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Comm(Unity) Weekly: State of the World Podcast

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.

Weekly Episode

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.
Access the series on Apple Podcasts and Spotify (and more platforms soon!) and subscribe to get updated when new episodes are released.

Check out the new podcast section oN our website!

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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

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”

Weekly Entertainment


“A very readable description of the context in which our…Founders were educated and how their concepts of governance evolved during their lifetimes.”



Politico’s Nerdcast geeks out on the new politics of Washington and more


The Perfect Weapon

Based on David Sanger’s book with the same name, this documentary explores cyber conflict and threats


Travel Sustainably

We are all itching to get out of the house (safely), so check out this guide on how travel sustainably in the new year



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!

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.
Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

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.

Amanda Jolly
VP of Progams and Communications

Image Credits: [1] SOTW cover image: Caroline Schaefer; [2] Sen. Chris Murphy:; [3] Biden and Mahmoud Abbas: Debbie Hill/Pool via AP; [4] Digital American Flag: The Perfect Weapon documentary cover image; [5] Pupusas: Amanda Jolly; [6] Hang gliding: still from video produced by Oliver Jarvis via BBC; [7] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer; [8] Amanda Jolly: Caroline Schaefer

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