Geopolitical Analysis and South Sudan Civil War Questions Response

Total – 100 points

Part 1: Current Events: Recently three events made worldwide news. They were the following: the election in Israel, the resignation of Algerian President Bouteflika, and the overthrow of the President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. Based on these short videos answer the following questions. (Total 20 points)

  • According to the YouTube video “Algerian president Abdelaziz resigns” describe the life and career of the president and what impact did he have on Algerian politics. What led to his resignation? (5 points)

  • According to two You Tube videos, from CNN and CBS, describe the ouster of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir. What led to his overthrow? What do the protestors what next in Sudan? What was the role Bashir played in the Darfur region in the Sudan? What crimes have the ICC indicted Bashir for? (5 points)

  • Last Tuesday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won election to his fifth term as Prime Minister. The video “The Rise of Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu “provides both a personal biography of him and a recap of recent history in Israel. Write about his background and family history. What are his politics, especially his relationship with the Palestinians? Why was he opposed to the Oslo Accords? What difficulties does he faces at the next chapter of his political career? (10 points)

Part Two: From the videos on Africa (30 points)

  • Write five main points for each of the following videos:

  • “Geopolitical Analysis for 2019: Africa” (5 points)

  • “What is the African Union? “ (5 points)

  • “Geopolitics of Nigeria” (5 points)

  • “Who’s to blame for South Sudan’s Civil War” (5 points)

  • “Zimbabwe: What happens after Mugabe” (5 points)

  • “Why is South Africa on the Edge of Collapse” (5 points)

Part 3: Asia Pacific, China, Japan, South Asia, Australia (50 points)

  • For 10 points describe the challenges in South Asia faced by India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. (10 points)

  • In the analysis of Australia, what are the modern geopolitical challenges of Australia and New Zealand? (10 points)

  • After reviewing the video “Is China the next superpower” answer the following questions: What effects does the low standard of living have on the Chinese people? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an export driven economy? In military terms how does China compete with the USA and NATO? Describe the ethnic divisions in China? According to the report why will China not ne the next superpower? (10 points)

  • After viewing the geopolitical report on Japan explain the geopolitics of Japan? (10 points)

  • According to the video “Japan’s Changing Relationship with the US” describe the need for further cooperation between the two countries and the links that maintain the relationship between the two nations? (10 points)

Extra Credit (5 points each)

  • What is the real reason why North Korea is so isolated? (5 points)

  • According to the video “What is life like in North Korea”? Describe the realities of the people of North Korea? (5 points)

  • Describe Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness. (5 points)

Videos and materials for these questions: