WorldBoston Recommends: 02/07/22 – 02/11/22

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.
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Mary P. Yntema
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Monday, February 7th
1:00 – 2:15 PM ET
For decades, immigration has been one of the most divisive, contentious topics in American politics. And for decades, urgent calls for immigration policy reform have gone mostly unanswered. As the discord surrounding the modern immigration debate has intensified, border enforcement has tightened, and interior enforcement has become more capricious. Join the Brookings Institution as they host an event marking the launch of a new book by Brookings Rubenstein Fellow Tara Watson and journalist Kalee Thompson, The Border Within: The Economics of Immigration in an Age of Fear. The event will feature a presentation from the authors followed by a panel discussion among experts on immigration policy.

 Tuesday, February 8th
10:00 – 11:00 AM ET
Home to more than half a billion people, the Mediterranean region is warming 20% faster than the global average. Hotspots of climate migration may appear as early as 2030, as both coastal and inland communities are facing additional pressure on food security. Historically, the Mediterranean region is also home to multilayered spheres of influence, driven by numerous economic, political, and military dimensions. As climate change will exacerbate existing tensions, the overall regional security is at risk. Join the Middle East Institute for a panel featuring Ali Ahmad, Andrei Covatariu, Iulia Joja, and Mohammed Mahmoud as they aim to identify the current drivers of climate change and anticipate regional security risks.

Tuesday, February 8th
6:00 – 7:15 PM ET
The quadrilateral coalition of India, Australia, Japan, and the United States, often dubbed “The Quad” of the Indo-Pacific region, met at the White House in September 2021 for its first in-person discussions. Join the Cleveland Council on World Affairs for this event to learn more about the purpose and prospects of this alliance, with a focus on India’s interest in the Quad, and its implications for the future of the region. The event, part of the annual Dr. Raj and Karen Aggarwal Forum, will feature Brookings Institution India Project Director, Dr. Tanvi Madan.

Wednesday, February 9th
6:00 PM ET
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are rising quickly. The border crisis raises the questions: Does a democratically governed country have the right to exist? What role does the rest of the world play in supporting that right? And what important international conflicts and diplomatic efforts aren’t we talking about with the global spotlight on Eastern Europe? Join the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics as they host former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor for a conversation on the unfolding conflict and America’s role in defending democracy abroad, moderated by Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, Senior Fellow of the “Future of Diplomacy Project” at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs.

Thursday, February 10th
12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
The economic and political environment across the globe has been critically impacted by the pandemic, coupled with the higher cost of living, food insecurity, economic inequity, migration, cultural and societal changes, and mistrust in institutions and governments. The global economy appears to be trending toward incremental recovery as the threat of new variants force governments worldwide to reevaluate and mitigate risk while working towards opportunities for growth. Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte for this event featuring Dr. Jay Bryson, Managing Director and Chief Economist for Wells Fargo's Corporate and Investment Bank, on his expert insight into the global economic outlook for 2022.

Thursday, February 10th
6:00 – 7:00 PM ET
Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a discussion about the importance of U.S.-Australia relations, featuring remarks from the Consul-General of Australia in New York, The Honorable Nick Greiner. Consul-General Greiner will give his insights into the geopolitical future of the Indo-Pacific region and discuss what the trilateral security pact known as AUKUS (between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) means for Europe, China, and the Indo-Pacific. He’ll also discuss the recent historic defense agreement between Japan and Australia and include time for audience Q&A.The conversation will be facilitated by Lauren Swartz, President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. 

Friday, February 11th
12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
The US is entering a new era of great-power competition. Authoritarian powers such as China and Russia threaten the integrity of the liberal international order, and the US finds itself in the twilight between peace and war. To succeed against these adversaries, the US must examine and act on the lessons learned from America’s last great-power competition: the Cold War. In the 30 years since the fall of the USSR, the US has had little practice confronting foes on this scale. Join the American Enterprise Institute with Hal Brands as he discusses his new book, The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us About Great-Power Rivalry Today, with Kori Schake and Zack Cooper.

Friday, February 11th
3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Stepping into the White House in January 2021, President Joe Biden promised that he would work to restore America’s reputation abroad and mend relationships damaged during the Trump presidency. His foreign policy inbox has been challenging – from facing an ever more assertive China, to the chaotic withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, and now the looming threat of another Russian invasion of Ukraine. Join the World Affairs Council of Seattle as they take a look back at the administration’s first year with Bruce Stokes, visiting senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and former director of Global Economic Attitudes at the Pew Research Center.

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