Foreign Policy Superbowl: 15 Quirky and 50 Real Questions for Monday Night’s Presidential Debate

Time to start typing your own foreign policy questions.  First, a few wonderfully idiosyncratic ones, suitable for an international relations class quiz:

1. What is your stance on the Scottish independence referendum? (Follow-up question: If you could pick one U.S. state to leave the union, which would it be?)

2. Do you believe the prosecution of former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is politically motivated?

3. Nagorno-Karabakh. Thoughts?

4. Who will be the first to put a human on Mars: the U.S., China, Russia, or Red Bull?

5.   Is the U.S. obligated by article 5 of the 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security to go to war to protect Japan’s island claims? Even Okinotorishima?

via If FP nerds were ‘the public’: 15 questions for a more interesting debate | FP Passport.

And now, down to business.  A few select q’s to get started:

  • Newt Gingrich — former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate, How big a threat is Syrian chemical weapons falling into the wrong hands, and what would you do about it?
  • Joseph Nye — Harvard University, Governor Romney, in your book No Apology you extol the importance of American soft power. So far, so good. But then you attack Big Bird, an exemplar of American soft power. Why? Did you forget?
  • Joseph Cirincione— Ploughshares Fund, The previous administration launched two wars that were far more costly, killed far more people, and lasted far longer than officials had predicted. If you launch military strikes against Iran, can you tell us how this will end?via Foreign Policy Superbowl |

4 thoughts on “Foreign Policy Superbowl: 15 Quirky and 50 Real Questions for Monday Night’s Presidential Debate”

  1. Those 15 questions were hilarious! Haha! I was laughing out loud. My roommate probably thinks i am crazy. (this is not one of my real posts, I just thought I would let you know how much I thoroughly enjoyed this post.)

  2. Reading these questions reminds me of the Colbert Report episode I watched last week. Colbert reprimanded the moderator of debate number 2 for asking new questions – something to the effect of, “If you don’t ask questions the candidates have practiced for, how do you expect them to give the answers we’ve been hearing for months?” Joking aside, I wouldn’t mind hearing each of them answer unexpected questions in a way that wasn’t totally scripted. Actually, I found quite a few questions relevant – if President Obama or Governor Romney were to call Europe, who would they call?

    Here are five topics that the Huffington Post feels have been “forgotten”:

  3. These are interesting! I also really liked the comment above mentioning that the colbert report basically asked “If you don’t ask questions the candidates have practiced for, how do you expect them to give us the answers we’ve been hearing for months?” This is such a GREAT QUESTION!! Because I think it would be a greater test of their initiative, speaking skills, and general range of knowledge if we did this. Here is an article from USC on this:

  4. I also believe that if we catch them off guard with unscripted questions, we could catch more of what they really believe on a certain subject, so that they must come up with something and be a little more sincere than normal. Maybe something good to do, to find their underlying habits and ideas, is to ask them questions about topics unrelated to politics. There is a great commercial of an interview with the Ravens’ defensive star Ray Lewis that I think would be a great idea for the politicians.

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