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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Feminist Foreign Policy

FEBRUARY 15, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we bring you an explanation of a feminist foreign policy agenda and analysis if the U.S. needs one. We also cover the political turmoil in Haiti, learn from a family that left North Korea and comment on what your dog(s) are thinking while you chat on Zoom.

Weekly Episode

On our latest episode — We sit down with Stephenie Foster, co-founder and partner at Smash Strategies, to unpack what feminist foreign policy is, why the U.S. should implement a feminist foreign policy agenda, and how it can make us more competitive in the future. Moderated by Megan Torrey, CEO.

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Check out more on feminist foreign policy, security and the new administration in this article by Stephenie Foster.

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Weekly Article Roundup

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

Political crisis in Haiti surrounding President Jovenel Moïse’s move to remain in power for another year is an early test for President Biden
The U.S. State Department appears to have backed the Haitian president

Many peace processes witness some short-term reversions to violence and the Afghan Peace Talks are at risk of the same
How can the United States ensure lasting peace in the region?

In 2016, candidate Donald Trump focused largely on the large bilateral goods deficit with China, but in hindsight was he wrong or did he fail?
Dive deeper into the U.S.- China trade deficit

The Department of Defense recently announced that U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered a “stand down” to address extremism
Check out this quick recap of what the memo means and why it matters

Farmers across India have been protesting since November, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges them to end their protests
Chronicle why these farmers are protesting and what their demands are

Weekly Entertainment


Follow the story of “the drastically different lives of two boys named Wes Moore, born blocks apart in Baltimore”


Who Is Us?

Severe fragmentation of American society is a threat to our democracy, and this project seeks to promote a more cohesive identity


Little Pyongyang

Joong-wha Choi, a former soldier in North Korea, now resides in a London suburb with his family and reflects on missing his “true home”


How Zellige Mosaics Are Made

Read and watch videos on how Moroccan craftsmen create traditional terra cotta zellige (tiles) that we see in elaborate mosaics


Traditional King Cake

Mardi Gras is tomorrow, so we have one day left in which to celebrate with this traditional treat – and gain a year of good luck if we find the hidden baby in our piece

Global Good News

Mona Lisa Is Alone, but Still Smiling

Mona Lisa is currently in rare company at the Louvre — that is, no company. France’s latest quarantine has allowed museum officials to push on with a grand restoration and cleanup. Projects range from dusting almost 4,500 picture frames to makeovers of entire wings.

Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

With misinformation a constant threat to our understanding of the world, we have a special episode this week on human trafficking – an issue at the heart of so many modern conspiracy theories. I encourage you to join in and share this conversation. You can RSVP here or catch it later on the State of the World YouTube or podcast.

Amanda Jolly
VP of Progams and Communications

Image Credits: [1] Stephenie Foster: via Stephenie Foster; protest: unsplash; [2] Heather Fischer: via Heather Fischer; [3] President Jovenel Moïse:; [4] Man sitting in chair: still from Little Pyongyang ; [5] King Cake: Taste of Home; [6] Mona Lisa: Dmitry Kostyukov for NYTimes; [7] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer; [8] Amanda Jolly: Caroline Schaefer

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