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Comm(Unity) Weekly: A Conversation with Ambassador Huang Ping

AUGUST 3, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we recap our discussion with Amb. Huang Ping, feature a letter from the late Rep. John Lewis addressing the American people, and re-introduce you to your favorite strategy guessing game in digital form.

Weekly Episode

On the latest episode — We discuss China-Connecticut trade, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a vision for our post-pandemic global economy with Ambassador Huang Ping, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China.

Moderated by Megan Clark Torrey, CEO.

Stream Now.

Read more on U.S.-China relations in this New York Times article that poses the question: What would a Cold War with China look like?

Weekly Article Roundup

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

Former CTWAC speaker Richard Fontaine explains how China has squandered its first great geopolitical opportunity
China has failed to take center stage in the United States’ absence, he writes

The late Rep. John Lewis wrote an essay to be published on the day of his funeral, urging Americans to stand up for what they believe
“Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart…” he writes in his piece published by the New York Times

Former board member Dr. Xiangming Chen writes on lessons from COVID-19 on urban governance and sustainability
Learn more on what the pandemic means for the future of dense urban areas

Venezuela is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, but now the Maduro regime is exploiting its vast mineral resources
According to CSIS, Venezuela’s ecocide needs international attention

Libya is still in the midst of a civil war, but a largely ignored aspect of this conflict is the effects of local politics and factional dynamics
Explore the bigger implications of human rights abuses in Tarhuna

Weekly Entertainment


A satirical and sincere story, told from the POV of a child soldier, that mixes horror and humor to devastating effect


Intelligence Squared

This podcast was born out of the polarized politics in our nation. The result? Informed, balanced debates on a variety of topics


The Business of Drugs

A former CIA analyst investigates the economics of six illicit substances, in other words, the business of drugs


Online Battleship

Your favorite strategic guessing game is back and this time, digital. Play with your kids or as a happy hour game


Pão de Queijo

Made with tapioca starch (which provides a special taste and texture!), these traditional Brazilian cheese buns are perfect if you have a gluten intolerance or just want to try something new

Global Good News

Roles reversed as St. Bernard dog rescued from England’s highest mountain

Konnyaku potatoes are not really

A rescue team had to rescue a large St. Bernard dog named Daisy from England’s highest mountain, in a reversal of traditional roles. St. Bernards were originally used as guard dogs to save lost travelers in the midst of the Alps.
Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

If you’re looking for a resource to feel informed and not exhausted, check out the CTWAC YouTube channel. You can stream or download our weekly 20-30min episodes of in-depth conversations with the world’s top experts. You’ll be the most globally-informed person on the hiking trail, the kayak, or the couch. All episodes are up on our YouTube channel and website. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy!

Amanda Jolly
VP of Communications & Programming

Image Credits:

[1] Ambassador Huang Ping: UPenn
[2] Monica Ager Jacobsen: Service to America Medals website
[3] John Lewis: Pete Souza via The White House
[4] Animation: Zaven Najjar via Ciclic Animation
[5] Pao de queijo: Chicocvenancio via Wikimedia Commons
[6] St. Bernard rescue: Wasdale Mountain Rescue via CNN
[7] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer
[8] Amanda headshot: Caroline Schaefer

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