WorldBoston Recommends: 01/31/22 – 02/04/22

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, February 3rd
6:00 – 7:00 PM ET
The current discussion of industrial policy in the United States is not simply about whether or not to support specific companies or industries, but about trust or mistrust of the government and its ability to manage the economy and deal with a rising China. The upheaval in supply chains during the pandemic exposed weaknesses in the international economy. What policies can the United States implement to deal with trade and the economy? Join us at WorldBoston as we host Robert D. Atkinson for an important discussion about industrial policy.

Monday, January 31st
1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
As China prepares to host the Winter Olympics, its economy is slowing, its real estate sector is in crisis, and its push for regional dominance is alarming its neighbors. At the 20th Party Congress this October, Xi Jinping is expected to win a third term as China’s ruler. What do these developments portend for China and the world, and how should the United States respond? Join the Hoover Institution featuring George Soros, Matt Pottinger, and Oriana Skylar Mastro for this nuanced discussion with participation from Larry Diamond, Orville Schell, and Glenn Tiffert.

 Tuesday, February 1st
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
When President Joe Biden met the press on January 19th he was candid when addressing consequences for Russia if it attacked Ukraine. “It depends on what [Putin] does as to what extent we’re going to be able to get total unity on the NATO front.” The White House quickly cleaned up what he “meant” to say. As the prospects of Russian provocation and action against Ukraine reach the boiling point it’s a fair question to ask where Germany is as the United States and allies lean forward in deterrence and preparation for response. Join the Tennessee World Affairs Council, in association with the American Council on Germany, as they turn to Ambassador John Kornblum to address this key question.

Tuesday, February 1st
8:00 – 9:00 PM ET
Following the success of his last book, The Dictator’s Handbook, and the author’s unique flair of bringing in different perspectives, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita examines why and how the West became the world’s most powerful civilization. Drawing on his years of teaching political science at NYU, and copious research, Bruce discusses how a rarely examined historical 12th century event, the Concordat of Worms, changed the course of history. Bringing it to today, our discussion will consider how competition between church and state have led to stronger, more stable countries than where that has not been the case. Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations for this book talk.

Wednesday, February 2nd
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Most nuclear proliferation scholarship focuses on why states seek nuclear weapons. The question of how nuclear aspirants attempt to acquire the bomb has received far less attention, but is in many ways more consequential for international peace and security. What strategies have states employed to develop nuclear weapons? And what are the implications of these strategies for proliferation and conflict dynamics?Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a conversation with Vipin Narang about his recently published book, Seeking the Bomb: Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation. He will be joined by Eliza Gheorghe and Ariel (Eli) Levite. Fiona Cunningham will moderate.

Thursday, February 3rd
12:00 – 1:15 PM ET
Thirty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, freedom of press is under siege in Poland, Hungary, and Russia. A strong undercurrent of anti-democratic sentiments permeates the public life of all three countries, jeopardizing the integrity of facts and consequently the integrity of elections. To authoritarian regimes, independent journalism is almost synonymous with crime. The crackdown on free media has intensified over the past years and should be viewed as a harbinger for the rest of Europe and the US. Join the MIT Starr Forum for a panel discussion of the threat to free media in Central and Eastern Europe featuring Ada Petriczo, Valerie Hopkins, Paulina Milewska, and Veronika Munk.

Friday, February 4th
12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Join Women in World Trade New England for an exciting update on doing business with Canada. This event will feature Canadian Consul General to New England Rodger Cuzner, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner Dina Santos, and Trade Commissioners for a comprehensive update on opportunities, policies, and guidelines for doing business with New England’s largest trading partner. You will hear specifics relative to a wide variety of industries, policy updates, and investment opportunities, how to network locally and you will have the opportunity to ask questions of our guest speakers.

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