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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Feb 18-24, 2019

Organizers at THIS premier international security conference expressed alarm at President Trump’s “irritating enthusiasm for strongmen across the globe” and “disdain for international institutions and agreements” in its official report.

NATO Ministerial Council
Munich Security Conference
G-20 Summit in Geneva
Davos Security Forum

India quickly imposed economic sanctions on Pakistan to punish it for the attack claimed by militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad against security forces in THIS Indian-administered region, which has been a long simmering contentious issue between the two nuclear-armed nations.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu startled some observers of a U.S. organized conference in Poland when he said Arab and Israeli officials were together to “advance the common interest of war” with THIS country.



The U.S. supported Syrian fighters battling ISIS in the last enclave of their self-declared “caliphate” are close to knocking out the remaining militants. Officials from the anti-ISIS coalition warn, however, that ISIS is not finished as a threat. WHAT is ISIS referred to by those using the Arabic acronym?


An Energy Department official said Saturday that the United States would not assist Saudi Arabia develop nuclear technology without guarantees it will be used only for civilian purposes. This section of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act, called, “Cooperation With Other Nations,” prohibits routes to making nuclear weapons by banning enrichment of uranium or the reprocessing of plutonium. This provision is called THIS.


“Proliferation Prevention Provision”
“123 Measure”
“Collective Nuclear Prevention Measures”
“Nuclear Materials Limitation Provision”

The UK Chancellor’s visit to Beijing to discuss bilateral trade was torpedoed by THIS act.

Opposition leaders in Parliament called for reversing “the Return” of Hong Kong in view of China’s violation of the 1997 agreement on autonomy for the territory.
Beijing decided to wait for the outcome of EU-UK talks on a Brexit deal before entertaining trade talks with London.
Britain’s Defense Minister announced the aircraft carrier HMS Queens Elizabeth would deploy to the Western Pacific.
Queen Elizabeth condemned China’s holding of Commonwealth Member Canada’s citizens in retaliation for the Huawei official’s detention.

President Xi of China expressed cautious optimism in trade talks with American officials on Friday. There is a March 1stdeadline for an agreement to avoid a raise of tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods entering the U.S. from 10 to 25 percent.  The Americans meeting with Chinese leaders include the Treasury Secretary and the U.S. Trade Representative. WHO is the U.S. Trade Representative?

Wilbur Ross
Steve Mnuchin
Robert Lighthizer
John Bolton

This European leader warned the Munich Security Conference the world’s political structures were unraveling, "What we see as an overall architecture underpinning our world as we know it is a bit of a puzzle now; if you like, it has collapsed into many tiny parts."  The plea for renewed multilateralism made by THIS German chancellor was greeted with standing ovations and applause with the notable exceptions of Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump.


Theresa May
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Alexis Humbrecht
Angela Merkel

The United States has launched an aerial campaign of cargo aircraft carrying humanitarian aid to an airfield across the border from Venezuela in THIS COUNTRY. President Maduro continues to block the main roads connecting the countries and has his armed forces on high alert against what he calls “conspiracies and provocations.”



THIS head of the Ploughshares Fund, which seeks to reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons, said last week that, “American policy should be to change regime behavior, not wage war,” in response to U.S. policy toward Iran.

Joe Cirincione
Barry McCaffrey
Richard Haass
Ben Rhodes
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