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Comm(Unity) Weekly: U.S. Security Alliances

NOVEMBER 10, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), the world reacts to the results of the U.S. election. We bring you a conversation with some of the U.S.’ closest allies on what they expect from the U.S. as a partner in global security. We also explore the global ripple effects of the U.S. election and look at how Syrian rebels started a library in war-torn Daraya.

Weekly Episode

Recap the conversation — In this Global Security Forum 2020: Battlefronts panel discussion, we talk to representatives from some of the United States’ closest allies – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K. – about their priorities and what they need from the U.S. as a partner in global security. Moderated by Maj. Gen. Michael Jones (U.S. Army, Ret.).

Stream Now.

Dive deeper into what U.S. allies (and adversaries) might make of the 2020 election and America’s global standing.

Weekly Article Roundup

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

Former CTWAC speaker and President of CFR Richard Haass writes about the opportunities and limits of a post-Trump foreign policy
“Repairing the world” won’t be an easy task for the next administration

The U.S. Coast Guard has a broader mission than other branches of the military, so how can we resource the Guard for global competition?
We can better equip the Coast Guard to counter Beijing

Arab nations began borrowing money before the pandemic, but the coronavirus pandemic has only compounded the issue
By next year the public-debt ratios in many countries may be at their highest

Azerbaijan’s drone arsenal may give it a technological and military edge over Armenia in the current deadly conflict
The dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region reignited in late September

U.S.-India relations could be strengthened with the United States’ new President-elect, causing the world’s biggest democracies to grow closer
Will Biden and Modi get along?

Weekly Entertainment


A group in Daraya, the town where the Syrian War began, finds thousands of books among the rubble and begins a library


Future Perfect

This season of Future Perfect by Vox dives into stories about how the meat we eat affects us all and how we can make the food we eat more sustainable and humane


Spaceship Earth

In this cautionary tale, the year is 1991 when a group of counterculturals built a huge replica of earth’s ecosystem called Biosphere 2 in Arizona


Coral Reef

Play this interactive game to learn about how a variety of sea creatures live together in the ocean to create an ecosystem


Into the Woods

A cocktail recipe was in order this week, so try out this drink that combines ginger beer, dry apple cider and warming bourbon to create a party-worthy drink. (Even if it’s just a party of one!)

Global Good News

A California man donated 25,000 baseball cards to a 9-year-old girl who lost her collection in a wildfire

9-year-old Reese Osterberg loves baseball, and when she lost her 100 card collection in a California wildfire, she was devastated. That is until Kevin Ashford donated his collection of 25,000 cards to her, thought to be worth between $35,000 and $50,000.
Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

A new president means a new perspective on national and foreign affairs. As the buzz around the election dies down, the CTWAC team is faced with a new (but exciting) challenge: bringing timely and important topics to you as the focus of U.S. foreign policy shifts. Is there a particular issue that you would like to see covered in the upcoming event season? Email us at!

Caroline Schaefer
Virtual Communications Specialist

Image Credits: [1] U.S. Alliances: respective institutions; [2] U.S. Coast Guard: Capt. Timothy Eason; [3] The book collectors: Penguin Random House; [4] Into the Woods: Vicky Wasik via Serious Eats; [5] Reese: KFSN via CNN; [6] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer; [7] Caroline Schaefer: Amanda Jolly

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