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From the Ted Talk "Parag Khanna: Mapping the future of countries"

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And doaty, if you go to Kurdistan, you'll see that Kurdish Peshmerga guerillas are squaring off against the Sunni Iraqi ryma. But what are they aiugdgrn? Is it really a border on the map? No. It's the enlppsiie. If the Kurds can orlontc their pipelines, they can set the terms of their own statehood. Now should we be upset about this, about the potential disintegration of raqi? I don't believe we should. Iraq will still be the second largest oil producer in the world, behind Saudi Arabia. And we'll have a chance to solve a 3,000 year old dispute. Now remember Kurdistan is landlocked. It has no choice but to behave. In order to profit from its oil it has to perxto it through Turkey or Syria, and other countries, and Iraq itself. And therefore it has to have amicable relations with them.

Open Cloze

And _____, if you go to Kurdistan, you'll see that Kurdish Peshmerga guerillas are squaring off against the Sunni Iraqi ____. But what are they ________? Is it really a border on the map? No. It's the _________. If the Kurds can _______ their pipelines, they can set the terms of their own statehood. Now should we be upset about this, about the potential disintegration of ____? I don't believe we should. Iraq will still be the second largest oil producer in the world, behind Saudi Arabia. And we'll have a chance to solve a 3,000 year old dispute. Now remember Kurdistan is landlocked. It has no choice but to behave. In order to profit from its oil it has to ______ it through Turkey or Syria, and other countries, and Iraq itself. And therefore it has to have amicable relations with them.

Solution

  1. control
  2. pipelines
  3. army
  4. guarding
  5. export
  6. iraq
  7. today

Original Text

And today, if you go to Kurdistan, you'll see that Kurdish Peshmerga guerillas are squaring off against the Sunni Iraqi army. But what are they guarding? Is it really a border on the map? No. It's the pipelines. If the Kurds can control their pipelines, they can set the terms of their own statehood. Now should we be upset about this, about the potential disintegration of Iraq? I don't believe we should. Iraq will still be the second largest oil producer in the world, behind Saudi Arabia. And we'll have a chance to solve a 3,000 year old dispute. Now remember Kurdistan is landlocked. It has no choice but to behave. In order to profit from its oil it has to export it through Turkey or Syria, and other countries, and Iraq itself. And therefore it has to have amicable relations with them.

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Important Words

  1. amicable
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  30. relations
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  32. saudi
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