“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | November 9-15, 2020

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Tennessee World Affairs Council


Thanks to quiz master Professor Deborah Barnard, Tennessee Tech U. for this week’s quiz.


Anstey Brock, London
Charles Bowers, Nashville
Austin Travis, Nashville
David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL
Himanshu Manchanda, Nashville


Another big week for quiz winners!
It was a “Yikes” week for Judy in Texas. Shobha in New South Wales, Australia thought the questions were “interesting” while Himanshu in Nashville thought they were “difficult.” Herb in New Mexico, our October quiz prize winner, called the quiz an “unusual but fun one.” And our veteran quiz taker from Nashville, Yezzie said she loved it!
Thanks to all who are curious about the world every week.  Good luck this week.

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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 Nov 2-8, 2020

1. International election observers are deployed around the United States by THIS ORGANIZATION to “assess the extent to which elections respect fundamental freedoms and are characterized by equality, universality, political pluralism, confidence, transparency and accountability.” IT is a “security-oriented intergovernmental organization made up of 57 nations, including the United States.”

A. North Atlantic Treaty Organization
B. Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
C. The G-57
D. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Correct Response:

2. France continued to grapple with the aftermath of several murders apparently at the hands of Islamic-extremists incensed by a teacher’s use of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. THIS country in particular drew criticism from President Macron over its President’s response to the episode along with what Macron called its “bellicose attitude towards its NATO allies.”

A. Greece
B. Macedonia
C. Bulgaria
D. Turkey

Correct Response: D. Turkey

3. The U.S. Ambassador to Portugal recently said it was time for Lisbon to choose between its “friends and allies, and China.” The comment reflected growing concern about China’s courtship of this NATO ally. Of particular concern to Washington is access to the Lajes Airbase on THIS Atlantic archipelago.

A. Azores
B. Falklands
C. Mallorca
D. Canary

Correct Response: A. Azores

4. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which oversees Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA, the Iran nuclear deal, confirmed last week it was doing THIS.

A. Building a new underground centrifuge facility to produce fissile material.
B. Removing IAEA monitoring cameras from nuclear research facilities.
C. Preventing inspectors from exercising free access to listed nuclear sites.
D. None of the above

Correct Response: A. Building a new underground centrifuge facility to produce fissile material.

5. An event last week at the U.S. Institute of Peace highlighted the 20th anniversary of THIS ACTION which “represented the first time that THIS BODY had addressed the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls. “IT” also recognized the critical role women can, and do, play in peacebuilding.”

A. UN Security Council Resolution 1325
B. Amendment to the W.H.O. charter
C. United States Congress Resolution during the Year of Women
D. President Clinton’s Executive Order 15261 on “Women and Peacebuilding”

Correct Response: A. UN Security Council Resolution 1325

6. Two same-sex couples were married in a mass ceremony hosted by the military in THIS PLACE, highlighting the fact that it is the only place in Asia to have legalized gay marriage.

A. Japan
B. Singapore
C. South Korea
D. Taiwan

Correct Response: D. Taiwan

7. The Philippines, which is struggling with COVID-19 consequences, was struck by THIS SUPER TYPHOON packing 195 mph winds on Sunday. Two million people were in the path of THIS storm which is estimated to have destroyed 22,000 homes and left 125 cities and towns without electricity.

A. Typhoon Sinlaku
B. Typhoon Hagupit
C. Typhoon Vongfong
D. Typhoon Goni

Correct Response: D. Typhoon Goni

8. The conspiracy theories being circulated by Qanon may have been boosted by THIS country via Twitter as early as November 2017.

A. China
B. Russia
C. Iran
D. North Korea

Correct Response: B. Russia

9. The Trump Administration lifted restrictions in place since the 1970s on U.S. taxpayer funded aid for scientific research in THIS place. The Prime Minister there said, “This is an important victory against all those who seek to delegitimize everything [THERE] beyond the 1967 lines.” Meanwhile, some criticized the move as wooing 2020 voters who back that nation.

A. India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir
B. Abu Musa Island in the Persian Gulf
C. Vietnam’s claimed islands in the South China Sea
D. West Bank settlements

Correct Response: D. West Bank settlements

10. Legendary actor Sean Connery who was made famous by the role he played as James Bond passed away last week. When he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth he had the name of THIS native land tattooed on his arm, “[THIS] forever.”

A. Scotland
B. Wales
C. Ireland
D. England

Correct Response: A. Scotland

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