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Hampton Roads World Affairs Council What in the World? Weekly Quiz – Dec 27, 2021-Jan 2, 2022

Russian President Putin ratcheted up tensions over an invasion of Ukraine by saying he was ready to take “military” measures, a possible use of force. Russians and Americans will meet in January to discuss the crisis but Putin is demanding THIS guarantee which President Biden says is not negotiable.  (#WACquiz)

Resume negotiations over the ABM treaty that Washington left in 2002.
Agree to end U.S. Navy patrols in the Black Sea.
Agree to end expansion of NATO to the East.
Agree to recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

The James Webb Space Telescope observatory lifted off on Christmas morning on a voyage of cosmological discovery in deep space to unveil mysteries of space and the origins of the universe. Webb was launched from THIS spaceport location. (#WACquiz)

Korou, French Guiana
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
ESA Space City, France
Vandenberg AFB, California

The November 29th travel restrictions imposed against eight countries from THIS region as a result of the Covid Omicron variant emergence are to be lifted by New Year’s Day according to the White House. (#WACquiz)

Latin America
Southeast Asia
Southern Africa
The Sahel

A German warship, on the first deployment to the Indo-Pacific in 20 years, is set to patrol waters in THIS region claimed mostly by China, marking European concerns about Beijing’s military buildup and territorial expansion. The German Navy chief, aboard the frigate Bayern in Singapore, said the Chinese military growth was “explosive” and cause for concern. (#WACquiz)

East China Sea
Gulf of Tonkin
Philippine Sea
South China Sea

Another American firm is facing pushback from China after citing Xinjiang Province, home to Muslim Uyghur people, as a source for products or labor to be avoided. Washington has accused China of genocide against the Uyghurs. THIS tech giant issued a statement saying, "We apologize for the trouble caused to our respected Chinese customers, partners and the public.” (#WACquiz)

Microsoft
Oracle
Intel
Apple

Moon Jae-in, President of THIS nation pardoned his predecessor, Park Guen-hye, who was in prison for corruption, despite his promise not to pardon such cases. Moon, up for reelection in March, may have heard conservatives’ calls for Park’s release (#WACquiz)

Taiwan
South Korea
Indonesia
Singapore

In a political about face THIS right-wing President of Brazil jumped to the Liberal party, his ninth party in his political career. He is polling 20 points behind former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and needs new support for his 2022 reelection prospects. (#WACquiz)

 

Dilma Rousseff
Jair Bolsonaro
Juan Manuel Santos
D. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with THIS Prime Minister of Israel to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and negotiations that were to resume December 27th. The PM said the negotiations had “profound ramifications” for Israeli security (#WACquiz)

Bibi Netanyahu
Yair Lapid
Ehud Olmert
Naftali Bennett
Monuments commemorating THIS event at Tiananmen was taken down at the University of Hong Kong and two other universities, demonstrating Beijing’s increased heavy hand in the autonomous region. (#WACquiz)
1989 massacre of thousands of pro-democracy protestors in Beijing
1951 annexation of Tibet
1945 takeover of Taiwan by the Republic of China
1997 takeover of Hong Kong from Britain
Over one million doses of Covid-19 vaccine were destroyed in Abuja, capital of THIS country. The move was a result of vaccines from richer countries that had expiration dates looming and government interest in showing ineffective vaccines were being taken out of circulation. (#WACquiz)
Sierra Leone
Ghana
Nigeria
Zimbabwe
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