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From the Ted Talk "Joseph Nye: Global power shifts"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now let me go back to the question of power transition between states and what's happening there. the narratives that we use now tend to be the rise and fall of the aetgr powers. And the current narrative is all about the rise of China and the decline of the United States. Indeed, with the 2008 financial crisis, many people said this was the beginning of the end of American power. The tectonic plates of world politics were nfhiistg. And president Medvedev of Russia, for example, pronounced in 2008 this was the beginning of the end of United States prwoe. But in fact, this prhoemta of decline is often very misleading. If you look at history, in recent history, you'll see the cyclse of belief in American lnidcee come and go every 10 or 15 raesy or so. In 1958, after the Soviets put up Sputnik, it was "That's the end of rmiaeac." In 1973, with the oil embargo and the clgsion of the gold owindw, that was the end of America. In the 1980s, as America went through a transition in the Reagan period, between the trus belt economy of the midwest to the Silicon Valley economy of California, that was the end of America. But in fact, what we've seen is none of those were true. Indeed, people were over-enthusiastic in the early 2000s, thinking America could do anything, which led us into some disastrous foreign policy adventures, and now we're back to decline again.

Open Cloze

Now let me go back to the question of power transition between states and what's happening there. the narratives that we use now tend to be the rise and fall of the _____ powers. And the current narrative is all about the rise of China and the decline of the United States. Indeed, with the 2008 financial crisis, many people said this was the beginning of the end of American power. The tectonic plates of world politics were ________. And president Medvedev of Russia, for example, pronounced in 2008 this was the beginning of the end of United States _____. But in fact, this ________ of decline is often very misleading. If you look at history, in recent history, you'll see the ______ of belief in American _______ come and go every 10 or 15 _____ or so. In 1958, after the Soviets put up Sputnik, it was "That's the end of _______." In 1973, with the oil embargo and the _______ of the gold ______, that was the end of America. In the 1980s, as America went through a transition in the Reagan period, between the ____ belt economy of the midwest to the Silicon Valley economy of California, that was the end of America. But in fact, what we've seen is none of those were true. Indeed, people were over-enthusiastic in the early 2000s, thinking America could do anything, which led us into some disastrous foreign policy adventures, and now we're back to decline again.

Solution

  1. decline
  2. great
  3. cycles
  4. metaphor
  5. power
  6. years
  7. window
  8. shifting
  9. closing
  10. america
  11. rust

Original Text

Now let me go back to the question of power transition between states and what's happening there. the narratives that we use now tend to be the rise and fall of the great powers. And the current narrative is all about the rise of China and the decline of the United States. Indeed, with the 2008 financial crisis, many people said this was the beginning of the end of American power. The tectonic plates of world politics were shifting. And president Medvedev of Russia, for example, pronounced in 2008 this was the beginning of the end of United States power. But in fact, this metaphor of decline is often very misleading. If you look at history, in recent history, you'll see the cycles of belief in American decline come and go every 10 or 15 years or so. In 1958, after the Soviets put up Sputnik, it was "That's the end of America." In 1973, with the oil embargo and the closing of the gold window, that was the end of America. In the 1980s, as America went through a transition in the Reagan period, between the rust belt economy of the midwest to the Silicon Valley economy of California, that was the end of America. But in fact, what we've seen is none of those were true. Indeed, people were over-enthusiastic in the early 2000s, thinking America could do anything, which led us into some disastrous foreign policy adventures, and now we're back to decline again.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
united states 10
soft power 8
power transition 6
power diffusion 4
military power 4
foreign policy 4
smart power 3
public goods 3
hard power 3
good news 3
goldman sachs 3

Important Words

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  28. metaphor
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  30. misleading
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