the White House mishandled denuclearization negotiations with North Korea?
  • Has Rudy Giuliani been an effective representative for President Trump?
  • Will President Trump submit to an interview with the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation?
  • Does the UK face a political crisis over Brexit?
  • Is Theresa May’s leadership of the Conservative Party at risk?
  • How damaging will Brexit be to the British economy?
  • How likely is a No Deal Brexit?
  • Will the IMF need to provide an economic bailout to South Africa?
  • Will Cyril Ramaphosa be able to clean up government corruption in South Africa?
  • Will South Africa’s Jacob Zuma be convicted on corruption charges?
  • Is President Erdogan a threat to democracy and the rule of law in Turkey?
  • Is Turkey moving into a closer relationship with Russia?
  • Will public protests in Iran lead to real economic reforms?
  • Should the international community be doing more to curb overfishing in international waters?
  • Will Russia walk away from the Organization on the Prevention of Chemical Weapons?
  • Should more US states adopt the practice of automatic voter registration?
  • What steps should the DOJ take to improve mental health care in America’s jails and prisons?
  • Is America’s justice system capable of adequately dealing with mental illness of inmates?
  • Should Congress put stronger limits on the use of dark money in political campaigns?
  • Is American campaign finance reform a lost cause?
  • Will Nicaragua’s President Ortega be forced to step down?
  • Is Robert Mueller’s investigation near its end
  • Will violence between Israeli forces and Hamas continue to escalate?
  • Is the special relationship between the US and the UK still important?
  • Will the NATO alliance survive the Trump Presidency intact?
  • Can Mexico’s newly elected President find a way to successfully combat corruption?
  • Does the goal of a stable Syria mean the West needs to learn how to work with Bashar al-Assad?
  • Was the Helsinki meeting between Trump and Putin a success?
  • Is America prepared to prevent Russian intervention in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Should the international community intervene to stop the violence in Nicaragua?
  • How long will John Kelly last as White House Chief of Staff?
  • Will Congress pass stronger sanctions against Russia?
  • Has Donald Trump damaged the credibility of the Office of the President of the United States?
  • Can a Republican led Congress be an effective check on President Trump?
  • Has the Supreme Court become too politically partisan?
  • Can Syria recover from the damage of the Islamic State while Assad remains in power?
  • Should Congress end mortgage interest deductibility?
  • Will Europe’s antitrust actions against Google hurt America’s tech companies?
  • Has South Africa lived up to the legacy of Nelson Mandela?
  • What action should the Trump Administration take to counter the rise costs of healthcare?
  • What should Congress do to curb the skyrocketing costs of higher education?
  • Should the Indian government do more to curb the incidence of violent lynch mobs?
  • Can Mexico’s new President bring an end to drug-related violence?
  • Can the American economy tolerate the backlash against President Trump’s trade tariffs?
  • Will President Trump’s statements about Vladimir Putin cost him key political support in Congress?
  • Will Britain's special relation with the US be damaged when it leaves the EU?
  • Should “stand your ground” laws be repealed?
  • Should America’s public schools switch to a year round schedule?
  • Has Donald Trump redefined what it means to be a Republican?
  • Should Congress expand the H2B visa program?
  • What steps can the international community do to ensure the safety of the Rohingya in Myanmar?
  • Will the Myanmar government ever be held accountable for violence against the Rohingya minority?
  • Does America’s cybersecurity law need to be radically overhauled?
  • Can economic reforms bring foreign investment back into Zimbabwe?
  • Are investors souring on America’s tech stocks?
  • Does Brexit pose an existential risk to the Irish peace agreement?
  • Is a No Deal Brexit inevitable?
  • Is Theresa May’s government headed towards collapse?
  • Should the UK and the EU extend the deadline for Brexit negotiations?
  • Do 3D printed guns represent a serious threat to public safety in America?
  • Will the surge in federal deficit spending since the start of the Trump presidency work against Congressional Republicans in the 2018 midterms?
  • Should the US do more to pressure the government of Nicaragua to end violence against protesters?
  • Does the frayed relationship between the President and the intelligence community put America’s national security at risk?
  • Is Jared Kushner a liability for the Trump White House?
  • How will the trade deal between the EU and Japan impact global trade?
  • Does the establishment of china’s first overseas military base in Djibouti pose a serious risk to US national security interests?
  • Is the opening of China’s first overseas military base good for Africa?
  • Is Kim Jong-un making good on his promises to denuclearize?
  • Can President Trump retain the support of independent voters?
  • Will the federal government shutdown over funding for President Trump’s proposed border wall ahead of the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Does the Trump presidency pose an existential threat to the WTO?
  • Is China’s Belt and Road initiative displacing America’s influence on the international stage?
  • Will the new Prime Minister make significant changes to Pakistan’s relationship with the US?
  • Can Imran Khan curb political corruption in Pakistan?
  • Will traditional Conservatism be able to survive within the Republican Party?
  • Will the US and North Korea be able to agree on and execute a plan for denuclearization?
  • Are social media companies taking all reasonable measures to prevent foreign intervention in America’s 2018 elections?
  • What effect will America re-imposing tariffs have on the Iranian public?
  • When will America’s economic growth be reflected in worker’s wages?
  • Is President Trump doing long-term damage to America’s relationship with key international allies?
  • Is new leadership needed in the Democratic Party?
  • Is North Korea really willing to denuclearize?
  • Will President Trump face a serious challenger for the 2020 Reublican primary?
  • Will the surge in women running for elected office last beyond the 2018 elections?
  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018

    Extemp Questions 2018 June

    • Is the center permanently gone from American politics?
    • Can America and North Korea find a mutually agreeable deal in Singapore?
    • Should the federal government play a larger role in managing the use of force by state and local law enforcement?
    • What would a successful outcome be from the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un?
    • Can Europe keep the Iran nuclear deal alive?
    • What does the Eighth Amendment vote signal about the role the Catholic Church plays in Ireland?
    • Can the FARC successfully integrate into Colombia’s political system?
    • Is the Colombian public ready to receive the FARC as a legitimate political entity?
    • Will slow progress jeopardize the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC?
    • Should state and local governments require de-escalation training for law enforcement officers?
    • Has mandatory sentencing been a failure in America’s drug war?
    • Can protesters force changes from Nicaragua’s President Ortega?
    • Will Italy’s political turmoil put a strain on the Euro?
    • Is the Greek economy on the path for sustained growth?
    • How far will trade tariffs between the US and its international allies escalate?
    • Should other world leaders play a larger role in nuclear discussions between Trump and Kim?
    • Will new changes to Dodd-Frank significantly increase the risk of another bank related financial crisis?
    • Is peace any closer for South Sudan?
    • Should land reforms in South Africa e expedited?
    • Can Democrats surge voter turnout enough to win back Congress in the 2018 midterms?
    • Will American tariffs successfully force changes to China’s trade practices?
    • Will new tariffs spark lasting volatility in America’s markets?
    • Is President Trump’s use of pardons turning into an abuse of power?
    • Would the collapse of the Iran nuclear deal spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East?
    • Are IMF-backed austerity measures in Jordan too steep?
    • Is it time for Congress to pass paid family leave?
    • Will requiring sales tax on Internet purchases slow America’s e-commerce?
    • What steps should law enforcement take to improve the relationship with minority communities?
    • Should Congress pass strong online data protection legislation?
    • Are cryptocurrencies the future of money?
    • Are migrants successfully integrating into European society?
    • Should Congress be doing more to address the effects of automation on the future of the US labor market?
    • Is Syria ready to accept the return of refugees from EU?
    • Will Congress be able to pass immigration reform before the midterms?
    • Should Social Security and Medicare benefits be means tested?
    • Should economic inequality be given a higher priority in the Congressional policy agenda?
    • Will the truck driver strike in Brazil make it more difficult to enact necessary economic reforms?
    • How can political moderates win back American voters?
    • What steps should Congress take to shore up Social Security?
    • Will American tariffs push global trade into a new era of protectionism?
    • How long will it take for Raqqa to recover after the Islamic State?
    • Can Secretary Pompeo successfully rebuild the State Department?
    • Is there a military solution for Afghanistan?
    • What steps should President Trump take to restore America’s relationship with the EU?
    • Will the summit between Trump and Kim result in substantive policy?
    •  Was the Singapore summit between the US and North Korea successful?
    • Can the Russian government adequately cope with the growing AIDS epidemic?
    • Will trade tariff disputes escalate into other areas of America’s foreign alliances?
    • Is the Trump administration’s response to the opioid epidemic inadequate?
    • How will tariffs imposed by the Trump administration affect the American economy?
    • Will the rollback of federal Net Neutrality rules hurt rural access to Broadband Internet connectivity?
    • What more should the federal government do to prevent abuse against Native American women?
    • Is America abandoning the message of international human rights protection?
    • Can Kim Jong-un be trusted to negotiate with America in good faith?
    • Has FIFA moved on from its earlier corruption scandals?
    • Should America intervene in Yemen?
    • Can political violence in Mexico be brought under control ahead of scheduled elections?
    • Are President Trump’s policies isolating America from the rest of the world?
    • Are Congressional Republicans beginning to stand up to President Trump?
    • Will President Trump pay a political price for his trade tariffs?
    • Should human rights play a significant role in the negotiations between the US and North Korea?
    • Will retaliatory tariffs force President Trump to back away from his aggressive trade policies?
    • Will President Trump’s trade tariffs benefit American workers in the long run?
    • Will President Trump’s unconventional diplomacy be able to chart a new course in the relationship between the US and North Korea?
    • How much does the political future of South Korea’s President Moon rest on the outcome of the summit between Trump and Kim?
    • Is reunification of the Koreas still an impossible long term goal?
    • Will Kim Jong-un keep his commitment to denuclearization?
    • Will US regional allies see the Singapore meeting between Trump and Kim as successful?
    • What steps should the DOD take to improve the handling of sexual harassment and sexual assault cases in the US military?
    • Will the Trump-Kim summit lead to meaningful change on the Korean peninsula?
    • Does student loan debt in America represent an impending financial crisis?
    • Should the federal government restrict the non-medical use of antibiotics?
    • Has the Department of Justice lost the will to adequately prosecute white collar crimes?
    • Was the Singapore summit between Trump and Kim a win for South Korea?
    • Do traditional conservatives still have a place in the Republican Party?
    • Should the international community do more to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen?
    • Is time running out for Houthi rebel forces in Yemen?
    • Is the US abandoning the cause of human rights on the international stage?
    • Will accusations of corruption continue to dog FIFA?
    • Does North Korea still represent a significant cybersecurity threat to the United States?
    • Will China blink first in a trade war with the United States?
    • Will the Trump Administration continue to escalate its trade war?
    • Can the EU find a workable agreement on how to handle immigration?
    • Has the Trump Administration weakened the alliance between the US and South Korea?
    • Is government corruption in Brazil an intractable problem?
    • Has Operation Car Wash strengthened democracy in Brazil?
    • Is the Trump Administration permanently damaging the trans-Atlantic alliance?
    • Is American drug policy turning Mexico into a failed state?
    • What steps should America take to deter cyberattacks from foreign nations?
    • Is suspending joint military exercises with South Korea too big of a concession to make at this stage of negotiations with Kim Jong Un?
    • Is President Trump’s foreign policy losing him the support of top Pentagon leadership?
    • Will America’s creation of a Space Force spark a new international arms race?
    • Is separating parents and children at the border an effective deterrence policy for US immigration?
    • Can leadership in Congress cut a deal to end family separation at the border?
    • Will President Trump’s Executive Order end the policy of family separation trigger a new immigration crisis at the order?
    • Will the issue of immigration turn out voters in the 2018 midterms?
    • Will Kurdish voters end up as winners in the upcoming Turkish elections?
    • Will Bibi Netanyahu be indicted?
    • Will sex abuse scandals damage the effectiveness of Medicins Sans Frontieres?
    • Would EU passage of Article 11 and Article 13 fundamentally change the Internet?
    • Will upcoming elections in Mexico further strain its relationship with the US?
    • Is the civil war in South Sudan nearing an end?
    • Should the international community do more to condemn Saudi Arabia over its treatment of women's’ rights activists?
    • Will Canada’s legalization of marijuana spark similar legal changes in other countries?
    • Does the Trump Administration have adequate plans for reunification of families separated at the order?
    • Should the UK hold a second Brexit once the final plan is negotiated?
    • Should the rebuilding and recovery of Puerto Rico be given more attention by Congress?
    • Has America permanently lost the ability to find the political middle ground?
    • Will bringing back the IMF do further long-term damage to Argentina’s economy?
    • Is America facing a crisis of immigration on the southern border?
    • How will the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy impact the 2018 midterms?
    • Is the Democratic Party being drawn towards the far left?
    • Does the retirement of Justice Kennedy put the Roe v Wade decision at risk of being overturned?
    • What does the Justice Kennedy mean for the future of the US Supreme Court?
    • Has India’s demonetization policy been successful at curbing corruption?

    Tuesday, June 5, 2018

    Extemp Questions 2018 May



    • Has the GOP tax plan been good for the American middle class so far?
    • Can Europe convince President Trump to stick with the JCPOA?
    • Is the immigration policy of the Trump Administration bad for the US economic growth in the long term?
    • Does the Trump Administration have a growing crisis with credibility?
    • Will US withdrawal from the JCPOA make the Middle East less stable?
    • Should DOD spending on cyberdefense be increased?
    • Will public protests escalate during Vladimir Putin’s new term in office?
    • Will Lebanon’s elections strengthen Hezbollah?
    • Is the pro-democracy movement in Russia losing ground?
    • Will American withdrawal from the nuclear deal push Iran closer to a nuclear weapon?
    • Is criminal justice reform in the US a pipe dream?
    • What can Facebook do to regain the trust of its users?
    • \Is government corruption in Brazil improving?
    • Can the GOP hold back a blue wave in the 2018 midterms?
    • Is China using the issue of North Korea to leverage the Trump Administration?
    • Is Kim Jong-un serious about peace on the Korean peninsula?
    • Will Ireland vote to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion? 
    • What should China do to address the growing problems of an aging population?
    • Does President Trump have the leverage necessary to accomplish the denuclearization of North Korea?
    • What role will China play in the nuclear talks between the US and North Korea?
    • Will partisan tribalism push down voter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections?
    • How long will Scott Pruitt last as head of the EPA?
    • Should regulators block the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint?
    • Are the economic prospects for Zimbabwe improving?
    • Will secularism survive in Turkey?
    • Is Netanyahu inching closer to direct armed conflict with Iran?
    • What should the government of the Philippines do to control overcrowding in its jails?
    • Is President Duterte’s violent war against drugs working?
    • Will leaving the JCPOA make it more difficult to counter Iran’s influence across the Middle East?
    • Will US withdrawal from the JCPOA push Iran closer to a nuclear weapon?
    • Are free and fair elections possible in the DR Congo?
    • Will new leadership bring positive reforms to Armenia?
    • Can Argentina stabilize its currency?
    • Does the disbanding of Eta signal progress towards peace between Basque separatists and the Spanish government?
    • What does Eta’s decision to disband mean for the future of Basque independence?
    • Can Brazil adequately cope with the influx of Venezuelan refugees?
    • Has China’s One-Belt One-Road initiative already begun to erode America’s international influence?
    • Will calling another early election backfire on Turkey’s President Erdogan?
    • Is South Africa’s economy headed in the right direction?
    • Are evangelical voters starting to break faith with President Trump?
    • Is the word prepared for another Ebola outbreak in Africa?
    • What should be done to rein in America’s rising maternal mortality rate?
    • Is central Africa facing another Ebola crisis?
    • Are the chances for a two-state Middle East peace deal dead?
    • What more should Congress do more to protect Americans’ personal data online
    • Is America moving closer to regime change as the strategy for Iran?
    • How much will US withdrawal from the JCPOA affect nuclear talks with North Korea?
    • Does the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem mark a major turning point in the Israel-Palestine peace process?
    • Does US foreign policy under President Trump rely too heavily on symbolism over policy substance?
    • Has America grown complacent with violence in schools?
    • Will the US avoid a trade war with China?
    • Will Trump Administration moves to cut Title X funding motivate Democratic voters to turn up at the polls in the 2018 midterms?
    • Is Net Neutrality a lost cause?
    • Should the operation of substance abuse treatment facilities be more tightly monitored and regulated?
    • What does the re-election of Maduro mean for the future of Venezuela?
    • Will new US sanctions bring Iran back to the negotiating table?
    • What role will China play in the nuclear discussions between the US and North Korea?
    • Is America angling towards regime change in Iran?
    • Does America still face the likelihood of a trade war with China?
    • Can the US and North Korea agree on a path for denuclearization?
    • Is Michael Cohen a political liability for President Trump?
    • Will Democrats be able to raise voter turnout enough to win in the 2018 midterms?
    • Is the Middle East on the verge of larger scale war?
    • Can Facebook fix its fake news problem?
    • Does withdrawal from the JCPOA drive a major wedge between the US and European allies?
    • Does the US backing out of the nuclear deal strengthen hardliners in the Iranian leadership?
    • Is democracy gaining strength across Africa?
    • Can Europe keep the JCPOA deal alive?
    • Is moving the US embassy to Jerusalem good for the Mideast peace process?
    • Is Theresa May’s Brexit planning on track?
    • Can the Yemeni government restore stability?
    • Does America need a new large-scale civil rights movement to address racial inequality?
    • How much of a role will the gun control debate play in the 2018 midterms?
    • Can the Trump Administration fix America’s broken immigration system?
    • Have the efforts of the Trump Administration on North Korea been a failure?
    • Does the national Democratic Party need a big shake-up in its leadership?
    • Is government corruption in Afghanistan insurmountable?
    • What more can the federal government do to stop the occurrence of revenge porn?
    • Has the GOP tax cut insufficiently benefited America’s middle class?
    • Should America curb arms sales to Saudi Arabia?
    • Has South Korea’s President Moon lost his political credibility?
    • How much will Ireland liberalize its abortion laws?
    • Can the new government in Italy find a path forward on necessary economic reforms?
    • Can President Maduro turn around he Venezuelan economy?
    • Is the Trump Administration angling to remove Rod Rosenstein?
    • Will President Trump’s renegotiation of NAFTA prove successful for America’s economy?
    • How much will a trade war with international allies hurt America’s economy?
    • Will President Trump maintain the support of Congressional Republicans?
    • Can the Trump Administration successfully strike a better deal on NAFTA?
    • Is the Trump Administration’s focus on the trade deficit detrimental to the US economy overall?

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    Extemp Questions 2018 April


    • Can Modi speed India’s economic growth?
    • Would American military withdrawal from Syria significantly increase the changes of an ISIS resurgence?
    • What should the UK’s Labour Party do to rebuild its connection with the Jewish community?
    • Can new leadership make real strides in reforms for Ethiopia?
    • What are the next steps for the Catalonian independence movement in Spain?
    • Will Narendra Modi’s economic reforms be able to deliver the promised growth for India?
    • Does the Irish border pose an existential threat to the plans for Brexit?
    • Should a global effort be made to track and clean up space junk?
    • Has President Trump given up trying to expand his support base?
    • How long will Scott Pruitt last as the head of the EPA?
    • Can Democrats find a politically successful message around immigration for the 2018 midterms?
    • Does the West have the political resolve to stand up to Vladimir Putin?
    • Will protests in Gaza strengthen the political support for Prime Minister Netanyahu?
    • Is the effectiveness of the Trump administration being hamstrung by ethics violations at the higher levels?
    • Will President Trump make a push to increase medical privatization at the VA?
    • Will politicizing the US census backfire on President Trump?
    • Is President Trump undercutting his own economic agenda?
    • Will retaliatory Chinese tariffs compel President Trump to back off his trade rhetoric and policies?
    • How combustible is the face-off between between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops in Gaza?
    • Has America lost its leverage in the Israel-Palestine peace talks?
    • Are bitcoin and the blockchain a passing fad?
    • Is the decision to jail Lula da Silva bad for democracy in Brazil?
    • Will China’s tech giants overtake silicon valley?
    • How successful has President Trump been so far at draining the swamp?
    • Will China’s decision to block the import of scrap plastic force the world to cut down on plastic pollution?
    • Does the threat of trade war with China show the risk to America of withdrawing from the TPP?
    • Is the progress in defeating ISIS slowing?
    • Can the Modi government make real progress in curbing discrimination against India’s Dalit population?
    • Will the tax cut be a winning message for Republicans in the 2018 midterms?
    • Should Congress be doing more to prevent Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections?
    • Will the growing cloud of ethics violations make it more difficult for Scott Pruitt to be effective at his job?
    • What role America play in a post-war Syria?
    • Has John Kelly been sidelined in the Trump White House?
    • Why doesn’t election fraud generate more public outcry in Russia?
    • Will his economic rhetoric start to cost President Trump political support in the red states?
    • How soon should America withdraw its military forces from Syria?
    • Is Europe’s management of the migrant crisis improving?
    • How will Mexico respond to President Trump’s use of military forces at the US border?
    • Will the Trump Administration pull out of the Iran nuclear deal?
    • Has Russia overplayed its hand with the Skripal poisoning in the UK?
    • How should the US respond to the continued use of chemical weapons in Syria?
    • Does Brexit pose a risk to the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland?
    • Will deficit spending force Congress to make cuts to entitlement programs?
    • Has the GOP tax cut put federal deficit spending into crisis?
    • Will Facebook rebound from the Cambridge Analytica scandal?
    • Has fan trust in cricket around the world been permanently damaged?
    • Can President Trump rally international support for action against the Syrian government?
    • Will Hungary’s election of Viktor Orban push Europe further towards the nationalist right?
    • Can President Rouhani get economic inflation in Iran under control?
    • Should Congress pass legislation protecting Robert Mueller’s investigation?
    • Is America stumbling towards a trade war with China?
    • What legacy does Paul Ryan leave in the House?
    • Has Jeremy Corbyn failed the UK’s Labour Party?
    • Would firing Rod Rosenstein be political suicide for President Trump?
    • Is Mick Mulvaney undermining the CFPB?
    • How much will American airstrikes change President Assad’s behavior in Syria?
    • Does President Trump’s reversal on engagement in Syria show a willingness to confront human rights abuses globally?
    • Is President Trump serious about re-joining the TPP?
    • Are growing trade tensions between the US and China already having an effect on the global economy?
    • Does the passing on Winnie Mandela mark an inflection point for South Africa?
    • Is greater international cooperation needed to properly combat cybercrime?
    • How much responsibility does Facebook bear for the plight of the Rohingya?
    • Is self regulation sufficient to keep Facebook in line?
    • Does China pose a serious threat to the future of America innovation?
    • Does Paul Ryan’s retirement mark a turning point for the future of the Republican Party?
    • Will Russia stay engaged in Syria for the long term?
    • Is a new Cold War brewing between the US and Russia?
    • Can President Putin continue to use the international fight with the West to successfully distract the Russian public from domestic problems?
    • Will Russia be a moderating influence on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad?
    • How will Brexit reshape the future of Northern Ireland?
    • What can labor unions do to remain relevant in American politics?
    • Will labor strikes prove to be a successful tactic for public sector workers in France?
    • Will US airstrikes have any effect on the course of the conflict in Syria?
    • Is America’s rail transportation network safe?
    • Should federal regulators more strictly enforce safety standards on American transportation companies?
    • Should dark money be blocked from American political campaigns?
    • Is President Trump undercutting his own foreign policy apparatus?
    • Is Donald Trump morally unfit to be President?
    • What more can America do diplomatically to change the situation on the ground in Syria?
    • Should the federal government be doing more to aid the recovery of Puerto Rico?
    • Can the government of Theresa May find a solution to the immigration problems of the Windrush generation?
    • Should America have a federal right-to-die law?
    • Has America lost all diplomatic influence in Syria?
    • Does Paul Ryan’s decision to retire signal that Republica control of Congress is nearing an end?
    • Will new leadership bring political and economic reforms to Cuba?
    • Will the change in Cuban leadership improve its relationship with the US?
    • Has the Bitcoin bubble burst?
    • What more should be done to combat coca production in Colombia?
    • Is the relationship between the US and Japan being strained by President Trump?
    • What would be a success for the meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Trump?
    • Would US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal have a negative effect on talks with North Korea?
    • Should federally funded programs combating the opioid epidemic focus more on harm reduction?
    • If America pulls out of the JCPOA will Europe follow?
    • Is it time for the US to end the mortgage tax deduction?
    • Has America’s relationship with the rest of the world fundamentally changed under President Trump?
    • Does the legacy of war crimes still haunt Bosnia?
    • Is the royal family still important to UK society?
    • What more can be done to improve the security situation in Afghanistan?
    • How much will terrorist attacks influence Afghanistan’s elections process?