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

International Exchange Happy Hour

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Have you participated in an international exchange before? Join WorldBoston and the Council for International Educational Exchange for 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

For tickets to this event, please click here.

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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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