“What in the World?” Quiz – Week of Dec 17-23, 2017

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Pete Griffin, Nashville, TN

Phillip Lovell, Nashville, TN

Pat Miletich, Nashville, TN

Will Kessler, Nashville, TN

Kohl Garrett Kraus, Huntsville, AL

Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN

Sebastian Williams, Atlanta, GA

Keith Simmons, Nashville, TN

Brett Kmiec, Nashville, TN

Mike Bush, Nashville, TN

Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN

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Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?

Graham Allison

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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

About the Author

GRAHAM ALLISON is director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the best-selling author of LeeKuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World; Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe; and Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis. Founding dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Allison has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense and advised the secretaries of defense under every president from Reagan to Obama. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:


Week of Dec 10-16, 2017

1. The European Commission announced that it will sue Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic for not doing THIS:

Taking in the quota of asylum seekers assigned to them

2. Finding that existing laws violate provisions against discrimination, Austria’s Constitutional Court ruled that THIS will be legal, beginning in 2019:

Same-sex marriage

3. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, former president of THIS nation, is charged with treason as a federal judge calls for her arrest over allegations that she was involved in a plot to hide evidence implicating senior Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in her nation’s capital. The attack left 85 people dead, making it the largest in the nation’s history.


4. In an effort to mend long-damaged relations, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan travelled to Greece on a state visit; the last time a Turkish president visited Greece was in THIS year:


5. THIS world leader announced that he would run for a fourth term as president in 2018. If he’s re-elected and completes another 6-year term, he will have led his nation for 24 years.

Vladimir Putin of Russia

6. The prime minister of Iraq announced that Iraqi troops are now in control of his country’s border with Syria, marking the end of ISIS and the almost four years of fighting that it took to drive them out. Who is the prime minister of Iraq?

Haider al-Abadi

7. As punishment for “systemic manipulation” of anti-doping regulations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has barred Russia from competing in the 2018 winter games. Athletes who can prove that they are drug-free will still be able to participate, under all but THIS condition:

They must agree to volunteer with the IOC’s new Independent Testing Authority

8. Despite a law passed by Congress in 1995 requiring that the U.S. embassy in Israel be moved to Jerusalem, no president has complied, until now. The move would make the U.S. embassy the only foreign embassy (consulates not included) in Jerusalem. Since 2006, all 86 of the foreign embassies in Israel have been located in THIS city:

Tel Aviv

9. France is mourning the loss of THIS singer, known as “the French Elvis.”

Johnny Hallyday

10. Which of the following traditions did UNESCO select for world heritage status?

Pizzaiuolo, or the art of pizza twirling from Italy

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