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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Ireland-U.S. Economic Partnership

MARCH 22, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we share our conversation on U.S.-Ireland economic and trade relations. We also look at how the Amazon rainforest impacts foreign policy and reflect on a year in lockdown.

Weekly Episode

On our latest episode Harry Lester, Economic Counsellor at the Embassy of Ireland, celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with the Council by discussing the U.S.-Ireland economic partnership. Council CEO Megan Torrey is joined by guest moderator Conall O Móráin, Host of That Great Business Show, as they tackle questions such as, what can the United States learn from Ireland’s economic success?

This event was hosted in partnership with the Ireland-Connecticut Business Council.

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Read more about the Ireland-Connecticut Business Council and their mission to “facilitate friendships and connections…between Ireland and Connecticut.”

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Weekly Article Roundup

Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup:

Terrorism is a difficult term to define, but why is it even more difficult for the United States to designate domestic terrorism and hate crimes?
To truly reach our democratic ideals, hate must be denormalized

For the first time, deforestation of the Amazon rainforest will impact and decide U.S.-Brazil relations with a climate-focused Biden administration
Arresting climate change can’t be done without the Amazon

India and the United States have a strategic partnership, but New Delhi’s continued arms business with Russia could limit its progress
India may be at risk of American sanctions in the near future

South Korea and the U.S. have weakened their alliance over the past few years, but it’s time to renew the purpose of this important relationship
Revitalizing the alliance will advance both parties’ regional and global goals

Like all traditions, birthday parties had to be invented, and globalization is behind the creation of the celebration of another passing year
See how globalization started birthday parties, but the pandemic ended them

Weekly Entertainment


In honor of today being World Water Day, read how water has impacted us, and continues to connect us, on physical and scientific levels


Afropop Worldwide

We highly recommend this award-winning radio program dedicated to music from Africa and the African diaspora



This docuseries follows the food supply chain and reveals unsavory truths (watch ‘The Avocado War’ episode!)


Ice Flows

Ice Flows challenges players to control the size of an ice sheet to learn about the possible impact of climate change on ice in Antarctica


Dahi Puri With Black Chickpeas

Holi is this weekend, so whip up this party snack from chef Preeti Mistry. Besides being beautiful, these tasty puris are light with the perfect crunch

Global Good News

Happy Nowruz to all who celebrated!

This past weekend, Iranians and others around the world celebrated the Persian New Year when the spring equinox begins. This year’s Nowruz coincided with the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness! See what messages world leaders shared in honor of the holiday.

Read More.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

As we pass the one year mark in lockdown, we challenge you to reflect on all that you’ve accomplished this past year. With your support, in one year the Council has managed to schedule weekly virtual programs, host our annual Global Security Forum and Model United Nations programs digitally, launch our State of the World podcast, and so much more. We can’t wait to see what this upcoming season has in store!

Caroline Schaefer
Virtual Communications Specialist

Image Credits: [1] Ireland: Canva; [2] Illegal logging in Amazon: Quapan via Flickr; [3] Men playing instruments: Afropop Worldwide; [4] Dahi Puri: Photograph By Heami Lee, Food Styling By Frances Boswell, Prop Styling By Sophie Strangio; [5] Nowruz: Turmeric & Saffron via NPR; [6] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer; [7] Caroline Schaefer: Amanda Jolly

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