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JULY 2018 MONTHLY PRIZE
“Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism”
by Ian Bremmer
“Required reading to help repair a world in pieces and build a world at peace.”
— António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
“The best book yet on the waves Donald Trump rode to power. Ian Bremmer is right that rage and scorn are not plans. He provides good practical ideas for what can be done.”
—Lawrence Summers, professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and former director or the National Economic Council
“Few can beat Ian Bremmer in taking the pulse on the health of nations and the world. Here he dives into the divisions and disputes of the wave of protests and populism that gave the US Donald Trump and Europe Brexit.”
—Carl Bildt, co-chair of European Council on Foreign Relations
“My favorite thinker on geopolitics offers a masterful analysis of why globalism crashed and populism has soared. This book won’t just help you predict the future of nations; it will play a role in shaping that future.”
—Adam Grant, author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
“A crisp and compelling anatomy of present political ills across many countries. Bremmer’s discussion of global approaches to revising the social contract between government and citizen offers a welcome ray of light.”
—Anne-Marie Slaughter, president & CEO of New America
“Global politics is a jungle today. Thank goodness Ian Bremmer can be your guide.”
—David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee
“Once again, Ian Bremmer provides a striking preview of tomorrow’s top stories. A timely warning, but also a source of hope, Us vs. Them is required reading for those worried about our world’s future.”
—Nouriel Roubini, author of Crisis Economics; professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business; chairman of Roubini Macro Associates
“Ian Bremmer is provocative, controversial, and always intelligent about the state of our world, which he knows so well!”
—Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
About the Author
Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He has published ten books, including Superpower and the national bestsellers The End of the Free Market and Every Nation for Itself. He lectures widely and writes a weekly foreign affairs column for TIME magazine, where he’s editor at large. He lives in New York City.
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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:
WHAT IN THE WORLD? QUIZ
Week of Jul 8-14, 2018
1. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in North Korea last week to continue discussions with Pyongyang about denuclearization started last month in Singapore by President Trump. Pompeo said there was more work to do but he was confident Chairman Kim Jong Un was committed to give up nuclear weapons. Meanwhile the Korean response to the talks between Pompeo and his DPRK counterpart included THIS charge:
A. The United States was using cyber warfare against the North Korean missile program.
B. The United States was not keeping its promise to end economic sanctions.
C. The United States did not fulfill an agreement to cancel provocative wargames.
D. The United States was engaged in “gangster-like” diplomacy.
Correct Response: D. The United States was engaged in “gangster-like” diplomacy.
2. The European Union, international rights groups, domestic opposition groups and even Mick Jagger at a Warsaw concert took aim at THIS action by the Polish government that was seen as anti-democratic.
A. Forcing retirement of Supreme Court justices.
B. Increasing government oversight of the press.
C. Suspending search and seizure provisions of the constitution.
D. Setting aside term limits for the office of the president.
Correct Response: A. Forcing retirement of Supreme Court justices.
3. President Trump has a busy international calendar set for July. He will be traveling for all of these events EXCEPT:
A. Meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
B. Attending a NATO Summit in Belgium.
C. Visiting Israel to advance US brokered peace talks.
D. Making a state visit to England to meet Queens Elizabeth and Prime Minister May.
Correct Response: C. Visiting Israel to advance US brokered peace talks.
4. Two people in England were stricken by the same nerve agent that was used in an attack that sickened Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. One of the new victims died as a result of the exposure. The nerve agent used in these attacks, that has been identified as a unique Russian chemical warfare composition, is known as:
Correct Response: D. Novichok
5. Turkey’s President will be sworn in to a new term with significantly increased powers. He said, “Turkey is entering a new era with the presidential oath ceremony on Monday … With the power granted to us by the new presidential system, we will get quicker and stronger results.” Who is the ruler of Turkey?
A. Nouri al-Maliki
B. Tayyip Erdogan
C. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
D. Haider al Abadi
Correct Response: B. Tayyip Erdogan
6. The national team of the host of the World Cup 2018, Russia, was eliminated from the tournament by THIS team which advanced to a semi-final match with the English national team.
7. Mexico has a new president who in a campaign rally in May talked about Mexico’s relationship with the United States, “”We are going to change the relationship, and Trump is going to learn to respect us. I can guarantee you that.” Who is Mexico’s new leader?
A. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
B. Enrique Pena Nieto
C. Vicente Fox
D. Felipe Calderon
Correct Response: A. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
8. The Trump Administration is pushing OPEC countries to increase production to prevent a global surge of oil prices as THIS country’s output is threatened by sanctions organized by Washington.
Correct Response: D. Iran
9. One American soldier was killed and two wounded in Afghanistan last week in an attack referred to as “green on green” meaning that it was:
A. An ambush conducted by Taliban forces operating from Pakistani safe havens.
B. An insider attack by a member of the Afghan security forces.
C. An accidental attack conducted by fellow service members.
D. None of the above.
Correct Response: B. An insider attack by a member of the Afghan security forces.
10. The leaders of THESE African nations agreed to an unexpected rapprochement following 20 years of animosity including a two-year war that cost 80,000 lives.
A. Sudan and South Sudan
B. Ethiopia and Eritrea
C. Morocco and Western Sahara
D. Angola and Zambia
Correct Response: B. Ethiopia and Eritrea
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