Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Extemp Questions 2017 July

  • Does the international community have any good options to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program?
  • Can the Republican repeal-and-replace plan be saved?
  • Is the media still an effective check on the actions of politicians?
  • Is time running out for the Qatari government?
  • Should the international community establish stricter norms and controls for gene editing?
  • Is the American economy in a state of decline globally?
  • Will security considerations halt the process of reunification for Cyprus?
  • Will the new round of Cyprus reunification talks prove successful?
  • Is the Ivory Coast ready for the UN peacekeepers to leave?
  • Is trade globalization still in the long term best interest of the United States?
  • Are Americans less civil since President Trump took office?
  • Will the US have to learn to live with a nuclear armed North Korea?
  • Should Twitter block President Trump’s account?
  • Does the Trump administration strategy for North Korea rely too heavily on China?
  • How will the Trump white house respond to North Korean missile tests?
  • Does the US have any good options for dealing with the threat from North Korea?
  • Is the Trump administration’s focus on combatting Islamic extremist violence domestically counterproductive to law enforcement’s ability to prevent terrorist attacks overall?
  • Should the FBI and DOJ dedicate more resources to combatting violence by white supremacist organizations?
  • Will China take more drastic steps to reign in North Korea?
  • Should the US impose sanctions on China to incentivise further action against North Korea?
  • What should the EU nations do to more evenly spread the cost of the ongoing migration crisis?
  • Has the migration agreement between the EU and Turkey been effective?
  • Is the government of Qatar being driven closer to Iran?
  • Should the US do more to protect human rights in the Philippines?
  • What can be done to curb government corruption in Brazil?
  • Can South Korea’s new President find a way to ease tensions with the North?
  • Has President Trump overestimated China’s willingness to restrain North Korea’s weapons development programs?
  • Will Iranian influence start to fill the power vacuum as coalition forces beat back ISIS?
  • Does Qatar’s isolation by its neighbors create a risk of spreading regional instability?
  • Will Qatar do more to crack down on its citizens providing support to terrorist organizations?
  • Will the US-Russia cease-fire for Syria hold?
  • Is the Trump White House disrupting global politics?
  • What does the Trump administration’s foreign policy reset with Russia mean for the US midterm election?
  • Does the health care debate expose a fundamental rift within the Republican Party?
  • Is the Trump administration prepared to follow through with threats on international trade?
  • Are Congressional Republicans prepared to abandon plans to repeal-and-replace Obamacare?
  • Has the Trump White House fallen down on its ethics responsibilities towards business conflicts of interest?
  • Should congress enact clearer government ethics rules in light of potential conflicts of interest in the Trump White House?
  • Should the federal government do more to prevent large scale wildfires?
  • Is the Iraqi government’s declaration of victory against ISIS premature?
  • Does President Trump need to take a more active role to get the GOP healthcare plan through Congress?
  • Should President Trump’s potential business conflicts of interest face greater scrutiny from government ethics regulators?
  • Should the Trump administration impose stronger sanctions against Russia?
  • What steps should the EU take to prevent Russian intervention in national elections?
  • Will cooperation between the US and Russia in Syria stay on track?
  • Has the US done enough to disincentivize Russia from interfering in future elections?
  • Has the Russia debate seriously damaged the Trump administration’s credibility?
  • What is the future of the Islamic State?
  • Is automation a significant threat to the US labor market?
  • Should Congress do more to address the impacts of industrial automation on US economic gro
  • Can the US and Russia find a way to work together on the issue of North Korea?
  • Are President Trump’s actions forcing America to the sidelines in the international community?
  • Is China ready to be a world leader?
  • Will France’s state of emergency become a permanent fixture?
  • Does France’s proposed anti-terrorism law infringe too heavily on fundamental rights?
  • Is America’s withdrawal from the TTP in the long term best interest of the US economy?
  • Should Jared Kushner be denied a security clearance?
  • Will Congressional Republicans continue to carry water for the Trump White House?
  • Will Trump administration plans to end debt relief for student loans have any political costs to the President?
  • What effect will Donald Trump Jr.’s emails and meetings have on the politics of the Russia probe?
  • Will Qatari leadership take real steps to counter Islamic extremism?
  • Is there anything the Trump administration can do to lose the support of the GOP base?
  • Do Donald Trump Jr.’s emails further erode the credibility of the White House?
  • Can NATO countries take more direct action to deter Russia from intervention in future elections?
  • Can Prime Minister Netanyahu weather renewed accusations of corruption?
  • What would it take for the ICC to be an effective tool for justice in Africa?
  • Will the new trade deal between the EU and Japan strengthen political support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?
  • What more should the Japanese government do to increase the national birth rate?
  • Is a heavy-handed crackdown of political action in Hong Kong inevitable?
  • What does the retaking of Mosul mean for the larger fight against ISIS?
  • Is the White House’s failure to fill vacant appointments hampering the ability to execute on Trump Administration policy objectives?
  • How can US law enforcement be more effective at combatting cybercrime?
  • Do Trump administration policy objectives align with the President's campaign rhetoric?
  • Can President Trump establish a coherent foreign policy doctrine towards North Korea?
  • Does a political solution to the problems in Syria require the removal of President Assad?
  • Can Colombia continue to cope with the influx of Venezuelan refugees?
  • Will China’s new Silk Road Project open the Chinese economy to foreign investment?
  • Will China’s One Belt One Road initiative open the path to free trade with China?
  • Can the Iraqi government permanently secure the newly liberated city of Mosul?
  • Is the Trump administration’s Russia controversy undercutting the republican legislative agenda?
  • Can Prime Minister Modi clean up the Ganges river?
  • Does the conviction of Brazil’s former President Lula signal real progress on ending government corruption?
  • Is the Greek economy finally getting back on track?
  • Who really benefits from China’s New Silk Road initiative?
  • Is an independent Kurdish state inevitable?
  • Can President Trump reset the relationship with Russia?
  • Should the international community push harder for free and fiar elections in Venezuela?
  • Will business conflicts of interest have any political consequences for the Trump White House?
  • Should Congress take steps to ensure Trump Administration compliance with government ethics guidelines?
  • Is the GOP healthcare plan dead?
  • Is another coup on the horizon for Venezuela?
  • Should further steps be taken to curb government corruption in Ukraine?
  • Is it time for Turkey to end the state of emergency declared after the failed failed coup attempt?
  • Is democracy still functional in Turkey?
  • Is the EU’s response to the migrant crisis prolong the conflict in Syria?
  • Does the confluence of the Trump Administration and the Emoluments Clause pose a real stress test for the US Constitution?
  • Should the EU do more to pressure the Turkish government on human rights violations?
  • Has the peace deal with the FARC left the Collombian government with a deepening problem of cocaine production?
  • Will drastic austerity measures solve Puerto Rico’s financial problems?
  • Is statehood in the long term interest of Puerto Rico?
  • What’s preventing the Republican controlled government from enacting its legislative agenda?
  • Is bi-partisan compromise in Congress impossible?
  • Is President Trump providing effective leadership for the GOP?
  • Will staff shake-ups help the Trump White House get its policy agenda back on track?
  • Is the Trump administration gearing up to end the Iran nuclear deal?
  • Are further major staff changes on the horizon for the Trump White House?
  • What can be done to bring bipartisan compromise back to Congress?
  • CAn the economic indicators protect the Trump White House from criticism by Congressional Republican leadership?
  • Do the ongoing leaks occurring under the Trump administration pose a significant risk to US national security?
  • Is the political turmoil in Venezuela becoming a regional crisis?
  • Will the failure of the GOP repeal and replace plan start to wear away at President Trump’s political support base?
  • Is the monarchy of Thailand reaching a crisis point?
  • Is tax reform still possible in 2017?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Extemp Questions 2017 June


  • Should social media companies do more to aid law enforcement in monitoring extremist communications?
  • Is economic inequality being setup to worsen under Trump administration policies?
  • Is the senate getting closer to a health care bill that it can pass?
  • Are senate republicans getting closer to a health care deal that can get through congress?
  • Will the results of the UK election mean a softer brexit than Prime Minister May had initially wanted?
  • Can congressional republicans help get the Trump administration’s legislative agenda back on track?
  • Will Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election cost her the leadership of the UK’s conservative party?
  • What does Comey’s testimony before the senate intel committee mean for President Trump?
  • Is America’s commitment to NATO weakening?
  • Has multiculturalism failed in Britain?
  • Is the democratic party becoming too obstructionist in congress?
  • Can British security forces do more to curb the spread of extremist ideology among its muslim population?
  • Does President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords signal an end to America’s global leadership role?
  • Is Brexit in the long term economic interest for Great Britain?
  • Is Trump’s promise to bring back coal politically realistic?
  • Can anyone bring message discipline to the Trump White House?
  • What do the UK election results mean for the rest of May’s future?
  • Does a US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement do long term harm to US national security?
  • What are the next steps the US should take in Afghanistan?
  • Will withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Accords be a significant turning point for political support of the Trump White House?
  • Does the acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon signal more big moves ahead in the US tech sector?
  • Should the international community do more to encourage the global exchange of human organs for transplants?
  • Is the world economy nearing the end of globalization?
  • Is President Trump undercutting his own administration’s foreign policy strategy for the Middle East?
  • How will the UK election results affect Brexit negotiations?
  • Will Macron be able to get a governing coalition elected to the French Parliament?
  • Does the isolation of Qatar by it’s  neighbors signal an early failure of President Trump’s Middle East strategy?
  • Is there a mutually acceptable solution to the blockade of Qatar?
  • Is the humanitarian crisis in Yemen being ignored by the international community?
  • Will President Trump’s change to Obama’s Cuba policy strengthen his support in Florida?
  • Will President Trump veto increased sanctions against Russia?
  • Is the Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments in the Trump Travel Ban case a win for the President?
  • Can Uber successfully revamp its corporate culture?
  • What steps should the federal government take to improve the cybersecurity of businesses?
  • Should the international community establish norms for cyber-warfare akin to the Geneva accords?
  • Is the Chinese model of an open economy and tight governmental control sustainable in the long term?
  • Does China have the capability and the will to block further development of North Korea’s weapons development programs?
  • Has Democracy failed in Iran?
  • Is President Trump’s base starting to waver in their support for him?
  • What can new media do to improve the discourse and climate of politics?
  • Is Russian support of the Syrian regime drawing the US deeper into the Syrian conflict?
  • Does the Trump White House have a viable strategy for dealing with the crisis in Syria?
  • Has the Trump administration put the US at greater risk of direct military conflict with Russia in Syria?
  • Can Merkle and Macron keep the post-brexit EU from fragmenting?
  • Is the UK ready for Brexit negotiations?
  • Is the US relationship with Cuba back on hostile footing?
  • What form will the Islamic state group take as coalition forces retake IS territories?
  • Is the Greek economy starting to head back in the right direction?
  • Where does the EU go after Brexit?
  • What steps should the Greek government take to improve long term economic prospects?
  • What can the US do to push forward on deconfliction in Syria?
  • Has demonetization been successful for the Indian economy?
  • What is the future of conservatism in the Trump era?
  • Is president Trump leading the US deeper into military engagement in the Middle East?
  • Can congressional Republicans find a consensus on health care this year?
  • Is the Trump re-election kick-off premature?
  • Is White House involvement making it more difficult to get the Republican health care bill through congress?
  • Should the Trump administration have a greater sense of urgency in securing US elections against hacking?
  • What steps should congress take to deter Russian involvement in future US elections?
  • Can President Maduro calm the growing chaos in Venezuela?
  • Is the US now locked into a long-term military intervention in Syria?
  • Will congressional Democrats push for a new AUMF over military intervention in Syria?
  • Is ISIS nearing its end?
  • Is a political solution for the future of Syria falling too far behind the military defeat of ISIS forces?
  • Can Republicans in congress get the GOP legislative agenda back on track?
  • Does the growing turmoil in Venezuela signal the beginning of the end for President Maduro’s regime?
  • Is the Trump presidency damaging global confidence in the United States?
  • Will President Trump deliver on his campaign promises?
  • Will the one-belt-one road initiative let China displace American global leadership?
  • Is it time for the US to adopt a single payer health care system?
  • Is Donald Trump’s temperament detrimental to the office of the president?
  • Is the health care debate exposing a significant divide within the Republican party?
  • Is there anything President trump could do that would cost him the support of the Republican base?
  • Should sexual abuse by priests be a higher priority for Pope Francis?
  • Will President Trump stop tweeting?
  • Will Iraqi security be prepared for the return of insurgent attacks after retaking Mosul from ISIS?
  • Are America’s coastal cities able to cope with the threat of sea level rise?
  • Can South Africa’s Jacob Zuma survive a vote of no confidence?
  • Will Brexit bring a renewed sense of unity among the remaining EU nations?
  • Has the Venezuelan presidency of Maduro drifted too far from the Chavez legacy?
  • Does the disarmament of the FARC signal that the Colombian peace deal will remain on track?
  • Is US news media too easily distracted by Donald Trump’s Twitter?
  • Will the US Supreme Court maintain its historical preference to the office of the President when it hears the Trump travel ban case?
  • How should Brexit negotiations proceed after conservative party setbacks in the UK’s snap election?
  • Is the Central African Republic `to rebuild after years of violence?
  • Will EU fines against Google over antitrust rules have a chilling effect on other tech companies doing business in Europe?
  • Will decreases in international approval ratings of the United States have any effect on President Trump’s foreign policy?
  • Will the risks of Brexit trigger a new vote for Scottish independence?
  • Is FIFA doing a better job of controlling corruption?
  • What’s next for the FARC in Colombia?
  • Are US businesses and government giving the threat of ransomware and cyber-attacks sufficient attention?


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Extemp Questions 2017 May


  • Is President Trump’s affinity towards authoritarian leaders bad for US national interests?
  • Does a US backed mid-east peace deal need new Palestinian leadership to be successful?
  • Is the Israeli Knesset ready to support a peace deal with Palestine?
  • Has Director Comey damaged the public’s trust and confidence in the FBI?
  • Will Russia continue to attempt interference in future US elections?
  • Should social media companies do more to control the misuse of their services?
  • Should the US provide more aid to Latin American nations to control gang violence?
  • Will President Maduro’s moves to rewrite the Venezuelan Constitution result in further violence and protest?
  • Should the government of Brazil do more to protect its indigenous people?
  • Is it time for the government of Indonesia to relax some of its strict anti-drug laws?
  • Has Theresa May backed herself down a “hard Brexit” path?
  • Is social media playing a key role in the upcoming Iranian election?
  • Is the division between the Trump White House and Congressional Republicans shrinking?
  • Can the Japanese government do more to clean up the Fukushima site?
  • Can America’s cities drive green energy despite federal policy changes under Trump?
  • Will President Duterte pivot the Philippines away from the US and towards China?
  • Is the relationship between the Trump administration and America's intelligence agencies improving?
  • Will America’s foreign policy under President Trump push Turkey towards a closer relationship with Russia?
  • Is President Trump doing all he can to push his legislative agenda through Congress?
  • Will American military forces be embroiled in Afghanistan for the indefinite future?
  • Will the Trump administration take any steps to shrink America’s income gap?
  • Should the Trump administration take a harder stance with Philippines’ President Duterte for human rights violations?
  • Should pharmaceutical companies bear some of the cost of dealing with America’s opioid epidemic?
  • Can anything be done to bring the Taliban to the table for a peace deal in Afghanistan?
  • Will the new French President be able to create a real governing coalition?
  • Should tech industry leaders do more to end pay inequities?
  • Should the Trump administration do more to shore up Medicare to deal with aging baby-boomers?
  • Have anti-doping measures in international sports gone too far?
  • Will the AHCA make it through the Senate?
  • What should the Democratic Party do to reconnect with white working-class voters?
  • Can the UN do more to alleviate famine in Africa?
  • Is the State Department incapable of dealing with President Trump’s style of handling US foreign policy?
  • Should the US provide additional aid to South Sudan?
  • Can UN peacekeeping forces be used effectively in South Sudan?
  • Has American news media been able to adjust to the Trump presidency?
  • Can the Trump administration build a governing coalition in Congress?
  • Can the core EU nations hold together through Brexit negotiations?
  • Should Hillary Clinton continue to play a leadership role in the Democratic Party?
  • Can Marine Le Pen broaden out her support base enough to win the French Presidency?
  • Will Australia’s tightening of immigration harm its economic growth?
  • Is it time for the UK’s Labour Party to change leadership?
  • Has the time come for a nationwide ban on the death penalty?
  • Should the federal government establish standards for states to perform capital punishment?
  • Does Congress need to do more to avoid economic catastrophe in Puerto Rico?
  • Should Washington DC be granted Statehood?
  • Will new leadership in South Korea be less aligned with US foreign policy in Asia?
  • Should the Brazilian government do more to control organized crime cartels?
  • Should UN peacekeeping forces withdraw from the DR Congo?
  • What will it take to get President Kabila to step down in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
  • Is President Trump losing the support of the GOP base?
  • Is the Trump White House getting better with its message discipline?
  • Will the AHCA be an albatross around the neck of the Republican Party in the 2018 midterm elections?
  • Will President-elect Macron be able to govern effectively?
  • Why have broken campaign promises not cost Trump the support of his voter base?
  • Will the President Trump face backlash from Congressional Republicans for excessive use of Executive Orders to push his policy agenda forward?
  • Should Congress take steps to ensure that state and local policy actions are more transparent?
  • Is an Israeli-Palestine peace deal on the Horizon?
  • Can the political divide in Venezuela be bridged if President Maduro allowed a new election?
  • Will the US increase sanctions against Venezuela?
  • What steps should the US take to encourage democratic reforms in Venezuela?
  • Should Congress do more to ease economic crisis in Puerto Rico?
  • Should Congress take steps to ensure better service for air travel?
  • Can Trump get the AHCA through Congress this year?
  • What changes will the Senate make to pass the AHCA?
  • What steps can law enforcement agencies take to improve their relationship with local communities?
  • Arer America’s economic growth prospects for 2017 looking good?
  • Should America move to a single-payer healthcare system?
  • Is a public option necessary to curb growing US healthcare costs?
  • Does Macron’s election in France mean the future of the EU is safe?
  • How much longer can Sean Spicer last as Press Secretary?
  • Does the growth of Le Pen’s National Front Party in France make it the de facto opposition party in France?
  • Is the government in Venezuela losing control?
  • Should further steps be taken to distance the financial interests of President trump and his family from potential business conflicts of interest?
  • Will South Korea’s new President start to distance the country from US foreign policy?
  • Will newly elected President Macron be able to unite a divided France?
  • Should Congress enact a carbon tax?
  • Can the federal government do more to improve the cybersecurity of American businesses?
  • What steps can US intelligence agencies take to avoid the problem of “going dark” on electronic surveillance?
  • Is cyber-crime in the US getting worse?
  • What should be done to rebuild Venezuela’s economy?
  • Can the Maduro government regain control over the Venezuelan economy?
  • Will China’s “one-belt, one-road” initiative supplant US geopolitical interests in the developing world?
  • Is the Ivory Coast headed for a new round of violence?
  • Has the government of the Ivory Coast lost control of its military forces?
  • Has President Trump irreparably damaged his reputation with the intelligence community?
  • Should Congress revise the Independent Counsel statute?
  • Should Congress terminate the EB-5 visa program?
  • Does Venezuela face imminent economic collapse?
  • Does any chance still remain for a compromise between the Maduro government and Venezuelan protesters?
  • Has President Trump overestimated the influence that China has on the government of North Korea?
  • How much longer will the Russia investigation continue to distract from the Republican legislative agenda in Congress?
  • Will Senate Democrats block a vote on a new FBI Director until an independent prosecutor is appointed?
  • Has the Trump administration permanently changed American political norms?
  • What should France expect from Macron’s Presidency?
  • Will Angela Merkel retain her leadership of Germany?
  • Can South Korea’s new President rein in government corruption?
  • Will President Trump’s plan to arm Kurdish rebels in Syria push Turkey to a closer alliance with Russia?
  • Is the UK’s National Health Service in need of major overhaul and reform?
  • What should the US do to more effectively react to nation-state backed cyberattacks?
  • What effect will the US arming Kurdish rebels have on the Syrian conflict?
  • Does FIFA still have a long way to go in fixing corruption?
  • Will a new FBI Director be able to maintain independence from the Trump White House?
  • Should the US increased troop deployments to Afghanistan?
  • Can US-backed forces in Afghanistan break the stalemate with the Taliban?
  • Is bipartisan healthcare reform still possible?
  • Should the NATO allies do more to counteract Russian influence operations in elections?
  • Should the Trump White House make some major changes to its Communications staff?
  • What more should the international community do to block the flow of foreign fighters into ISIS-controlled areas?
  • \Should the US take direct military action against Al-Shabab militants?
  • What does the future hold for the US-Iran nuclear deal?
  • Can the new South Korean President diffuse the growing tension with the North?
  • Will the upcoming British general election renew calls for a Scottish independence vote?
  • Can Emmanuel Macron achieve the economic reforms he promised during the campaign?
  • Should continued weapons tests change America’s approach to North Korea?
  • Is Greece in need of additional debt relief?
  • Is the government of Greece committed to necessary fiscal reforms?
  • Are Congressional Republicans getting more comfortable in breaking with the Trump administration?
  • Is the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline over?
  • Should the US take a direct role in the peace talks over eastern Ukraine?
  • Have UN sanctions against North Korea become an ineffective tool?
  • Has President Trump put the future of US intelligence sharing with international allies at risk?
  • Has enough been done to protect the water sources of the Standing Rock Sioux against oil spills?
  • Is America’s role as an international leader in the protection of human rights on the decline?
  • Should Japan allow female members of the royal family to assume the throne?
  • Is it time for Japan to change the rules for its royal family?
  • Should Japan’s Diet do more to address the economic changes of an aging population?
  • Will international allies stop sharing intelligence wit the US?
  • Will the firing of James Comey been seen as a major turning point for the Trump administration?
  • Will the success of President Trump’s first trip abroad be stalled by his problems at home?
  • Will the appointment of a special prosecutor for the Russia investigation quiet Democrats in Congress?
  • Can Brexit solve the UK’s EU immigration problems?
  • Will White House credibility problems hamper the Republican legislative agenda in Congress?
  • What does the reelection of Iran’s President Rohani mean for the Syria conflict?
  • Has the news media been treating President Trump unfairly?
  • Can the US Still find ways to cooperate with Russia towards ending the Syrian conflict?
  • Should the federal government require schools to provide more comprehensive sex education?
  • What can US intelligence agencies do to crack down on terrorist funding networks?
  • Are voting rights destined to remain a partisan issue?
  • Will President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission have the effect of suppressing minority voters in future elections?
  • What should the White House do differently to better control leaks to the press?
  • Is President Trump’s reputation among international leaders improving?
  • Can Iran’s President Rohani deliver on his campaign’s economic promises?
  • Can the US remain at a distance in the proxy conflicts between Saudi Arabia and Iran?
  • Is government corruption in Brazil an unsolvable problem?
  • Are Japan’s economic fortunes changing?
  • Should judges be given more discretion in sentencing for federal drug crimes?
  • How much of Trump’s budget proposals will make it through Congress?
  • Should the US be putting more effort into blocking the resurgence of Al Qaeda?
  • What can the Trump Administration do to repair its relationship with the US intelligence agencies?