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?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Extemp Questions 2017 April

  • April
    • Does the Trump administration have a viable strategy for dealing with North Korea?
    • Will the St. Petersburg attack elicit further political crackdowns against opponents of Vladimir Putin?
    • What steps should the Trump administration take in reaction to the recent Syrian chemical attacks?
    • Is Russia the next big target for ISIS?
    • Should international human rights play a larger role in the policy decisions of the Trump White House?
    • Will the controversy of business conflicts of interest continue to dog the Trump administration for the indefinite future?
    • Will the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch mark a permanent change to the Senate rules?
    • Can India maintain economic growth without sacrificing key environmental protections?
    • Can partisan ideology be taken out of the US Senate’s judicial confirmation process?
    • Is political bipartisanship gone for good?
    • Can the Trump administration work with China to formulate a successful strategy for dealing with North Korea?
    • Is China ready to step into the global leadership void left by the US?
    • Is economic growth the real metric for the success of the Trump White House?
    • Is America prepared for the possibility of military action against North Korea?
    • Is Cyprus ready for reunification?
    • Is America abandoning it’s commitment to international human rights?
    • What strategy should Trump adopt towards North Korea?
    • Will Democrats in Congress be willing to work with the Trump administration on any part of the President’s legislative agenda?
    • Can Congress be trusted to run an independent investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign?
    • What role will the post-Brexit EU play in the global economy?
    • Is the Trump foreign policy strategy too impulsive?
    • Will military action in Syria be the thing that costs Trump the support of his core voters?
    • Will US military action in Syria act as an effective deterrent against further North Korean nuclear development?
    • Is regime change in Syria now a priority for the US?
    • What should America’s next steps against President Assad be?
    • Is an escalation of America’s role in Syria inevitable?
    • Will Turkey vote to grant more powers to President Erdogan?
    • Does China need to shift its economic growth towards consumer spending?
    • Are Sean Spicer’s days as Press Secretary numbered?
    • What approach should the Trump Administration take in disarming the threat of a nuclear North Korea?
    • What does the disarming of the ETA militant group mean for the future of the Basque independence movement?
    • Will corruption charges bring down Palestinian PM Sharif?
    • Should the US impose a no-fly zone in Syria?
    • Is it time for America to adopt a Value Added Tax?
    • Would the removal of Syria’s President Assad worsen the migration crisis in the EU?
    • Will continued protests in Venezuela escalate to violence?
    • Is the Trump White House on the verge of more changes to senior staff?
    • Can the Trump Administration keep air strikes against Syria from escalating to conflict against Russia?
    • Should the Fed raise interest rates?
    • Are new Trump Administration immigration enforcement policies damaging the US economy?
    • Is the US immigration court system being overturned by new enforcement policies?
    • Will the EU reaction to Brexit create a tighter European integration in the long run?
    • Should the federal government do more to improve the cybersecurity of individual States?
    • Is government corruption in Brazil improving?
    • Is religious intolerance in Egypt growing?
    • Will Trump take health care hostage to get Democratic cooperation in Congress?
    • Does Steve Bannon’s fall from favor in the Trump White House signal significant policy changes?
    • Does China have the influence necessary to change North Korea’s behavior for the better?
    • Is the Trump Administration able to effectively reconcile US military action overseas with the ‘America First’ agenda?
    • Will Turkey’s President Erdogan face significant opposition before he can implement the Constitutional changes granting his office new powers?
    • What are the next steps for US policy towards North Korea?
    • Will the US Department of Justice bring criminal charges against WikiLeaks for its actions around the 2016 Presidential campaign?
    • Should Brazil do more to curb deforestation?
    • Is President Trump breaking faith with is core populist base?
    • Is President Trumps unpredictability bad for American foreign policy?
    • Should the pay and bonuses for top corporate executives get more scrutiny from US financial regulators?
    • What does the UK’s snap general election mean for Brexit?
    • Should the FBI be doing more to track the activities of US militias?
    • Will criticism from the Trump White House push Iran towards a more hardline government?
    • Should the US State Department be more critical of Turkey’s President Erdogan?
    • Is China’s economic growth sustainable?
    • Will the French Presidential election turn into a proxy referendum on the EU?
    • Has Bangladesh lost the ability to effectively deal with the influx of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar?
    • Can the international community do more to curb human rights violations against homosexuals in Chechnya?
    • Will the protests in Venezuela lead to real political reform?
    • What role should the US play in stabilizing Libya?
    • What can the Democratic Party do to capitalize on growing anti-Trump sentiment?
    • Should the EU be concerned with the results of the referendum vote in Turkey?
    • Will Congress pass tax reform in 2017?
    • Should the US make it harder to establish anonymous shell companies?
    • Have the governments of the world ignored the problems brought to light with the Panama Papers disclosure?
    • What can the UN do to solve the problems posed by North Korea’s weapons programs?
    • Can sanctions still be an effective tool against North Korea’s weapons development programs?
    • Is serious reform of South Korea’s chaebols a realistic proposition?
    • Can the Internet be used as an effective tool to combat fake news?
    • What can the international community do to curb the violence in the DR Congo?
    • Does America require national redistricting reform to end partisan gerrymandering?
    • Is poor leadership to blame for the weakness of the UK’s Labour Party?
    • Will Ivanka and Jared really be a moderating influence in the Trump White House?
    • Does health care reform need to happen before the Trump administration can push for the tax reforms it wants?
    • Can Emmanuel Macron unite France?
    • Can Macron fine enough support to establish a real governing coalition in France?
    • Does the US need to deploy more troops to Afghanistan?
    • Is the fight between the Afghan government and the Taliban at a stalemate?
    • Should the US be more critical of human rights abuses in Egypt?
    • Is the Trump administration losing the support of Congressional Republicans?
    • What can the Democratic Party do to win over suburban voters?
    • Can the Trump administration claim victory for its first 100 days?
    • Should the US Ninth Circuit be split up?
    • Is White House infighting harming President Trump’s ability to govern?
    • Is the left too reliant on the courts to achieve desired policy outcomes?
    • How much longer can President Maduro continue to hold onto power in Venezuela?
    • Will Turkey suspend its negotiations for EU membership?
    • Will the US extradite Julian Assange?
    • What can President Trump do to expand his support beyond his core base?
    • Will the actions of President Jacob Zuma hurt the ANC in future elections?
    • Are Syrian refugees able to adjust to a new life in Western Europe?
    • Should law enforcement’s use of “no-knock” warrants be curbed?
    • Can President Trump find a bipartisan compromise for tax reform?
    • Will slowing US economic growth hinder the Trump administration’s plans to overhaul the tax system?
    • How much will Brexit play into voters’ decisions in the upcoming UK snap election?
    • Can Marine Le Pen build cross-party support?
    • Are the rapidly shifting policy statements of the Trump administration bad for the credibility of the President?
    • Is corruption still a major problem for FIFA?
    • Will the Turkish government ramp up political purges in the wake of the referendum granting new powers to President Erdogan?
    • Should European nations be more actively support the Ukraine government in the ongoing righting?
    • Will Venezuela’s decision to abandon the OAS exacerbate the violent anti-government protests?
    • Should more be done to  counter Russian interference in upcoming European elections?
    • Will President Trump pull the US from NAFTA?
    • What do public strikes signal about the future of political stability in Brazil?
    • Is pension reform in Brazil necessary?
    • Can Jacob Zuma continue to dodge a no confidence vote?
    • Is a diplomatic solution to the problem of North Korea still possible?
    • Is the issue of North Korea pivotal to improving the relationship between China and the US?

    Sunday, April 2, 2017

    Extemp Questions 2017 March


    • How can Tom Perez rebuild the Democratic Party?
    • Can Trump’s speech before a joint session of Congress calm the chaos from the first days of his Administration?
    • Will the Trump Administration push for entitlement cuts?
    • Is the EU getting better at dealing with the migration crisis?
    • Can Greece stave off another economic disaster?
    • Is another Greek economic crisis imminent?
    • Should Congress pass a federal data breach notification requirement?
    • Is an independent investigation necessary for the Trump White House to move past accusations of ties to Russia?
    • Has Net Neutrality stifled the growth of the Internet economy?
    • Does Trump’s Joint Address to Congress mark a permanent change in tone for this Administration?
    • What consequence should Attorney Sessions face for being untruthful to Congress?
    • Will Congress pass paid family leave?
    • Should US Internet Service Providers be required to filter out pirated digital content?
    • Should French conservatives seek out an alternative to Francois Fillon?
    • Should the US engage more with China to put pressure on the North Korean regime?
    • Does President Trump’s continued use of Twitter erode the public’s trust in government?
    • What is the path forward for US engagement with North Korea?
    • What will happen to ISIS after Iraqi forces complete the retaking of Mosul?
    • Will anti-Trump movements turn into electoral wins for Democrats?
    • Is the White House Communications Offices failing the President?
    • How can the Trump White House move beyond the cloud of Russian involvement in the election?
    • Should public officials be barred from use of private phones and email when conducting public business?
    • Is the Asian region facing a military buildup and a  new arms race between the US and China?
    • Should Francois Fillon withdraw from from the Presidential election in France?
    • Is the President ready to jump into the legislative battle to repeal and replace Obamacare?
    • Should the Trump Administration be doing more to engage with North Korea?
    • Is the Trump Administration ignoring the growing threat from North Korea?
    • Will Congress investigate Trump White House accusations of wiretapping by Obama?
    • How will Republicans in Congress finance the proposed plan to replace the ACA?
    • Does President Trump need to expend some political capital to get agreement on the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare?
    • Should Jeff Sessions resign as Attorney General?
    • Has civil political discourse across party lines become impossible?
    • Can House and Senate Republicans reach a consensus on a plan to repeal and replace the ACA?
    • Will the Trump Administration's revised travel ban face the same level of public outcry and and protest as the original?
    • Does the world have any good options for dealing with the threat from North Korea?
    • Will President Trump’s travel ban meet its stated goals of improving security?
    • What should the Trump Administration do to curb intelligence leaks?
    • Should the US push for the extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange?
    • What should the federal government do to improve the relationship between the police and minority communities?
    • Will Turkey leave NATO?
    • Will the changing role of women in Saudi Arabia help speed up economic growth and diversification?
    • Does the global economy face a significant rise in volatility in 2017?
    • Will rising economic nationalism force emerging economies to accept slower economic growth?
    • How should Congress address America’s widening income gap?
    • Has Donald Trump permanently damaged the credibility of the White House?
    • Has Trump’s election permanently changed the message and tone off the Republican Party?
    • Will the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC hold off further violence?
    • Will Park Geun-hye’s impeachment lead to political instability for South Korea?
    • Will the impeachment of Park Geun-hye lead to more aggressive action from North Korea?
    • What can be done to restore bipartisan cooperation in Congress?
    • Is the AHCA being prematurely rushed through Congress?
    • Will South Korea’s chaebol face serious public backlash following the departure of Park Geun-hye?
    • Is American news media doing a good enough job of fact checking the Trump Administration?
    • How will Congress pay for the AHCA?
    • Is objective fact in journalism gone for good?
    • How will Britain’s economy change post-Brexit?
    • Will Congress pass a border adjustment tax in 2017?
    • Is the “deep state” a serious threat to the success of the Trump Administration?
    • Is the apathy of millennial voters growing?
    • What should be done to improve political participation among millennial voters?
    • Should China do more to rein in aggressive actions by North Korea?
    • Would the election of Marine Le Pen in France mean the end of the EU?
    • Will a border adjustment tax be passed in this Congressional session?
    • Is the “American dream” moving to Canada?
    • How should Putin react to Russia’s central role in American politics today?
    • Will record coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef lead to stronger international climate change protections?
    • Is the Chinese government doing enough to address the economic concerns of its aging population?
    • Does America need a better strategy for deterrence against future cyberattacks?
    • Is the Democratic Party’s opposition to the Trump Administration too passive?
    • Should Congress do more to curb the rising costs of prescription drugs?
    • What should President Trump do to become a unifying figure for the Republican Party?
    • What does the future hold for US-Russia relations under Trump?
    • Have Russia’s hopes of being able to establish closer relations with the US been dashed?
    • Will Trump’s leadership be able to unite the factions of the GOP?
    • Will Brexit bring about Scottish Independence?
    • What should the federal government do to protect victims of revenge porn?
    • Will the EPA under Trump roll back fuel efficiency and emissions standards?
    • Is the Trump White House straining relationships with key European allies?
    • Can President Trump win over enough Republican votes to get the AHCA through Congress?
    • Does the eroding credibility of the White House make it more difficult to get President Trump’s legislative agenda through Congress?
    • Are international sports organizations doing enough to curb the use of performance enhancing drugs?
    • Is the relationship between the EU and the Trump Administration on shaky ground?
    • What will the relationship between the EU and the UK look like after Brexit?
    • Can land reform work to help reduce poverty in South Africa?
    • Is passage of the AHCA the key to the rest of Trump’s legislative agenda?
    • Will Libra be the next major front in the fight against ISIS?
    • Does Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House pose a serious risk for conflict of interest?
    • Should Democrats be more aggressive in the Gorsuch confirmation process?
    • How long will the Trump White House continue with the narrative of Obama wiretapping Trump Tower?
    • Is the Trump Administration reacting appropriately to confirmation of the FBI investigation into ties between Russia and the campaign?
    • What should European nations learn from Russian intervention into the 2016 US campaign?
    • Is China ready to pickup the slack as Trump pulls back on US soft power around the globe?
    • What does the acquittal of Hosni Mubarak say about he state of government reform in Egypt?
    • Will Taiwan legalize same-sex marriage?
    • Where does American healthcare go from here?
    • Can the Republican Party learn how to govern?
    • Does the government of Bangladesh need more international assistance to combat growing terrorism?
    • What should the Democratic party do to capitalize on the Trump administration failure to repeal and replace Obamacare?
    • What has the Trump administration learned from the loss of the AHCA?
    • What does the release of Hosni Mubarak signal for the future of Egypt?
    • Will pulling the AHCA vote have negative consequences for the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections?
    • Can the Trump administration find success in pushing tax reform through Congress?
    • Can President Trump bridge the rift within the Republican Party?
    • Is the Republican Freedom Caucus forcing Trump to moderate his legislative agenda?
    • How can the GOP move from an opposition party to a governing party?
    •  How is America’s role in Iraq changing under the Trump administration?
    • Is the Relationship between the White House and Congressional Republicans sinking?
    • Can government corruption in Russia be solved while Vladimir Putin remains in power?
    • How will Brexit affect global economic growth?
    • Is the migration deal between the EU and Turkey on the verge of collapse?
    • Has the Orthodox Church grown too close to the Russian government?
    • Does military success against ISIS controlled territories increase the threat of terrorist attacks in western Europe?
    • Will economic globalization take a big hit in the era of Brexit and Trump?
    • Will the Trump administration withdraw the US from the Paris climate change agreement?
    • Is Turkey able to adequately cope with the growing population of refugees and migrants fleeing the conflict in Syria and Iraq?
    • Will GOP leadership in congress accede to calls for an independent investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign?
    • Will the implementation of Brexit strengthen the US dollar?
    • Is partisan politics making a real and credible investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US election impossible?


    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Extemp Questions 2017 February


    • Will the confirmation of Trump’s Supreme Court pick be stymied by Senate Democrats? 
    • Will separatist violence in Eastern Ukraine continue to escalate? 
    • Should EU nations provide military assistance to Ukraine? 
    • What effect will Trump’s immigration order have on the US economy? 
    • Do Trump Administration changes to US immigration policy create a significant risk of violent backlash internationally? 
    • Has the credibility of the Trump White House already been permanently damaged? 
    • Is an Israel-Palestine peace deal likely with the new US President? 
    • Will the UK Parliament delay Prime Minister Theresa May’s schedule for triggering Article 50? 
    • How should the Trump Administration respond to increased violence in Eastern Ukraine? 
    • How much longer will the migration deal between the EU and Turkey hold? 
    • Should the Cuban government make more of an effort to grow public broadband Internet deployment? 
    • Will France be the next to leave the EU? 
    • Would Marine Le Pen winning the French Presidency mean an end to the EU? 
    • Will the government of Myanmar be held liable for violence against its Rohingya Muslim population? 
    • Will ongoing political turmoil in South Korea encourage Kim Jong Un to take a more aggressive stance 
    • Does the way Trump’s travel ban was rolled out signal negatively for the competence of the new Administration to govern? 
    • Should Trump strengthen sanctions against Russia? 
    • Can new leadership bring corruption in Somalia under control? 
    • Should the international community pressure Saudi Arabia to drop its de facto blockade of Yemen? 
    • Is Taiwan too dependent on migrant labor? 
    • Should ethics regulators be paying more attention to the Trump family’s business dealings for possible conflicts of interest? 
    • Should Jacob Zuma resign? Would South Africa’s ANC be better off forcing Zuma to resign? 
    • Is the Standing Rock movement defeated? 
    • Will Trump’s unpredictability ultimately be good for America’s foreign policy? 
    • Will “sanctuary cities” stand against Trump’s executive orders despite threats to federal funding? 
    • Should the government of Myanmar be charged with crimes against humanity for attacks against its Rohingya minority population? 
    • Is the Senate headed for a big fight over the Gorsich confirmation? 
    • Will congressional Republicans start to pull their support for President Trump’s policy agenda? 
    • Will the Iran nuclear deal remain intact? 
    • Has the time come for Ukraine to fully join NATO? 
    • Should the Assad regime face ICC trial for war crimes? 
    • Is terrorism returning to Pakistan? Can Democrats organize an effective resistance to the Trump White House? 
    • Will China seek to fill the power vacuum left by the Trump Administration’s changes to America’s global leadership role? 
    • Is the NSC being sidelined in the Trump White House? 
    • Are American intelligence agencies facing a leadership crisis? 
    • Does the outcome of the Yemen raid signal a failure in high-level civilian leadership? 
    • Will continued expansion of Israeli settlements make a two-state solution impossible? 
    • What does Michael Flynn’s resignation mean for US relations with Russia? 
    • What has the Trump White House learned about governing from the fight over the travel ban? 
    • Is the Trump Administration's plan for economic growth being sidelined by administrative disorganization? 
    • What do the first few weeks signal about the Trump Administration's relationship with news media? 
    • Does the Trump Administration have a viable strategy for dealing with an increasingly aggressive North Korea? 
    • How much will public outcry really change the priorities of the current Congress? 
    • Will any ISIS members face ICC trial for atrocities against the Yazidi? 
    • Is the alt-right gaining legitimacy in normal political discourse? 
    • Can the White House and Congressional Republicans find common ground on immigration reform? 
    • Has the credibility of the Trump Administration already been permanently damaged? 
    • Do social media companies need to take more aggressive steps to curb the spread of fake news? 
    • Does President Trump’s continued use of Twitter undermine his credibility? 
    • Will China take further action to reign in North Korea? 
    • Are attitudes towards women changing in Saudi Arabia? 
    • Should the government of Malaysia distance itself from the North Korean regime? 
    • How much longer can Robert Mugabe lead Zimbabwe? 
    • Is there a viable alternative to Robert Mugabe’s leadership of Zimbabwe? 
    • Is the ceasefire in Syria on the brink of failure? 
    • Does the death of Kim Jong-Nam signal growing instability in the leadership of North Korea? 
    • Should America provider military support to Ukraine? 
    • Should federal funding for space exploration be increased? 
    • How should the Trump Administration respond to North Korean ballistic missile tests? 
    • Is America seeing the start of a Tea Party movement on the left? 
    • Is America’s national security infrastructure prepared for a war in cyberspace? 
    • Would moving the US embassy to Jerusalem have a detrimental effect on US allies across the Middle East? 
    • Would moving the US embassy to the Middle East make an Israel-Palestine peace deal more difficult? 
    • Should the US require that immigration applicants provide access to all social media accounts as part of security vetting? 
    • Will the Trump Administration take a firmer stance against Russian involvement in the Ukraine? 
    • Is the chance for an Israel-Palestine peace deal slipping away? 
    • Is Zimbabwe headed for another currency crisis? 
    • What do ongoing leaks signal about the relationship between the Trump Administration and America’s intelligence agencies? 
    • Does the NATO alliance face an existential threat in Trump? 
    • Is Marine Le Pen on track to win the French election? 
    • Will racial tensions in France continue to escalate? 
    • Can a Republican Congress be trusted to adequately investigate the Trump White House? 
    • Is the relationship between the government of Japan and the US military improving? 
    • Has Trump lost the authority to advocate for a free press around the globe? 
    • What repercussions will Flynn’s resignation have on the Trump Administration? 
    • Should term limits be imposed on Congress? 
    • How can Trump build support beyond his core base? 
    • How serious is the rift between the Trump White House and the intelligence community? 
    • Is it too soon for Trump to be back on the campaign trail? 
    • What should the government of Nigeria do to grow the economy? 
    • Does the recent spate of terrorism in Pakistan indicate a resurgence of the Taliban? 
    • Does the rise of nationalist movements pose an existential threat to the future of the EU? 
    • What happened to the honeymoon period for the Trump Administration? 
    • Is the Trump Administration being sidetracked from pressing its domestic agenda forward? 
    • When will the Trump Administration and Congress reach a consensus on tax reform? 
    • Do Trump Administration changes to immigration enforcement risk serious diplomatic conflict with Mexico? 
    • Does President Trump lack focus on move his legislative agenda forward in Congress? 
    • Are the White House criticisms of news media justified? 
    • Is it still possible for Trump to build a consensus government? 
    • Is a real Syrian peace still still fantasy? 
    • Should the US expedite Montenegro’s entrance into NATO? 
    • Can Angela Merkel hold the reins in Germany? 
    • Is Germany growing tired of Merkel’s leadership? 
    • Is the heyday of economic growth in Asia at an end? 
    • Does the widening income gap in South Korea pose a serious risk to political stability? 
    • Will the recapture of Mosul by government forces signal the beginning of the end for Daish in Iraq? 
    • Is it times for American drug policy to shift to a public health approach? 
    • Will lack of transparency be a lasting problem for the Trump Administration? 
    • Is the risk of a new showdown between the US and Iran increasing? 
    • Will South Africa move forward in withdrawing from the ICC? 
    • Is the new President of Somalia prepared to deal with the growing threat of regional famine? 
    • Is a major showdown coming between sanctuary cities and the federal government? 
    • What can Trump do to build trust and cooperation across the political aisle? 
    • What approach will President Trump take with DACA? 
    • Should immigration enforcement put more focus on employment verification? 
    • Would the use of local law enforcement for immigration enforcement improve public safety? 
    • Are nationalist movements in Europe gaining strength from Trump’s presidency? 
    • Is Congress ignoring the opioid addiction crisis? 
    • Will Brazil’s government pass necessary pension reforms? 
    • Is the global growth of renewable energy headed for a big surge? 
    • How much room does the Trump Administration have to improve on the Iran deal? 
    • Will the Trump Administration continue to disrupt American norms? 
    • Should American secondary education spend more time teaching students to identify fake news? 
    • How can the Democratic Party reconnect with the American people? 
    • Can the State Department build a bridge with Mexico across Trump’s border wall? 
    • Should the US nuclear arsenal be expanded? 
    • Is there a larger political implication for the UK from Brexit? 
    • What role will the Labour Party play in a post-Brexit Britain? 
    • Should the federal government do more to stop hate crimes? 
    • Is Trump’s fight with the press escalating to a breaking point? 
    • Will American foreign policy under Trump be able to effectively counteract Iran’s regional influence? 
    • Is the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare still a fantasy? 
    • Is the White House reacting to the news media inappropriately? 
    • Is an economic conflict between Russia and China brewing? 
    • Will the Chinese economy dominate in the 21’st century? 
    • Does Trump’s regular violation of political norms pose a risk to the future of the Republican Party?

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    Extemp Questions 2017 January


    • Is Turkey the next major target for ISIS?
    • What should be the EU global strategy post Brexit?
    • Will Democrats in Congress seek to find common ground to work on with the Trump Administration?
    • Will the EU migration crisis see improvement in 2017?
    • What can be done to resolve Puerto Rico’s public debt crisis?
    • Should Therisa May push to trigger Article 50 sooner rather than later?
    • Is the UK ready for Brexit?
    • Will Russian intervention in the 2016 Presidential race impede the confirmation of Trump’s cabinet picks?
    • Will 2017 see the Brazilian economy start to recover?
    • Is China poised to take global leadership on green energy development?
    • Will the Chinese government face political consequences for failing to curb environmental pollution?
    • Will the post-Brexit UK dramatically reduce its foreign aid spending?
    • Will the government of Turkey start to pay a political price for ongoing terrorist violence?
    • Will the fight against ISIS drag Russia into an unwinnable quagmire?
    • Can the Trump administration negotiate a bipartisan deal to replace Obamacare?
    • Would a move to repeal Obamacare without a clear plan to replace it backfire on the Republican majority Congress?
    • Should the US be doing more internationally to support moderate Islam?
    • What consequences would the US face if its embassy was moved to Jerusalem?
    • Should Congressional Democrats put more focus onto potential conflicts of interest for Donald Trump’s appointees?
    • Should the US take a firm stand against Russian encroachment in South Ossetia?
    • Will Gambia have a peaceful transition of power?
    • What do the ideological differences between Trump and Congressional Republicans mean for the future of the GOP?
    • Should President Trump divest is business interests?
    • Will Trump be forced to take more steps to disentangle himself from his business interests?
    • Is reunification of Cyprus on the horizon?
    • Should Germany take steps to deter Russian interference in upcoming elections?
    • Will congressional Democrats gear up for a big fight over Trump’s Supreme Court pick?
    • Is Trump gearing up for a trade war with China early in his Presidency?
    • Will issues around Trumps business conflicts and ethics change how future Presidential campaigns are run?
    • Will President Trump be forced to take further steps to avoid business conflicts and ethics violations?
    • How steps should Donald Trump take to improve his relationship with US intelligence agencies?
    • How much have Prime Minister Modi’s demonetization policies hurt the Indian economy?
    • Will the government of Narendra Modi face political consequences for demonetization policies?
    • Does Donald Trump have a responsibility to do more to heal the partisan divide?
    • Should FBI Director James Comey resign?
    • Can the government of Brazil being gang related violence in prisons under control?
    • Will the decision to push for a clean break with the EU have negative consequences for the British economy?
    • Will trade imbalance mean the EU will have the upper hand in Brexit negotiations?
    • Will other African nations need to intervene to effect a transition of power in Gambia?
    • What does the future hold for labor unions under the Trump presidency?
    • What role will the UK Parliament play in BREXIT?
    • Will BREXIT trigger a new vote for Scottish independence?
    • Will liberal progressive groups unite as an anti-Trump movement?
    • What should be done to improve urban air quality in China?
    • Will the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline escalate in 2017?
    • Is the Trump Administration lumbering towards a trade war with China?
    • Will the UK Parliament stop BREXIT?
    • How much will President Trump’s supporters hold him to campaign promises?
    • Will the US and Russia cooperate more in the war on terror under the new Trump Administration?
    • Is China edging towards an economic crisis?
    • Is North Korea gearing up to provoke an engagement with the new Trump Administration?
    • Will federal courts negate Trump’s executive order on immigration?
    • Is America headed towards a trade conflict with Mexico?
    • Will the relationship between the Trump Administration and the press continue to degrade?
    • Have political purges in the wake of the failed coup attempt critically weakened the Turkish military?
    • Will immigration policy changes in President Trump’s executive order cost America critical allies in the international war on terror?
    • Am I the only one who's got "Welcome to the Jungle" ominously playing in the back of my mind now?


    Monday, January 2, 2017

    Extemp Questions 2016 Dec.

    • aShould South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye resign?
    • Can Donald Trump avoid business conflicts of interest as President?
    • Are sanctions an effective tool to curb Iran’s nuclear development?
    • What does mass migration mean for the long-term future of Syria?
    • Has the Indian government failed in it’s responsibilities to protect child welfare?
    • Should the major cities impose restrictions on the use of diesel vehicles?
    • How will the relationship between the press and the White House change under Trump?
    • Does the tide of the fighting in Syria and Iraq signal the end is near for ISIS?
    • What do Trump’s appointment picks suggest about his major policy initiatives?
    • Will Gambia have a peaceful transition of power after the latest Presidential election?
    • Should President Duterte of the Philippines face charges of crimes against humanity for extrajudicial killings?
    • Can Italy’s new Prime Minister steady the boat?
    • Will President-elect Trump fundamentally shift America’s foreign policy with China?
    • Will the spectre of Russian intervention in the US election have an effect on the Trump presidency?
    • How should the EU react to the threat of Russian intervention in future national elections?
    • What steps should be taken to stabilize the Venezuelan economy?
    • Does victory in Aleppo signal a turning point for pro-Assad forces in Syria?
    • Are American Internet-related businesses doing enough to prevent large-scale information data breaches?
    • What reforms should be made to address patients’ abuse of prescription medications?
    • Is South Sudan under the real threat of genocide?
    • Do last minute changes to the powers of North Carolina’s incoming governor signal a resurgence of partisan politics nationwide?
    • How will US economic growth fare under a Trump administration?
    • Should federal cybersecurity efforts be consolidated under a single agency?
    • What measures should the US take in response to Russian hacking during the US elections?
    • Will President Duterte of the Philippines face impeachment over extrajudicial killings?
    • Will growing security concerns in Germany force Angela Merkel to take a harder stance on immigration?
    • How will Yahoo’s data breaches reshape the future of large mergers and acquisitions?
    • Will 2017 bring stability for Turkey?
    • Does the increased militarization of space pose a serious risk to US national security interests?
    • How well is the German economy adapting to modern market forces?
    • Has the experiment with the single European currency been a failure?
    • Has the international justice system failed in Africa?
    • Can the Chinese economy make the shift from global exports to growth based on domestic demand?
    • Is EU political unity necessary for the future of the European economy?
    • How does Russia expect it’s relationship with the US to change under the Trump Administration?
    • What legacy will the Obama Administration leave in the foreign policy arena?
    • Will Obama’s last minute changes to the US foreign policy stance with Israel have lasting effects?
    • What role will Twitter play in Trump’s relationship with the public?
    • Is a new nuclear arms race o the horizon?
    • Do ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Smart Home’ devices pose a serious risk to Americans’ privacy rights?
    • Should the international community do more to curb the practice of female genital mutilation?
    • Will the Chinese government take more drastic measures to curb air pollution in cities?
    • Would an independent Kurdish state pose a national security risk for Turkey?
    • Is Bitcoin the future of international currency exchange?
    • Has the UN lost relevance on the international stage?
    • Who is best positioned to lead the rebuilding of the Democratic Party?
    • Is a two-state solution in Israel on the horizon?
    • Will the UN resolution against Israeli settlements make a peace deal more difficult?

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    Extemp Questions 2016 November


    • Should the federal government do more to support cancer research and treatment? 
    • Is Jacob Zuma’s Presidency near its end? 
    • How will the results of the 2016 election affect US race relations? 
    • What would it take to make Saudi Arabia’s economy less dependent on oil exports? 
    • Would a delayed Brexit be good for the UK economy? 
    • Should the international community do more to curb air pollution? 
    • Are Germany’s policies towards the ECB changing? 
    • How has the news media coverage of the campaigns affected the 2016 elections? 
    • Does the difficulty with the CETA deal show that free trade is becoming more difficult globally? 
    • What does the election of Donald Trump indicate about the American electorate? 
    • How has the growth of the Jihadi movement changed the West’s foreign policy stance towards Africa? 
    • Should the US make voting compulsory? 
    • What more should the international community do to curb government corruption in Africa? 
    • How will the relationship between the President-elect and the new Congress affect Trump’s plans for his first hundred days? 
    • What does the future hold for news media in the US? Seriously America, Trump. Seriously? 
    • What more should the US do to improve its cyberwarfare capabilities? 
    •  Is the Western democratic model of government losing its legitimacy around the world? 
    • How will Brexit change the UK’s relationship with Russia? 
    • How will Trump’s election change the US relationship with Russia? 
    • What does 2017 hold for the US economy? Has the Democratic Party in the US permanently lost the labor vote? 
    • How does President Trump heal a divided America? 
    • What effect will anti-Trump protesters have on the incoming President’s first 100 days? 
    • Will the US renege on the Paris climate change agreement? 
    • Should the lame duck Congress push to pass the TPP? 
    • How will the role of Vice President change in the Trump White House? 
    • How does the Democratic Party rebuild after the 2016 election? 
    • Does a solution to America’s heroin epidemic require more federal regulation of prescription painkillers? 
    • Will the opioid epidemic be a priority for the Trump Presidency? 
    • Does Russia’s withdrawal from the ICC cause significant harm to the court’s credibility on the international stage? 
    • What should be done to bring India’s banking crisis back under control? 
    • What does Donald Trump’s election signal about the growth of nationalist movements in western Europe? 
    • Will Trump’s election meet up to the expectations of its supporters? 
    • Is corruption a solvable problem for the Russian government? 
    • What does the Green Party hope to achieve by calling for an audit and recount of some States’ elections? 
    • Will the relationship between the EU and Turkey continue to darken? 
    • Is India’s continued economic growth at risk?
    • How will the death of Fidel Castro reshape the relationship between Cuba and the US? 
    • Is it time for the US to lift the Cuban embargo? 
    • Does the revised Colombian peace deal with the FARC have enough substantive changes to be approved? 
    • Should social media sites do more to curb the spread of fake news? 
    • Do food shortages in Malawi pose a risk to regional stability? 
    • How has social media changed the shape of political conversation in the US? 
    • Should the international community put more pressure on the Myanmar government to end attacks against the rohingya Muslim population? 
    • Is poor workplace safety holding back China’s economic growth? 
    • Should the UN do more to protect rohingya muslims in Myanmar? 
    • How will Trump’s Presidency change America’s engagement in Syria?