WorldBoston Recommends 7/8/24 – 7/12/24

Dear Friends,

Welcome to this week's WorldBoston Recommends email, highlighting high-quality programming for the upcoming week, special opportunities, and event recordings, whether our own, from other World Affairs Councils, or other excellent venues. 

We hope these recommendations help you stay internationally engaged, wherever you may be.

Best regards,

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Revisiting the Legacy of Shinzo Abe

Monday, July 8

9:00 – 10:00 AM ET

On July 8, 2022, the world faced shocking news. Shinzo Abe, the longest-serving Japanese Prime Minister since the Meiji Restoration, was assassinated during an election rally. During his decades-long political career, Abe emerged as one of the visionaries for the future of Japan. Please Join Yuki Tatsumi, Director of the Japan Program, as she engages in conversation with Kunihiko Miyake who once served side-by-side with Abe, and Tobias Harris, an author of the Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan (2020).


Is It Me or the Economic System? Changing Chinese Attitudes Toward Inequality: A Big Data China Event

Monday, July 8

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Join CSIS for a discussion on the growing popular angst in China about the sources of their economic success and setbacks, and the implications that this has for confidence in China's economy and economic governance for policymakers in China and the rest of the world. Trustee Chair Scott Kennedy will moderate the discussion with panelists Ilaria Mazzocco (CSIS Trustee Chair), Elizabeth Perry (Harvard University), Jessica C. Teets (Middlebury College), and Qin Gao (Columbia University). 


Is NATO a Good Deal? Making the Case for the Alliance to the Public


Tuesday, July 9

8:00 – 9:30 AM ET

On July 9, representatives from NATO’s thirty-two member states will arrive in Washington, DC, for this year’s summit. Join the Carnegie Endowment’s Europe Program to begin NATO Summit week with a discussion of how leaders in Washington and beyond might make a stronger case for NATO, including to those wary of military engagements overseas. CNN’s Bianna Golodryga will moderate a conversation between Senator John Hickenlooper, Janet Napolitano, a President’s Intelligence Advisory Board member and former U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and Governor of Arizona, and Tobias Billström, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Sweden, the newest NATO ally.


Criminal Code? DeFi, Illicit Finance, and the Future of Financial Freedom

Wednesday, July 10

10:30 – 11:30 PM ET

Decentralized finance (DeFi) has been accused of playing a disproportionate role in facilitating illicit finance, from funding terrorism to evading sanctions. How do we overcome the application of faulty narratives and outmoded anti‐money laundering frameworks to DeFi? Can practical policy solutions preserve the rights to transact, develop software, and maintain financial privacy? And can DeFi technology itself provide remedies to long‐standing policy challenges related to illicit finance? Please join us for an expert panel discussion on this topic featuring Eric Alston, Angela Angelovska-Wilson, Bill Hughes, Michael Mosier, Jennifer J. Schulp, and Jack Solowey.


2024 International Speaker Series – The Changing Tides of Sea Governance

Thursday, July 11

12:00 – 1:00 PM

This event will explore how shifting geopolitical trends are poised to redefine the governance of our oceans. From the implications of melting ice in the Arctic to the complex geopolitical landscape in the South China Sea, this session promises to unravel the intricacies that will shape the future of maritime governance. This event will feature speaker James Krask, Chair of the Stockton Center for International Law, Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Maritime Law, U.S. Naval War College and will be moderated by Michael Igoe, Senior Reporter at Devex.


The Czech president on next steps for transatlantic cooperation post-NATO Summit

Friday, June 12

12:15 PM

The Atlantic Council is hosting Czech President Petr Pavel for a discussion on the future of transatlantic collaboration on supporting Ukraine and the NATO Summit’s outcomes on enhancing security on Europe’s eastern flank. This event will take place in partnership with Jagello 2000 and will be preceded by an expert panel. The expert panel will feature Jan Jireš, director general of defense policy and planning at the Czech Ministry of Defense; Lieutenant General Karel Řehka, chief of the general staff of the Czech Armed Forces; Ambassador Daniel Fried, Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council; and Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Valbona Zeneli


Join WorldBoston’s Dinner Diplomacy program! Engage with international professionals of visiting delegations for a meal at your home. We have many opportunities this summer to get involved! Hosting visitors in an informal setting allows you to meet distinguished visitors from all over the world and learn more about their country, culture, and field of professional expertise. Dinner Diplomacy can take various forms, from brunch to afternoon tea to a sit-down dinner with small groups. Reach out to Sarah Sibley, Vice President of Citizen Diplomacy ( to learn more about upcoming supper hosting opportunities!


On July 8th, Foreign Policy will host a free in-person and virtual conference on issues concerning NATO. As nations gather for the 75th anniversary of NATO, Foreign Policy will host programming that brings together voices from the areas of defense, government, intelligence, and the private sector to examine the alliance 75 years on and delve into the future of security across the Atlantic and beyond.


The Council on Foreign Relations has opened their applications for the prestigious International Affairs Fellowship. Designed for mid-career professionals, this fellowship includes a placement with a professional resource in-person for 12 months. Fellows should anticipate a $120000 stipend for the entire year, with no other employee benefits, including health insurance. Interested candidates can apply between August 15th and October 31st, 2024.


Calling all golfers! The Temple Israel Brotherhood is hosting their 16th Annual Combined Charities Golf Tournament on August 1st. The tournament is a great opportunity to play golf with friends while supporting a cause — proceeds from the tournament go to local charities and nonprofit organizations, including WorldBoston.


Writing Opportunities

Are you interested in writing about international affairs? Below are opportunities for you to submit your pieces to publications nationwide!

  • WorldBoston Event Reporting: Volunteer to write an event recap about one of our Global Engagement events or public programs, to be posted on our website blog and social media. For more information, please email Harrison Zeiberg, Manager of Global Engagement and Operations.
  • WorldBoston's #BostonPhotoFriday: We want to see your pictures of Boston! As part of our #BostonPhotoFriday series, we would like to feature our community's photos on our social media. For more information, please email Harrison Zeiberg, Manager of Global Engagement and Operations.
  • The Journal of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: This quarterly journal is accepting submissions of features and essays, as well as online exclusive submissions to appear on their website on a rolling basis. Submit your piece here.
  • Realist Review Article Submission: This policy publication is accepting submissions from anyone interested in writing a commentary or analysis piece that expresses a perspective on policies or developments in international affairs and diplomacy. Submit your work here.

The new U.S. Department of State ExchangeAlumni website offers alumni of U.S. government exchange programs, U.S. government staff, and partner organizations exclusive opportunities network, share highlights, post job listings, promote events, and more. Before accessing the website, ExchangeAlumni must register for an account with ECA's Office of Alumni Affairs.


Check out our event recordings!

Video recordings of our events are available on our YouTube Channel, thanks to the excellent work of our media partners at GBH Forum Network.

Great Decisions on NATO's Future featuring Consul General Dr. Sonja Kreibich and Consul General Mustafa Soykurt

Chat & Chowder on The End of Ambition, featuring Steven A. Cook

Chat & Chowder on Spies, featuring Calder Walton

Great Decisions on the U.S.-China Trade Rivalry, featuring Wendy Cutler, Managing Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute

Chat & Chowder on Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West, featuring Calder Walton

Chat & Chowder on Dying by the Sword, featuring Sidita Kushi and Monica Duffy Toft

Chat & Chowder on Tyranny of the Minority, featuring Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

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