“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | Mar 29-Apr 4, 2021

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Thanks to quiz master Matthew Jackson for this week’s quiz.


David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL
Gashaw Bekele, Nashville, TN
Stephen Freidberg, Boston, MA
Allan Ramsaur, Nashville, TN
Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN
Campbell Lahman, Nolensville, TN
George Pruden, Townsend, GA
Joseph Mendenhall, Bedford, TX
Anne Wasse-Lyon, Mt Laurel, NJ
Beth O’Brien, Washington, IL
Bernie Drake, Peoria, IL
John Steward, Peoria, IL
Donald McKenzie, Nashville, TN
Peter Sharadin, Blandon, PA
Muhammad Rahman, Nashville, TN
Laurie Bergner, Normal, IL
Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN
Nathan Solomon, Nashville, TN

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March 2021 – Quiz Prize Winner

Campbell Lahman, Nolensville, TN

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

By Anne Applebaum

April 2021 – Quiz Prize

Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order

by Kathryn E. Stoner

An assessment of Russia that suggests that we should look beyond traditional means of power to understand its strength and capacity to disrupt international politics.

Too often, we are told that Russia plays a weak hand well. But, perhaps the nation’s cards are better than we know. Russia ranks significantly behind the US and China by traditional measures of power: GDP, population size and health, and military might. Yet 25 years removed from its mid-1990s nadir following the collapse of the USSR, Russia has become a supremely disruptive force in world politics. Kathryn E. Stoner assesses the resurrection of Russia and argues that we should look beyond traditional means of power to assess its strength in global affairs. Taking into account how Russian domestic politics under Vladimir Putin influence its foreign policy, Stoner explains how Russia has battled its way back to international prominence.

From Russia’s seizure of the Crimea from Ukraine to its military support for the Assad regime in Syria, the country has reasserted itself as a major global power. Stoner examines these developments and more in tackling the big questions about Russia’s turnaround and global future. Stoner marshals data on Russia’s political, economic, and social development and uncovers key insights from its domestic politics. Russian people are wealthier than the Chinese, debt is low, and fiscal policy is good despite sanctions and the volatile global economy. Vladimir Putin’s autocratic regime faces virtually no organized domestic opposition. Yet, mindful of maintaining control at home, Russia under Putin also uses its varied power capacities to extend its influence abroad. While we often underestimate Russia’s global influence, the consequences are evident in the disruption of politics in the US, Syria, and Venezuela, to name a few. Russia Resurrected is an eye-opening reassessment of the country, identifying the actual sources of its power in international politics and why it has been able to redefine the post-Cold War global order.

What in the World? Quiz – Week of Mar 22-28, 2021

1. The United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor were in a testy meeting with top foreign policy official, Yang Jiechi, and foreign minister Wang Yi of China in Alaska last week, the most senior official contacts between the fractious superpowers. THIS person is the U.S. Secretary of State.

A. Jake Sullivan
B. Antony Blinken
C. Lloyd Austin
D. William Burns

Correct Response: B. Antony Blinken

2. The United States Secretary of Defense visited Afghanistan following visits with the Secretary of State to Japan and South Korea last week. THIS “SecDef” didn’t comment on the Trump-Taliban agreement date of May 1 for U.S. forces’ departure, but he did say, “What we want to see is a responsible end to this conflict.”

A. Jake Sullivan
B. Antony Blinken
C. Lloyd Austin
D. William Burns

Correct Response: B. Lloyd Austin

3. THIS association agreed to sanction several Chinese officials over human rights abuse against the Uighurs, a Muslim minority whose repression in China has been called “genocide” by the United States.

A. European Union
B. United Nations
C. World Health Organization

Correct Response: A. European Union

4. The United Kingdom and the European Union exchanged charges over holding Covid-19 vaccines from one another as well as countries like Italy stalling export of vaccines to fellow EU nations. The phenomenon is called THIS.

A. Biomed imperialism
B. Jab diplomacy
C. Pharma faux
D. Vaccine nationalism

Correct Response: D. Vaccine nationalism
“Daily Chatter,” March 19, 2021

5. Women marched across THIS country demanding “safety from endemic violence, accessible health care … and the basic economic justice of safe working environments and equal opportunities for women.” The annual rallies which started in Karachi faced threats and backlash from religious extremists. [USIP Question]

A. Saudi Arabia
B. Myanmar
C. Pakistan
D. Egypt

Correct Response: C. Pakistan

6. Protestors chanting anti-government slogans stormed the presidential palace in the port city of Aden while Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed and officials from the internationally recognized government of THIS nation were in the building.

A. Yemen
B. Myanmar
C. Oman
D. Somalia

Correct Response: A. Yemen

7. The Prime Minister of Sudan asked the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, and the United States to help in their dispute with THIS country over a controversial dam opened on the Nile River.

A. Egypt
B. Uganda
C. Ethiopia
D. Rwanda

Correct Response: C. Ethiopia

8. Twelve provinces in THIS country were covered by the country’s worst sandstorm in decades causing cancellation of hundreds of flights at “PEK” airport.

A. Saudi Arabia
B. China
C. Mongolia
D. Algeria

Correct Response: B. China

9. President Biden bluntly said THIS of Russian President and ex-KGB officer Vladimir Putin touching off a rhetorical battle between the leaders.

A. He is a “killer.”
B. He will be subject to personal sanctions.
C. He was not legitimately elected.
D. He is responsible for division in America.

Correct Response: A. He is a “killer.”

10. John Magufuli, President of THIS country and a prominent Covid-19 skeptic died last week in Dar es Salaam.

A. Uganda
B. Mali
C. Burundi
D. Tanzania

Correct Response: D. Tanzania

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