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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Building a Resilient World

JUNE 29, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we talk with Kathleen Newland, co-founder of the Migration Policy Institute, on U.S. immigration and global migration during a pandemic. We also explore some of the conspiracy theories behind the “boom” in fireworks and challenge you and your kids to sustainably feed 10 billion people by the year 2050. Also, ditch your pasta salad this weekend for a new take on the barbecue classic.

Weekly Episode

On the latest episode — We talk with Dr. Joxel García, 14th Assistant Secretary for Health of the United States and Four-Star Admiral in the US Public Health Service. From the anthrax scare to the HIV/AIDS crisis, Dr. García has led the public health responses of our state, nation, and world to some of the world’s toughest health crises.
Join us to find out how this one is different. Moderated by Megan Torrey, CEO.

Stream Now.

Follow Dr. Garcia on Twitter (@healthdiplomacy) to follow his work and take on developments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Weekly Article Roundup

Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup (with some special recommendations!):

Protests against police brutality have echoed around the world – read more on how and why Kenyans are protesting at home and abroad
The legacy of colonial violence lives on around the world, Foreign Affairs

The world order is never in a state of permanence, so see how and why U.S. hegemony might be coming to an end in this Foreign Affairs article
Alexander Cooley and Daniel H. Nexon explore the unraveling of U.S. power

We’ve considered the potentially devastating effects of bioterrorism, but this article looks deeper into the weaponization of COVID-19
Marc-Michael Blum and Peter Neumann rate this threat

Why is there a ‘boom’ in fireworks? Conspiracy theories run rampant, especially in this summer of uncertainty
Kaitlyn Tiffany reports on public paranoia for The Atlantic

The Internet, and the way we use it, has changed dramatically in
quarantine so shouldn’t its architecture evolve too?
A more secure Internet model starts with the people

Weekly Entertainment


Hernando Tellez, born in Colombia, writes a short story, as part of a greater collection, shining a light on the realities of life and war in Colombia


I Spy: The Operative

Foreign Policy’s podcast gets spies to spill their secrets. In this episode, Mubin Shaikh recounts infiltrating a terror cell in Canada



This documentary follows the last female female bee-hunter in Europe, specifically in Macedonia


Journey 2050

Figure out how to sustainably feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050 using best practices in an online virtual farm simulation


Summertime Sōmen Noodles

Skip the basic pasta salad at your next barbecue and beat the heat with this simple noodles-on-ice dish that can be customized any way you want!

Global Good News

World’s first space junk collector to be launched by the ESA in 2025

In 2025, a mission called ClearSpace-1 will constitute the first space mission to remove debris from orbit. The European Space Agency will send a four-armed robot trash collector into orbit, hopefully inspiring more galactic trash cleanup.
Read more.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

Summer 2020 is officially here – and it’s one for the history books. We’re here to bring you new perspectives and approaches to address the monumental forces shaping our lives and our world. With a few new launches on the horizon – from a new summer series to the official CTWAC podcast debut – we’re grateful to be working together with you to meet today’s challenges + opportunities with information, engagement, and empathy. Until next time!

Amanda Jolly
VP of Communications and Programming

Image Credits:

[1] Dr. Joxel Garcia: MDAnderson Cancer Center / [2] Kathleen Newland: Migration Policy Institute / [3] Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping: Mikhail Metzel / TASS Host Photo Agency / Reuters / [4] Honeyland: Honeyland documentary still / [5] Somen Noodles: Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Food Styling by Laura Rege, for Epicurious / [6] ClearSpace-1: European Space Agency[7] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer / [8] Amanda Headshot: Caroline Schaefer

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