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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Global Lessons in Police Reform

SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we recap last week’s conversation on police reform, discover why Iran is cozying up to Venezuela, and suggest a podcast on the automation of everything.

Weekly Episode

On our latest episode — We talk to Dr. Laurence Ralph, professor of Anthropology at Princeton University, to discuss his latest article in Foreign Affairs and how the conversation on police reform in the U.S. can be informed by lessons from around the world. Moderated by Megan Clark Torrey, CEO.

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Read Dr. Ralph’s recent article in Foreign Affairs on police reform and racial justice, “To Protect and to Serve: Global Lessons in Police Reform”

Weekly Article Roundup

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

The global geopolitical order is shifting and will continue to shift in the future – what will Great Power Competition look like in 2025?
CSIS provides us with four plausible scenarios for the future

Iran is no stranger to an economy under pressure and it seems Tehran is using its experience to share resilience techniques with Venezuela
This could be the beginning of a burgeoning friendship with Maduro

Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement, is fractured and disorganized, which is surprisingly not a setback for the President
President Yoweri Museveni is no stranger to disorderly voting

Bulgaria’s popular revolt isn’t going away anytime soon and its time for Populist leader Boyko Borissov to face the music (er…protests)
Time for other European countries to support these pro-democracy protestors

Cyber competition seems to grow in importance each day, but this competition doesn’t only exist between states
See how the tools of intelligence competition are available to anyone

Weekly Entertainment


David Shimer puts the timely issue of Russian interference in historical context and shines a light on true threats to the electoral process


In Machines We Trust

From scientists swabbing subways for COVID to face recognition software, this MIT podcast talks about the automation of everything


Vox Atlas

In these short videos produced by Vox, we see where geopolitical issues occur on the map and how foreign policy shapes a region


Living Legends

The San Diego Zoo brings us a game to help endangered species around the world and learn more about them in the process


Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Priya Krishna brings us this family recipe that includes roasting a full head of cauliflower, served with a dreamy pea chutney (that you can drizzle on anything)

Global Good News

Thai Airways opens diner for customers craving in-flights meals

Missing in-flight airplane food? Apparently you’re not alone. Thai Airways converted the cafeteria of its headquarters in Bangkok into an airline-themed restaurant open to the public. (Featuring the cabin crew in full uniform, too!)
Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

Global Security Forum 2020 begins next week. We are excited to bring you our most powerful forum lineup to date, featuring Generals Petraeus, Clark, Austin, Votel and Hokanson, Ambassador Kurt Volker, Dr. Richard Haass, and many, many more. If you haven’t already, RSVP on the GSF2020 website, We can’t wait to see you there!

Megan Clark Torrey

Image Credits: [1] Dr. Laurence Ralph: @Laurence_Ralph via Twitter; [2] Iranian government: Hamid Malkior for Tasnim News via Wikimedia Commons; [3] Subway: In Machines We Trust via MIT; [4] Cauliflower: Photography © 2019 by Mackenzie Kelley via To Taste / cropped from original image; [5] Thai Airways: Reuters/Chalinee Thirasupa; [6] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer; [7] Megan Clark Torrey: Caroline Schaefer

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