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What in the World? Weekly Quiz – January 18-24, 2021

Russian authorities detained THIS most prominent opposition politician when he returned to Moscow on January 17th and staged a trial at a police station. He had been in Germany recovering from an attempted assassination by poisoning, which he blamed on Vladimir Putin. The U.S. and EU are calling for HIS release.
Vladimir Ryzhkov
Alexei Navalny
Dmitri Medvedev
Sergei Furgal

A “caravan” of desperate migrants bound for the United States have met a blockade of security forces in THIS country on Mexico’s southern border.

Honduras
Guatemala
Belize
El Salvador

Many wealthy countries are making bilateral deals with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers damaging U.N.-backed efforts to widen distribution under the COVAX cooperative regime. That charge was made by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who heads THIS organization, which the United States is poised to leave.

UNICEF
WHO
WFP
IAEA

An American general, talking about troop withdrawals from THIS country, said, “We remain committed to helping our African partners build a more secure future. We also remain capable of striking al-Shabaab at the time and place of our choosing – they should not test us.” Many troops removed from THERE were not returned to the U.S. but redeployed to Djibouti and Kenya. [“Daily Chatter” Question of the Week]

Sudan
Ethiopia
Somalia
Uganda

Ten years ago the “Arab Spring” began in THIS country when protests drove longtime dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, to flee to Saudi Arabia. While THIS nation is seen as the “lone success story” of the “Arab Spring” revolutions, protesters continue to press for reforms in the streets of Tunis. [USIP Question of the Week]

Egypt
Algeria
Libya
Tunisia

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni won reelection in THIS country where he has ruled from Kampala for 35 years. The New York Times described his rule as he “has held onto power in [THIS country] by doling out patronage to preserve loyalty, while deploying his security forces to intimidate critics and muzzle the media.”

Uganda
Kenya
Tanzania
Mozambique

Armin Laschet was chosen as the next leader of the German Christian Democratic Union, succeeding THIS dominant political leader. Laschet is now in line to succeed HER as Chancellor.

 
 
 
 
Kramp-Karrenbauer
Merkel
Söder
Kohl

Nineteen former national security leaders, including Secretaries of State and Homeland Security Secretaries have written the U.S. Senate to urge quick confirmation of President-elect Biden’s national security team. WHO is Biden’s nominee to be his Secretary of State?

 
 
Avril Haines
Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Lloyd Austin
Antony Blinken

A Chinese official said Beijing would impose sanctions on U.S. officials who “acted maliciously” referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent dictum to reduce “self-imposed” restrictions on relations with THIS.

 
 
Tibet
Taiwan
Hong Kong
Hainan

Amid heightened military tensions between Washington and Tehran, Iran launched a new round of naval drills in THIS waterway on the southern coast of the country.

Gulf of Oman
Gulf of Aden
Gulf of Bahrain
Gulf of Muscat
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