WorldBoston Recommends 03/20/23 – 03/24/23

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. 

Please let us know if you have upcoming events you'd like considered for inclusion here, and 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

Great Decisions: Global Famine

Wednesday, March 22

6:00 – 7:00 PM ET

Russia's war has prevented Ukraine from exporting grain, significantly worsening the existing global food crisis. What are the roots of famine, and what can be done to mitigate hunger around the world? Join WorldBoston for this timely virtual discussion with Kimberly Flowers, former Director of Global Food Security at CSIS, and Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation.


A New Economic Era? Inequality and Economic Rights in a Post-Neoliberal Future

Monday, March 20

5:00 – 6:30 PM ET

We are living in an era of extreme wealth inequality, but at the same time, new ambitious economic ideas and policies are emerging. Join Oxfam America for a conversation with Winnie Byanyima, Darrick Hamilton, Ishaan Tharoor, and Abby Maxman on transformative ideas for the US economy and international economic rules.


The U.S. Army: Investing in Modernization, Readiness, and Human Capital

Tuesday, March 21

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Join the Brookings Institution for a conversation with Army Chief of Staff General James C. McConville to discuss the U.S. Army’s modernization strategy, the state of its readiness, its support of the National Defense Strategy, its commitments to recruiting and retaining its service members, and lessons it has learned from the war in Ukraine.


Enhancing Cyber Nuclear Security

Wednesday, March 22

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure have escalated sharply, with countries including Iran, North Korea and China targeting financial services, transportation systems, and communication networks. Join Foreign Policy for a discussion about global collaboration on cybersecurity featuring Alina Polyakova, Brandon Wales, Caroline Baylon, Page Stoutland, and Ravi Agrawal.


U.S. Global Leadership at a Time of Rising Threats

Wednesday, March 22

2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

What does the Administration's recent budget proposal for America's civilian footprint around the world mean for global stability, and how does it address the rising competition with China, Russia's war on Ukraine, and global hunger? Join the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition for a discussion on what's next on Capitol Hill and how leaders around the country can add their voice at this important moment.


Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, 40 Years Later

Thursday, March 23

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Forty years ago, President Ronald Reagan announced his plans to develop a missile defense system that would make Soviet ballistic missiles “impotent and obsolete,” yet in the years since, the Strategic Defense Initiative deteriorated. Join The Heritage Foundation for a discussion with Ambassador Robert Joseph and Major General Fran Mahon on the future of U.S. missile defense.


Africa's Energy Transition: An Opportunity for a Renewed U.S.-Africa Partnership

Thursday, March 23

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Join the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for a conversation with Rashid Ali Abdallah and Katie Auth on challenges and opportunities for Africa in transitioning to cleaner energy sources and the role that the U.S can play in supporting a just energy transition in Africa.


The Iraq Invasion: Twenty Years Later

Friday, March 24

10:00 – 11:15 AM ET

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, join the Starr Forum at the MIT Center for International Studies for a discussion unpacking the history behind the war, lessons learned on state-building, and possibilities for the nation's future. The expert panel will feature Marsin Alshamary, Roger, Petersen, and Steven Simon.


2023 Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop

The Atlanta Institute for Diplomatic Leadership's “Summer Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop” is an opportunity for rising junior and senior high school students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to promote good governance and peaceful resolution of conflicts. Students outside of the Atlanta area can participate in the virtual session, June 12-16. To apply, request an application via the AIDL website.


Study Tour on Social Cohesion

The American Council on Germany's “Study Tour on Social Cohesion” brings together German and American early-career professionals working on social cohesion in urban areas for transatlantic dialogue and exchange. The program consists of two one-week study tours, one in Germany and one in the United States. The deadline to apply is June 1, 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.

Great Decisions on China and the U.S., featuring David M. Lampton, Senior Research Fellow at the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute

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

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