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

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Then there is ksaktahazn, which didn't even have a name before. It was more considered stouh Siberia during the svieot Union. Today most people recognize Kazakhstan as an emerging geopolitical player. Why? Because it has shrewdly designed plpeneiis to flow across the Caspian, north through Russia, and even east to China. More pipelines mnaes more silk roads, instead of the Great Game. The Great Game cntoones dominance of one over the other. Silk road connotes inenddnpecee and mutual trust. The more pipelines we have, the more silk roads we'll have, and the less of a dominant Great Game competition we'll have in the 21st century.

Open Cloze

Then there is __________, which didn't even have a name before. It was more considered _____ Siberia during the ______ Union. Today most people recognize Kazakhstan as an emerging geopolitical player. Why? Because it has shrewdly designed _________ to flow across the Caspian, north through Russia, and even east to China. More pipelines _____ more silk roads, instead of the Great Game. The Great Game ________ dominance of one over the other. Silk road connotes ____________ and mutual trust. The more pipelines we have, the more silk roads we'll have, and the less of a dominant Great Game competition we'll have in the 21st century.

Solution

  1. pipelines
  2. means
  3. soviet
  4. south
  5. connotes
  6. kazakhstan
  7. independence

Original Text

Then there is Kazakhstan, which didn't even have a name before. It was more considered South Siberia during the Soviet Union. Today most people recognize Kazakhstan as an emerging geopolitical player. Why? Because it has shrewdly designed pipelines to flow across the Caspian, north through Russia, and even east to China. More pipelines means more silk roads, instead of the Great Game. The Great Game connotes dominance of one over the other. Silk road connotes independence and mutual trust. The more pipelines we have, the more silk roads we'll have, and the less of a dominant Great Game competition we'll have in the 21st century.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
million people 5
united states 4
european union 4
soviet union 3
north africa 3
middle east 3
hejaz railway 3
great game 3
cold war 3
central asia 3

Important Words

  1. caspian
  2. century
  3. china
  4. competition
  5. connotes
  6. considered
  7. designed
  8. dominance
  9. dominant
  10. east
  11. emerging
  12. flow
  13. game
  14. geopolitical
  15. great
  16. independence
  17. kazakhstan
  18. means
  19. mutual
  20. north
  21. people
  22. pipelines
  23. player
  24. recognize
  25. road
  26. roads
  27. russia
  28. shrewdly
  29. siberia
  30. silk
  31. south
  32. soviet
  33. today
  34. trust
  35. union