Weekly Questions: November 20th-27th

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Weekly Questions: November 13th-20th

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Book Review- Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad by Matthew Levitt

Matthew Levitt is one of America’s most prominent counterterrorism experts. In this book, Levitt explores the origins and practices of the Palestinian terrorist group, Hamas. On October 7th, 2023, this group breached Israel’s southern border attacking and killing 1400 people. In response, Israel is attempting to eliminate Hamas by destroying terrorist infrastructure and killing fighters in the Gaza strip. Hence, there has never been a more critical for extempers and global citizens alike to understand Hamas!

Weekly Questions: October 30th- November 6th

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Weekly Questions: October 23th-30th

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Weekly Questions: October 16th-23

IX Will war between Israel and Hamas harm Netanyahu politically? How should the European Union respond If Donald Tusk becomes Poland’s next leader? Are hopes of Venezuela holding a free and democratic election in 2024 real? Will Turkey leave the council of Europe? Are right-wing parties likely to gain power in New Zealand? USX Should […]

Weekly Questions: October 9th-16th

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Weekly Questions: October 2nd- October 9th

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How Civil Wars Start: Barbara F. Walter

Over the last couple of years, the most prominent minds in American political scientists have sought to make sense of record tensions through works like Lilliana Mason’s “Uncivil Agreement” and “Why We Are Polarized” by Ezra Klein(you can read our review of that HERE(https://extempers.org/2021/04/20/book-summaries-part-4/
)). But in 2018, Barbara F. Walter intensified the conversation by evaluating an even more extreme scenario — what if the United States was heading toward civil war? Looking granularly at case studies from more than 30 years, Walter evaluates her question while giving both domestic and international extempers a framework to understand the recipe for sectional conflict.

Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World

As the fundamental vision of the United Nations, outlined in 1945, remains as essential to global order as ever, Matthew explores pressing challenges and opportunities articulated in Ban Ki-Moon’s 2021 book- Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World.

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Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power

Published in 2017, Howard W. French provides excellent historical context to understand some of the motivations behind China’s modern-day behavior.