Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Extemp Questions 2019 Jan


  • Does Michael Cohen’s plea deal substantially change anything for the Trump White House?
  • Can President Trump be convinced to reverse his policies on environmental protection?
  • Is it getting harder for President Trump to reject the impacts of climate change?
  • Does the Republican Party have a problem getting women into elected public office?
  • Will President Trump close the US-Mexico border?
  • Should the US take further action directly against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman?
  • Is pushing for President Trump’s impeachment the way for Democrats to motivate voters for the 2020 election?
  • Are sweeping political changes on the horizon for Taiwan?
  • Will France’s President Macron be forced to pull back on his plans for economic reform?
  • Will the introduction of martial law in Ukraine escalate the conflict with Russia?
  • Can Europe meet its goal to become carbon neutral by 2050?
  • Has North Korea become a global problem?
  • Will the US military draw-down in Afghanistan lead to the Taliban’s return to power?
  • Should Congress expand NASA’s budget?
  • Should the US take the international lead on cleaning up space debris in orbit?
  • Is it time for America to adopt a carbon tax?
  • Should the NFL take more proactive measures to prevent physical and domestic abuse by its players?
  • Will judicial nominations become a major voting issue for Democrats in the 2020 campaign?
  • Will the truce in the trade war with China lead to a new permanent trade agreement?
  • Are President Trump’s hardball trade tactics against China working?
  • What will Qatar’s decision to leave mean for the future of OPEC?
  • Will Congress approve the USMCA agreement?
  • Does the USMCA strike a significantly better deal for American workers than NAFTA?
  • Is traditional Conservatism dead in the Republican Party?
  • How much is the US-China trade war effecting the global economy?
  • Is American law enforcement overlooking the threat posed by right-wing extremists?
  • Is the G-20 still relevant?
  • Will the “Yellow Vest” movement bring down Macron’s Presidency in France?
  • Is ISIS re-establishing itself in Iraq?
  • Does the Democratic Party still have problems connecting to middle class America?
  • What can be done to curb the surge in violence from Boko Haram?
  • Should the international community do more to help Brazil slow its deforestation?
  • Is President Macron paying the price for the failure of past leaders to address the problems in France?
  • Has the American public become numb to the antics and rhetoric of President Trump?
  • What more can the US do to break the military stalemate in Afghanistan?
  • What steps can the Department of Justice take to improve how the US deals with mental illness in jails and prisons?
  • Will good journalism survive social media?
  • Will responsible journalism make it through the Trump presidency intact?
  • Does America’s growing trade deficit with China mark a failure for the Trump White House?
  • Is President Trump losing his trade war with China?
  • Can Democrats use the message of climate change to win at the ballot box in 2020?
  • Will the British get a second Brexit referendum?
  • Will John Kelly’s exit mean even more Chaos in the Trump White House?
  • Can anyone succeed as President Trump’s Chief of Staff?
  • Will the “Yellow Vest” movement block President Trump from enacting his desired economic reforms?
  • What can President Macron do to quell the violent “yellow vest” protests?
  • Will the “Yellow Vest” movement mark a major turning point for President Macron? 
  • Will staffing problems a significant impediment to success for the Trump Administration?
  • Should there be a global moratorium on new uses for CRISPR technology?
  • Should the DOJ do more oversight of state and local law enforcement’s use of lethal force?
  • Will the new Congress force President to take stronger action against Saudi Arabia?
  • What should be done to curb the growing frequency of accidents in the US military?
  • Can stability in Syria exist if Assad remains in power?
  • What more should Congress be doing to prevent Russian interference in American elections?
  • Should silicon valley be doing more to prevent to spread of extremist recruiting online?
  • Is there a path for the US to exit Afghanistan safely?
  • Has the US abandoned its global leadership role?
  • Is a hard Brexit now inevitable?
  • How damaging would a no-deal Brexit be?
  • What can be done to bring America out of this period of political divisiveness?
  • Is the Mueller investigation tightening the noose around the Oval Office?
  • Has Brexit already weakened the EU?
  • Should the US further decrease its military support to Saudi Arabia?
  • Is the pursuit of a diplomatic solution to end the war in Yemen still a fool’s errand?
  • Will the expansion of Internet access in Cuba eventually lead to political reforms?
  • Will the ACA survive another round of court battles?
  • Should the DOJ establish a nationwide investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by church clergy?
  • What measures should the Trump Administration take to counteract Russian disinformation campaigns against the United States?
  • Can Theresa May get further Brexit concessions out of the EU27?
  • Will Maria Butin’a plea deal shed new light on Russia tactics for interfering in US politics?
  • Is China’s social credit system doomed to fail?
  • How much are senior level staff shake-ups impeding the Trump Administration’s ability to govern effectively?
  • Will President Trump start to pay a political price for economic volatility in the market?
  • Is the trade war with China starting to eat into President Trump’s political support base?
  • Should America increase its role in global public health?
  • Will Obamacare survive a renewed legal challenge in the courts?
  • Is Rudy Giuliani a liability for President Trump?
  • Can a divided Congress work out a compromise deal for immigration reform?
  • Has Trump failed to deliver for American veterans?
  • What steps should be taken to improve leadership at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs?
  • Will federal criminal justice reform lead to similar changes at the state and local levels?
  • Can the Trump Administration properly execute on school safety reforms?
  • Will US stock markets spring back in 2019?
  • Will the US military withdrawal from Syria bring a resurgence of ISIS?
  • How will the US withdrawal from Syria reshape the Middle East?
  • Can President Trump get re-elected if he doesn’t deliver the wall?
  • Is America adequately prepared for the security threat posed by China?
  • Will the new Congress push to more tightly regulate social media?
  • Is America abandoning the Kurds yet again?
  • What can be done to increase the number women in STEM jobs in America?
  • Does the federal government need to set aggressive targets for carbon reduction?
  • Will surviving a no confidence vote improve Theresa May’s chances of getting her Brexit deal through Parliament?
  • Will Bolsonaro pull Brazil out of the Paris climate change agreement?
  • Will the resignation of Secretary Mattis hamper Trump Administration efforts in the Middle East?
  • Will the Hodeidah ceasefire in Yemen hold?
  • Will the rejection of President Macron’s policies grow political support for the far right in France?
  • Is a global moratorium needed to block the use of CRISPR technology on humans?
  • How much relief will the Hodeidah ceasefire provide for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen?
  • Can the UK’s Conservative Party find a way out of the political crisis caused by Brexit?
  • Will protesters in Hungary bring down the government of Viktor Orban?
  • What steps can Facebook take to regain the trust of its users?
  • Will the US withdrawal from Yemen embolden Iran to be more aggressive across the region?
  • Are Bitcoin and the blockchain still the future of banking?
  • Is the Iraqi government on a campaign of revenge against the Sunni civilian population?
  • Is ISIS back on the rise in Iraq?
  • Can anything be done to prevent to resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq?
  • Is the US in a better position against North Korea than it was a year ago?
  • Do staff shake-ups show that the wheels are coming off of the Trump White House?
  • Is President Trump doing lasting damage to America’s alliances around the globe?
  • Will President Trump get the funding he wants to build the wall?
  • Does President Macron have what it takes to manage the crisis of the yellow-vest protests?
  • Is the yellow-vest movement changing politics in France?
  • Will President Trump’s base remain loyal if he can’t deliver on the wall?
  • What will the US drawdown in Afghanistan mean for the global war on terror?
  • Will the new Congress be a stronger check on President Trump’s foreign policy?
  • Is the US economy headed towards a downturn?
  • What are the long-term implications of a US military drawdown in Afghanistan?
  • What does Secretary Mattis’ departure mean for US foreign policy in the remainder of President Trump’s term?
  • How long will the partial government shutdown last?
  • How big of a risk to air travel to drone aircraft pose?
  • What can be done to stem the violence in Kashmir?
  • Will President Trump pay a political price for the US withdrawal from Syria?
  • Can anything be done to bring government corruption in Afghanistan under control?
  • Should the Modi government be doing more to curb pollution in the Ganges river?
  • What steps can the Japanese government take to better economically cope with an aging population?
  • Has Theresa May lost control of her government?
  • Will the Irish backstop scuttle a Brexit deal?
  • What steps should the Trump Administration take to improve the federal government’s handling of natural disasters?
  • Should Mark Zuckerberg be removed as Facebook’s Chairman?
  • Is Facebook living up to its global responsibilities?
  • Should the federal government be doing more to alleviate housing shortages in America?
  • What will the US withdrawal from Syria mean for America’s Kurdish allies?
  • Will the US military withdrawal from Syria do long-term damage to America’s credibility in the Middle East?
  • Will President Trump face a serious primary challenge in 2020?
  • Will the American drawdown in Afghanistan lead to a Taliban resurgence?
  • How will the American military drawdown change the security situation in Afghanistan?
  • How far will President Trump be willing to take the government shutdown?
  • Is Republican support for President Trump beginning to waver?
  • Will US withdrawal extend the civil war in Syria?
  • Is the EU’s handling of the migrant crisis improving?
  • Is the Greek economy getting back on the right track?
  • Has ISIS been defeated?
  • Does Brexit pose a serious risk to the global economy?
  • Can Brazil’s President Bolsonaro make real progress combating government corruption?
  • Are President Trump’s decisions damaging his business brand?
  • Has the world abandoned the Rohingya refugees?
  • What is still needed to make it safe for the Rohingya to return to Myanmar?
  • Can anything be done to break through the backlog and delays in India’s justice system?
  • Is Burundi still committed to peace?
  • Should the death of detained migrant children in US custody cost Secretary Nielsen her job?
  • Should The Fed slow its raising of interest rates?
  • Is President Trump’s unpredictability causing volatility in the market?
  • Does shutting down the government over the wall play well with President Trump’s political base?


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 Nov


  • Will ethics investigations into members of his cabinet have any political consequences for President Trump?
  • Does withdrawal from the INF pose a serious risk to US national security?
  • Does the killing of Jamal Khashoggi have greater implications for the Middle East regionally?
  • Is the US alliance with Saudi Arabia in jeopardy?
  • What effect will the Khashoggi case on the relationship between Turkey and Saudi Arabia?
  • Is President Trump’s rhetoric fueling political violence?
  • What steps should the DOJ take to curb the recent rise in antisemitism?
  • Will the fraying relationship between Japan and South Korea have a measurable effect on regional stability?
  • Will the election of Jair Bolsonaro erode the progress made under Democratic rule in Brazil?
  • Will growing international pressure to end the war in Yemen find success?
  • Has the Trump Administration made real progress on North Korean denuclearization?
  • Will US withdrawal from the INF trigger a new arms race?
  • Can Jair Bolsonaro fulfill his campaign promise to stamp out government corruption in Brazil?
  • Cann Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman still implement his plans to modernize Saudi Arabia?
  • What will Angela Merkel's retirement mean for the future of Europe?
  • Will debt obligations to China be disastrous for African nations?
  • Should Congress move to restrict dark money spending on political campaigns?
  • Should the US be doing more to alleviate famine conditions in Yemen?
  • Will imposing new sanctions bring Iran back to the negotiating table?
  • Can Germany continue to lead Europe after Merkel?
  • Is a military solution in Afghanistan still possible?
  • Are conditions for women in the American workplace improving?
  • Will Evangelical voters continue to support President Trump?
  • Does Sri Lanka’s political crisis risk sparking new rounds of violence?
  • Will the US push for a peace deal in Yemen succeed?
  • Will Iran stick with the JCPOA?
  • Is an end to the war in Syria on the horizon?
  • What does Bolsonaro’s election mean for the future of politics in Brazil?
  • Does the growth of the Hindu Nationalist movement pose a threat to the future of India?
  • Is the dismantling of the secular state in Turkey a reversible trend?
  • Can peace in Syria hold while Assad remains in power?
  • Do the false claims of President Trump damage the credibility of the US government on the global stage?
  • Will President Trump’s escalating rhetoric on immigration backfire?
  • Does President Trump still have an opportunity to unite the country?
  • How much is the new Social Credit system reshaping Chinese society?
  • What will the removal of Jeff Sessions mean for Robert Mueller’s investigation?
  • Can President Trump work with a Democratic majority in the House?
  • Will Congress pass legislation to protect the Special Counsel investigation?
  • Can the President and a divided Congress cut a deal on infrastructure spending?
  • Will a divided Congress lead to legislative gridlock?
  • Will the contentious relationship between the President and the press continue to escalate?
  • What will be the legislative priority for the new Democratic majority in the House?
  • Will the American public continue to accept the occurrence of mass shootings?
  • Will the acting Attorney General recuse himself from the Mueller investigation?
  • Can the Trump Administration secure the global support needed to broker a new deal with Iran?
  • Have American political parties permanently realigned along the urban and rural divide?
  • Has the time come for Congressional Democrats to select a new generation of leadership?
  • Has progress towards North Korea’s denuclearization stalled?
  • Is America angling towards regime change in Iran?
  • Is the news media getting better at covering President Trump?
  • What should the GOP do to regain independent voters?
  • Will US sanctions weaken the position of reformers within the Iranian government?
  • Will US markets continue to see significant volatility in 2019?
  • What can be done to diffuse the escalating hostility between Israel and Hamas in Gaza?
  • What additional steps should the Trump Administration take to counter North Korea’s missile program?
  • Will Democrats make a push for gun control in the new Congress?
  • Are federal law enforcement agencies doing all they can to combat white nationalist violence in America?
  • What’s behind the growing popularity of the Green Party in Germany?
  • Can the new split Congress avoid partisan gridlock?
  • Did the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v Holder have negative effects on the midterm elections?
  • What can President Trump do to regain the support of suburban voters?
  • What more can Modi’s government do to improve air quality in Indian cities?
  • Will more states move to restore the voting rights of convicted felons?
  • Is the increased scrutiny on Saudi Arabia over the death of Jamal Khashoggi abating?
  • Are the European nations getting better at combatting Russian disinformation campaigns?
  • Should the Trump Administration take stronger action against the Saudi Arabian government?
  • Will Theresa May survive Brexit?
  • Will Britons get a second Brexit referendum?
  • Can Prime Minister May get her Brexit deal through Parliament?
  • Is it safe for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to return to Myanmar?
  • What effect will sanctions have on the US-Saudi relationship?
  • Is a new global charter to better regulate the Internet needed?
  • Is John Kelly on the way out as White House Chief of Staff?
  • Will midterm staff shake-ups make it more difficult for President Trump to govern effectively?
  • Will Nancy Pelosi become the next Speaker of the House?
  • Is the presence of US military personnel a political win for the Trump Administration?
  • Are the FDA’s actions to limit underage access to nicotine too little, too late?
  • Is the problem of staffing key government positions getting worse for the Trump Administration?
  • How much damage will Brexit do to the UK economy?
  • What can Congress do to better regulate commercial access to citizens’ personal information?
  • Can anything be done to bring Taliban violence in Afghanistan under control?
  • Should Congress do more to close the gender pay gap?
  • Can individual states pick up the federal government’s slack when it comes to combating climate change?
  • Can President Trump cut a deal with China to end his trade war?
  • Has President Trump lived up to his 2016 campaign promises so far?
  • What should Congress do to combat the rising costs of prescription medications?
  • Should Congress restrict the role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers in setting prescription drug prices?
  • Should Medicare be allowed to negotiate for lower prescription drug pricing?
  • Should federal law enforcement dedicate more resources to cracking down on hate crimes? 
  • Is the Trump White House taking appropriate action against Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi killing?
  • Will the addition of work requirements onto Medicaid put an undue burden on low-income Americans?
  • Should the midterm elections be seen as an national rebuke of President Trump?
  • Can social media companies be trusted to adequately police content on their platforms without government regulation?
  • Is the US economy headed towards a recession?
  • Should the federal minimum wage be raised?
  • Was the deployment of US military personnel to the southern border unnecessary?
  • Will scandals over White House staff using personal email for government work hang over the Trump Administration?
  • Can the government of Emmerson Mnangagwa bring Zimbabwe’s economic crisis under control?
  • Are Saudi humanitarian efforts in Yemen a failure?
  • Is President Trump undermining the institution of an independent judiciary?
  • Will Congress force President Trump to take a stronger stance against Saudi Arabia?
  • Will the midterms mark a major turning point for the Trump White House?
  • Can Bibi Netanyahu keep his government together?
  • Will President Trump’s handling of the Khashoggi killing give cover to other human rights abuses around the world?
  • Should European museums return art and artifacts acquired under colonial rule?
  • Has self-regulation of social media companies failed?
  • What measures should the Nigerian government take to reform and improve their health care system?
  • Is Nigeria’s health care system in crisis?
  • Can a Medicare-for-all System work in America?
  • How much of global development problems can be solved through large-scale philanthropy?
  • Can GMO crops save Africa?
  • Has the Trump Administration failed the American public in its response to natural disasters?
  • What will it take to end Venezuela’s migration crisis?
  • Can Maduro end hyperinflation in Venezuela?
  • Is the hard-fought peace between the Colombian government and rebel factions on the brink of collapse?
  • Can AMLO change Mexico?
  • What measures will AMLO take to crack down on corruption in Mexico?
  • Can President Trump cut a deal on immigration with Mexico’s new President?
  • Is Robert Mueller’s investigation nearing an end?
  • Does Europe have a major problem integrating immigrants into their societies?
  • Are the Mexican public’s expectations of AMLO too high?
  • Are lawsuits against the drug manufacturers a key part of the solution to America’s opioid epidemic?
  • Is a lack of effective policing an existential threat to global fisheries?
  • Is North Korea really willing to denuclearize?
  • Does the Trump White House have realistic expectations for North Korean denuclearization?
  • Has the Trump Administration significantly reduced the threat from North Korea?
  • What will the new Iraqi government for the US-Iraqi relationship?
  • What will Mexico’s new leadership mean for the relationship with the US?
  • What can be done in Iraq to make a real dent in government corruption?
  • Will a new Congress force the Trump Administration to take more action in addressing the threat from climate change?
  • What should the international community do to stave off a famine crisis in Yemen?
  • Is a political solution to end the fighting in Yemen still impossible?
  • Should the Trump Administration increase development aid to Latin America?
  • Will funding for President Trump’s border wall force a government shutdown?
  • What can be done to increase how much Americans recycle?
  • Is America starting to more forcefully challenge China’s role in the South China Sea?
  • Will the Khashoggi case improve the relationship between Turkey and the west?
  • What can be done to overcome the stalled progress in eradicating Malaria around the world?
  • Is the poor relationship between Vladimir Putin and the west stifling the Russian economy?
  • Is support for Putin among the Russian public starting to fall away?
  • Will there be an upside for the UK from Brexit?
  • Is technology making it significantly more difficult for financial crimes investigators to stop global money laundering?
  • Are bitcoin and the blockchain the future of banking?
  • Is the federal government doing enough to ensure the cybersecurity of critical national infrastructure?
  • Is Amazon’s HQ2 selection a good deal for the winning cities?
  • What should be done to improve America’s transportation infrastructure?
  • Are the effects of demographic change starting to be a drag on China’s economic growth?
  • What more can be done to cleanup unexploded landmines around the globe?
  • Will the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General put America on a path towards a constitutional crisis?
  • Can backlash against Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi killing be leveraged to end the war in Yemen?
  • What should federal and state governments do to mitigate the damage from wildfires in the west?
  • Will President Trump push Congress to break up the Ninth Circuit?
  • Should the FDA mandate better tracking of perishable foods shipped across state lines?
  • Is the federal government taking all appropriate steps to prevent medical outbreaks from contaminated foods?
  • Has the Trump Administration helped revitalize American manufacturing?
  • How long will global oil prices remain low?
  • What does the growth of online retail shopping mean for long-term American consumer trends?
  • Will violent protests topple the government in Haiti?
  • Is the Trump Administration making fundamental and lasting changes to how America handles international asylum seekers?
  • Are President Trump’s trade tariffs working against his promises to bring back jobs?
  • Will growing tensions between the Ukraine and Russia draw action from Europe to intervene?
  • Should the number of US Immigration Court judges be increased?
  • What should be done to improve America’s system for processing and handling asylum seekers?
  • What more should the DOD do to prevent white supremacist groups from recruiting from within military ranks?
  • Is the drama of the Trump White House corrosive to the Republican Party?
  • Do GM’s job losses hurt President Trump’s political brand?
  • Will the lame duck Congress pass legislation to protect the Mueller investigation?
  • What will be accomplished in the lame-duck Congress?
  • What action should the US take to check Russian aggression in Crimea?
  • Does the national rise in student debt pose a long-term risk to America’s economic health?
  • Will divisions within the Democratic Party prevent Congressional Democrats from being successful in the new session?
  • Can the US and China cut a trade deal before tariffs doing lasting economic damage?
  • What will developments in automation technology mean for the future of the American workforce?


Monday, November 5, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 Oct


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


Friday, October 5, 2018

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


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


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 Aug


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


Monday, August 6, 2018

Extemp Questions 2018 July



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

    Extemp Questions 2018 June

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