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