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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Renew America

NOVEMBER 16, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we revisit a conversation on leadership in America and congratulate Council CEO Megan Torrey on receiving the WACA Chairman’s Individual Award! We also dive deeper into the narrative surrounding vaccine development and put a Moroccan spin on roasted carrots.

Weekly Episode

Recap the conversation — In a time of change in America and the world, we encourage you to revisit our panel from Global Security Forum 2020 featuring General Wesley Clark (U.S. Army, Ret.) on the importance of leadership and the future of the United States. Moderated by Arthur House, Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer, State of CT.

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Check out this article by President-elect Joe Biden on Why America Must Lead Again and the future of U.S. foreign policy

Weekly Article Roundup

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

News about a potential COVID-19 vaccine is topping headlines, but dive deeper into what the results really mean for the future
Skewed news coverage may be underselling or overplaying it

Climate change has impacted and will continue to affect our lives and environment — and what about our defense budget?
Check out what a climate-focused DoD budget would look like

Ethiopia might be on the brink of unraveling as months of tension between local and central government boil over
Will this military conflict escalate into a full-blown civil war?

Germany has witnessed protests against coronavirus restrictions, but the civil unrest is becoming increasingly radical and violent
Virus skeptics and conspiracy theorists seem to be fanning the flames

Vladimir Putin brokered a ceasefire deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan that is likely to hold unlike previous agreements
Read more about the Kremlin’s wins and losses in this deal

Weekly Entertainment


David Finkel brings us this story chronicling a battalion of soldiers and their experiences in the Iraq War and beyond


Hacking Hunger

The World Food Program produces this podcast telling the hidden, human stories on the frontlines of hunger



Check out this Oscar-nominated documentary that explores the negative effects of natural-gas drilling


Super Fossil Finder

National Geographic brings us this game for students to learn about fossils and relative dating techniques


Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Carrots

Switch up your Thanksgiving sides this year with a Moroccan twist on classic roasted carrots.

Global Good News

Poole amputee soldier makes history on Matterhorn summit

Neil Heritage, 39, reached the peak of Matterhorn on his third attempt despite losing both his legs to a suicide bomb in Iraq in 2004. Mr. Heritage raised thousands of dollars for his charity serving injured veterans, Climb 2 Recovery.
Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

A special message from guest host, Se-Min Sohn, in honor of Megan’s national recognition from the World Affairs Councils of America:

The Board of Directors can’t be more excited for Megan and her team for this prestigious award. We’re equally thrilled for the city of Hartford, as well as all the other communities we’ve served since 1924, to be recognized for their commitment to global engagement and investment in global education.

Se-Min Sohn
President of the Board of Directors, CTWAC

Image Credits: [1] Gen. Wesley Clark and Arthur House; [2] Se-Min Sohn: Spencer Sloane; [3] Germany protests: picture-alliance/dpa/ C. Soeder via; [4] Hacking Hunger cover image: WFP/Mohammed Awadh; [5] Roasted Carrots: Minimalist Baker blog; [6] Neil Heritage: Mark Hooks via BBC; [7] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer; [8] Megan Torrey: Caroline Schaefer

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