WorldBoston Recommends 02/27/23-03/03/23

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. 

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

Bagels with Bill

In-Person Event

Friday, March 3

8:30 – 10:00 AM ET

Let's have a morning chat with one of our own, Bill Clifford, outgoing President of the World Affairs Councils of America, former President of WorldBoston, and lifetime Red Sox Nation member. We'll get his take on global issues, international engagement in the U.S., and more: the whole schmear!


Ukraine and Russia One Year On: The Domestic Impact of the War

Monday, February 27

2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Friday, February 24th, marks one year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Since then, global supply of commodities has been disrupted and food and energy prices have risen. Join the Starr Forum at the MIT Center for International Studies for a conversation with Yevgenia Albats, Olga Onuch, Carol Saivetz, and Elizabeth Wood on the domestic impact of the war.


The International Response to the Earthquake in Turkey: What’s Next?

Tuesday, February 28

9:00 – 10:00 AM ET

What role should the international community play in humanitarian response? Join the Atlantic Council as they host Nimrod Arad, Ajay Chhibber, Erika Olson, and Mithat Rende for a discussion on the international response to the earthquake in Turkey and Syria and the potential implications of the disaster and humanitarian response for Turkey’s foreign policy.


Enhancing Cyber Nuclear Security

Thursday, March 2

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Russia’s recent seizure of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant dramatically raises concerns about nuclear facilities and the ability to defend critical infrastructure. Join Foreign Policy as they host Caroline Baylon, Page Stoutland, and Ravi Agrawal for a discussion on nuclear risks in Ukraine, recent attacks on critical infrastructure, and scenario planning for policy and international partnerships.


The Invasion of Iraq: Twenty Years On

Thursday, March 2

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

The story of the Middle East region, including the Arab Spring protest wave, as well as the story of U.S. power more broadly, cannot be told without close attention to the impact of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Join New America for a discussion of the Iraq invasion and its ongoing impact 20 years after it started, featuring Simona Foltyn, Joel Rayburn, and Abdulrazzaq Al-Saiedi.


A Conversation with Arthur Sinodinos, Outgoing Australian Ambassador to the U.S.

Thursday, March 2

4:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Join the Center for Strategic and International Studies as Dr. Charles Edel, Senior Adviser and Australia Chair at CSIS, asks The Honorable Arthur Sinodinos to reflect on his three years in Washington DC and discuss what lies ahead for the U.S.-Australia alliance.


Then What? Assessing the Military Implications of Chinese Control of Taiwan

Friday, March 3

3:00 – 4:15 PM ET

What are the military implications of China taking control of Taiwan?

Join the Hoover Institution for a conversation with Caitlin Talmadge and Kharis Templeman to discuss the impact Chinese control of Taiwan would have on U.S. planning, policy, and strategy.


In case you missed these opportunities in last week's edition of WorldBoston Recommends, see below for several interesting essay contests for students.

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. The deadline for submissions is March 12, 2023.


National High School Essay Contest

The American Foreign Service Association invites students to explore a topic that touches upon the important history of foreign service and diplomacy in this essay contest. 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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