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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Tenth Edition

MAY 25, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we join you in honoring, celebrating and remembering our heroes this Memorial Day. We also look at how globalization may help economies recover and Ina Garten’s classic flag cake. We hope you have had a chance to spend some quality time with your friends and family today, in a time where unity is needed more than ever.

Weekly Episode

On our ninth episode — Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Yale School of Management, delves into the role of the private sector during the coronavirus pandemic and which (surprising) business leaders are stepping up. Moderated by CEO, Megan Clark Torrey. Stream Now.

Check out this recent article by Jeffrey Sonnenfeld about CEOs as statepersons or self-interested survivors.

Weekly Article Roundup

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

As countries around the world begin to reopen, Western leaders remain nervous about the ‘geopolitical second wave’ of the virus
The Atlantic looks at the potential economic, political and military ramifications

In many Latin American countries, people must choose between livelihood and lives
Should Latin American countries move towards more flexible quarantines?

Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, was just sworn in for her second term and used her inaugural speech to call for unity
Brookings reports on Taiwan’s leadership

CTWAC Digital Episode speaker Dr. Derek Scissors, AEI, writes an opinion piece on China’s evolving COVID story
Who will win the U.S. v. China ‘COVID gullibility’ contest?

Foreign Policy’s Salvatore Balbones argues that globalization will rescue our economies after the pandemic
Read more about how our global production networks remain resilient

Weekly Entertainment


David Finkel examines what it truly means when we ask men and women to go to war, and what we are thanking them for in the aftermath.


World of difference in COVID-19 responses

Listen to this FiveThirtyEight podcast on the stark differences between reactions to the global pandemic in China and in Europe.


Killing Eve

Watch an unfulfilled security services operative chase a skilled Russian assassin in this epic game of cat and mouse.


The Atlas

Get lost in AtlasObscura’s world of hidden wonders. Explore curious places in your neighborhood and hidden gems in every corner of the world.


Flag Cake

Not necessarily a “global” recipe, but a classic nonetheless! This Memorial Day make Ina Garten’s flag cake to share with your friends and family.

Global Good News

Her father’s Michelin-starred restaurant closed, and ‘Kitchen Quarantine’ was opened in its wake

Alexa Bottura wanted to get her father’s mind off of COVID-19’s impact on the restaurant industry and turned on her camera while her famed dad, Massimo Bottura, cooked dinner. In turn, she created an Instagram star. Now, ‘Kitchen Quarantine’ premieres every night. Read more.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

Wishing everyone the opportunity for a little rest and reflection this week. We are so looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday for the inaugural Comm(Unity) Roundtable – a chance to reconnect and discuss the global issues on all of our minds. Most of all, we join you today in reflecting with gratitude on the sacrifices made by U.S. servicemen and women to secure our communities, country, and world.

Amanda Jolly
Vice President of Programs and Communications

Image Credits:
[1] Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: Yale; [2] CTWAC Members: Nick Caito Photo; [3] Tsai Ing-wen: Wikimedia Commons; [4] Soliders: Thank You For Your Service cover image; [5] Flag cake: Food Network; [6] Bottura Family: Assembly by Malala Fund; [7] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer; [8] Amanda Headshot: Caroline Schaefer

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