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Ranking Russia

Russia’s population is the world’s ninth-largest. At 143 million, Russia has about 13% more people than 10th-ranked Japan. We wonder: On which of the following categories does Russia rank first worldwide?

A. Cigarette consumption
B. Defense spending
C. Immigrants
D. Tourism
E. Natural gas reserves
F. Land area
G. Anti-corruption
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Iran by the Numbers

In 2009, a wave of protests gripped primarily Tehran, following what millions of Iranians believed was a rigged presidential election result. The protests that erupted across the country in December 2017 had more complex roots. We wonder: Which of the following factors were key?

A. Inflation
B. Urbanization
C. Budget
D. Lack of transparency
E. Unemployment
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Defense Contractors: Always Ready for More

Even though President Trump has proposed severe cutbacks for the U.S. government, he plans to further expand the size of and spending on the U.S. military. He has also called on NATO allies to do the same. That could translate into big sales for U.S. defense manufacturers. We wonder: What percentage of global arms sales generated by the top 100 defense companies is accounted for by U.S. firms?

A. 22%
B. 36%
C. 57%
D. 72%
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A Fair Share of NATO

U.S. President Donald Trump has said NATO countries must “pay their fair share” – i.e. fulfill their 2014 pledge of 2% of GDP toward defense from each member by 2024. Otherwise, as U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has told European leaders, America may “moderate its commitment to the alliance.” We wonder: How many of NATO’s 28 member countries are already within reach of the 2% target for defense?

A. One
B. Three
C. Six
D. Nineteen
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