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From the Ted Talk by Benedetta Berti: The surprising way groups like ISIS stay in power

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And the more these organizations are complex and sophisticated, the less we can think of them as the opposite of a satte. Now, what do you call a gruop like Hezbollah? They run part of a territory, they administer all their functions, they pick up the garbage, they run the sewage system. Is this a state? Is it a rebel group? Or maybe something else, something different and new? And what about ISIS? The lines are burrled. We live in a world of states, non-states, and in-between, and the more states are weak, like in the mlddie East today, the more non-state actors step in and fill that gap. This matters for governments, because to counter these groups, they will have to invest more in non-military tools. Filling that governance gap has to be at the center of any sustainable approach. This also matters very much for peacemaking and peacebuilding. If we better understand armed gurpos, we will better know what ivicntnees to offer to encourage the trnatsioin from violence to nonviolence.

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And the more these organizations are complex and sophisticated, the less we can think of them as the opposite of a _____. Now, what do you call a _____ like Hezbollah? They run part of a territory, they administer all their functions, they pick up the garbage, they run the sewage system. Is this a state? Is it a rebel group? Or maybe something else, something different and new? And what about ISIS? The lines are _______. We live in a world of states, non-states, and in-between, and the more states are weak, like in the ______ East today, the more non-state actors step in and fill that gap. This matters for governments, because to counter these groups, they will have to invest more in non-military tools. Filling that governance gap has to be at the center of any sustainable approach. This also matters very much for peacemaking and peacebuilding. If we better understand armed ______, we will better know what __________ to offer to encourage the __________ from violence to nonviolence.

Solution

  1. groups
  2. state
  3. blurred
  4. incentives
  5. group
  6. middle
  7. transition

Original Text

And the more these organizations are complex and sophisticated, the less we can think of them as the opposite of a state. Now, what do you call a group like Hezbollah? They run part of a territory, they administer all their functions, they pick up the garbage, they run the sewage system. Is this a state? Is it a rebel group? Or maybe something else, something different and new? And what about ISIS? The lines are blurred. We live in a world of states, non-states, and in-between, and the more states are weak, like in the Middle East today, the more non-state actors step in and fill that gap. This matters for governments, because to counter these groups, they will have to invest more in non-military tools. Filling that governance gap has to be at the center of any sustainable approach. This also matters very much for peacemaking and peacebuilding. If we better understand armed groups, we will better know what incentives to offer to encourage the transition from violence to nonviolence.

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