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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Negotiating U.S. Policy in the Middle East

JULY 20, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we bring you a recap on last week’s event on negotiating U.S. policy in the Middle East. We also cover the shifting global order, a rare heatstroke in Siberia, and a docuseries on high-stakes sports around the world. Enjoy!

Weekly Episode

On the latest episode — We discuss U.S. policy in the Middle East with Aaron David Miller, historian, analyst, and negotiator. Aaron has advised Republican and Democratic secretaries of state alike and has played key roles in formulating U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process.

Join us as we explore the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, prospects for the Middle East Peace process, and rising conflict with Iran. Moderated by Megan Clark Torrey, CEO.

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Want more? Tune in Tuesday, as Aaron David Miller talks with two former foreign ministers on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian relations

Weekly Article Roundup

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

It is widely understood that the world order is shifting – so how will America reinvent itself in the international arena?
Arguably, the U.S. needs a new foreign policy, The Atlantic reports

As China continues to top headlines, explore the importance of the new U.S. policy on China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea
CSIS reports on the significance of the new U.S. position

Former CTWAC speaker Dr. Peniel Joseph writes a tribute to John Lewis, politician and civil rights advocate, and his global impact and legacy
Rest in peace, John Lewis (1940-2020)

Iran has threatened to obstruct naval traffic in the Strait of Hormuz for years and now Tehran might be able to close it for good
What does this tell us about Iran’s changing calculus?

Siberia, one of the coldest places on earth, has been experiencing heatwaves directly linked to greenhouse-gas emissions
Few events can be completely attributed to climate change, but this one can

As mentioned in our recent election security event, to protect democracy and our democratic systems, we need to protect the Internet
Read more in Foreign Policy about this timely and important issue

Weekly Entertainment


Flip through this journalistic comic book written to share life experiences while living in a UN safe area in Bosnia during the war


Hey, Remember the Olympics?

CFR’s Why It Matters examines the history of the Olympic games and what soft power can be gained by hosting them


Home Game

This docuseries covers interesting, and not-to-mention dangerous, international sports and where they thrive


Digital Dialects

Play games and learn a new language in the process! Digital Dialects offers language games in over 80 languages to help you or your kids practice the basics



Arepas are a traditional breakfast staple in Venezuela, but varieties are made all over South America. Try this arepa recipe and stuff them with your favorite fillings(tip: make sure you get the right flour, though!)

Global Good News

The Dogs that Protect Little Penguins

Foxes discovered the little penguins (for reference, these penguins only stand 30-40 cm tall) housed on a small Australian island – until a farmer thought of a genius (and cute) way to protect the birds. Read more about how the world’s smallest penguins got a second chance.
Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

We have so many exciting things on the horizon that we can’t wait to share with you! As always, we want to make sure that we are addressing topics and events that you, our members, students and community, are interested in. If you have any comments, recommendations, or feedback, please feel free to share with us at Thanks and Happy Monday!

Nicole Struth
Director of Education and Special Projects

Image Credits:

[1] Arthur House: Nick Caito Photography for CTWAC

[1] Aaron David Miller: Twitter @aarondmiller2
[2] Xi Jinping and Donald Trump: The White House
[3] Atlanta 1996 Olympics: Official Olympic Games website
[4] Arepas: Christina Holmes via Bon Appetit
[5] Dog and penguin: Global Screen via BBC
[6] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer
[7] Nicole Headshot: Caroline Schaefer

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