WorldBoston Recommends 2/26/24 – 3/1/24

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. 
We hope these recommendations help you stay internationally engaged, wherever you may be.
Best regards,
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
Hybrid Event
Thursday, February 29
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET
From shipping lanes to marine conservation, the high seas are at the center of geopolitical and strategic interests for countries around the world. How are maritime territories governed, and how are political disputes resolved? Join WorldBoston when we host Dr. Steven Wills, Navalist at the Center for Maritime Strategy, for expert remarks, audience Q&A, and networking over light refreshments.
Monday, February 26
1:30 PM ET
The Venezuelan Supreme Court recently upheld a ban to prevent presidential candidate María Corina Machado from holding office. What are possible paths forward for the democratic opposition? Join the Atlantic Council when they host Venezuelan presidential candidate María Corina Machadoto discuss this key election.
Tuesday, February 27
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
The crisis in the Middle East has drawn U.S. attention back to the region, particularly the Islamic Republic of Iran and its proxies. What is Tehran hoping to achieve, and how should the U.S. respond? Join the Brookings Institution for this discussion with Natan Sachs, Suzanne Maloney, Jeffrey Feltman, Allison Minor, and Renad Mansour.
In-Person Event
Tuesday, February 27
5:30 – 8:30 PM ET
Given the current geopolitical climate, the rise of AI, and strains on global supply chains, how can international businesses adapt? Learn more at the 30th Annual International Business Forum hosted by the Global Business Alliance of New England.
Wednesday, February 28
1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Join Chatham House when they host this special conversation with Georgian President Salomé Zourabichvili. The discussion will delve into President Zourabichvili’s perspectives about Georgia’s political landscape, including Georgia’s wavering democracy, prospects for its future in Europe, and the challenges that the war in Ukraine has posed on the country. 
Thursday, February 29
10:00 – 11:00 AM ET
2024 is a pivotal year for elections around the world, with nearly half of the global population expected to participate in the democratic process. Join Foreign Policy to hear from political leaders and activists, including Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, Allison Carlson,Ambassador Johnnie Carson,Nino Dolidze, Luis Carlos Ugalde, about their perspectives on how to protect democratic values in the long-run.
In-Person Event
Friday, March 1
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM ET
Join ClassACTHR73, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Salata Institute for Climate Change and Sustainability at Harvard Universityfor a day-long symposium on climate change mitigation strategies in emerging economies, with a particular focus on Bangladesh.
Sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mosaic Taiwan is a fellowship exchange program for young individuals in the US and Canada interested in global affairs to gain firsthand experience with Taiwanese culture and society. The program takes place in Taiwan from June 17 to June 28, 2024, and travel expenses are paid by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To participate, submit your application by March 8th. 
The Fletcher School’s Executive Education course, Making Change: How to Design Public Policies that Work, offers an in depth look at how public policies are designed, implemented, and evaluated, giving participants a robust framework to create effective policies in their communities. This course will be taught by Professor Carlos Alvarado-Quesada, former President of Costa Rica, and includes both live Zoom sessions and self-paced coursework from May to July. Use code ExecEdCarlos20 at checkout to get a 20% discount on the enrollment fee.
Education First’s International Language Campus in Brighton is seeking individuals passionate about cultural exchange to serve as hosts for international students. Being a host family with EF is a unique, rewarding, fun, and educational experience for all members of the family and an opportunity to create long-lasting, global relationships. Hosts can be single family households, empty nesters, families with young children, etc., and will be offered a weekly stipend to offset meal costs.
Writing Opportunities 
Are you interested in writing about international affairs? Below are opportunities for you to submit your pieces to publications nationwide!
  • WorldBoston Event Reporting: Volunteer to write an event recap about one of our Global Engagement events or public programs, to be posted on our website blog and social media. For more information, please email Natalie Mase, Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.
  • The Journal of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: This quarterly journal is accepting submissions of features and essays, as well as online exclusive submissions to appear on their website on a rolling basis. Submit your piece here.
  • Realist Review Article Submission: This policy publication is accepting submissions from anyone interested in writing a commentary or analysis piece that expresses a perspective on policies or developments in international affairs and diplomacy. Submit your work here.
  • American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest: AFSA invites high school students to participate in an essay contest exploring how diplomats can continue to evolve their craft to meet the needs of an ever-changing world. Learn more and submit your piece here.
The new U.S. Department of State ExchangeAlumni website offers alumni of U.S. government exchange programs, U.S. government staff, and partner organizations exclusive opportunities network, share highlights, post job listings, promote events, and more. Before accessing the website, ExchangeAlumni must register for an account with ECA’s Office of Alumni Affairs.
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.
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