WorldBoston Recommends: 01/10/22 – 01/14/22

Dear Friends,
Welcome to this week's WorldBoston Recommends email, highlighting high-quality programming for the upcoming week, 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

Thursday, January 13th
6:00 – 7:15 PM ET
Start the new year in global affairs right — with WorldBoston friends old and new at this fun virtual event. We'll discuss favorite topics from 2021 with WorldBoston community members Raoul Alcala, Madi Diab, Wing-kai To, Godha Bapuji … and you! Pour yourself a beverage and get ready to try your knowledge of 2021 events in a team-based What in the World? quiz, brainstorm with us on 2022, and maybe walk away a raffle winner! Raffle prizes have been generously provided by Courtyard Marriott Boston/Brookline, Boston Park Plaza, and DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Downtown.

Monday, January 10th
6:00 – 7:00 PM ET
If the U.S. is the “world police,” what laws does it enforce, and under what authority? Are American interests synonymous with the interests of the world? What specifically are American interests? To explore these questions, join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for this conversation group where participants will discuss the issues with their peers and engage with the world around them. David M. Meron, former Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. State Department, will facilitate.

 Wednesday, January 12th
11:00 – 11:45 AM ET
In recent years, Russia has undertaken military action in Georgia, annexed Crimea, provided military support to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, and assisted the Belarusian leadership in halting anti-government protests. As Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s border continues, experts consider Moscow’s possible objectives and the political and security outlook for its European neighbors. To discuss, join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs with speakers Daniel Baer, Kadri Liik, Igor Zevelev, and Max Seddon.

 Available to Listen
January 12th 12:00 PM ET
The Hoover Institution's Battlegrounds series features H.R. McMaster in a one-on-one conversation with a senior foreign government leader to allow Americans and partners abroad to understand how the past produced the present, and how we might work together to secure a peaceful and prosperous future. In this episode, H.R. McMaster and Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib, former Afghanistan National Security Advisor and former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, discuss the causes of the collapse in Afghanistan, the consequences, and options to mitigate the growing crisis.

Thursday, January 13th
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
In his new book, Catastrophic Success: Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Goes Wrong, Alexander Downes compiles all instances of regime change around the world over the past two centuries to show that regime change increases the likelihood of civil war and violent leader removal in target states, while failing to reduce the probability of conflict between intervening states and their targets. Join the Quincy Institute for a discussion of Catastrophic Success and how covert regime change affects U.S. interests, featuring Professor Downes, Quincy Institute Research Fellow Annelle Sheline, and Executive Vice President Trita Parsi.

 Friday, January 14th
10:00 – 11:30 AM ET
Far more extensive and robust conservation of natural habitats, smarter and more diligent monitoring of legal wildlife trade, and suppression of poaching and wildlife trafficking are necessary for preventing and minimizing the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases. Yet the COVID-19 pandemic has also revealed how vulnerable conservation and income for local communities and protected areas are to downturns in tourism. Join the Brookings Institution’s Africa Security Initiative and Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors for a panel discussion exploring the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on biodiversity, wildlife trade, and human security.

In-Person Exhibit
Exhibit available until Saturday, January 15th
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University, in partnership with the Consulate General of Israel to New England and the Lappin Foundation, presents “Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.” This exhibit honors diplomats from around the world who saved the lives of Jews from Nazi murder and were recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem. The exhibit is located in the lobby of the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts at 365 Lafayette Street in Salem, Massachusetts.

Have you taken our What in the World? quiz yet this week?
Test your international affairs knowledge! Check @WorldBoston on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every Monday, or email Natalie Mase to receive the quiz by email every week.
For last week's high scores and more information visit our website here.

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