WorldBoston Recommends 03/27/23 – 03/31/23

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. (Please suggest items by close of business on Thursdays.)

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

Best regards,

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement: A Diplomatic Coup or a Temporary Respite?

Monday, March 27

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

The China-brokered diplomatic agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia could have profound implications for the future of the Middle East and the United States' influence in this part of the world. Join the Middle East Institute for a conversation with Gerald Feierstein, Randa Slim, Sanam Vakil, and Alex Vatanka on the agreement and its impacts.


Women’s Leadership in Peace, Democracy and Political Transitions in the Horn of Africa

Monday, March 27

1:00 – 2:30 PM ET

The involvement of women helps advance lasting peace, yet despite efforts to build a more inclusive approach to peacebuilding, women remain underrepresented in official peace processes. Join the United States Instutute of Peace for a conversation with Filsan Abdi and Fauziya Abdi Ali to discuss the role of women in advancing democratic political transitions and peace.


Hinge Points: Inside North Korea’s Nuclear Program

Monday, March 27

7:00 – 8:00 PM ET

Join the World Affairs Council of Connecticut for an exclusive book talk with Dr. Siegfried Hecker, author of Hinge Points and Director Emeritus of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, as he describes what he saw and heard during his seven visits to North Korea’s nuclear centers from 2004 to 2010.


Will Africa Shape U.S.-China Strategic Competition?

Tuesday, March 28

10:00 – 11:30 AM ET

As U.S.-China competition intensifies, how will African countries balance their relationships with these two global powers? Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for an expert panel discussion on these changing relationships, and how they will shape the trajectory of these African countries' own development.


Brussels Sprouts Live: Russia-China Relations One Year after the Invasion of Ukraine

Wednesday, March 29

11:00 – 12:00 PM ET

One year into the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has grown increasingly reliant on China. Join the Center for New American Security, along with Bonnie Glaser, Dmitry Gorenburg, Richard Weitz, and Yusuke Anami, for expert insights into the evolving Russia-China partnership.


Trojan Jazz: Documentary Premiere + Q&A on Benny Goodman's Cultural Diplomacy

In-Person Event

Wednesday, March 29

7:30 – 9:30 PM ET

Join the Congregation Kehillath Israel for the U.S. premier of Trojan Jazz, a documentary about Benny Goodman's seminal tour of the USSR with his band in 1962 as a Jazz Ambassador for the US State Department, and Q&A with the documentary's producers.


Championing Digital Democracy for All: Collective Action from the Technology for Democracy Cohort

Thursday, March 30

9:30 – 11:00 AM ET

How can we drive cross-sector collaboration among open democratic societies? Join New America and its partners for a Summit for Democracy cohort event to discuss secure access to the Internet, digital public infrastructure, tech for good governance, and more.


Women Leaders' Perspectives on Confronting Emerging Challenges in Cybersecurity and Technology

Thursday, March 30

4:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Join Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation for a conversation with Tina Getachew, Jumoke Dada, Juliet Okafor, and Tina Williams-Koroma on women leaders' perspectives on managing emerging challenges and opportunities in cybersecurity and technology.


The Stimson Center’s Reimagining U.S. Grand Strategy Program provides a platform for future national security professionals to express their thoughts. Its Annual Student Essay Competition invites undergraduates to present creative ideas for improving U.S. foreign policy, drawing new and innovative talent into the policy space, and providing avenues for young thinkers to engage with leading foreign policy institutions. The deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2023.


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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