WorldBoston Recommends: 01/17/22 – 01/21/22

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

Tuesday, January 18th
9:00-10:00 AM ET
In her new book, Bridging State and Civil Society, Suzanne Levi-Sanchez provides an in-depth study of parts of Central Asia and Afghanistan that remain marginalized from the larger region. As such, the people have developed distinct ways of governing and surviving, sometimes in spite of the state and in part because of informal organizations. Join the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University for a discussion of this book with author Dr. Suzanne Levi-Sanchez, Dr. Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, and Ambassador (ret.) Robert Finn.

 Tuesday, January 18th
7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
Although 2021 brought about many challenges, plenty of risks remain. To think about what comes next, attend the second annual Top Risks rundown with Alex Kazan, Chief Commercial Officer at Eurasia Group. This year, he will be joined by Stephen Wertheim, Senior Fellow in the American Statecraft program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The panelists will review the Eurasia Group's Top Risks 2022 report, and there will be plenty of time for audience questions and participation. Join the World Affairs Council of New Jersey for this insightful conversation.

Wednesday, January 19th
9:00 – 10:00 AM ET
Adopted systematically by mostly East Asian economies, industrial policy is a tool of state intervention in managing economies that has been controversial in the context of development economics since World War II. In this webinar, Zhu Xian, Vice President & Secretary-General of the International Finance Forum and former Vice President & Chief Operations Officer of the New Development Bank, will share some observations of recent practices of industrial policy as it has been applied in China. Join the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University for this discussion on the role of industrial policy and its application in China.

Wednesday, January 19th
12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
The U.S. and Russia have been holding high-level talks over Ukraine and Moscow’s proposal to refashion post-Cold War security arrangements that have been in place for the past quarter century. While meetings between American and Russian diplomats are welcome, it's worth noting that President Biden’s pursuit of “stability and predictability” with Russia may find more success if he embraces the idea of “strategic empathy.” Join the Quincy Institute to explore how the Biden team might scale back the escalatory approach and replace it with some simple strategic empathy. Panelists include former Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown Jr, author and columnist Robert Wright, and Professor Nicolai Petro.

 Thursday, January 20th
10:15 AM ET
What does the global economy have in store for 2022? Many countries, including the US, enter the year with the highest inflation rates and hottest job market in decades. Will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates multiple times to cool the economy down, and what will that mean for the rest of the world? Emerging markets and developing economies still lag behind their developed peers in vaccination, leading to dangerously divergent growth rates between richer and poorer countries. Join the Atlantic Council as they host Jan Hatzius, Chief Economist for Goldman Sachs, and Megan Greene, Senior Fellow at Harvard University and Chief Economist of the Kroll Institute, for a conversation on the state of the global economy.

Thursday, January 20th
3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
After years of the US “pivoting to Asia,” there is bipartisan consensus that China is one of the biggest threats to US stability and prosperity. But concerted action from the Pentagon that matches the gravity of this threat is lacking. As the lead official for the 2018 National Defense Strategy, Elbridge Colby grappled with how to redirect attention and resources against China. His new book, The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, offers a solution. Join the American Enterprise Institute for a panel discussion on how the US can craft a military strategy that will deter threats from China.

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