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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Stop-Motion: Global Migration Rhetoric & Reality

JULY 6, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we’re bringing you an event on securing the pivotal 2020 election, a simple recipe for a classic Vietnamese sandwich, and a special cartoon for our Game of Thrones fans out there.

Weekly Episode

On the latest episode — We talk with Kathleen Newland, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute.The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed or halted migration around the world. At the same time, the U.S. administration last week announced new rules restricting immigration to the U.S. What does this mean for U.S. leadership, development, and global economic growth?

Join us to find out more about the future of migration in the U.S. and the world. Moderated by Amanda Jolly, VP of Communications & Programming.

Stream Now.

Read Kathleen Newland’s latest policy brief on migration, development and global governance here.

Weekly Article Roundup

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

Election security is on everyone’s minds as the U.S. elections inch closer, but will Putin steal the next election?
The Atlantic takes a closer look at election security and democracy

China recently presented a new national security bill that quashes one country, two systems with Hong Kong
Read more on how Beijing would rather be feared than respected

Latin America has yet to see the worst of its COVID-19 outbreak, but what lessons can these countries’ histories teach Latin American leaders?
According to The Economist, economic slumps brought upheaval and change

The impact of Russian and Chinese influence on the democratic sphere has increased, and we need to know how to respond
Heather A. Conley, Cyrus Newlin and Tim Kostelancik write for CSIS

A rival pub owner in Wales walks across the border to England for a pint as restrictions ease in some – but not all – parts of the United Kingdom
With COVID-19, the invisible border is making itself known, writes the NYT

Weekly Entertainment


Read this collection of papers tackling issues of peace, security, conflict transformation, and foreign policy


The Border Hacker

This episode of NPR’s Snap Judgement looks at a computer hacker trying to make his way home through two countries and jungle


Best of Enemies

As we approach election season, revisit the intense rivalry and ideological stand-off between William Buckley and Gore Vidal


Psychological First Aid Course

Johns Hopkins offers a free course on psychological first aid – for injuries and trauma beyond the physical


Grilled Pork Banh Mi

A simple recipe for a classic Vietnamese sandwich developed by Luke Nguyen.

P.S. Don’t have time to make your own? Banh Meee in Hartford is a great option too!

Global Good News

He Gave a Bike to a Refugee Girl. 24 Years Later, She Got to Thank Him.

In the 90s, a man gave a 5-year-old girl a bicycle in a Dutch refugee center. After 24 years, she took to Twitter to find the man who gave her this heartwarming gift and within hours, they were connected. Learn more about how they reunited.
Read more.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

Tomorrow we begin our first ever Model United Nations Summer Institute! Though it has to be virtual this year, we are excited to add another resource for our Model United Nations students to learn new skills that they will take to college and beyond. Students will debate solutions on how to build a new green economy and provide completed resolutions at the end of the three-day institute. We can’t wait to share with you the creative and thoughtful solutions they come up with! Stay tuned for more.

Nicole Struth
Education and Special Projects Director

Image Credits:

[1] Kathleen Newland: Migration Policy Institute
[2] Art House: Nick Caito Photography for CTWAC
[3] Polling Place: Brennan Center
[4] Snap Judgement: Artwork by Teo Ducot
[5] Banh Mi: Food & Wine Magazine
[6] Global Good News: Mevan Babakar.
[7] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer
[8] Nicole Headshot: Caroline Schaefer

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