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From the Ted Talk by Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

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My guess is, for what it's worth, is that the United States will remain the most powerful nation on earth for the next 10 years, 15, but the context in which she holds her power has now radically altered; it has radically changed. We are coming out of 50 yeras, most unusual years, of history in which we have had a tloatly mono-polar world, in which every cpaomss needle for or against has to be refeencred by its position to Washington — a world bosedtre by a single colossus. But that's not a usual case in history. In fact, what's now emerging is the much more normal case of history. You're beginning to see the egrmnecee of a multi-polar world.

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My guess is, for what it's worth, is that the United States will remain the most powerful nation on earth for the next 10 years, 15, but the context in which she holds her power has now radically altered; it has radically changed. We are coming out of 50 _____, most unusual years, of history in which we have had a _______ mono-polar world, in which every _______ needle for or against has to be __________ by its position to Washington — a world ________ by a single colossus. But that's not a usual case in history. In fact, what's now emerging is the much more normal case of history. You're beginning to see the _________ of a multi-polar world.

Solution

  1. referenced
  2. compass
  3. years
  4. bestrode
  5. totally
  6. emergence

Original Text

My guess is, for what it's worth, is that the United States will remain the most powerful nation on earth for the next 10 years, 15, but the context in which she holds her power has now radically altered; it has radically changed. We are coming out of 50 years, most unusual years, of history in which we have had a totally mono-polar world, in which every compass needle for or against has to be referenced by its position to Washington — a world bestrode by a single colossus. But that's not a usual case in history. In fact, what's now emerging is the much more normal case of history. You're beginning to see the emergence of a multi-polar world.

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Important Words

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