WorldBoston Recommends: 02/14/22 – 02/18/22

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
President & CEO

Monday, February 14th
6:00 – 7:15 PM ET
Ongoing human rights abuses in Myanmar have given the world pause when watching this struggling democracy. Now, after a military coup in 2021, what is the situation on the ground? And how might regional and world players respond to this ongoing crisis? Join the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan with Pratima Narayan as she discusses developments in the country. Pratima T. Narayan led investigations for the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan. In 2018, she was one of 18 investigators selected globally to participate in a U.S. Department of State investigation into atrocities allegedly committed against Rohingya communities in Myanmar. She holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Tuesday, February 15th
5:30 – 7:00 PM ET
Join the Fletcher School at Tufts University for a discussion featuring Professors Anthea Roberts and Nicolas Lamp about their new book Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why It Matters. The book details the six competing narratives about the virtues and vices of globalization: the old establishment view that globalization benefits everyone, the pessimistic belief that it threatens us all, and various rival accounts that focus on specific winners and losers, from China to America’s Rust Belt. By isolating the fundamental value conflicts driving disagreement and showing where rival narratives converge, Roberts and Lamp offer a holistic framework for understanding current debates.

Wednesday, February 16th
12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Join the Global Business Alliance of New England for this year's business forum. It will provide a bird's eye view of the global climate change debate, including a review of the outcomes of COP26 and what this means for international companies. The event will include a welcome by Kenneth J. Vacovec; an economic update from Dr. Michael Goodman, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Economic Development & Strategic Initiatives; a keynote speech from Dean Rachel Kyte of the Fletcher School at Tufts University; and a panel discussion with Veronique Bourgier, Claire Dykta, and Nathalie Wallace moderated by Dr. Peter Abbott.

Thursday, February 17th
8:30 – 10:00 AM ET
Join the German Marshall Fund of the United States as they welcome Elbridge Colby to present and discuss his book, The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict. As lead architect of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, Colby outlines how Washington should recalibrate its defense in the face of Beijing’s growing power and ambition. After an initial presentation, the author will be joined by Bonnie Glaser and Veerle Nouwens to discuss the key takeaways from the book and regional security in the Indo-Pacific from a US and a European perspective. The session will be moderated by Mareike Ohlberg.

Thursday, February 17th
1:00 PM ET
Join the Hoover Institution as they host Peter Meijer in conversation with Michael McFaul about the current situation between Russia and Ukraine. Peter Meijer represents Michigan’s Third Congressional District. In Congress, Meijer serves on the Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, and Space, Science & Technology Committees. Michael A. McFaul is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution as well as a professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. From January 2012 to February 2014, he served as the US ambassador to the Russian Federation. Before that, he served for three years as a special assistant to the president and senior director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council.

Friday, February 18th
10:30 AM ET
Join the Belfer Center as they host a series of events as part of the Soft Power & Cultural Diplomacy Study Group. This program is designed for anyone interested in learning more about these two topics in addressing foreign relations. Over the course of four sessions, participants will become familiar with the history of cultural diplomacy and will better understand how the power of the arts has repeatedly been deployed by governments to help achieve foreign policy objectives. The group will analyze historical examples, hear from current practitioners, and envision future uses of cultural diplomacy to address current foreign policy challenges. “Creating a Public Diplomacy Strategy” with guest speaker Richard Stengel is the first in a four-part study group series facilitated by Carla Dirlikov Canales and Erika Manouselis.

Black Diplomats is a weekly podcast devoted to Black and people of color-lead conversations on foreign policy and lifestyles. Host and founder Terrell Starr lives and works in Brooklyn, New York— unless he’s in Ukraine or following presidential candidates. Starr is a Senior Reporter at the Root, where he writes about US-Russia politics and race in America, and he is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. He previously worked at Foxtrot Alpha, a blog that focuses on the military, technology, and policy. In 2016, he was FUSION’s national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential campaign. His foreign policy podcast explores the world via travel, politics, culture, and news from a Black perspective. Listen to recent episodes of the Black Diplomats podcast for his reporting from Kyiv on policy and daily life.

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