“What in the World?” Quiz – Week of Nov 5-11, 2017

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Pat Miletich, Nashville, TN

James Dittes, Gallatin, TN

Pratik Yedla, Huntsville, AL

Alyza Surani, Lawrenceville, GA

Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN

Well Done!


Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power
Meghan O’Sullivan

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Windfall is the boldest profile of the world’s energy resources since Daniel Yergin’s The Quest. Harvard professor and former Washington policymaker Meghan L. O’Sullivan reveals how fears of energy scarcity have given way to the reality of energy abundance. This abundance is transforming the geo-political order and boosting American power.

As a new administration focuses on raising American energy production, O’Sullivan’s Windfall describes how new energy realities have profoundly affected the world of international relations and security. New technologies led to oversupplied oil markets and an emerging natural gas glut. This did more than drive down prices. It changed the structure of markets and altered the way many countries wield power and influence.

America’s new energy prowess has global implications. It transforms politics in Russia, Europe, China, and the Middle East. O’Sullivan explains the consequences for each region’s domestic stability as energy abundance upends traditional partnerships, creates opportunities for cooperation.

The advantages of this new abundance are greater than its downside for the US: it strengthens American hard and soft power. This powerful book describes how new energy realities creates a strategic environment to America’s advantage.

About the Author

Meghan L. O’Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is also the Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project, which explores the complex interaction between energy markets and international politics. Between 2004 and 2007, she was special assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan for the last two years of her tenure. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Windfall: The New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics is her third book.

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We’ll post the answers and the names of the winner(s) in next week’s quiz.

Here’s last week’s questions and answers:


Week of Oct 29-Nov 4, 2017

1. When residents of a camp for displaced persons in THIS country—the world’s newest—became upset because they were told she wouldn’t be able to meet with them, Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was evacuated from the camp.

A. South Sudan
B. Eritrea
C. Kosovo
D. East Timor

Correct Response: A. South Sudan

2. Catalonian independence from Spain was announced this week, almost a month after the regional government held a referendum on the topic. Who declared Catalonia’s independence?

A. Spain’s General State Administration
B. King Felipe VI
C. Carles Puigdemont, regional president of Catalonia
D. Catalonia’s parliament

Correct Response: D. Catalonia’s parliament

3. Citizens of THIS nation went to the polls again to cast their ballots for president, after the results of the August 8 presidential election were nullified due to reported voting irregularities.

A. Democratic Republic of Congo
B. Liberia
C. Kenya
D. Mozambique

Correct Response: C. Kenya

4. The collapse due to scandal of a second coalition government in less than a year caused THIS nation to hold snap parliamentary elections this week. Last year, the Panama Papers revealed that the then-prime minister owned an offshore company that he had not declared; this year, the current prime minister’s father wrote a letter supporting a convicted pedophile’s request to have certain civil rights restored.

A. Finland
B. Iceland
C. Norway
D. Denmark

Correct Response: B. Iceland

5. Tensions are high in northern Brazil after protestors set fire to the local offices of Ibama, the Brazilian environmental protection agency, and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conversation. The fires were allegedly set in retaliation because the government seized boats belonging to people engaged in THIS illegal activity:

A. Gold prospecting
B. Poaching
C. Marijuana production
D. Trafficking in rare and endangered species

Correct Response: A. Gold prospecting

6. Rome’s Lazio soccer club faced international denunciation because it used images of THIS person to launch insults at a rival team:

A. Hitler
B. Mussolini
C. Malala Yousafzai
D. Anne Frank

Correct Response: D. Anne Frank


7. Australia’s High Court has ruled that the nation’s deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, is disqualified from holding office because of THIS:

A. He has a criminal record
B. He was not born in Australia
C. His business holdings create a conflict of interest
D. He held dual citizenship when he was elected to office

Correct Response: D. He held dual citizenship when he was elected to office

8. The United Nations and international chemical weapons inspectors issued a joint report that determined WHO was responsible for the sarin gas attack that killed more than 80 people in the Syrian village of Khan Sheikhoun in April?

B. Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces
C. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime
D. Free Syrian Army

Correct Response: C. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime

9. Teodorin Obiang, vice president of Equatorial Guinea, was convicted in absentia in France this week on charges of embezzlement of public money. What is Mr. Obiang’s relationship to the president of Equatorial Guinea?

A. Mr. Obiang is the president’s brother
B. Mr. Obiang is the president’s son
C. Mr. Obiang also serves as the president’s personal attorney
D. Mr. Obiang also serves as the president’s economic advisor

Correct Response: B. Mr. Obiang is the president’s son


10. Two notes, each containing an aphorism for happiness, were hand-written by THIS Nobel Prize winner and given to a courier years ago, in lieu of a tip. The notes sold at auction this week for a combined $1.8 million.

A. Nelson Mandela
B. Albert Einstein
C. Mother Teresa
D. Ernest Hemingway

Correct Response: B. Albert Einstein

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