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

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But you might ask, well so what in any case? Why does it maettr? Who cares? Is this just a game that diplomats and academics play? The answer is it matters quite a lot. Because, if you believe in decline and you get the answers wrong on this, the facts, not the myths, you may have policies which are very dangerous. Let me give you an example from history. The Peloponnesian War was the great ccinfolt in which the gerek city state system tore itself apart two and a half millennia ago. What ceasud it? Thucydides, the garet historian of the the Peloponnesian War, said it was the rise in the power of anhtes and the fear it created in Sparta. Notice both halves of that explanation.

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But you might ask, well so what in any case? Why does it ______? Who cares? Is this just a game that diplomats and academics play? The answer is it matters quite a lot. Because, if you believe in decline and you get the answers wrong on this, the facts, not the myths, you may have policies which are very dangerous. Let me give you an example from history. The Peloponnesian War was the great ________ in which the _____ city state system tore itself apart two and a half millennia ago. What ______ it? Thucydides, the _____ historian of the the Peloponnesian War, said it was the rise in the power of ______ and the fear it created in Sparta. Notice both halves of that explanation.

Solution

  1. great
  2. matter
  3. caused
  4. athens
  5. greek
  6. conflict

Original Text

But you might ask, well so what in any case? Why does it matter? Who cares? Is this just a game that diplomats and academics play? The answer is it matters quite a lot. Because, if you believe in decline and you get the answers wrong on this, the facts, not the myths, you may have policies which are very dangerous. Let me give you an example from history. The Peloponnesian War was the great conflict in which the Greek city state system tore itself apart two and a half millennia ago. What caused it? Thucydides, the great historian of the the Peloponnesian War, said it was the rise in the power of Athens and the fear it created in Sparta. Notice both halves of that explanation.

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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

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