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From the Ted Talk "Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters"

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Since then, what's happened? Well, what we've seen is the creation, in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, of democratic systems of government which haven't had any of those side benefits. In Afghanistan, for example, we haven't just had one election or two elecotsin. We've gone through three elections, presidential and parliamentary. And what do we find? Do we difn a flourishing civil yesotic, a vigorous rule of law and good security? No. What we find in Afghanistan is a judiciary that is weak and corrupt, a very limited cilvi society which is largely ivfeteicenf, a media which is beginning to get onto its feet but a government that's deeply unpopular, perceived as being deeply tuprcro, and security that is shocking, security that's brileert. In Pakistan, in lots of sub-Saharan Africa, again you can see aoydeccmr and elections are oaiebcpltm with corrupt governments, with states that are unstable and dangerous. And when I have conversations with people, I remember having a conversation, for example, in Iraq, with a imotcyumn that asked me whether the riot we were seeing in rntfo of us, this was a huge mob ransacking a provincial uncoilc building, was a sign of the new democracy. The same, I felt, was true in almost every single one of the middle and developing countries that I went to, and to some extent the same is true of us.

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Since then, what's happened? Well, what we've seen is the creation, in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, of democratic systems of government which haven't had any of those side benefits. In Afghanistan, for example, we haven't just had one election or two _________. We've gone through three elections, presidential and parliamentary. And what do we find? Do we ____ a flourishing civil _______, a vigorous rule of law and good security? No. What we find in Afghanistan is a judiciary that is weak and corrupt, a very limited _____ society which is largely ___________, a media which is beginning to get onto its feet but a government that's deeply unpopular, perceived as being deeply _______, and security that is shocking, security that's ________. In Pakistan, in lots of sub-Saharan Africa, again you can see _________ and elections are __________ with corrupt governments, with states that are unstable and dangerous. And when I have conversations with people, I remember having a conversation, for example, in Iraq, with a _________ that asked me whether the riot we were seeing in _____ of us, this was a huge mob ransacking a provincial _______ building, was a sign of the new democracy. The same, I felt, was true in almost every single one of the middle and developing countries that I went to, and to some extent the same is true of us.

Solution

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  3. elections
  4. community
  5. terrible
  6. compatible
  7. society
  8. ineffective
  9. council
  10. front
  11. corrupt
  12. find

Original Text

Since then, what's happened? Well, what we've seen is the creation, in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, of democratic systems of government which haven't had any of those side benefits. In Afghanistan, for example, we haven't just had one election or two elections. We've gone through three elections, presidential and parliamentary. And what do we find? Do we find a flourishing civil society, a vigorous rule of law and good security? No. What we find in Afghanistan is a judiciary that is weak and corrupt, a very limited civil society which is largely ineffective, a media which is beginning to get onto its feet but a government that's deeply unpopular, perceived as being deeply corrupt, and security that is shocking, security that's terrible. In Pakistan, in lots of sub-Saharan Africa, again you can see democracy and elections are compatible with corrupt governments, with states that are unstable and dangerous. And when I have conversations with people, I remember having a conversation, for example, in Iraq, with a community that asked me whether the riot we were seeing in front of us, this was a huge mob ransacking a provincial council building, was a sign of the new democracy. The same, I felt, was true in almost every single one of the middle and developing countries that I went to, and to some extent the same is true of us.

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