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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Election Interference

DECEMBER 7, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we take a look back at the history of election interference with David Shimer. We also look at how Assad’s Syria resembles Saddam’s Iraq, witness an unlikely friendship form between a painter and a thief and applaud a prosthetics expert giving animals a second chance.

Weekly Episode

Recap the conversation — The election happened over a month ago, but state election certifications recently confirmed the presidential election results. Revisit our conversation with David Shimer, Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and author of Rigged, on the history of election interference in the United States and the role technology plays in influencing the American public.

Moderated by Council CEO, Megan Clark Torrey.

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Check out this article to understand more about the election, President Trump’s fraud accusations and the final results.

Weekly Article Roundup

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

Some say the liberal international order has been disrupted, but others argue that a more transactional foreign policy has dominated U.S. history
Read more about why this may be an illiberal American century

Britain argued that Brexit would be advantageous, and getting a COVID vaccination authorization before the EU could help prove it
The UK’s gamble could pay off, even if it hasn’t yet

Assad’s Syria and the sanctions against the regime are forcing the country into famine–which is starting to resemble Saddam’s Iraq
Revisit the crisis and see what life is like in the regime-controlled territory

Peru’s new president Francisco Sagasti took office at the end of November, becoming the third president of the country in just a week
An impeachment and a resignation and now, an interim president

Algeria continues to struggle with socioeconomic issues amid the COVID pandemic and political crises, but what is at the root of these issues?
Dive deeper into what the resource-rich country can do to solve its problems

Weekly Entertainment


Max Brooks partnered with the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense to create a graphic novel chronicling biowarfare events



Reveal News unveils original stories to hold people and institutions responsible for their actions (or inactions)


The Painter & the Thief

A Czech artist befriends the thief that stole two of her paintings and invites him to sit for a portrait, forming an unlikely relationship and bond



Facework’s AI finds the perfect face for every job–audition for each job by making the face needed to fit job needs



Most things in life that are good don’t come easy…and these spiced German cookies are no different. We promise the seemingly daunting ingredient list is worth it

Global Good News

Disabled animals are getting a second chance thanks to an amazing prosthetic expert

Derrick Campana is a well-known animal prosthetics expert and gave Mosha, an elephant with a missing leg, the first ever successful prosthetic elephant leg. Besides that accolade, he has treated and helped between 15,000-20,000 animals!
Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

As we get ready for holidays, reflect on the year we’ve had, and prepare for the year ahead, here at the Council we’re feeling energized for what’s to come. A new year means a new program season, and from a new administration to new global health developments and geopolitical shifts, we have a lot to address together. If there is a global issue you’re interested in, or a new program you’d like to see from the Council, please send me an email at: We’d love to hear from you and make these ideas happen in 2021!

A very happy Hanukkah this week to all those celebrating!

Amanda Jolly
VP of Programs and Communications

Image Credits: [1] David Shimer: Penguin Random House; [2] Model UN students: Spencer Sloan; [3] Bashar al-Assad: Bashar Al Assad: Master Of Chaos cover image via Amazon; [4] Painter: The Painter and the Thief still; [5] Lebkuchen: A Beautiful Plate blog; [6] Mosha: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters via abc news; [7] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer; [8] Amanda Jolly: Caroline Schaefer

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