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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Second Edition

MARCH 30, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we’ve got everything you need to keep up with the latest – from the politics of a pandemic with Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy to global security with The New York Times‘ David Sanger. We’ve also got everything you need if you want to keep up with anything other than COVID – including what to do with that can of chickpeas lingering in your cupboard. Enjoy!

Weekly Episode

On our second episode — David Sanger, National Security Correspondent, The New York Times, joins the Council to discuss the security ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and what the future holds afterwards, moderated by CEO, Megan Clark Torrey. Stream Now.

Recap David Sanger’s panel discussion at Global Security Forum 2019, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age.

Read David’s recent article on coronavirus and ventilators, Slow Response to the Coronavirus Measured in Lost Opportunity.

Weekly Article Roundup

Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup:

Gen. John Allen (USMC, Ret.), President of Brookings and former CTWAC speaker, analyzes how the world will look after coronavirus
Along with 12 other global leaders and thinkers

The United States charges Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan President, and other senior officials with ‘narco-terrorism’
The charges represent an escalation in U.S. pressure on the Venezuelan government

BBC reports on the Great Barrier Reef’s third mass bleaching in the past five years due to warmer sea temperatures
Similar events happened in 2016 and 2017, but this instance produced even worse damage

American comic and expert on Chinese comedy explores how people in China have found new ways to amuse themselves in quarantine
Jesse Appell for The Atlantic

Check out how governments around the world are using smartphone surveillance to track the COVID-19 pandemic
Increased phone surveillance raises questions about privacy concerns

Weekly Entertainment


Thi Bui flees southeast Asia in 1978 as a refugee of the Vietnam War. Follow her story in this illustrated memoir.


Overheard at National Geographic

CTWAC VP Amanda Jolly recommends Season 2 Episode 4: Cave of the Jaguar God


Ugly Delicious

Award-winning chef David Chang stars in this travelogue that sends him on a journey to culinary hot spots around the world


Van Gogh Museum

Print out printable Van Gogh coloring pages or take a virtual tour


Roasted Chickpeas Four Ways

Try this easy snack in four different flavor profiles using that can of chickpeas you have in your pantry!

Global Good News

Return of the whales to South Georgia

South Georgia Island off the coast of Antarctica was teeming with whales before 60 years of whaling decimated the population. Now, it is reported that many of these whales have returned – a win for climate-change prevention.
Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

Have questions or recommendations? Email us at Stay tuned on social media for a caption contest for this weeks cartoon. That’s all for now – Stay safe and healthy.

Caroline Schaefer
Global Fellow

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