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?



Friday, April 6, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 March


  • How much work needs to be done to clean up the South African government after the exit of Jacob Zuma? 
  • Can Joseph Kabila be persuaded to peacefully step down in the DR Congo? 
  • Should the EU have its own standing army? 
  • Does the Eurozone need a single centralized finance committee? 
  • Will shared security concerns bring the remaining EU nations closer together after Brexit? 
  • Can Cyril Ramaphosa deliver on the hopes for a new South Africa? 
  • What is the best outcome in Syria that American can realistically hope for? 
  • Will student outcry bring Washington any closer to addressing gun violence? 
  • Will Congress find a compromise DACA solution? 
  • Will Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascension restore public trust in South Africa’s ANC party? 
  • Should Bibi Netanyahu resign? 
  • What can the international community do impose accountability on Vladimir Putin? 
  • Are American prospects for an endgame strategy in Afghanistan dimming? 
  • Should gun violence in America be treated as a public health issue? 
  • Can peace talks find a way to end the violence in South Sudan? 
  • What long-term goals can the US still hope to achieve in Syria? 
  • Should the White House being doing more to combat the opioid epidemic? 
  • Has the use of chemical weapons in Syria become normalized? 
  • Can social media companies do more to police bot accounts? 
  • Is the Trump family profiting from the Presidency? 
  • Do ethics norms around the Office of the President need to be more strictly codified? 
  • Is the Trump Administration acting with neglect in its dealings with Russia? 
  • Is it time for Jared and Ivanka to leave the White House? 
  • Will conflict over control of the waters of the Nile river lead to violence? 
  • What actions can the international community take to end the violence in the DR Congo?
  •  Should the US step up its military action in Syria? 
  • Has the war grown apathetic with the war in Syria? 
  • Is the Nigerian government incapable of effectively fighting the Boko Haram militants? 
  • Can Rohingya refugees returning to Myanmar be adequately protected from further violence? 
  • Is declining social mobility a serious risk for the long-term health of the US economy? 
  • Will the US economy be able to meet the Trump Administrations growth targets? 
  • Has the time come where a real gun control debate can happen in Congress? 
  • What actions will the Trump Administration be able to take to prevent further school shootings? 
  • Will Netanyahu continue to receive the support of the Israeli public? 
  • What can the American labour movement do to restore its lost political clout? 
  • Has Russia changed the battlefield for information warfare? 
  • Can students end the NRA’s hold on the gun debate in America? 
  • How much will a new cryptocurrency be able to help revitalize Venezuela’s economy? 
  • Should the Trump White House be moving faster to impose new sanctions against Russia? 
  • Will a new President be able to bring economic growth back to South Africa? 
  • What more should the government of Brazil do to counteract violent drug gangs? 
  • Has Facebook reached its peak? 
  • Will Mitt Romney’s Senate run deepen the split within the Republican Party? 
  • Can Turkish and American forces find a way to cooperate on the ground in Syria? 
  • Is diplomacy still a viable option to find a solution for Eastern Ukraine? 
  • What additional steps should be taken to curb animal poaching in Africa? 
  • Has the gun debate become the main proxy for the culture war in America? 
  • Will Trump imposing new tariffs achieve its objectives? 
  • Is arming teachers a worthwhile idea? 
  • How hard will President Trump push to put more guns in schools? 
  • Does America need more than two major political parties? 
  • Will the teacher strike in West Virginia expand to other states? 
  • Can anything be done to stop the DR Congo from sliding further into chaos? 
  • Has something meaningful changed in the politics around gun control? 
  • What should be done to break open stagnating American wages? 
  • Will the tax cuts come back to hurt the GOP in the 2018 elections? 
  • Has the GOP tax cut started to help America’s middle class? 
  • Can Jared Kushner still be an effective part of the Trump White House? 
  • Can Russia be stopped from interfering in US elections? 
  • Are high-level staffing issues making it more difficult for the Trump White House to govern effectively? 
  • Can the international community stop the cooperation between North Korea and Syria? 
  • Will elections push Italy further towards the nationalist right? 
  • Cant he Five-Star movement end the gridlock in the Italian government? 
  • Will Berlusconi make a comeback in Italian politics? 
  • What will Congress do with the DREAMers? 
  • Should federal law enforcement agencies treat white nationalist groups as terrorist organizations? 
  • Is President Trump on track to win another term in office? 
  • Should the UN do more to protect the Rohingya in Myanmar? 
  • Will Theresa May be able to find a good Brexit plan? 
  • Should President Trump be more concerned about the international response to steel and aluminum tariffs? 
  • Does the US market face more volatility in the near term? 
  • Is the Thai public ready to be rid of the military-run government? 
  • Is there a realistic possibility of a political end to the war in Yemen? 
  • Would giving the Taliban an official voice in Afghan politics help stabilize the nation? 
  • Is the war in Syria nearing an end? 
  • Is President Trump pushing America into a trade war? 
  • Is ending President term limits good for China? 
  • Does Africa face major problems over access to fresh water? 
  • Would arming teachers make America’s schools safer? 
  • Is the Iran nuclear deal still working? 
  • Is Congress still an effective check on the President? 
  • Has the Trump administration done lasting damage to the US State Department? 
  • Is the white nationalist movement in America starting to lose steam? 
  • Does moving the US embassy to Jerusalem increase the possibility of a successful Mideast peace process? 
  • How much will President Trump’s new tariffs impact global trade? 
  • Is there a staffing crisis in the Trump White House? 
  • Is nuclear disarmament an achievable goal for North Korea? 
  • Should the US increase its involvement in Yemen? 
  • What will the end of Presidential term limits mean for China in the long term? 
  • Is diversity in Hollywood improving? 
  • Is China’s global role changing for the better? 
  • Does President Trump have what it takes to cut a good deal with North Korea? 
  • Will lack of expertise in the State Department adversely impact face-to-face talks with North Korea? 
  • Does America have a coherent policy strategy for sub-Saharan Africa?
  •  How long can South Africa stave off the “day zero” water crisis in Cape Town? 
  • Is there any chance for a real political opposition against al-Sisi in Egypt? 
  • Has the political will to pass gun control legislation begun to wane? 
  • Is the US prepared for the consequences of retaliatory tariffs? 
  • What effect will the removal of Rex Tillerson have on the chances for a deal with North Korea? 
  • Will Congressional Republicans continue to back the Trump White House? 
  • Should Betsy DeVos resign as the head of the Department of Education? 
  • Is a blue wave coming in to Congress in the 2018 midterms? 
  • Is the diplomatic row between Russia and the UK escalating? 
  • Has the federal government fallen down on the job with the recovery of Puerto Rico? 
  • Are the international sanctions against North Korea working? 
  • Is Palestinian cooperation between Fatah and Hamas on the rocks? 
  • Has the UK government reacted inadequately to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal? 
  • Is democracy losing ground to authoritarianism around the globe? 
  • Is China positioning itself to replace American global soft power? 
  • Should the US push back more assertively against China’s expansion in the South China Sea? 
  • What more should federal and state agencies do to adequately address the threat from wildfires in California? 
  • What will lifting Presidential term limits mean for the long term economic growth of China? 
  • Will face-to-face talks between Trump and Kim backfire? 
  • Should the federal government more strictly regulate the cybersecurity of American businesses? 
  • What can be done to combat the effects of “fake news” on American public discourse? 
  • Will the US follow the UK on getting tough on china? 
  • Does Brexit pose a real threat to the Good Friday Agreement? 
  • Will the global economy continue its recovery and growth through 2018? 
  • Should the Fed raise interest rates again? 
  • What should western european nations be doing to counteract Vladimir Putin? 
  • Has Rex Tillerson’s tenure at the State Department done lasting damage to America’s global influence? 
  • Can Colombia's FARC successfully reinvent themselves as a legitimate political party? 
  • Should the UK stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia? 
  • How will Russia change under a fourth term for Vladimir Putin? 
  • What can Putin do to reinvigorate the Russian economy? 
  • Will President Trump fire Robert Mueller? 
  • Is relaxing Dodd-Frank rules too big a risk for the US economy? 
  • Is President Trump seeing success in breaking open America’s stagnating wages? 
  • Are Trump administration sanctions against Russia too little too late? 
  • Will new leadership at the State Department mean better coordination with the White House? 
  • Have Kurdish dreams of independence been dashed for the foreseeable future? 
  • How will the US react to Turkish escalation against the Kurds? 
  • Is the chaos in the Trump White House getting better? 
  • Is it time for Jared Kushner to leave the White House? 
  • What can President Trump do to expand his political base? 
  • Does the reelection of Vladimir Putin mean that confrontations with the West will escalate? 
  • Should President Trump’s plan to combat the opioid epidemic focus more on treatment options? 
  • Has the White House shown a commitment to finding a real solution to the opioid epidemic? 
  • Is the Saudi Crown Prince moving too quickly on social reforms? 
  • Should Facebook face sanctions for the misuse of personal data? 
  • Is the ouster of Rex Tillerson good for the State Department? 
  • Is China’s economic growth sustainable? 
  • Is President Trump sparking a trade war with China? 
  • Will President Trump pull out of the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran? 
  • Have Congressional Democrats abandoned the DACA recipients? 
  • Has the energy behind the #NeverAgain movement begun to slacken? 
  • Does volatility on Wall Street signal a coming economic storm? 
  • Will President Trump continue to hold the support of Evangelical voters? 
  • Is America’s critical infrastructure inadequately protected from cyber-attack? 
  • Would American withdrawal from the JCPOA cause a new arms race in the Middle East? 
  • Is America moving closer to preemptive military action against North Korea? 
  • Has the Presidency of Donald Trump empowered the white nationalist movement in America? 
  • How will the movement formed in the wake of the Parkland shooting shape the 2018 midterm elections? 
  • Can Parkland students break the political influence of the NRA? 
  • Is the GOP tax plan too heavily tilted to benefit the wealthy? 
  • What will it take to get Congress to act on universal background checks? 
  • Is the American economy flourishing under the Trump presidency? 
  • Should the federal government more clearly define requirements for organic foods? 
  • Is the unpredictability of the Trump Administration good for America in the long run? 
  • What impact will the scandal around Cambridge Analytica have the US tech sector economy? 
  • Can the UN stop the DR Congo from slipping further into chaos? 
  • Has the relationship between Russia and the West reaching a turning point? 
  • Should Turkey be offered membership into the EU? 
  • What effect will President Trump’s tariffs have on the US economy in the near term? 
  • Should the US Senate get rid of the filibuster? 
  • Will the Russia probe and the Mueller investigation prove to be a voting issue in the 2018 midterms? 
  • Is the Trump Administration properly staffed for a meeting with North Korea? 
  • Will Costa Rica take steps towards legalizing same-sex marriage? 
  • Does President Trump finally have a cabinet he can work with? 
  • Should international community do more to curb the use of single-use plastics? 
  • Should the US cut its support to Saudi Arabia over military action in Yemen? 
  • Should the federal government form a central regulatory body for fertility centers? 
  • Should the US actively intervene in Yemen? 
  • Are international NGOs being overloaded by refugee crises around the world? 
  • Do state and local governments need additional federal help on cybersecurity? 
  • Should the Department of Justice do more to crack down on bad practices among state and local law enforcement? 
  • Is China the key to a successful meeting between the US and North Korea? 
  • Will new leadership mean a push for privatization of healthcare in the VA? 
  • Will China weaken sanctions against North Korea ahead of the summit with the US? 
  • Will US sanctions push global trade into a downward spiral? Should users abandon Facebook? 
  • Does the re-election of al-Sisi push Egypt further away from Democracy? 
  • Does Congress have the political willpower to find a compromise solution for DACA? 
  • Is the UK moving too slowly on Article 50 planning? 
  • Will Congress take steps to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation? 
  • Does the expulsion of diplomats fundamentally change the relationship between russia and the West? 
  • Is America headed towards a trade war with China? 
  • Has the humanitarian crisis in Yemen become unmanageable? 
  • Will labor strikes force the Macron government in France to back down from its proposed economic reforms? 
  • Can Emmanuel Macron find a compromise with public sector workers? 
  • Can the EU maintain its relationship with Turkey? 
  • How much will Congressional action curb sex-trafficking in the US? 
  • Should Congress do more to protect Americans online privacy? 
  • Is the international community paying too little attention to the threat from drug-resistant diseases? 
  • Should the US push to curb the non-medical use of antibiotics?
  • Should gun violence be treated as a public health issue?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March Madness

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 February


  • Is the federal government doing enough to mitigate the risks of extreme weather events related to climate change?
  • Is a deteriorating relationship between the US and Turkey a major problem for NATO?
  • What steps should the DOJ take to better regulate the private prison industry?
  • As America withdraws internationally will Europe stand in to fill the gap?
  • How much will the Trump Administration’s embassy move to Jerusalem block progress on an Israel-Palestine peace deal?
  • Does America’s long-term economic health need stronger organized labor?
  • Should India’s Prime Minister Modi be worried about re-election in 2019?
  • Is it time to establish an independent Kurdish state?
  • Is it too soon to discuss what a post-war Syria will look like?
  • Will the Trump White House move to quash the Mueller investigation?
  • Is the looming Brexit deadline exacerbating conflicts within the UK’s Conservative Party?
  • Should the US be more assertive with China in ensuring open access through the South China Sea?
  • What further steps should Facebook and Twitter be taking to prevent foreign interference in US elections?
  • Will Congress pass additional legislation restricting the ability of the President to remove the Special Counsel?
  • Are American tech companies ready for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation?
  • Should the US adopt privacy regulations along the lines of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation?
  • Is President Trump’s “fake news” rhetoric providing international cover for authoritarian regimes to violate human rights?
  • Will Evangelical voters continue to support President Trump?
  • Should governments more tightly regulate the trade and use of cryptocurrencies?
  • What measures should be taken to relieve the backlog in US immigration courts?
  • Will accusations of corruption drag on the administration of Honduras’ President Juan Hernandez?
  • Are the anti-corruption crackdowns in Saudi Arabia entering a new phase?
  • Is Facebook acting against the public good?
  • Will Congressional Republicans continue to push for ways to weaken the Affordable Care Act?
  • Is passing an infrastructure deal through Congress still possible before the 2018 midterms?
  • How should Congress deal with longer-term deficit spending?
  • Will the US withdraw from NAFTA?
  • Is the Taliban gaining legitimacy within the Afghan government?
  • Has  Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran reached the beginning of its end?
  • Can Jared Kushner make a mideast peace deal?
  • What changes can be made to improve the Iran nuclear deal?
  • Is the Trump-Russia investigation too much of a distraction from other important national issues?
  • Is it time for comprehensive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban?
  • Has enough been done to hold Russia accountable for doping in world athletics?
  • Is President Trump’s strategy in Afghanistan failing?
  • Has the Trump Administration’s approach to Pakistan backfired?
  • Is a military solution for Afghanistan still possible?
  • Is democracy failing in Kenya?
  • Do the financial regulations in Dodd-Frank need to be strengthened?
  • Will the Democrats take back control of Congress in 2018?
  • Does the military defeat of ISIS mean a return to chaotic civil war in Syria?
  • Are we at the end of the bull market?
  • How big of a role does social media play in America's political polarization?
  • What message can the national Democratic Party use to bring voters to the polls in the 2018 midterms?
  • Is Paul Manafort still a liability for the Trump White House?
  • Will the government of Benjamin Netanyahu face serious backlash for its alliance with the Trump Administration?
  • Will the US stand by its Kurdish allies in Syria for the long term?
  • Can anything be done to curb government corruption in Brazil?
  • Is America facing a crisis in keeping community health centers open?
  • Should Congress push harder to have the Trump White House impose additional sanctions against Russia?
  • What steps should the federal government take to ensure disaster relief is delivered faster?
  • How much will recovery from 2017 natural disasters hold back America’s economic growth in 2018?
  • What more should the White House do to bring the opioid crisis under control?
  • Is President Trump’s rhetoric driving North Korea from a diplomatic solution?
  • What does fighting in Southern Yemen mean for the larger conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels?
  • Can the Saudi Crown Prince drive through his desired economic changes?
  • Is illegal migration an existential threat to the future of the EU?
  • What more should the EU do the end the ongoing migrant crisis?
  • Can governments control cryptocurrencies?
  • Will President Uhuru Kenyatta use a heavy hand against his political opposition?
  • What should the international community do to get humanitarian aid into Yemen?
  • Will the threat of further sanctions be enough to keep Russia from further interference in US elections?
  • How far off are practical and legitimate uses of cryptocurrencies and the underlying blockchain technology?
  • Is Prime Minister Modi doing enough to curb poverty in India?
  • What further steps should the federal government take to mitigate the risk of Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Are Trump administration policies protecting religious liberty reshaping American civil liberties for the long term?
  • Should the Trump administration be doing more to ensure veterans access to quality healthcare?
  • Can President Trump keep his campaign promises to bring back coal?
  • Can a bipartisan deal be reached to lower prescription drug costs?
  • Is it already too late for President Trump to build bipartisan unity?
  • Will shifts in global economics force China to lower its trade barriers?
  • Is America making real progress on the opioid epidemic?
  • Can the US still be an honest broker in a Mideast peace deal?
  • Will the Trump White House face political consequences for failing to implement congressionally mandated sanctions against Russia?
  • Has the national Democratic Party lost the ability to speak with a single unified voice?
  • What should the international community do to end the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic?
  • Is Turkey’s relationship with the US strained beyond repair?
  • Does the release of the Nunes memo endanger the Mueller investigation?
  • What should be done to mitigate the health risks of playing football for children?
  • Can Cape Town learn to live without enough water?
  • Does the world face a major crisis over lack of clean water?
  • Can American labor policies adapt to the rising gig economy?
  • Have the individual states done enough to ensure the security of the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Is Hillary Clinton still an important part of the national Democratic Party?
  • Is there still a generational gap in how workplace sexual harassment is addressed?
  • Should Americans be worried about the US economic fundamentals?
  • Is the federal government headed for another shutdown?
  • Is Congress ignoring America’s transportation infrastructure?
  • Has the Rohingya crisis permanently damaged the credibility and reputation of Aung San Suu Kyi?
  • Are Trump Administration policies adding to the market volatilities?
  • What does the ongoing crisis in Yemen mean for the future of Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Bin Salman?
  • What steps can the internatinoal community take to reduce Iran’s influence in Yemen?
  • Should more attention be paid to ethics in the use of big data and artificial intelligence?
  • Can South Africa’s Jacob Zuma be persuaded to step down?
  • Has Rex Tillerson lost the trust and confidence of the President?
  • Is President Trump making partisan polarization worse?
  • Does President Trump’s rhetoric undermine the chance for a bipartisan immigration deal?
  • Is the Rakhine state in Myanmar headed for more violence?
  • What steps should be taken to help Puerto Rico recover?
  • Can Congress do more to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s economy?
  • Should congressional Democrats do more to push for a clean DACA fix?
  • Can President Trump avoid being questioned by Robert Mueller’s investigation?
  • How long will John Kelly last as Chief of Staff?
  • Is the Trump Administration angling for pre-emptive military action against North Korea?
  • How big of a problem is deficit spending for long-term US economic health?
  • Is TV news equipped to properly cover the economy?
  • Should the Trump White House remove staff who cannot obtain a security clearance in a timely manner?
  • Is American democracy in decline?
  • Will congressional Republicans push back more against the Trump Administration?
  • Is President Trump being well served by his senior staff?
  • Is Venezuela’s economy beyond the point where it can be saved?
  • Is South Africa facing a major economic crisis?
  • Has the Universal Declaration of Human Rights become an ineffective tool for international diplomacy?
  • How much will Brexit change the British welfare state?
  • Has the Republican Party become fiscally irresponsible?
  • Has Congress done enough to raise America’s military readiness?
  • Will market volatility have negative political consequences for the Trump administration?
  • Will the Fed have to raise interest rates faster than previously planned?
  • Will the federal judiciary be able to make significant progress on the problem of gerrymandering?
  • Does the new budget deal signal a return of bipartisan cooperation in Congress?
  • Are Tea Party Republicans losing power in congress?
  • Is President Trump’s call for a military parade inappropriate?
  • Has Jacob Zuma done permanent damage to South Africa’s ANC?
  • Can a fractured opposition find a way to reunite against the Zanu PF in Zimbabwe?
  • What should a coherent US strategy for Syria look like?
  • Can a new coalition government in Germany restore strength and stability to the European Union?
  • Can President Trump be persuaded to take a tougher stance on Russia?
  • Is the diplomatic thaw between North and South Korea picking up steam?
  • Is the conflict between Iran and Israel escalating?
  • Should there be greater punishment levied against Equifax?
  • Is America’s increased military and domestic spending reckless?
  • Should Nunes lose his chairmanship of the House intelligence committee?
  • Is the House Freedom Caucus losing its leverage?
  • How much will deficit spending split the Republicans in Congress?
  • What can be done to bridge the partisan divide in Congress?
  • Will the Trump Administration’s handling of abuse allegations against White House staff have electoral consequences in the 2018 midterms?
  • What steps should be taken to make America’s transportation infrastructure safer?
  • Should entitlement reform be a priority for Congress?
  • Should Jared Kushner be removed from his position in the Trump White House?
  • Is Iran’s leadership facing a significant political crisis?
  • Is there enough accountability in the actions of international NGO’s?
  • Has President Trump’s strategy towards Pakistan failed?
  • How are Netanyahu's legal and political troubles affecting Israel’s regional security?
  • Will the resignation of Jacob Zuma restore trust in South Africa’s ANC party?
  • Should the US be doing more to rebuild Iraqi infrastructure destroyed during the defeat of ISIS? 
  • Is Benjamin Netanyahu able to maintain a stable government while facing criminal accusations?
  • What should be done with citizens of Western nations who were captured as foreign fighters in the fight against ISIS?
  • What has kept America from making meaningful change after mass shootings?
  • Are federal, state, and local regulations unnecessarily slowing the American economy?
  • Can free market solutions find a way to solve for the effects of climate change?
  • Should public higher education be free to students?
  • Can the Democrats win back state legislatures and governorships in the 2018 midterms?
  • What should be done to encourage more female and minority participation in STEM fields?
  • Have the Democrats sacrificed a DACA solution for other objectives?
  • Are India and Pakistan headed for a collision over Kashmir?
  • Does Robert Mueller’s indictment of Russian entities for interference in the 2016 elections mean the investigation is nearing an end?
  • Will protests from students motivate Congress to enact gun control legislation?
  • Does America need to fundamentally rethink its strategy towards Iran?
  • Is America ceding its influence in the Middle East to Russia?
  • Should the US government increase its offensive cyberatcivity against Russia?
  • Has deficit spending become the permanent norm in Congress?
  • Has Congress given up on trying to find a solution for DREAMers?
  • Can Benjamin Netanyahu survive the latest round of corruption charges?



Saturday, January 27, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 January


  • Can the Trump Administration do more to improve the relationship between law enforcement agencies and local communities?
  • Is the passage of a clean DACA bill a political impossibility?
  • How can online political discourse break past partisan barriers?
  • Is it time for the federal government ot decriminalize the use of marijuana?
  • Is Liberia still at risk of falling back into political crisis and civil war?
  • Is an infrastructure deal passing through Congress still possible this year?
  • What should a new Trump deal with Iran look like?
  • Is the Trump Administration headed towards military action against with North Korea?
  • Will public protests in Iran lead to any lasting reforms?
  • Will public protests in Iran escalate the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia?
  • Can Congressional Democrats still make deals with President Trump?
  • Should the DOJ put a higher priority on combating domestic terrorism by white nationalists?
  • Will legalization of marijuana at the state level continue to grow?
  • Is it time for Laurent Kabila to step down from leadership of the DR Congo?
  • Is President Trump ceding too much international influence to China?
  • Is China properly upholding UN sanctions against North Korea?
  • Will Jacob Zuma face impeachment?
  • How is the economy faring for America’s middle class under President Trump?
  • Should the Egyptian government do more to protect Christians targeted in terrorist attacks?
  • Can House and Senate Republicans agree on a 2018 legislative agenda?
  • Will Trump Administration cuts to foreign aid make the world a more dangerous place for Americans?
  • Are the Olympics Games a real chance for a thaw in the relationship between North and South Korea?
  • Is the partnership between Steve Bannon and President Trump at an end?
  • Does Rouhani still have the support of the Iranian people?
  • Will President Trump walk away from the Iran nuclear deal?
  • Should the federal government be doing more to address sea level rise in America’s coastal cities?
  • Will Trump Administration cts to aid change Pakistan’s behavior for the better?
  • Do ongoing business interests pose a conflict of interest for the Trump White House?
  • Should Congress be doing more to prevent Russian interference in upcoming elections?
  • Has Betsy DeVos poven her competency on the job as Secretary of Education?
  • Has Kim Jong Un been successful at driving a wedge between South Korea and the US?
  • Should NCAA players be paid?
  • Does President Trump’s Twitter hurt America’s credibility with international allies?
  • Is the Department of Justice becoming an overly partisan political tool?
  • Is the federal government headed for another shutdown?
  • Has the GOP learned how to govern effectively?
  • Will US cuts to aid to Pakistan hurt American regional interests?
  • Should Americans be concerned with President Trump’s mental fitness?
  • Is the Trump Administration being driven closer to the establishment wing of the GOP?
  • Is President Trump damaging the international credibility of the United States?
  • Does North Korean participation in the Olympic Games open up a real opportunity for diplomatic progress?
  • Has President Trump’s involvement made it more difficult to find a DACA solution?
  • Do Congressional Republicans have a unified legislative agenda for 2018?
  • Does Steve Bannon still have a role in the future of the Republican Party?
  • Is it time for a change of leadership in the Democratic Party?
  • Will Congress pass additional funding to combat the opioid epidemic?
  • Can Angela Merkel forma working coalition government?
  • Can President Trump negotiate a better nuclear deal with Iran?
  • Will Trump unilaterally pull the US from the JCPOA deal with Iran?
  • Is Donald Trump doing lasting damage to the Office of the President of the United States?
  • Is America still seen as the shining city on the hill?
  • Will America’s global credibility survive the Trump Presidency?
  • Has the Islamic State gained a solid foothold in the Philippines?
  • Do Turkish attacks against Kurdish forces in Syria pose a serious threat to the future of NATO?
  • Is US policy with regards to Syria pusing Turkey closer to NATO?
  • Is Prime Minister Abe doing enough to grow Japan’s economy?
  • Is economic reform in Tunisia impossible?
  • Are UN aid agencies being stretched beyond their breaking point?
  • What should be done to stop the economic fall of Venezuela?
  • Should American universities more strictly control the activities of Greek life?
  • Will the Republican Party face significant backlash from Puerto Rican voters in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Should the Australian government provide more support for Muslim refugees?
  • Will more States pass laws allowing the recreational use of marijuana?
  • Is the US prepared to defend against North Korean missile attacks?
  • Has mixed messaging undercut the Trump Administration’s ability to govern effectively?
  • Should the international community do more to protect press freedoms in the Philippines?
  • Is further violence against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar inevitable?
  • Will the Trump Administration pull US support for Kurdish forces in Syria?
  • Is the relationship between the US and Pakistan headed in the wrong direction?
  • How long will the US need to maintain a military presence in Syria?
  • What does the future hold for Syria’s President Assad?
  • Is Sudan headed for another major social, economic and political collapse?
  • Will the diplomatic thaw between North and South Korea last beyond the Olympic Games?
  • Is the Trump White House normalizing bad behavior?
  • How much credit does President Trump deserve for the strength of America’s economy?
  • Will the US stock market continue to rise?
  • Is Chinese economic growth built on bad debt?
  • Will the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar lead to any real government reforms?
  • Has America lost the ability to successfully exert moral leadership around the world?
  • Is Alexei Navalny still a major threat to Putin’s control of Russia?
  • Can Angela Merkel keep Germany’s economy on track?
  • Is the conflict in Eastern Ukraine escalating?
  • Does the US need a single-payer, public option for healthcare?


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Extemp Questions 2017 Dec


  • How much will the GOP tax plan deepen the problem of income inequality?
  • Can Russia negotiate a lasting peace for Syria?
  • Will Congress be able to avoid a government shutdown?
  • Will Congress change the way it deals with accusations of sexual harassment?
  • Will the political fight over the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau backfire against the Trump Administration?
  • Is Rex Tillerson on the way out?
  • How quickly can Saudi Arabia diversify and reinvigorate its economy?
  • Should the federal government do more to encourage Americans to increase their recycling?
  • Can Syria find a permanent peace if Assad remains inpower?
  • Will the indictment of Michael Flynn force a political showdown between Congress and the Trump Administration?
  • Has the Republican Party lost the moral authority to speak on family values?
  • Has the Democratic Party dropped the ball on mobilizing opposition to the GOP tax plan?
  • Does Prince Harry’s engagement modernize the Royal family to the British public?
  • Should Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies face international financial regulation?
  • How should the Trump Administration respond to continued North Korean weapons tests?
  • Will China do more to rein in North Korea?
  • Should the federal government do more to clean up lead in the water of American cities?
  • What more should California do to address the growing problems of homelessness?
  • Can the international community find a way to clean up space debris in Earth orbit?
  • Can President Uhuru Kenyatta find a way to unite the Kenyan people?
  • Wll political discord in Kenya result in new rounds of violence?
  • Is the Trump White House waging a war on the First Amendment?
  • What will it take for politicians accused of sexual harassment and assault to face the same consequences as leaders in the private sector?
  • Can the special relationship between the US and the UK survive the Trump Administration?
  • Does the Republican Party still have a long-term problem with national demographic changes?
  • Will the GOP tax bill be good for Republicans to run on in 2018?
  • What more can Congress do to protect Americans from cyber-attack?
  • Can the international community hold the Syrian regime accountable for war crimes?
  • Is the West in decline on the global stage?
  • Is China prepared to take on a larger geopolitical role?
  • Is America repeating the mistakes that caused the financial crisis of 2008?
  • Can Theresa May’s government work out a mutually agreeable Brexit deal with the EU?
  • Should the UK cancel President Trump’s planned state visit?
  • Is America headed towards preemptive war against North Korea?
  • Is General Flynn’s indictment the beginning of the end of the Mueller investigation?
  • Will the Republican tax bill cost the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Has the Republican Party lost its credibility on fiscal conservatism?
  • How much will the GOP tax plan help the American middle class?
  • Is Robert Mueller’s investigation an existential threat to the Trump White House?
  • Will the GOP tax cut boost the wages of America’s workers?
  • Is the Trump Administration pushing the Iranian public to support political hardliners?
  • Should the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election put more focus on the national security threat of future Russian interference?
  • Should primary and secondary education in America include more training on media literacy?
  • Has the Trump Administration made a Mideast peace deal less likely to happen?
  • Is Trump Administration policy creating a power vacuum in the Middle East?
  • Has Saudi Arabia overplayed its hand across the region?
  • Is Russia’s growing influence in the Middle East a threat to long-term US national interest in the region?
  • Will the Venezuelan government’s purge of the PDVSA make the economic and humanitarian crisis worse?
  • Should the national Democratic Party put more resources into winning seats in the deep south?
  • Could Donald Trump function politically without Twitter?
  • Is the bubble in the cryptocurrency market ready to burst?
  • Can the Department of Justice do more to crack down on police overreach and abuse?
  • Has Donald Trump’s presidency destroyed the integrity of the Republican Party?
  • Is there an upside in President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?
  • Was the International Olympic Committee’s penalty against Russia too severe?
  • Why do Republicans believe that an unpopular tax plan will be a winning political strategy?
  • Should America respond more aggressively to continued North Korean weapons tests?
  • Is the Trump Administration doing long-term damage to the effectiveness of the State Department?
  • Is President Trump giving license to America’s white supremacists?
  • Will Roy Moore be a political albatross around the neck of the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Do President Trump’s temperament and instability pose a significant risk to long-term US national interest abroad?
  • Should the US do more to help Iraq build a functional government?
  • Will Robert Mueller’s investigation expand into the personal finances of President Trump and his family?
  • Was the International Olympic Committee's punishment against Russia for it’s state-sponsored doping program appropriate?
  • Is President Trump’s continued use of a Twitter a political mistake?
  • What more should the international community do to clean up plastics from the world’s oceans?
  • Is it still possible for American voters to overcome political tribalism?
  • Is Europe overly dependent on Russian oil?
  • Will the special relationship between the US and the UK survive the Presidency of Donald Trump?
  • Is the “gig economy” the future of American labor?
  • What measures should the international community take to push for a resolution of the ongoing Rohingya crisis?
  • Is Russia’s growing influence in the middle east a serious threat to US interests in the region?
  • Can the Russian government do more to combat the spread of AIDS?
  • Will the upcoming Catalan elections provide a boost to the independence movement?
  • Will electoral corruption in Honduras lead to protectracted violence?
  • Will President Trump’s decision to recognize Palestine as the Israeli capital add to regional instability?
  • What effect will moving the US embassy to Jerusalem have on the Israeli-Palestine peace process?
  • How much international backlash will the US face for its recognition of Palestine as the capital of Israel?
  • Can anyone mount a viable political opposition to Vladimir Putin in Russia?
  • Can Saudi Arabia stave off looming financial problems?
  • Can Saudi Arabia successfully diversify its economy amidst growing regional instability?
  • How will the independence movement affect the economy of Catalonia?
  • Should the Fed raise interest rates?
  • Will Doug Jones’ election in Alabama change how the Trump legislative agenda is pushed in Congress?
  • Is America giving Vladimir Putin too much credit as a strategic mastermind?
  • Is lack of diversity a problem for the Trump White House?
  • Is Congressional Republican support of the Trump Administration waning?
  • Can anything be done to solve government corruption in South Africa?
  • Can Theresa May still make a good Brexit deal?
  • Will the momentum behind the #MeToo movement translate into lasting change around workplace sexual harassment?
  • Is President Trump beginning to lose the support Evangelical voters?
  • How much does President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital strengthen the regional influence of Hamas?
  • Can President Trump politically afford to keep playing to his base instead of reaching across the aisle?
  • Should political campaigning on the Internet be more tightly regulated?
  • How much will the Republican tax plan grow the US economy?
  • What can be done to strengthen Americans’ trust in government?
  • Is the Russian public beginning to show fatigue over ongoing military engagement in Syria?
  • Will President Trump fire Robert Mueller?
  • How will the Trump Administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel change America’s relationship with its Arab allies?
  • Will new leadership be able to grow the South African economy?
  • What role will America play in future Israel-Palestine peace talks?
  • Should Congress put a higher priority on rebuilding America’s aging infrastructure?
  • What does President Trump’s new security strategy mean for America’s changing role in the global community?
  • Will the Trump Administration do more to directly address the opioid epidemic?
  • Is the idea of international diplomacy in danger under the Presidency of Donald Trump?
  • Can the national Democratic Party sustain their electoral wave through the 2018 midterms?
  • Is the Trump White House on a collision course with Robert Mueller’s investigation?
  • Is the Trump Administration doing lasting damage to core American democratic institutions?
  • Has the chance for Rex Tillerson to be an effective Secretary of State passed?
  • What long term effects is the Trump Administration having on the American judiciary?
  • Are Congressional Republicans becoming more willing to openly oppose President Trump?
  • Have Republicans given up the ability to run as the party of fiscal responsibility?
  • Will the new tax law be a political win for the GOP in 2018?
  • What would it take to overcome political polarization in Congress?
  • Is public support for South Africa’s ANC party falling away?
  • Has the international community lost the opportunity to intervene in Myanmar on behalf of the Rohingya?
  • Has the federal government failed the people of Puerto Rico?
  • Does the mass exodus after hurricane Maria pose a long-term existential threat to the health of Puerto Rico’s economy?
  • Is it still possible to get a DACA deal through Congress before March?
  • Can infrastructure spending be a basis for bipartisan compromise in 2018?
  • Is an anti-Trump message a winning political startegy for Democrats to run on in the 2018 midterms?
  • Is President Rouhani getting Iran’s economy back on the right track?
  • Are Iran’s political hardliners gaining ground?
  • Will staff changes to the EPA under Scott Pruitt do lasting damage to the agency’s effectiveness?
  • What will American cuts to UN funding mean for US national security interests abroad?
  • Has President Trump had a successful first year in office?
  • Does Obamacare face an existential threat in the passage of the GOP tax law?
  • Does China’s shadow banking system pose a significant risk to sustained economic growth?
  • Will Russian voters heed Alexi Navalny’s call for an electoral boycott?
  • Will President Trump make further cuts to foreign aid spending?
  • Is President Trump throwing away America’s international influence?
  • Is the Trump Administration changing international geopolitical norms?
  • What does the recent rash of North Korean defections signal about the conditions within the rogue nation?
  • Can new leadership of the ANC root out government corruption in South Africa?
  • Has the federal government held a double standard with hurricane relief for Puerto Rico?
  • Will the Trump Administration face political consequences for the handling of disaster relief for Puerto Rico?
  • Can anything be done to bring lasting peace to South Sudan?
  • What should the independence movement in Catalonia hope to accomplish in 2018?
  • What can the international community do to get the Cholera outbreak in Yemen under control?
  • Is an escalation of force against Houthi rebels in Yemen necessary?
  • Is government corruption in Brazil an impossible problem to solve?
  • Is Russia preparing to escalate the violence in Eastern Ukraine?
  • Is a bipartisan compromise on healthcare still possible?
  • Will middle class Americans really see the benefits of the new tax law?
  • Has the Mueller investigation become irreparably tainted?
  • Will the pardoning of Alberto Fujimori have political consequences for the current leadership in Peru?
  • Is there hope for peace between the Ukrainian government an pro-Russian separatists in 2018?
  • Are increased sanctions making any headway on reining in the North Korean weapons programs?
  • Can the Mueller investigation be relied on to carry out their work objectively and effectively?
  • Has the regulatory enforcement capability of the EPA been critically damaged under the Trump Administration?
  • Can the Democratic Party develop a unifying message for 2018 beyond being anti-Trump?
  • Does the national Democratic Party need new leadership?
  • What can the GOP do to win over younger voters?
  • Is Italy able to adequately cope with the continuing migrant crisis?
  • Is the Italian economy getting back on track?
  • Is the relationship between the US and Turkey improving?
  • How long can the UK economy remain immune to damage from Brexit?
  • Will the roots of the Syrian refugee crisis become solvable with the military defeat of ISIS?
  • Can Donald Trump reset his presidency to expand beyond his core supporters?
  • Will President Trump pardon Michael Flynn?
  • Will any amount of sanctions convince North Korea to stop its weapons development programs?
  • Is political reform in Russia impossible while Vladimir Putin remains in power?