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

Great Decisions - South Africa's Fragile Democracy

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 - 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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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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Chat and Chowder - Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World
May
9
5:30 PM17:30

Chat and Chowder - Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World

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Over the last 25 years, India's explosive economic growth has vaulted it into the ranks of the world's emerging major powers. India's sheer scale - its huge population and $2 trillion economy - means its actions will have a major global impact. How should the United States - and the rest of the world - make sense of India's rise? What are the implications and opportunities inherent in dealing with the world's largest democracy?

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Alyssa Ayres is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At CFR her work focuses on India’s role in the world and on U.S. relations with South Asia. She directs the U.S. Relations with South Asia Roundtable series, blogs regularly for Asia Unbound, and is a contributor to Forbes.com.

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Great Decisions – Media and Foreign Policy
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Great Decisions – Media and Foreign Policy

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

"Fake news" has entered the zeitgeist, and the President of the United States tweets foreign policy straight from the White House. Meanwhile, cyberwarfare and hacking pose difficult security threats. How are nations and other actors using media to pursue and defend their interests in the international arena? And what does this all mean for U.S. policy? Join WorldBoston for the latest installment of our Great Decisions series at the Boston Public Library. Refreshments will be served! This event is FREE and open to the public, but please register.

Dr. Susan Moeller has been a fellow in the International Security Program and at the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy both at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and twice a Fulbright Professor in international relations in Pakistan and in Thailand. She is currently Director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA) and Professor of Media & International Affairs at the University of Maryland.

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Chat and Chowder – The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War
Apr
9
5:30 PM17:30

Chat and Chowder – The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War

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featuring 

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

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and a conversation with Ambassador Nicholas Burns

 

Tickets are available here.

"America has always sought to convert rather than understand China, whether to Christianity or capitalism. In this brilliant historical study, Daniel Kurtz-Phelan focuses on the pivotal moment of misunderstanding between these two very different countries." Fareed Zakaria, CNN host and author of The Post-American World

"The China Mission has much to teach us about both the past and future of American leadership - and about what individual leadership means in the face of hard choices. I have rarely read such a vivid account of how diplomacy really works." Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State

The China Mission explores General George Marshall's thirteen months in China at the end of World War II. Although Marshall is best remembered as the secretary of state who launched the Marshall Plan and set the standard for American leadership, author Daniel Kurtz-Phelan traces the largely forgotten interlude in Marshall’s career involving his assignment in China. Marshall was given the mission of brokering a peace, building a Chinese democracy, and preventing a Communist takeover–but did he succeed? Kurtz-Phelan explores this while offering a close-up and gripping view of the central figures of the time–including Marshall, Mao, Eisenhower, and Truman. Ambassador Nicholas Burns will join Kurtz-Phelan in discussion. Ambassador (Ret.) Burns is the former ambassador to NATO and the current Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan is a graduate of Yale University and was a fellow with New America's International Security program. He was previously a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi and a Senior Adviser to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Kurtz-Phelan advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a member of her policy planning staff from 2010 to 2012 and has also worked as her speechwriter. Previously a senior editor, Kurtz-Phelan is now currently serving as the executive editor at Foreign Affairs magazine.

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