WorldBoston Recommends 02/20/23-02/24/23

Dear Friends,

Welcome to this week's WorldBoston Recommends email, highlighting high-quality programming for the upcoming week, special opportunities, and event recordings, whether our own, from other World Affairs Councils, or other excellent venues. 

This WBR issue includes several essay contests, as part of our new Opportunities section.

So let us know, as always, if you have upcoming events you'd like considered for inclusion here, and now, please also keep in mind opportunities we might feature.

We hope these recommendations help you stay internationally engaged, wherever you may be.

Best regards,

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Lessons of Ukraine for the Role of Values in Foreign Policy

Tuesday, February 21

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

In the year since the invasion of Ukraine, Russia's blatant act of aggression against its neighbor and willingness to strike civilian targets have raised questions about the role of injustice and immorality in foreign policy. Join the Hudson Institute for this timely discussion on lessons learned during the past year featuring Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Richard Fontaine, Tod Lindberg, and Ash Jain.


This is (Y)our Moment! Bridging Development, Energy Security, and a Renewed Multilaterialism

In-Person Event

Tuesday, February 21

5:30 – 6:30 PM ET

Is multilateralism the solution to solving global challenges in development and energy security? Join the The Fletcher School at Tufts University for a conversation with Dr Arunabha Ghosh, founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water in New Delhi, India, as he discusses India’s emerging leadership on sustainable development at scale.


Can the World Bank Address Global Challenges?

Wednesday, February 22

3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

How can the World Bank reach its goals to eradicate poverty and promote shared prosperity in the face of challenges such as climate change and pandemic disease? Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a conversation on the prospect of World Bank Reform, featuring Stewart Patrick, Amanda Glassman and Zainab Usman.


America’s Leadership in Global LGBTQI+ Rights: A Conversation with Special Envoy Jessica Stern

Hybrid Event

Wednesday, February 22

6:15 – 7:15 PM ET

Join the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics for a discussion of LGBTQI+ rights around the world, as well as the U.S.'s leadership in this area, featuring U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Persons Jessica Stern and Timothy Patrick McCarthy.


Diplomacy Classroom: Race, Citizenship, and Red Scares

Thursday, February 23

1:00 – 1:45 PM ET

Join the National Museum of American Diplomacy as they host Dr. Alison Mann to commemorate Black History Month. The event will feature the story of Robert Robinson, a Black American who unwillingly spent 44 years in Soviet Russia and Bill Davis, a Black Foreign Service Officer, who used his diplomatic skills of innovation and advocacy to assist in Robinson’s repatriation. 


Meeting the Russia Challenge: Lessons From the Foreign Policy Transition from Bush to Obama

Friday, February 25

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

What can we learn about foreign policy threats from previous Presidential administrations? Join the Brookings Institution for this conversation with Dr. Fiona Hill, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Stephen Hadley, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.


2023 Student Foreign Policy Essay Contest

The John Quincy Adams Society is asking college students to weigh in on pressing questions in U.S. strategy by holding an essay contest in partnership with The National Interest magazine. TNI will showcase the winners, where the essays can influence policymakers, scholars, and staffers helping to shape American policy. The winner will also be given a cash prize and have a spot in the 2023 John Quincy Adams Society Summer Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. The deadline for submissions is March 12, 2023.


National High School Essay Contest

The American Foreign Service Association invites you to look back on its century-long history during this essay contest. Students are asked to explore a topic that touches upon the important history of foreign service and sheds light on how vital it is for America to have a robust professional corps focused on diplomacy, development, and peace. The winner will receive $2500, a trip to Washington, DC, and a full scholarship for a Semester at Sea educational voyage. The deadline for submissions is April 3, 2023.

Have you taken our What in the World? quiz yet this week?
Test your international affairs knowledge! Check @WorldBoston on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every Monday, or email Natalie Mase to receive the quiz by email every week.
For last week's high scores and more information visit our website here.


Check out our event recordings!

Video recordings of our events are available on our YouTube Channel, thanks to the excellent work of our media partners at GBH Forum Network.

Chat & Chowder on Inheriting the Bomb, featuring Mariana Budjeryn, Senior Research Associate with the Managing the Atom Project at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center

Great Decisions on Biden's Agenda, featuring Consul General Rodger Cuzner and Consul General Alberto Fierro

Great Decisions on Climate Change, featuring Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University

Chat & Chowder on The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter, featuring Shannon K. O'Neil, Vice President of Studies and Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations

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