Weekly Questions

August 17th – August 24th

US Extemp

  • How will the nomination of Kamala Harris as vice president impact the 2020 presidential election?
  • Will issues with the United States Postal Service delegitimize the 2020 elections?
  • Should Edward Snowden be pardoned?
  • What is the best method to increase COVID-19 testing across the country?
  • Should the United States add sanctions on Iran?

International Extemp

  • How can the global community prevent the rise of “vaccine nationalism”?
  • Is the Chinese-American “tech rupture” irreversible?
  • Will the instability caused by Russian intervention in Belarus spread across Europe?
  • How will the formalization of UAE-Israeli relations impact Palestine’s relationship with Dubai?
  • Will the resignation of the Lebanese government lead to meaningful reform?

August 10th – August 16th

US Extemp

  • Is Cori Bush’s victory in Missouri an indication of rising progressive momentum across the nation?
  • Is the United States’ forced sale of TikTok the right way to deal with Chinese technology?
  • How will the United States’ troop drawdown in Germany impact Russian foreign policy?
  • Do big tech companies violate antitrust laws?
  • Are President Trump’s coronavirus relief executive actions unconstitutional?

International Extemp

  • How, if at all, can the international community assist a battered Beirut?
  • What does Erdogan’s latest social media crackdown signal for the future of Turkey’s democracy?
  • In the wake of nationwide protests, what steps should Mali take to appease protestors? 
  • Following the recent election in Suriname, what should Chan Santokhi’s priorities be for the country?
  • Is South Africa’s loan from the IMF a harbinger of economic stagnation?

July 27th – August 2nd

US Extemp

  • After the failure of the Justice in Policing Act, is the federal government powerless to stop police brutality?
  • How significant were President Trump’s executive orders on drug pricing?
  • Have party conventions become obsolete?
  • What steps can state and local officials take to prevent escalating tensions with federal law enforcement officers?
  • What do the closings of consulates mean for US-China foreign policy?

International Extemp

  • Will changing US stances on Chinese territorial claims lead to military conflict in the South China Sea?
  • What does the passage of a new EU rescue fund signal for the future of European continental cooperation?
  • Was Britain’s Huawei ban an economic mistake?
  • Will COVID-19 help make Vision 2030 a reality in Saudi Arabia?
  • What does the conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque mean for the future of Turkey’s relations with the West?

July 20th – July 26th

US Extemp

  • Is defunding the police prudent public policy?
  • Should US colleges still consider standardizing testing in admissions decisions?
  • Who should Joe Biden pick to be his running mate?
  • What does SpaceX’s successful launch mean for the future of American space travel?
  • Can the United States realistically deploy a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2020?

International Extemp

  • What steps should India and China take to draw down their border conflict?
  • Will COVID-19 hamper China’s Belt & Road efforts?
  • Should sanctions continue to be placed on Iran during this COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How well-positioned is the IMF to provide assistance to developing nations during this global economic downturn?
  • Is Irish unification a realistic hope in the coming years?

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