JANUARY 19, 2020
In this edition of Comm(Unity), we bring you a new State of the World podcast produced by CTWAC. We also explore a rare look at North Korea’s weapons program, suggest a tried and tested pupusa recipe, and share some tips on how to travel sustainably.
In Case You Missed It — Our State of the World live episodes are now available in a weekly podcast! Each week, the Council hosts live virtual events featuring top experts in national security and foreign policy in a series called State of the World. Now, you can listen to these conversations anywhere.
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Weekly Article Roundup
Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup (with some special recommendations!):
In the wake of the U.S. Capitol riots, many have focused on the lack of preparedness or the failure of intelligence in predicting such an event
See how law enforcement could have investigated prior to the protests
Since the Cold War, there has been an ongoing obsession with the Middle East that is likely to decline under the Biden administration
Dive into how the Middle East might revert to being just another region
RECOMMENDED BY ESAM BORAEY
After a Worker’s Party Congress meeting in North Korea, Kim Jong Un offered a rare look at Pyongyang’s weapons program during a parade
Check out a rare sneak peek of North Korea’s military hardware
How has President Trump garnered unwavering and unconditional support from so many Venezuelan social media influencers?
Read more about these so-called MAGAzuelans and their support
The COVID pandemic has changed a lot about life all over the world, even language: protest slang evolved during the global health crisis
Learn more about the changes in this “slanguage”
“A very readable description of the context in which our…Founders were educated and how their concepts of governance evolved during their lifetimes.”
RECOMMENDED BY DAVID SUMNER
Politico’s Nerdcast geeks out on the new politics of Washington and more
Based on David Sanger’s book with the same name, this documentary explores cyber conflict and threats
We are all itching to get out of the house (safely), so check out this guide on how travel sustainably in the new year
RECOMMENDED BY MICHELE METCALF
A pupusa is the national dish of El Salvador and is a thick griddle cake made from masa harina. Feel free to experiment with the fillings, too!
RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA JOLLY
Global Good News
Experiencing a lockdown world through hang gliding
Wolfgang Siess is a professional hang glider pilot and instructor from Austria, but the pandemic left him out of work like many others. In response, he toured the U.S. and created hang gliding videos, allowing people to temporarily “leave” their homes and fly.
Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:
Tomorrow, we’ll watch history being made as Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president and Kamala Harris as the nation’s first woman, and the first Black and South Asian person, to become vice president of the United States. We’ll be watching this historic moment with you and can’t wait to dive into all the geopolitical developments to come.
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Image Credits:  SOTW cover image: Caroline Schaefer;  Sen. Chris Murphy: murphy.senate.gov;  Biden and Mahmoud Abbas: Debbie Hill/Pool via AP;  Digital American Flag: The Perfect Weapon documentary cover image;  Pupusas: Amanda Jolly;  Hang gliding: still from video produced by Oliver Jarvis via BBC;  Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer;  Amanda Jolly: Caroline Schaefer
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