“What in the World?” Quiz – Week of Oct 1-7, 2017

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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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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:


Week of Sep 24-30, 2017

1. This week and next here are important votes scheduled in all of these places EXCEPT:

A. A referendum on secession in the Catalonia region of Spain on October 1st.
B. German Chancellor Merkel is running for a fourth-term in voting on September 24th.
C. A referendum on independence for the Kurdish region in Iraq on September 24th.
D. A constituent assembly vote in support of President Maduro in Venezuela on September 26th.

Correct Response: D. A constituent assembly vote in support of President Maduro in Venezuela on September 26th.

2. The C5+1, according to the State Department, is a forum for the U.S. and five countries from THIS region “to focus on three sectors of common interest – security, with a focus on terrorist threats; economics, with a focus on improving regional trade flows and prospects for U.S. trade and investment; and environmental challenges.”

A. Central America
B. Central Asia
C. Southeast Asia
D. The Horn of Africa

Correct Response: B. Central Asia

3. President Trump told the UN General Assembly he wants to reopen negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015. What is the agreement called?

A. Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
B. Agreement to Forestall Nuclear Weapons Developments
C. P5+1 Nuclear Enrichment Treaty
D. Iran Nuclear Development Agreement

Correct Response: A. Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

4. A referendum for independence for Kurdistan from Iraq drew hostile reaction from neighboring countries including THIS state:

A. Saudi Arabia
B. Jordan
C. Iran
D. Syria

Correct Response: C. Iran

5. Angela Merkel won a fourth term as Chancellor of Germany but the election was marked by the performance of THIS right-wing political party which will now be seated in the Bundestag.

A. Social Democrats (SD)
B. Green Party
C. Alternative for Germany (AFD)
D. National Democrat Party (DND)

Correct Response: C. Alternative for Germany (AFD)

6. THIS country claimed to have completed destruction of its chemical weapon stockpile in accordance with a multinational agreement and claimed that the United States was dragging its feet in completing the job.

A. China
B. Syria
C. Russia
D. Turkey

Correct Response: C. Russia

7. A new US travel ban included THIS country which was criticized by France as counterproductive in the war on terror.

A. Burma
B. Iraq
C. Venezuela
D. Chad

Correct Response: D. Chad

8. China said THIS entity was “not a country” and would “reap the consequences” of a formal declaration of independence.

A. Hong Kong
B. Taiwan
C. Macau
D. Hainan

Correct Response: B. Taiwan

9. The head of the UN “watchdog” agency monitoring Iranian compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal asked the major powers that participated in the agreement to clarify portions of the pact dealing with technology that could be used to develop an atom bomb. What is the agency?

A. Nuclear Monitoring Council
B. UN Security Council Proliferation Committee
C. The Geneva Council
D. International Atomic Energy Agency

Correct Response: D. International Atomic Energy Agency

10. In response to North Korean saber-rattling the U.S. conducted a show of force this weekend designed to send a message to Pyongyang. What was this action?

A. Announced deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Sea of Japan near North Korean waters.
B. Conducted a sortie of strategic bombes near North Korean airspace.
C. Conducted armored forces maneuvers near the DMZ across from North Korea.
D. All of the above.

Correct Response: B. Conducted a sortie of strategic bombes near North Korean airspace.

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