“What in the World?” Quiz – Week of Sep 3-9, 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 Aug 27 – Sep 2, 2017

1. President Trump announced his policy on Afghanistan in a speech last week. A U.S. official categorized the position of the US Government toward the 16-year old American combat operations there as:

A. “A political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban that protects vital U.S. national security interests.”
B. “A surge of US military forces to destroy the combat capabilities of the Taliban insurgency.”
C. “A commitment to anti-government forces inside Pakistan to coax Islamabad to drop support for the Taliban.”
D. “A renewed call for NATO partners to contribute five percent each to the cost of military operations in Afghanistan.”

Correct Answer: A. “A political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban that protects vital U.S. national security interests.”

2. THIS Pacific power launched long-range nuclear-capable bomber aircraft to fly around the Korean Peninsula last week as a rare demonstration of force in the region.

A. Japan
B. South Korea
C. Russia
D. United States

Correct Answer: C. Russia

3. The Secretary General of NATO urged Russia to be transparent in its troop maneuvers next month in western Russia and Belarus saying, “All countries have the right to exercises of their armed forces, but the countries should also respect the obligation to be transparent.” Who is the Secretary General of NATO.

A. James Mattis
B. Jens Stoltenberg
C. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
D. H.R. McMaster

Correct Answer: B. Jens Stoltenberg

4. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army claimed responsibility for attacks in THIS Asian country against 30 police posts and an army base in Rakhine state last week that left 59 insurgents and 12 security forces dead. The treatment of the Muslim Rohingya community appears to have spawned an insurgency in THIS country.

A. Laos
B. Bangladesh
C. Myanmar
D. Pakistan

Correct Answer: C. Myanmar

5. Which head of state is under fire by critics and pundits in the so-called “Makeup Gate” scandal after purchases of over $30,000 in makeup in 100 days was disclosed.

A. Theresa May of the UK
B. Justin Trudeau of Canada
C. Sergio Mattarella of Italy
D. Emmanuel Macron of France

Correct Answer: D. Emmanuel Macron of France

6. Which foreign minister said, “We are in a Cold War 2.0,” adding “Right in the middle. We face a new phase of nuclear armament in East and West.” He was openly critical of his country’s leader and sought to differentiate his party’s positions in the coalition government in advance of national elections.

A. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of Germany
B. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of the UK
C. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France
D. Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski of Poland

Correct Answer: A. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of Germany

7. Mysterious “acoustic attacks” were believed to have caused injuries to American and Canadian diplomatic personnel in the capital of THIS COUNTRY starting as far back as 2016. Last week Ottawa announced it did not believe the host nation was necessarily behind the incidents.

A.. South Korea
B. Iran
C. Cuba
D.. Venezuela

Correct Answer: C. Cuba

8. Militants attacked a police facility in the Kashmir valley killing three police officers in the most serious violence in a year that has seen 134 militants killed by authorities. Kashmir is hotly contested by THESE rivals:

A. Morocco and Algeria
B. Israel and Syria
C. India and Pakistan
D. Laos and Cambodia

Correct Answer: C. India and Pakistan

9. The USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel last week resulting in the loss of ten sailors and extensive damage to the guided-missile destroyer. Earlier this month the ship was involved in “freedom of navigation” operations by patrolling areas of THESE east Asian waters subject to conflicting claims of sovereignty.

A. Yellow Sea
B. East China Sea
C. South China Sea
D. Philippine Sea

Correct Answer: C. South China Sea

10. After French President Macron said THIS EU country was isolating itself from Europe its foreign minister shot back, “President Macron is not following carefully the news, doesn’t know what is happening in this part of Europe. But this happens sometimes.” The response followed Macron’s criticism of Warsaw’s opposition to hosting migrants and EU labor issues.

A. Poland
B. Czech Republic
C. Latvia
D. Turkey

Correct Answer: A. Poland

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