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.
Join WorldBoston for our first hybrid event, Chat & Chowder featuring Fiona Hill in discussion of her book, There is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century, an urgent warning that America is on the brink of a socioeconomic collapse and authoritarian swing that could rival modern Russia’s. Fiona Hill is a senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. She recently served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019. We have reached capacity for the in-person program, but we welcome you to join us virtually!
International Mother Language Day has been observed around the world since its approval at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference. To mark the occasion, the International Relations Council of Kansas City will explore the perception and prevalence of English around the world and the impact this has on other languages. A panel of experts for whom language is a central part of their daily work will offer their perspectives, and audience members are invited to chime in with their own experiences. Join Jay Kim, Michael Volz, and Tamara Medakov for this panel discussion moderated by Ani Kokobobo.
The Hoover Book Club hosts engaging discussions with leading authors on the hottest policy issues of the day and how they think we should approach our most difficult challenges. Join the Hoover Institution for a discussion with Markos Kounalakison his latest book, Freedom Isn't Free moderated by Bill Whalen. Markos Kounalakis, Ph.D. is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a Senior Fellow at the Center on Media, Data, and Society at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated foreign affairs columnist, author, and scholar.
Embassy Row Live! brings diplomacy directly to you, and features regular conversations with distinguished ambassadors from around the world to explore new ideas, policy developments, and possible solutions to critical international challenges. Join the World Affairs Councils of America as they welcome Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, in conversation with WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford. Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan will consider U.S.-Pakistan relations, diplomacy with Afghanistan, women's rights, climate change, and more. The conversation and Q&A session is open to WACA's audience of Council members across the U.S., international partners, and the public at large.
Russia’s amassing of over 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders, its joint military exercises with Belarus, and its hostile rhetoric and provocative behavior undermine the security of Ukraine and the whole Euro-Atlantic region. In light of these developments, the United States has increased its troop deployments to Central and Eastern Europe, several European allies are supplying arms to Ukraine, and parliaments are introducing sanctions. Now many in the West increasingly warn of prospects for a new Kremlin offensive against Ukraine. Join the Atlantic Council for a discussion about strengthening the transatlantic response, featuring an expert panel and keynote speakers Mark Brzezinski, US Ambassador to Poland, and Marcin Przydacz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is poised to take the spotlight on climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. Early last year, Egypt joined five other countries to form the Adaptation Action Coalition, to accelerate global action on adaptation to help achieve a climate-resilient world by 2030. And just ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, several countries from across the MENA pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions within the period 2050-2060. In anticipation of the next two Conference of Parties (COP) meetings taking place in the MENA, join the Middle East Institute to explore how the Middle East and North Africa can capitalize on this unique position to demonstrate climate policy leadership.
In 2021, two Black victims of the Nazi regime were finally honored with so-called “Stolpersteine” pioneered by German artist Gunter Demnig in Berlin. With concrete cubes bearing the names of persecuted residents in front of their homes, victims are being remembered in Berlin and other German cities. Why did it take more than 75 years to honor Black victims of the Nazi regime? What are the many forms of racism in today’s Western societies, triggering a renewed global Black Lives Matter movement in 2020? Join the Deutsches Haus at NYU for a virtual panel conversation with Professor Robbie Aitken, Dr. Tiffany Florvil, and Alice Hasters, moderated by Dr. Nicholas Boston.