“What in the World?” Quiz – Week of Jan 22-28, 2017

Check your global affairs awareness with these ten questions taken from the week’s news reports. Follow @TNWAC for #TNWACquiz news reports.


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Michael Hester, Murfreesboro, TN

Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN

Colleen Ryan, Nashville, TN

Sebastian Williams, Atlanta, GA

Patricia Paiva, Nashville, TN

Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN

Katherine Prather, Nashville, TN

Christine Li, Nashville, TN


A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

By Richard Haass

An examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder and a United States unable to shape the world in its image, from the president of the Council on Foreign Relations

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. The rules, policies, and institutions that have guided the world since World War II have largely run their course. Respect for sovereignty alone cannot uphold order in an age defined by global challenges from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons to climate change and cyberspace. Meanwhile, great power rivalry is returning. Weak states pose problems just as confounding as strong ones. The United States remains the world’s strongest country, but American foreign policy has at times made matters worse, both by what the U.S. has done and by what it has failed to do. The Middle East is in chaos, Asia is threatened by China’s rise and a reckless North Korea, and Europe, for decades the world’s most stable region, is now anything but. As Richard Haass explains, the election of Donald Trump and the unexpected vote for “Brexit” signals that many in modern democracies reject important aspects of globalization, including borders open to trade and immigrants.

In A World in Disarray, Haass argues for an updated global operating system—call it world order 2.0—that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders count for less. One critical element of this adjustment will be adopting a new approach to sovereignty, one that embraces its obligations and responsibilities as well as its rights and protections. Haass also details how the U.S. should act towards China and Russia, as well as in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He suggests, too, what the country should do to address its dysfunctional politics, mounting debt, and the lack of agreement on the nature of its relationship with the world.

A World in Disarray is a wise examination, one rich in history, of the current world, along with how we got here and what needs doing. Haass shows that the world cannot have stability or prosperity without the United States, but that the United States cannot be a force for global stability and prosperity without its politicians and citizens reaching a new understanding.

Source: Amazon.com

About the Author

Dr. Richard Haass is president of the non-partisan Council on Foreign Relations. He served as the senior Middle East advisor to President George H.W. Bush and as Director of the Policy Planning Staff under Secretary of State Colin Powell. A recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, and the Tipperary International Peace Award, he is also the author or editor of twelve books on foreign policy and international relations. Dr. Haass lives in New York.

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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:


Week of Jan 15-21, 2017

1. In a push to digital broadcasting, which country became the first to begin switching off its FM radio transmitters this week?
A. China
B. Norway
C. Australia
D. Chile

Correct: B. Norway

2. As the World Economic Forum opens in Davos this week, the president of which nation will attend for the first time ever?
A. Germany
B. France
C. China
D. Russia

Correct: C China

3. FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, announced this week that the 2026 World Cup would expand to include 48 teams. How many teams currently compete for soccer’s greatest title?
A. 20
B. 24
C. 28
D. 32

Correct: D. 32

4. The king of which Asian nation—currently considered the region’s only military dictatorship—refused to endorse a new constitution?
A. Myanmar
B. Thailand
C. Cambodia
D. Bhutan

Correct: B. Thailand

5. In an effort to save the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and to foster security in the region, Japan’s president Shinzo Abe is on a whirlwind tour of Pacific Rim nations this week. His most challenging visit could well be with Rodrigo Duterte, whose pro-China stance and unusual approach to global affairs have rendered his nation’s relationship with its neighbors tenuous. Mr. Duterte is the president of which nation?
A. Vietnam
B. China
C. Philippines
D. Australia

Correct: C. Philippines

6. French voters will go to the polls later this week to vote in the Socialist Party’s (PS) primary. Which of the following will NOT appear on the PS ballot?
A. Manuel Valls
B. François Fillon
C. Arnaud Montebourg
D. Benoît Hamon

Correct: B. François Fillon

7. Foreign diplomats and officials from 70 countries met in which city this week to urge a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and to push for renewed peace talks between the two states?
A. London
B. Jerusalem
C. Paris
D. Geneva

Correct : C. Paris

8. This week saw the end to the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy, which granted undocumented immigrants from which country the right to stay in the United States if they reached its soil, and gave them a fast-track to U.S. citizenship?
A. Cuba
B. Canada
C. Honduras
D. Jamaica

Correct : A. Cuba

9. Which nation has seen severe damage done to some of its most important vineyards this week by wildfires?
A. South Africa
B. France
C. Chile
D. Italy

Correct : A. South Africa

10. Amazon sparked outrage this week by selling flip-flops that feature the face of which global icon for human rights?
A. Nelson Mandela
B. Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. Mahatma Gandhi
D. Aung San Suu Kyi

Correct : C. Mahatma Gandhi

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