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What in the World?

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06.08.2021

1. The regional forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) began on Friday. Which country is not a member of the organization?

Indonesia

Vietnam

Bangladesh

Brunei

2. Which member of the Biden administration is on thin ice with ASEAN after appearing to skip a virtual summit with Southeast Asian representatives in May, a gaffe that was attributed to a technical glitch?

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman

Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Climate envoy John Kerry

Read Foreign Policy’s report on Blinken’s blunder here.

3. As the Taliban continue to advance in Afghanistan, Afghan troops are calling in reinforcements. What does the term “Taliban” mean in Pashto? (Hint: It comes from an Arabic loanword.)

Fighters

Students

Victors

Followers

Read Lynne O’Donnell’s dispatch from Herat, Afghanistan, on the militias fighting the Taliban as Afghan troops falter.

4. A new round of hearings was held this week in Canada in the case of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of which Chinese company?

Huawei

Tencent

Alibaba

Sina

5. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, a Belarusian sprinter who was nearly forced to return to Belarus from the Tokyo Olympics against her will on Sunday, was granted a humanitarian visa to which country?

The United States

Japan

Russia

Poland

Read Natalia Antonova’s argument about how Belarusian dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko has instilled fear in the Belarusian diaspora.

6. Tsimanouskaya joins the growing Belarusian exile community, which also includes the opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. What was the formerly apolitical politician’s job before she became a prominent dissident last year?

Gardener

TV host

English teacher

Biochemist

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© Foreign Policy


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