WorldBoston Recommends: 01/24/22 – 01/28/22

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

Monday, January 24th
3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Sudan and South Sudan confront a wide array of challenges. Ever since South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, each has experienced political upheaval, security threats, environmental pressures, and economic deprivation. With a combined population of over 50 million, their success as nation-states impacts not only the lives of their own people, but the broader region as well. Join the Brookings Institution for a panel discussion featuring Elizabeth Shackelford, Peter Biar Ajak, Joseph Tucker, Nyagoa Tut Pur, and Ambassador Susan D. Page. The discussion will cover the future of the Sudans, and what the United States and its partners can do to support them.

 Tuesday, January 25th
9:00 – 10:15 AM ET
What is the impact of the postponement of the World Trade Organization's 12th Ministerial Conference on key deliverables and work programs? What initiatives on pandemic response and economic recovery can the WTO make significant strides in? How are governments deepening their engagement in the area of trade and climate? Join the Asia Society Policy Institute for this event, where Vice President Wendy Cutler will speak with Angela Ellard, Deputy Director-General at the World Trade Organization, followed by a panel discussion with Simon Evenett, Yuka Fukunaga, and Sarah Stewart.

Tuesday, January 25th
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Borderlands: Europe and the Mediterranean proposes a rethinking of the complex relationship between the European Union and the states of the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa. Focusing on trade relations on the one hand, and the cooperation on migration, borders, and security on the other, the book revisits the historical origins and modalities of Europe's selective rule transfer to MENA states, the interests underwriting these policies, and the complex dynamics marking the interaction between the two sides. Join the Middle East Institute (MEI) for a panel discussion with author Rafaella A. Del Sarto.

 Wednesday, January 26th
7:30 – 8:30 PM ET
The Joe Biden administration faces major global challenges, from great power competition with China and Russia, to the aftermath of the Taliban victory in Afghanistan, to climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. One year into his presidency, what is the emerging Biden doctrine? At a defining moment in U.S. history, can Biden rally Americans around a foreign policy to protect the nation's interests and values? Join WorldDenver, Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, and Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council, featuring Dr. Dominic Tierney and Dr. Marie Berry, to revisit the Biden Doctrine a year into Biden's presidency.

Thursday, January 27th
9:00 – 11:00 AM ET
What lessons from the experience of funding global health interventions as public goods can be applied to underwriting the work of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)? This roundtable is part of a line of work aiming to investigate the political economy of global public goods in health. It brings together an international and diverse group of policymakers, academics, practitioners, and the private sector to share their perspectives, debate, and discuss pursuing political traction and financial commitment to global public goods. Join the Chatham House for this lively discussion.

Thursday, January 27th
12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
China’s hegemonic ambitions follow a familiar historical pattern of rulers seeking to concentrate power. In the case of Xi Jinping’s China, this has led to an intensifying clash between democracies and autocracies. Can a better understanding of these dynamics equip the United States with the knowledge needed to win the great power competition with China? Join the Hudson Institute for a conversation between Hudson Senior Fellow Nury Turkel and Dr. Anders Corr on his book “The Concentration of Power: Institutionalization, Hierarchy and Hegemony,” and its relevance to contemporary geopolitics.

Friday, January 28th
12:00 – 1:15 PM ET
Throughout North America, businesses are positioned to serve cross-border markets, integrated supply chains are constructed around comparative advantages driven by national differences, and people have built the most intimate parts of their lives with family, friends, and loved ones across borders. How have the COVID-19 border restrictions enacted bilaterally by the US and Canada impacted these linkages in the New England states and Eastern Canada? Join the New England Canada Business Council and leading academics from the US and Canada as they look back, and most importantly, look ahead, to address important questions regarding the larger implications of the border closure.

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