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Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power
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Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?
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“Thucydides’s Trap identifies a cardinal challenge to world order: the impact of a rising power on a ruling power. I read the book with great interest. I can only hope that the US-China relationship becomes the fifth case to resolve itself peacefully, rather than the 13th to result in war.” — HENRY KISSINGER, former United States Secretary of State
“Graham Allison is one of the keenest observers of international affairs around. He consistently brings his deep understanding of history’s currents to today’s most difficult challenges and makes our toughest foreign policy dilemmas accessible to experts and everyday citizens alike. That’s why I regularly sought his counsel both as a senator and as vice president. In Destined for War, Allison lays out one of the defining challenges of our time—managing the critical relationship between China and the United States.” — JOE BIDEN, former Vice President of the United States
“One of the most insightful and thought-provoking books I have ever read on the most important relationship in the world: the US and China. If Graham Allison is right—and I think he is—China and the US must heed the lessons in this superb study in order to build a strategic relationship that avoids a war which neither side would win.” — General (Ret.) DAVID PETRAEUS, Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, former Director of the CIA, and former Commander of US Central Command
“The Chinese superpower has arrived. Could America’s failure to grasp this reality pull the United States and China into war? [Destined for War] argue[s] persuasively that adjusting to this global power shift will require great skill on both sides if conflagration is to be avoided…[Destined for War is full of] wide-ranging, erudite cases studies that span human history…[A] fine book.”—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:
WHAT IN THE WORLD? QUIZ
Week of Dec 3-9, 2017
1. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow the Trump Administration’s travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into effect as legal challenges continue in lower courts. The ban limits travel to the United States by people from each of these countries EXCEPT:
2. The death over the weekend of THIS former President of Yemen complicates the chances for a political settlement to the protracted civil war.
A. Bashar Assad
B. Ali Abdullah Saleh
C. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
D. Haider al-Abadi
Correct Answer: B. Ali Abdullah Saleh
3. The United States and South Korea opened air warfare exercises this week in response to THIS military development last week in North Korea.
A. North Korea’s seventh nuclear weapon test blast.
B. A test launch of a missile that flew to a height of about 3,000 miles.
C. Maneuvers of tank battalions in close proximity to the DMZ.
D. New production of sarin gas for use by military units in the field.
Correct Answer: B. A test launch of a missile that flew to a height of about 3,000 miles.
4. The results of the November 26th presidential election in Honduras were marred by the announcement that Organization of American States’ observers said there were irregularities, errors and systematic problems in the voting. The capital of Honduras is:
B. San Juan
D. La Paz
5. The President of France and a number of leaders from around the Middle East raised concerns about the impending announcement by President Trump about the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in THIS country.
6. Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is set to meet representatives from major powers for consultations on stabilizing the political situation in Lebanon. The country is in the midst of security and political turmoil as a result of a proxy battle between THESE TWO countries.
A. Syria and Iraq
B. Israel and Egypt
C. Saudi Arabia and Iran
D. Iran and the United States
Correct Answer: C. Saudi Arabia and Iran
7. British Prime Minister Theresa May hit a roadblock in opening trade talks with the EU for post-Brexit relations over a “regulatory alignment” on both sides of a UK-EU land border. That border concerns this part of the United Kingdom.
D. Northern Ireland
Correct Answer: D. Northern Ireland
8. Venezuelan President Nicolar Maduro is attempting to shore up his country’s troubled economy by the introduction of a new digital currency based on its reliance on oil exports called THIS.
A. The Crude Coin
B. The Petro
C. The Opec Dollar
D. The Bolivar
9. Moscow retaliated against Washington’s moves against Russian-backed media operating in the United States – requiring RT to register under FARA – by mandating THIS news operation register as “foreign agents” there.
B. National Public Radio
C. Voice of America
D. Fox News
10. Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa recently replaced long-time authoritarian figure Robert Mugabe as president and this past week was criticized for THIS.
A. Breaking relations with the United Kingdom.
B. Introducing a cabinet that includes controversial Mugabe-era officials.
C. Banning reporting by BBC journalists.
D. Offering refuge to the fugitive Sudan President al-Bashir wanted for war crimes.
Correct Answer: B. Introducing a cabinet that includes controversial Mugabe-era officials.
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