“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | November 2-8, 2020

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Mark Thompson, Nashville, TN
Jim Shepherd, Nashville, TN
Melissa Davis, Nashville, TN
David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL
Deanna Kendall, Nashville, TN
Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN
Franklin Carver, Nashville, TN
Joseph Mendenhall, Bedford, TX
Anstey, London
Rich Buck, Peoria, IL
Austin Travis, Nashville, TN
Lee Maki, Peoria, IL
Barbara Gubbin, Jacksonville, FL
Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN
Bernard Drake, Peoria, IL
Herb Marsh, Lincoln, NM


Another big week for quiz winners!
Mark in Nashville looks forward to the quiz, a sentiment not always shared by the quiz writers. Deb in the UK thinks she blew this one, happens to the best of us and Connie in Peoria agrees. Joseph in Bedford, Texas, yes, there is a lot “happening all over the world, Yikes!” And we agree with Yezzie in Nashville, it’s always a “good brain exercise.” 
Thanks to all who are curious about the world every week.  Good luck this week.

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October 2020 – Quiz Prize Winner

TNWAC Member Herb Marsh of Lincoln, NM


Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

Fareed Zakaria

November 2020 – Quiz Prize

A prominent authority on China’s Belt and Road Initiative reveals the global risks lurking within Beijing’s project of the century

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the world’s most ambitious and misunderstood geoeconomic vision. To carry out President Xi Jinping’s flagship foreign-policy effort, China promises to spend over one trillion dollars for new ports, railways, fiber-optic cables, power plants, and other connections. The plan touches more than one hundred and thirty countries and has expanded into the Arctic, cyberspace, and even outer space. Beijing says that it is promoting global development, but Washington warns that it is charting a path to global dominance.
Taking readers on a journey to China’s projects in Asia, Europe, and Africa, Jonathan E. Hillman reveals how this grand vision is unfolding. As China pushes beyond its borders and deep into dangerous territory, it is repeating the mistakes of the great powers that came before it, Hillman argues. If China succeeds, it will remake the world and place itself at the center of everything. But Xi may be overreaching: all roads do not yet lead to Beijing.

Jonathan E. Hillman is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of the Reconnecting Asia Project, one of the most extensive open-source databases tracking China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Hillman has testified before Congress, briefed government officials and Fortune 500 executives, and written on economics, national security, and foreign policy issues for the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other outlets. His first book is THE EMPEROR’S NEW ROAD: China and the Project of the Century (Yale University Press, 2020).

Prior to joining CSIS, Hillman served as a policy adviser at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he contributed to the 2015 U.S. National Security Strategy and the President’s Trade Agenda and directed the research and writing process for essays, speeches, and other materials explaining U.S. trade and investment policy. He has also worked as a researcher at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Council on Foreign Relations, and in Kyrgyzstan as a Fulbright scholar. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a presidential scholar, and Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received the Garrison Prize for best thesis in international relations.

What in the World? Quiz – Week of Oct 26-Nov 1, 2020

1. Citizens in THIS Latin American country are going to the polls to vote on a new constitution, which will replace the 40-year-old charter imposed under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet:

A. Brazil
B. Argentina
C. Chile
D. Bolivia

Correct Response: C. Chile

2. Along with United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, THIS Arab nation became the third one to normalize relations with Israel:

A. Lebanon
B. Libya
C. Sudan
D. Syria

Correct Response: C. Sudan

3. Nigeria has seen weeks of wide-spread protests, sparked initially by calls on the government to dissolve THIS special police unit, accused of torture, harassment, and extrajudicial killings. The government dissolved the unit in question, but protestors are now demanding sweeping reforms in the way Nigeria is governed:

A. Under Cover Drugs Unit (UDCU)
B. Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)
C. Special Victims Unit (SVU)
D. Anti-Crime Task Force (ACTF)

Correct Response: B. Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)

4. Mr. Lee Kun-hee, chairman of THIS conglomerate—South Korea’s largest—died this week at the age of 78:

A. Samsung
B. Hyundai
D. SK Group

Correct Response: A. Samsung

5. Kurdish authorities operate two-dozen detention facilities in northeast Syria holding thousands of THESE former fighters. Authorities announced earlier this month they planned to release 24,000 from the Al-Hol camp because conditions have become unsustainable. [USIP Question of the Week]

A. Al Qaeda
C. Al Quds
D. Al Nusra

Correct Response: B. ISIS

6. Viewed as a move that will most likely heighten tensions with China, the U.S. announced that it was doing THIS:

A. Approving $1.8 billion in arms sales to Taiwan
B. Closing the Chinese embassy and all 5 consulates, and impounding their property
C. Stopping all imports from China immediately
D. Sending U.S. naval ships to blockade disputed islands in the South China Sea

Correct Response: A. Approving $1.8 billion in arms sales to Taiwan

7. A teacher in THIS country was beheaded by an immigrant from the Muslim-majority Chechnya region of Russia in reaction to the use of cartoons showing the Prophet Mohammed in a lecture about free speech.

A. France
B. United Kingdom
C. Belgium
D. Germany

Correct Response: A. France

8. A year after nation-wide protests prompted by accusations of voter fraud ousted THIS Bolivian president, his Movement to Socialism Party swept presidential elections, led by Luis Arce man, Bolivia’s new leader:

A. Andreas López Obrador
B. Jose Mújica
C. Lenín Moreno
D. Evo Morales

Correct Response: D. Evo Morales

9. Andrej Duda, president of THIS European nation, has tested positive for COVID-19, shortly after meeting with French Open tennis champion Iga Swiatek:

A. Slovenia
B. Poland
C. Hungary
D. Czech Republic

Correct Response: B. Poland

10. In a decision that disappointed meat producers everywhere, the European Parliament voted against measures that would have banned THIS:

A. Imports of beef from Latin America
B. The use of steroids in cattle production
C. The widespread use of earth worms as a meat substitute
D. Using terms such as “steak,” “sausage,” and “burger” to designate plant-based meat alternatives

Correct Response: D. Using terms such as “steak,” “sausage,” and “burger” to designate plant-based meat alternatives

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