Published by Foreign Policy Insider on March 20, 2020
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Read the text and find out how the words in the glossary are used in context.
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In this pdf document, you will find key ideas expressed in each of the global thinkers’ predictions. Go through them one by one, reading first the headline, and then the extract sentence. Express your agreement or disagreement orally or in writing. If you do not see eye to eye with the author, give your reasons.
Write your own piece. It should approximately be the same length as these articles, and include your own view of what the post-pandemic future will bring.
Note to my students: send it to me for correction if you wish so.
weigh in: offer opinion, contribute
to be loath to do sth: be unwilling to do something
tarnish: Give a bad reputation.
bipartisan: involving two parties.
atrophy: decrease in size, degree, or effectiveness because of lack of use or care.
overt: shown in an open and obvious way.
futile: cut it off from the world
zero-sum: a situation in which a gain for one of the two parties always means a loss for the other one.
prevail: to exist and be accepted among a large number of people, or to get position of control and influence:
tenet: principle, doctrine
bereft of: deprived of
trade off: sacrifice for
redundancy: backup system
polarization: opposing viewpoints
polities: organized societies, such as a nation, city, or church.
societal: relating to society
multilateralism: involving many sides
showcase: present, put on display
dislocation: disruption of plans
farm out: subcontract
bypass: proceed without regard to something
gun-shy: hesitant, nervous
redundancies: back-up systems
near-term: short term
render: make, leave
Sino-American relations: Of or relating to diplomatic relations between China and the United States of America.
bungling incompetence: characterized by many clumsy mistakes.
solely: only, exclusively
at stake: at risk