April 30              The World Through Arab Eyes




In The World Through Arab Eyes, eminent political scientist Shibley Telhami identifies the key prisms through which Arabs view issues central to their everyday lives, from democracy to religion to foreign relations with Iran, Israel, the United States, and other world powers. The World Through Arab Eyes reveals the hearts and minds of a people often misunderstood but ever more central to our globalized world. 

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April 8                 GREAT DECISIONS Series:
Israel-United States Relations




Professor Ilan Troen
Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Christopher Henzel
Director, Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Throughout decades of conflict in the Middle East, the U.S. has provided unparalleled military and diplomatic support to Israel due to the two countries' shared interests and values. Yet these ties are being tested this year, as stalled peace talks and Iran's nuclear ambitions have put new strains on relations between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. How have common cultural values influenced the countries' 65-year-old "special relationship"? How is the U.S. balancing this commitment with its many interests in the region?


March 26            CHAT & CHOWDA Author Series:

                              Beyond Conflict




How do wars end? Why are some societies capable of peaceful political transitions while others descend into violence? Tim Phillips, Co-Founder of Beyond Conflict, shares inspiring examples and lessons learned from 20 years on the front lines of peace negotiations around the world. He relates stories of six transformative leaders from the world's most divided societies who stood up to dictatorship, sat down with their enemies and confronted their greatest fears to pave the way for lasting peace and reconciliation.


March 11              GREAT DECISIONS Series:
Food Security and Climate Change




John M. Reilly, Ph.D.
Co-Director, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Calestous Juma, Ph.D.
Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, Harvard University

Even as a sixth of the world's population suffers from chronic hunger, a changing climate threatens to wreak havoc on already insecure and vulnerable populations. As food and water become scarce and once fertile land becomes barren, governments face new challenges in human security. Can the United States help mitigate the effects of environmental changes on other societies? What should Americans expect in the decades to come?


March 7              Reception with Henrique Meirelles




WorldBoston and Brazil-Today hosted a reception with Henrique Meirelles, recent Chairman of the Banco Central do Brasil--Brazil's equivalent of the U.S. Federal Reserve. Mr. Meirelles held this position from 2003-2010, and is credited with playing an instrumental role in enabling Brazil's recent high rate of economic growth.


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March 20 ~ 24     Public Justice





A group of twelve judicial sector professionals from Afghanistan visited Boston to explore the U.S. justice system and learn about the public nature of the U.S. government. Dedicated to improving and successfully developing the Afghan judicial system, this group met with justice sector experts to examine government transitions surrounding an election, discuss how the U.S. judicial system plays a part in American elections, and explore the role of Islam in America.

March 24 ~ 28
    Health, Labor, and Welfare


Ms. Aiko Abe



Ms. Aiko Abe, Unit Chief in the Counsellor's Office of Information Policy, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, participated in a five-month fellowship focused on employment and welfare law. Ms. Abe spent time in Boston and Washington, DC, observing law classes at several universities, conducting research, and meeting with experts on employment law to discuss her interest in current U.S. employment policies and practices.

April 2 ~ 4
       National Parks Management





A group of Russian National Park superintendents, educators and curators visited Boston and Cape Cod as a part of their program examining how U.S. national parks attract visitors, raise funds and develop public-private partnerships to enhance the programs offered through the National Park Service. The group visited the Cape Cod National Seashore and met with professionals from public and private environmental organizations, in order to highlight the collaborative strategies that are used in the U.S. to make the national parks as successful as possible. 

April 2 ~ 6
       STEM Education


Regional Project



A diverse group of educators and education officials traveled to Boston to explore how the U.S. education system supports and engages students in the STEM fields. Through meetings and visits to universities and local education organizations, the group examined U.S. education policy initiatives and partnerships and saw firsthand the efforts that American schools are making to encourage and increase interest among students to participate in STEM programs. 

April 6 ~ 9
       Women in Science and Engineering


Regional Project



A diverse group of women from the Near East, North Africa and South and Central Asia will be coming to Boston to examine the advancement of women in U.S. scientific research, their evolving role in scientific innovation and efforts that are being made to support and encourage women to pursue the sciences. The group will meet with their counterparts from several university programs and organizations around Boston and have a chance to showcase their own scientific accomplishments.

April 16 ~ 19
    Tech Transfer in Higher Education





A group of ten representatives from Tunisia's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research will be visiting Boston to learn about U.S. efforts to implement Transfer of Technology programs at public engineering schools and research centers. With a focus on start-ups, incubators and research institutes, this group will meet with local business and technology leaders to examine and identify the successful structures and roles that each institution plays in supporting and expanding higher education and technology.

April 23 ~ 26
     Transparency in Government


Regional Project



Through this upcoming program for the Near East and North Africa region, we will be welcoming a group of professionals from several countries who will be visiting Boston to examine how government transparency and accountability is promoted in the U.S.  The group will be looking at the role of citizens, media, and academia, as well as how grassroots activism has been successful in electing and promoting honesty and transparency.

May 1 ~ 7
        U.S. Whale Watching





A group of whale watching operators and curators from Iceland will be visiting Boston to examine the U.S. whale watching industry through both government and private-sector operations. The group will be learning about how whale watching contributes to the U.S. economy as well as the planning, promotion and education surrounding the industry. Through partnerships with museum curators, program operators and government officials, the group will have the opportunity to participate in U.S. whale watching programs and learn about new techniques for lobbying in support of whale conservation, continued research, and education.

May 11 ~ 14
     Ho Chi Minh Political Academy





A group of ten visitors from the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy in Vietnam will be visiting Boston to connect with local counterparts at universities and political organizations to learn about public administration and political education in the U.S.


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