“What in the World?” Quiz – Week of Jan 29-Feb 4, 2017

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Nondi Walters, Suwanee, GA

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Katherine Prather, 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.

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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 22-28, 2017

1. One of the first actions of the Trump Administration on inauguration day was to release a statement that detailed this action in response to the North Korean threat.

A. New sanctions targeting North Korean officials.
B. Plans to build a new missile defense system.
C. Deployment of additional US troops to South Korea.
D. New talks with Beijing on joint actions.

Correct: B. Plans to build a new missile defense system.

2. A new round of Syria peace talks opened this week with hopes to shore up the ceasefire and develop a path for future talks. The United States and important rebel groups are not direct participants. The talks are being held in this city:

A. Lausanne, Switzerland
B. Amman, Jordan
C. London, England
D. Astana, Kazakhstan

Correct: D. Astana, Kazakhstan

3. The fearsome Sinaloa drug cartel leader who gained notoriety after escaping twice from a Mexican prison was extradited to the United States last week. Joaquin Guzman is best known by his nickname:

A. Barbas
B. Chapo
C. Chayo
D. Goyo

Correct: B. Chapo

4. American aircraft attacked an Al Qaeda training camp on Thursday and killed more than 100 militants according to the Pentagon a day after strikes killed more than 80 ISIS militants in Libya. The strike against Al Qaeda occurred in:

A. Afghanistan
B. Iraq
C. Syria
D. Yemen

Correct: C. Syria

5. The Chinese Community Party’s official “People’s Daily” reflected the country’s official response to the inauguration of Donald Trump when it talked about THIS in a front-page commentary.

A. Resisting American militarism in the Western Pacific.
B. Pledging a strong economic response to an American trade war.
C. Looking for a win-win and management of disputes.
D. Promising cooperation in completing the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Correct: C. Looking for a win-win and management of disputes.

6. Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, rejected pressure by Malaysia to address the crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim group. Myanmar said it was regrettable that Kuala Lumpur called a meeting of a 57 country Muslim transnational organization to take up the case. That group is known as:

A. Arab League
B. International Muslim Protectorate
C. The Cairo Cooperation Council
D. Organization of Islamic Conference

Correct: D. Organization of Islamic Conference

7. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lifting East Jerusalem settlement restrictions following municipal government moves to build hundreds of new homes in the area according to Reuters. The move comes in the wake of this international action on Israeli settlements:

A. Pope Francis calls for a freeze in settlements and new peace talks.
B. A European meeting on Middle East Peace in London.
C. President Putin’s call for a P5+1 summit to address the “Two-State” solution.
D. Security Council Resolution at which the United States abstained.

Correct: D. Security Council Resolution at which the United States abstained.

8. This country is reviewing laws that would enable its Emperor to step down by the end of 2018.

A. Thailand
B. Ethiopia
C. Japan
D. Myanmar

Correct: C. Japan

9. This world leader responded to the inauguration of Donald Trump by urging him to be guided by ethical values and he said, “”We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite unwise. It would be like prophets predicting calamities.”

A. Dalai Lama
B. Pope Francis
C. Caliph of Raqqa
D. Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I

Correct: B. Pope Francis

10. The European Union representative to the Iran nuclear deal talks said that the agreement is “working for all” marking the anniversary of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The agreement was signed by all of these countries except:

A. China
B. France
C. India
D. Germany

Correct: C. India

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