WorldBoston Recommends 04/24/23 – 04/28/23

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

Digital Authoritarianism: A Growing Threat

Monday, April 24

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Today digital repression is increasingly used as a means for autocratic leaders who wish to suppress societal discourse and democratic aspirations. Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a conversation with the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines in conversation with Dan Baer on combatting digital authoritarianism.


Are allies aligned on economic statecraft? US-UK cooperation on Russia & beyond

Tuesday, April 25

9:30 – 10:30 AM ET

When the United States, the United Kingdom, and other G7 allies united to condemn Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, did they have the same objectives in mind? Join the Atlantic Council with Daleep Singh and Jonathan Black to discuss how U.S. and UK perspectives on economic statecraft converge and diverge.


Evaluating NATO Enlargement: From Cold War Victory to the Russia‐Ukraine War

Wednesday, April 25

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Over the span of 30 years, NATO expanded from an alliance of 16 states optimized to contain the Soviet Union, to 31 states spread across Europe. Join the CATO Institute, featuring an expert panel, to discuss the effects of NATO enlargement and the alliance’s impact on European and global security.


States and Nature: The Effects of Climate Change on Security

In-Person Event

Wednesday, April 19

12:30 – 2:00 PM ET

Why does climate change lead to negative security outcomes in some places and not others? Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs featuring Joshua W. Busby and Dustin Tingley to explore how state capacity, political inclusion, and foreign aid all intersect and lead to different dynamics in different contexts.


Grand Delusion: The Rise and Fall of American Ambition in the Middle East

Hybrid Event

Thursday, April 26

4:30 – 6:00 PM ET

As the global economy grew, bringing an increasing reliance on oil, U.S. diplomatic and military energies were absorbed by the Middle East until the Obama administration and its successors finally sought to disentangle America from the region. Join the MIT Security Studies Program featuring Steve Simon and Andrew Bacevich for a discussing of the outcomes of American intervention in the Middle East.


China’s Influence in the Pacific Islands: A Conversation with Daniel Suidani of the Solomon Islands

Friday, April 28

11:00 – 11:45 AM ET

In April 2022, the Solomon Islands became the first of the Pacific Islands to sign a security pact with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), setting off alarm bells in Washington. Join The Heritage Foundation featuring Daniel Suidani, former Premier of the Solomon Islands’ most populous province, Malaita, and Jeff Smith to discuss China's growing and alarming influence in the region.


Summer 2023 Executive Education Masterclass

The Fletcher School at Tufts University is offering an exclusive online executive education course starting in May. “Taking Our Foot Off The Accelerator: Prospects for Climate Action in 2023” will offer a rare opportunity to work closely with Fletcher School Dean Rachel Kyte, leading expert in climate diplomacy and the economics and finance of climate action. This program will provide an understanding of the current state of climate diplomacy, what's at stake in 2023, and the key insights needed to lead effectively in the months leading to COP28.

Members of the WorldBoston community are eligible for 10% off the course fee with code WORLDBOSTON.


WCAPS GenZers Program

The Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security is establishing a GenZer Program (“GenZep”) to welcome young girls of color from junior high through college into WCAPS membership. GenZep will host discussions on topics of peace and security, foreign policy, mentorship, and challenges unique to this time in their lives that benefit the group.


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.

The State of the State Department & Baltic Security, featuring Ambassador Audra Plepytė, Ambassador Kristjan Prikk, Ambassador Māris Selga, and Ambassador Paula Dobriansky

Great Decisions on Global Famine, featuring Kimberly Flowers, international development consultant, and Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation

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

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