Global Engagement through the Arts
Jul
31
5:00 PM17:00

Global Engagement through the Arts

Join WorldBoston and Artists For Humanity for a unique Open Studios celebrating global engagement and international networking through the arts!

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“Global Engagement through the Arts” brings together the missions of two Greater Boston nonprofits: WorldBoston and Artists For Humanity. Combining WorldBoston’s international networking events with Artists For Humanity’s monthly Open Studios, visitors will network with other globally-minded professionals, tour AFH’s six creative studios, talk with teen artists and designers, and enjoy conversation over wine and cheese! We will kick off the event with a brief, open conversation about what ‘global engagement in the arts’ means.

5:00pm - Doors open

5:30pm - Opening Remarks

5:45pm - Networking and Studio Tours

7:00pm - End

The Hosts:

WorldBoston’s mission is to foster international engagement and global cooperation amongst people of all nations. WorldBoston implements a number of international professional exchanges each year and have a number of events in the city all focused on international topics. Last year WorldBoston hosted over 800 international visitors. To learn more visit: www.worldboston.org

Artists For Humanity (AFH)’s mission is to provide under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. Bridging economic, racial, and social divisions, AFH enriches urban communities by introducing young people's creativity to diverse businesses. To learn more visit: http://afhboston.org/openstudios.html

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Great Decisions | The Rise of Populism in Europe
Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions | The Rise of Populism in Europe

  • Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall (map)
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THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED!

Mass migration, and the problems associated with it, have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. Opposition to immigration was the prime driver of support for Brexit, it brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950s, and propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French presidential election. In addition to calling for stronger borders, however, these parties are invariably illiberal, anti-American, anti-NATO and pro-Kremlin, making their rise a matter of serious concern for the national security interests of the United States.

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Vivien A. Schmidt is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Professor of International Relations in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Professor of Political Science at Boston University, as well as Founding Director of BU’s Center for the Study of Europe.  She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her Masters and PhD from the University of Chicago.  Schmidt’s research focuses on European political economy, institutions, democracy, and political theory—in particular on the importance of ideas and discourse in political analysis (discursive institutionalism).

Schmidt is a Visiting Professor at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and at the Copenhagen Business School.  She has also been a visiting professor or visiting scholar at the Free University of Berlin, the Free University of Brussels, Sciences Po in Paris, the European University Institute, and Oxford University, among others.  She is past head of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) and sits on a number of advisory boards, including the Wissenschaft Zentrum Berlin, the Vienna Institute for Peace, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (Brussels), and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute. She has published a dozen books, over 200 scholarly journal articles or chapters in books, and numerous policy briefs and comments, most recently on the Eurozone crisis.  Her current work, supported by a Guggenheim fellowship, focuses on the ‘rhetoric of discontent,’ through a transatlantic investigation of the populist revolt against globalization and Europeanization.

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Great Decisions | Decoding U.S.-China Trade
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions | Decoding U.S.-China Trade

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED!

In the foreseeable future, China and the United States will be the world’s largest economies and most influential countries. Yet their relationship has taken a nosedive and is now cooler than at any time since President Nixon visited China in 1972. A Trump-Xi trade deal, now in the works, promises to de-escalate tensions, but experts are skeptical. Many expect “disengagement” and an “economic cold war.” We will examine the nuts-and-bolts of the trade deal, the challenges of the China-US relationship, and possibilities for better outcomes based on rebuilding trust.

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Peter A. Petri is the Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance in the Brandeis International Business School. From 1994 to 2006 he served as the founding Dean and from 2016 to 2018 as the Interim Dean of the School. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and its John L. Thornton China Center (Washington), and a Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (Washington). Petri has held appointments as Visiting Scholar or Professor at the OECD (Paris), Keio University (Tokyo), Fudan University (Shanghai) and Peking University (Beijing), and as a Fulbright Research Scholar and Brookings Policy Fellow. He has consulted for APEC, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank Institute, the World Bank, the OECD, the United Nations and the governments of the United States and other countries.

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Brewing International Careers
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Brewing International Careers

Are you interested in a career in the foreign service? Or international business? Or simply want to have an international career one day? Join us at Democracy Brewing for to meet like-minded professionals who have managed to make their careers international!

Opening remarks will be made by New England Diplomat in Residence, Philip Beekman and Honorary Consul to Georgia, Jarred Guthrie.

Philip Beekman: Philip Beekman currently serves as the New England Diplomat in Residence. He has been a member of the Foreign Service for fourteen years and has served in public diplomacy, political, and consular positions overseas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia (twice), and Trinidad and Tobago. In Washington, DC, Mr. Beekman was a Watch Officer and Senior Watch Officer at the State Department's Operations Center and a Special Assistant for the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Beekman worked as a researcher at the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, DC and as a government affairs consultant in Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in International Relations and earned a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Jarred Guthrie: Jarred Guthrie currently serves as the Honorary Consul to Georgia. Mr. Guthrie also is currently the Global Category Manager for the Western Hemisphere at Shell and Managing Partner at Commonwealth Frontier Advisors. He is a highly decorated US Army veteran with multiple command roles and combat deployments, and was US Army’s liaison to the Department of Commerce for fuel in Northern Iraq. Mr. Guthrie is an Executive Committee Member of the World Trade Center Energy Committee, a member of the Boards of Directors of WorldBoston, the Fuel Relief Fund, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, The YOT Club, as well as a former Board Observer for iBERIABANK. He is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Tbilisi, Georgia. Mr. Guthrie is the recipient of the Order of the Eagle of Georgia in recognition for his numerous philanthropic efforts throughout that country.

Guests will be provided with two complementary beverages and lite appetizers. Space is limited so be sure to register early!

This event is 21+.

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Chat & Chowder with Sheila Smith | Japan Rearmed
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Chat & Chowder with Sheila Smith | Japan Rearmed

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Japan has one of Asia’s most technologically advanced militaries and yet struggles to use its hard power as an instrument of national policy. The horrors of World War II continue to haunt policymakers in Tokyo, while China and South Korea remain wary of any military ambitions Japan may entertain. Yet a fundamental shift in East Asian geopolitics has forced Japan to rethink the commitment to pacifism it made during the U.S. occupation. The military, once feared as a security liability, now appears to be an indispensable asset, called upon with increasing frequency and given a seat at the policymaking table. In Japan Rearmed, Sheila A. Smith argues that Japan is not only responding to increasing threats from North Korean missiles and Chinese maritime activities but also reevaluating its dependence on the United States. No longer convinced that they can rely on Americans to defend Japan, Tokyo’s political leaders are now confronting the possibility that they may need to prepare the nation’s military for war.

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Sheila A. Smith, an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She joined CFR from the East-West Center in 2007, where she directed a multinational research team in a cross-national study of the domestic politics of the U.S. military presence in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Smith is vice chair of the U.S. advisors to the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), a bi-national advisory panel of government officials and private sector members. She teaches as an adjunct professor at the Asian Studies Department of Georgetown University and serves on the board of its Journal of Asian Affairs. She earned her MA and PhD degrees from the department of political science at Columbia University.

WorldBoston's Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. In addition to discussion of a featured book (usually sold at a significant discount), the program offers the opportunity for discussion among members and guests - and of course a selection of chowders and beverages. Tickets $15 for WorldBoston members and $25 for general admission.

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Great Decisions | The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions | The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED!

The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership?

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Roberto Dominguez is Professor of International Relations at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. He was Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and Researcher at the European Union Center of Excellence of University of Miami. His current research interest is on comparative regional security governance, security governance in Latin America, European Union-Latin American Relations and Mexican external relations. Some of his publications include: Security Governance and Regional Organizations (with Emil Kirchner, Routledge, 2011); EU Foreign Policy Towards Latin America (Palgrave, 2015); “Global Governance in the United States” (in Global Governance from Regional Perspectives: A Critical View, Anna Triandafyllidou, Oxford University Press, 2017). “External Powers in Asia” (with Bjørnar Sverdrup-Thygeson, for EU-Asia Security and Trade, forthcoming in 2020); and Regional Security Governance in Latin America (with Andrea Oelsner forthcoming in 2020). Professor Dominguez has also contributed as consultant for projects for the European Parliament and the European Commission. Currently is Senior Editor of the upcoming Encyclopedia of European Union Politics (Oxford University Press).

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Member Appreciation Night
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Member Appreciation Night

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Want to become a new WorldBoston member? Sign up here! All annual memberships are 50% off at checkout with the code “NEWMEMBER2019” until Sunday, April 21!

If you’re a current member and want more information about the Member Appreciation Night, please email Jenna Bergquist at jbergquist@worldboston.org!

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Why Africa Will Define Our Global Future
Apr
17
5:45 PM17:45

Why Africa Will Define Our Global Future

WorldBoston and the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations are pleased to co-host Dr. Zoe Marks for an evening of wonderful food, discussion, and mingling! Dr. Zoe Marks will give remarks and lead discussion on the topic of "Why Africa Will Define Our Global Future."

Dr. Zoe Marks is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School. Before coming to Harvard, she was a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and director of its master’s program in African Studies. Marks has also worked for the UN and various nongovernmental organizations in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, France, the UK, and the US. She won the Winchester Prize for best PhD dissertation in Politics at Oxford in 2014 and has published numerous articles and book chapters on Africa. Marks is currently working on a book on Sierra Leone’s civil war.

Schedule for the Evening:

5:45-6:15 Reception

6:15-6:45 Address

6:45-7:30 Dinner

7:30-8:30 Discussion

* Please note that due to the need to place food orders in advance with the venue, we are unable to take refund requests past Monday, April 15.

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Challenges 2030: How will Europe and the U.S. respond?
Apr
11
12:00 PM12:00

Challenges 2030: How will Europe and the U.S. respond?

As an istallment of Wunderbar Together celebrating U.S.-German partnership, WorldBoston, American Council on Germany, and World Affairs Councils of America invite members to a lunch and discussion featuring Ricklef Beutin!

Ricklef Beutin is a visiting fellow in the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). Prior to joining CSIS, Ricklef Beutin served as chief of staff to German Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Between 2011 and 2015, he served as chief of staff to several state secretaries of the German Federal Foreign Office. From 2015 to 2016, Ricklef Beutin headed the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) division and served as deputy head of the Task Force for the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016. He holds an M.A. in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a degree in law from the University of Bonn, Germany.

If you are WorldBoston member and are interested in attending this event, please email events@worldboston.org for more information on how to register.

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Chat & Chowder with Katherine Brown | Your Country, Our War
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Chat & Chowder with Katherine Brown | Your Country, Our War

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Based on eight years of interviews in Kabul, Washington, and New York, Your Country, Our War: The Press and Diplomacy in Afghanistan demonstrates how news has intersected with international politics during the War in Afghanistan and shows the global power and reach of the U.S. news media, especially within the context of the post-9/11 era. It examines how U.S. journalists affected the U.S.-Afghan relationship and chronicles their contribution to the rapid development of a community of Afghan journalists who grappled daily with how to define themselves and their country during a tumultuous transition from fundamentalist to democratic rule.

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Dr. Katherine Brown is the President and CEO of Global Ties U.S. and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University's Security Studies Program. She began her career in the National Security Council at the White House and first traveled to Afghanistan in 2003 as a U.S. embassy press aide, to return several times over 13 years. From 2013 to 2016, Katherine served as Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, an office authorized by Congress to strengthen U.S. engagement with foreign citizens.

As President of Global Ties U.S., Dr. Brown will also speak about WorldBoston's Citizen Diplomacy Program.

WorldBoston's Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. In addition to discussion of a featured book (usually sold at a significant discount), the program offers the opportunity for discussion among members and guests - and of course a selection of chowders and beverages. Tickets $15 for WorldBoston members and $25 for general admission.

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Great Decisions | Refugees & Global Migration
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions | Refugees & Global Migration

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED!

Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

WorldBoston, Boston Network for International Development, and the United Nations Association of Greater Boston join forces to host this Great Decisions on Refugees and Global Migration. To address the topic is a fantastic panel comprised of:

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Karen Jacobsen: Henry J. Leir Professor in Global Migration at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Friedman School of Nutrition, and director of the Refugees and Forced Migration Program at the Feinstein International Center; author of the 2019 Great Decisions "Refugee and Global Migration" article

Jeffrey Thielman: President and CEO of the International Institute of New England

Mary Truong: Executive Director of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants

Following the discussion there will be tabling by local organizations actively working with refugees and immigrants in Boston!


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Chat & Chowder | Trade and American Leadership
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Chat & Chowder | Trade and American Leadership

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From the days of Alexander Hamilton to the trade wars of Donald Trump, trade policy has been a key instrument of American power and wealth. The open trading system that the United States sponsored after the Second World War serves U.S. interests by promoting cooperation and prosperity, but also allows the allies to become more independent and China to rise. Trade and American Leadership places special emphasis on today's challenges, and the rising danger of economic nationalism.

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Craig VanGrasstek has been a trade consultant since 1982, working in over four dozen countries on five continents. His clients include government agencies, corporations, and such international organizations as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank. He has taught international relations at the American University (1994-2001), trade policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (2000-present), and literature at Georgetown University (2006-2009).

WorldBoston's Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. In addition to discussion of a featured book (usually sold at a significant discount), the program offers the opportunity for discussion among members and guests - and of course a selection of chowders and beverages. Tickets $15 for WorldBoston members and $25 for general admission.

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Great Decisions | State of the State Department and Diplomacy
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions | State of the State Department and Diplomacy

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED!

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During the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries? Ambassador Nick Burns and Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield team up to address these questions!

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Ambassador Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy & International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is the founder and Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship. As a career Foreign Service Officer, he was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997). He worked for five years (1990–1995) on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield is a Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, where she draws on her long and distinguished career as a U.S. diplomat to help the clients of ASG’s Africa practice. She joined ASG after serving as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2013 – 2017). In this capacity, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield led U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on peace and security, democracy and governance, economic empowerment and investment opportunities. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources where she oversaw all personnel functions for the U.S. Department of State’s 70,000-strong workforce. Previously, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield served as U.S. Ambassador to Liberia (2008-2012) and held postings in Switzerland (at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations), Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica.

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Great Decisions | Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions | Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics

  • Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall (map)
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This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Refreshments will be provided!

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

Gus Coldebella is the Chief Legal Officer at Circle, a global crypto finance company, where he is responsible for all legal, compliance, regulatory, and government affairs. Coldebella’s work in crypto finance and regulation complements his experience in homeland and cyber security. From 2005 to 2009, he was the Deputy General Counsel, then the acting General Counsel, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, focusing on all major security issues confronting the nation. As the department’s top lawyer, he helped lead implementation of President Bush’s Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, designed to shore up the government’s civilian networks from attack and to promote information sharing between the public and private sector.

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Chat & Chowder - Plagues and the Paradox of Progress
Feb
20
5:30 PM17:30

Chat & Chowder - Plagues and the Paradox of Progress

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Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. The recent decline of pestilence has led to incredible improvements, but it has also created unintended consequences. In Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, Thomas Bollyky interweaves a grand historical narrative about the rise and fall of plagues in human societies with contemporary case studies of the consequences.

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Thomas J. Bollyky is director of the Global Health program and senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Mr. Bollyky has testified multiple times before the U.S. Senate and has served as a member of committees on strengthening food and drug regulation in developing countries and on the role of science, technology, and innovation in the future of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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An Evening with Ambassador Kåre Aas: "Norway's Approach to Climate Change"
Feb
12
5:45 PM17:45

An Evening with Ambassador Kåre Aas: "Norway's Approach to Climate Change"

Join us for dinner and discussion featuring the Norwegian Ambassador to the U.S., Ambassador Kåre Aas.

Please register by 12:00 pm on Friday, February 8.

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Kåre Aas has been Norway’s ambassador to the US since September 2013.  He joined Norway’s diplomatic corps in 1983 and has served in Chile and Geneva, and as Norway’s ambassador to Afghanistan.  He has also been Norway’s representative to NATO and to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.  As director general for national security and the Arctic in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aas helped develop and negotiate Norway’s policies on disarmament, nonproliferation, and nuclear security.   

Please register by 12:00 pm on Friday, February 8.

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Chat & Chowder - Israeli National Security
Jan
30
5:30 PM17:30

Chat & Chowder - Israeli National Security

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National security has been at the forefront of the Israeli experience for seven decades, despite the fact that the country has no formal national security strategy. How should Israel develop a comprehensive plan to confront the threats it faces? In Israeli National Security, Chuck Freilich presents an authoritative analysis of the military, diplomatic, demographic, and societal challenges Israel faces today, to propose a holistic and long-term Israeli national security strategy.

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Chuck Freilich was a deputy national security adviser in Israel. He is now a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of a first of its kind book on Israel’s national security decision making processes, which was awarded the 2014 annual book prize by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Israel’s preeminent think tank. He has also begun co-authoring a book on Israel and the threat of cyber warfare.

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Great Decisions - South Africa's Fragile Democracy
Dec
12
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions - South Africa's Fragile Democracy

  • Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall (map)
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This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Refreshments will be provided!

The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. But the party today suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation. It faces growing threats from both left and right opposition parties, even as intraparty divisions surface. Given America’s history of opportunistic engagement with Africa, there are few prospects for a closer relationship between the two countries. Meanwhile, a weaker ANC could lead to political fragmentation in this relatively new democracy.

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Evan Lieberman is the Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa at MIT. Previously, Lieberman was a member of the faculty at Princeton University for 12 years, and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Yale University, and was an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA from Princeton. Lieberman is the author of two scholarly books, Race and Regionalism in the Politics of Taxation (Cambridge 2003) and Boundaries of Contagion: How Ethnic Politics Have Shaped Government Responses to AIDS (Princeton 2009).

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Chat & Chowder - Rule Breakers, Rule Makers
Dec
5
5:30 PM17:30

Chat & Chowder - Rule Breakers, Rule Makers

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In her provocative new book, Gelfand shows that much of the diversity in the way we think and act derives from a simple difference—“tight” (rigid social norms) versus “loose” (weak social norms). Sensing threats, tight cultures (whether large nations or small, close-knit groups) insist on social order. Feeling safe, loose cultures promote individual expression—sometimes to excess. Gelfand not only lays her tight-loose template over not just every nation in the world, but she also examines the leanings of the fifty American states (providing a remarkable new electoral map) and illuminates precisely how and why our country’s social classes differ. 

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Michele Gelfand is a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her pioneering research into cultural norms has been cited thousands of times in the press, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and Science, and on NPR. The recipient of numerous awards, she is a past president of the International Association for Conflict Management. 

WorldBoston's Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. In addition to discussion of a featured book (usually sold at a significant discount), the program offers the opportunity for discussion among members and guests - and of course a selection of chowders and beverages. Tickets $15 for WorldBoston members and $25 for general admission.

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Great Decisions - Waning of Pax Americana?
Nov
19
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions - Waning of Pax Americana?

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Refreshments will be provided!

During the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. began a historic shift away from Pax Americana, the liberal international order that was established in the wake of World War II. Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. In championing “America First” isolationism and protectionism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism is the order of the day. Geopolitical allies and challengers alike are paying close attention.

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Ivo H. Daalder

President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO

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James M. Lindsay

Senior Vice President at the Council on Foreign Relations

Ambassador Daalder and Dr. Lindsay have co-authored the book, The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership, released October 16, 2018. The book discusses the current apparent disruption to the world order that the United States fashioned from the ruins of WWII and that produced unprecedented global stability, prosperity and democratic consensus. Critics argue that Donald Trump's America First Policy threatens this world order, yet, the authors maintain, this order has been fraying for years. With their expertise as authors of this timely book, Ambassador Daalder and Dr. Lindsay will speak to the waning of Pax Americana. Their book will be available for purchase.

Ivo Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and served as the U.S. Ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013. Ambassador Daalder was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from MIT. James Lindsay is senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he oversees the work of more than six dozen fellows in the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Dr. Lindsay holds an AB in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University.

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Chat and Chowder - Rules for Rebels
Nov
1
5:30 PM17:30

Chat and Chowder - Rules for Rebels

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Ever wonder why militant groups behave in different ways? For instance, what compels organizations that target civilians versus those that avoid them? Why do some organizations brag on social media about their attacks, while others deny responsibility altogether? If you grapple with these types of questions, bring them to an expert! Dr. Max Abrahms will be leading WorldBoston's November Chat & Chowder to highlight his newest book and answer your questions about the science behind military victories.

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Dr. Max Abrahms is among the world's leading experts on the subject of terrorism. He is currently an assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University, an affiliate at the Global Resilience Institute, a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a board member on the journal Terrorism and Political Violence. Dr. Abrahms has published in a variety of the leading scholarly journals.

WorldBoston's Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. In addition to discussion of a featured book (usually sold at a significant discount), the program offers the opportunity for discussion among members and guests - and of course a selection of chowders and beverages. Tickets $15 for WorldBoston members and $25 for general admission.

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Chat & Chowder - The Jungle Grows Back
Oct
25
5:30 PM17:30

Chat & Chowder - The Jungle Grows Back

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Please note the change in location for this Chat & Chowder. Due to uncontrollable circumstances, we have had to change locations from McDermott Will and Emery to Foley and Lardner LLP.

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The role of the United States in international affairs has always been a point of contention for Americans. Yet, in the midst of disturbing events around the world, the United States must make a decision about where it stands in terms of its role as a peace enforcer. Should it head down the path of withdrawal in the face of such disarray? Or, should it focus on stabilizing irrational actors? Join us as author and Senior Fellow, Robert Kagan offers his views on the predicament and provides a “realist” rationale for moving forward.

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Robert Kagan is the Stephen & Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is a contributing columnist at the Washington Post and author of NYT best-seller, The World America Made. For his writings, Politico Magazine named Kagan one of the “Politico 50” in 2016, the “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.”

WorldBoston's Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. In addition to discussion of a featured book (usually sold at a significant discount), the program offers the opportunity for discussion among members and guests - and of course a selection of chowders and beverages. Tickets $15 for WorldBoston members and $25 for general admission.

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CHINA Town Hall
Oct
9
5:30 PM17:30

CHINA Town Hall

Suffolk University and WorldBoston are excited to again partner in hosting CHINA Town Hall 2018!

China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall is a national conversation about China that provides Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.

The twelfth annual CHINA Town Hall will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 95+ venues across the United States and Greater China (our location is Suffolk University Law School), and feature Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security advisor, as the national webcast speaker. Following the webcast are remarks by and a discussion with our Boston-based speaker, Dr. Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University's Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies.

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Chat & Chowder - South Korea at the Crossroads
Sep
17
5:30 PM17:30

Chat & Chowder - South Korea at the Crossroads

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“This cogently presented work is essential for specialists of East Asian international relations and those interested in South Korea's historical and present-day foreign policy.” - Library Journal

“At a critical moment for the alliance, Scott A. Snyder has done it again―producing an important work that both provides insightful historical perspectives of the relationship and also advances our understanding of South Korean strategic decision making. This latest contribution from Snyder will inform academics, policy makers, and those who follow the alliance in Washington, Seoul, and around the world.” - Mark Lippert, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, 2014-17

North Korea’s expanding nuclear capability and China’s growing influence put South Korea at a new strategic crossroads.  What alliances should South Korea prioritize in the new world order? Scott A. Snyder examines the trajectory of fifty years of South Korean foreign policy and offers predictions—and a prescription—for the future, contending that South Korea’s  best strategy remains investing in a robust alliance with the United States.

Scott A. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on Korea-U.S. policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is coauthor of The Japan–South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States and the author of Middle-Power Korea: Contributions to the Global Agenda. Snyder was previously senior associate in the International Relations Program of the Asia Foundation, a specialist for the U.S. Institute of Peace, and an acting director of the Asia Society's Contemporary Affairs Program.

Scott A. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on Korea-U.S. policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is coauthor of The Japan–South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States and the author of Middle-Power Korea: Contributions to the Global Agenda. Snyder was previously senior associate in the International Relations Program of the Asia Foundation, a specialist for the U.S. Institute of Peace, and an acting director of the Asia Society's Contemporary Affairs Program.

WorldBoston's Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. In addition to discussion of a featured book (usually sold at a significant discount), the program offers the opportunity for discussion among members and guests - and of course a selection of chowders and beverages. Tickets $15 for WorldBoston members and $25 for general admission.

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Great Decisions - Russia's Foreign Policy
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions - Russia's Foreign Policy

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Refreshments will be provided!

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is projecting an autocratic model of governance abroad and working to undermine the influence of liberal democracies, namely along Russia’s historical borderlands. Russia caused an international uproar in 2016, when it interfered in the U.S. presidential contest. But Putin’s foreign policy toolkit includes other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria. How does Putin conceive of national interests, and why do Russian citizens support him? How should the United States respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions?

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Alexandra Vacroux is Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and Lecturer on Government at Harvard University. Her scholarly work addresses many Russian and Eurasian policy issues. In addition, she teaches  popular courses on the comparative politics of Eurasia and post-Soviet conflict. She has mentored dozens of Harvard’s best and brightest Russian regional studies students and scholars. She is an active member of the bilateral Working Group on the Future of U.S.–Russia Relations, and co-chairs the Davis Center's long-running Comparative Politics Seminar. 

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International Exchange Happy Hour
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

International Exchange Happy Hour

Alas! This event has reached capacity and registration is now closed.

We hope to see you another time soon.

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Have you participated in an international exchange before? Join WorldBoston and the Council for International Educational Exchange for a very special happy hour at the Bruce C. Bolling Building! 

Don't miss your chance to network with Boston's leading organization for fostering international affairs. Come share your story and meet others who have had experiences abroad! Light Appetizers will be served and drinks will be available. Admission is free but there is limited space, so make sure to RSVP!


Special thanks to CIEE for co-hosting this event and our gracious venue sponsor, the City of Boston.
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Chat and Chowder – Digital World War
Jun
19
5:30 PM17:30

Chat and Chowder – Digital World War

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“Haroon Ullah is one of those rare people who can provide a new roadmap to understand the intersection of technology, marketing, and social media in the Muslim world… This book is a must-read for all.” - Gary Briggs, Chief Marketing Officer, Facebook

“This book is fascinating and also critically important. With great insight and expertise, Haroon Ullah shows how social media is being used in the Muslim world both to transform governments as well as recruit fighters to Islamist extremism. One of our most important challenges today is turning digital media into a force for good. The first step is to understand how it is being used, for good and for evil, in places like the Middle East. That’s why this book is indispensable.” - Walter Isaacson

From the Arab Spring and its aftermath to ISIS’s online recruitment, social media has dominated the discourse of recent events in the Muslim world. Yet the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks have received little attention. How has it changed relationships between governments and peoples, and within populations, and have the changes been largely for better or for worse? What can a proper understanding of social media teach us about regional and international politics and diplomacy? Join us for lively conversation, delicious soups, and our signature WorldBoston hospitality as Haroon Ullah discusses these and other questions. 

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Haroon K. Ullah is Chief Strategy Officer for the Broadcasting Board of Governors. A former senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State, with a special portfolio on digital transmedia strategy and countering violent extremism, he is an award-winning author and Peabody TV Award recipient, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Great Decisions – Turkey: A Partner in Crisis
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions – Turkey: A Partner in Crisis

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Refreshments will be provided!

Once a prominent model of democracy in the Middle East, Turkey is, according to many observers, slipping towards autocracy. Critics charge that President Recip Tayyip Erdogan used a failed coup d’état in 2016 as a means of consolidating power. More than a year later, many in the NATO member nation believe the U.S. to be their country’s greatest security threat. Is it too late for the U.S. and Turkey to revive a fading partnership? Join us as we hear from Dr. Soner Cagaptay, Director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute and contract chair of the Turkey Advanced Area Studies Program at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute.

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Dr. Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He has written extensively on U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and Turkish nationalism, publishing in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Jane's Defense Weekly, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic, New Republic, and Newsweek Türkiye. He has been a regular columnist for Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey's oldest and most influential English-language paper, and a contributor to CNN's Global Public Square blog. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, BBC, and CNN-Turk.

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Great Decisions – Chinese Grand Strategy
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions – Chinese Grand Strategy

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required here. Refreshments will be provided!

The rise of China as a modern superpower has prompted a variety of questions in the U.S. and around the world. From the height of the Qing empire to the present day, how has China approached the world? What is Beijing’s geopolitical “grand strategy,” and how might the U.S. respond as China seeks to shape its future in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond? Join us for a special Great Decisions event at the Boston Public Library as we hear from Dan Blumenthal, Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), as he discusses these and related questions. 

Dan Blumenthal is the director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on East Asian security issues and Sino-American relations.  Mr. Blumenthal has both served in and advised the U.S. government on China issues for over a decade.  From 2001 to 2004, he served as senior director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia at the Department of Defense.  Additionally, he served as a commissioner on the congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission since 2006-2012, and held the position of vice chairman in 2007.  He has also served on the Academic Advisory Board of the congressional U.S.-China Working Group. Mr. Blumenthal is the co-author of “An Awkward Embrace: The United States and China in the 21st Century” (AEI Press, November 2012).

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