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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Third Edition

APRIL 6, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we bring you takes on U.S. leadership during a global pandemic – from a conversation on pandemic politics with Senator Chris Murphy to the competition heating up between the U.S. and China with Richard Fontaine. We also share some good news from Ghana. Enjoy!

Weekly Episode

On our third episode — Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy joins the Council to discuss pandemic politics and the role of global leadership in crisis, moderated by CEO, Megan Clark Torrey. Stream Now.

Listen to this All Things Considered NPR episode, ‘Pompeo Still Holds A Tough Stance Toward Iran, North Korea, Venezuela During Epidemic’, featuring our interview with Sen. Murphy

Weekly Article Roundup

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

Senator Chris Murphy argues why the U.S. government must prepare now for the next pandemic
Anticipation for the next global (and national) crisis is imperative

A global pandemic like the coronavirus should encourage cooperation, but Richard Fontaine argues the opposite.
Check out his argument piece for Foreign Policy

Brookings experts examine Argentina’s debt, the possibility of a “standstill’ agreement, and how to avoid a new Argentina default
Analysis by Miguel Kiguel and Eduardo Levy Yeyat

Al-Jazeera analyzes a recent deadly attack on a women’s prison in Yemen and whether it constitutes a war crime
Ali Younes reports on the ongoing crisis in Yemen

The Getty Museum has a creative challenge for current home-dwellers: recreate famous works of art using objects at home
BBC reports on these amateur art pieces – check out some of the best

Weekly Entertainment


Bassam, a Palestinian, and Rami, an Israeli, are connected through loss. Follow this fictional / non-fictional story, with their friendship at its heart.


The New Yorker Fiction Podcast

Revisit a short story confronting the concept of infinity by globalist writer, Jorge Luis Borges, as read by Mohsin Hamid


Jack Ryan

CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) gets catapulted from his desk job into Europe and the Middle East in this thrilling series


Free Rice

Great for kids! For each correct answer, the UN World Food Programme donates funds to life-saving assistance around the world!


Instant Naan (Yeast free!)

Trying to jump on the homemade bread wagon but can’t find yeast? This quick naan recipe doesn’t require yeast, eggs or kneading and only takes 30 minutes!

Global Good News

A student raised funds to build boreholes in Adukrom, Ghana

Augustina Osabutey, a PhD candidate at South Dakota State University, talks to the Ghanaian American Journal about her efforts to raise funds to build boreholes in Adukrom, Ghana. These wells provide water access for a community of about 1,000 civilians.
Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

We want to say a huge thank you for your support during this digital transition – thank you for maxing out capacity on our weekly live-streams, submitting fantastic questions for our speakers, becoming members, reaching out to our team, and more. We are reminded once again how we have the best community in the world. That’s all for now – stay safe and healthy.

Amanda Jolly
VP of Programs and Communications

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