WorldBoston Recommends 05/01/23 – 05/05/23

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

Leadership During Conflict | General David Petraeus & Dr. Andrew Lo

Monday, May 1

6:00 – 7:00 PM ET

What challenges do leaders face in navigating tough times and guiding their organizations towards great outcomes? Join the MIT Sloan New York Club with General David H. Petraeus and Dr. Andrew Lo for a fireside chat on “Leadership During Conflict” in the context of deteriorating international relations, political pressures, and recession fears.


Local Needs in an International War: A Conversation with Ukrainian Mayors

Tuesday, May 2

4:00 – 5:00 PM ET

As local leaders, Ukrainian mayors work to support citizens and maintain essential services in an unpredictable environment. Join the American Enterprise Institute for a conversation with the mayors of Kharkiv, Melitopol, Nizhyn, and Trostianets on the current challenges they face, what support they still need, and their vision for a postwar Ukraine.


Building a More Resilient Supply Chain in the Indo-Pacific

Wednesday, May 3

9:00 – 10:00 AM ET

As global supply chain disruptions persist, countries and businesses are seeking alternative strategies beyond “cost and efficiency,” “just in time,” and “offshoring.” Join the Asia Society, featuring Wendy Cutler, Han-koo Yeo, Andrew Jory, and Iman Pambagyo to discuss the urgent need for a collective response, particularly among like-minded nations.


Turkey’s Pivotal Election

Wednesday, May 3

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could be defeated in the country’s next presidential election, scheduled for May 14, as criticism has mounted over the government’s economic policies and its slow response to the February 6th earthquake. Join Foreign Policy, featuring Steven A. Cook and Gonul Tol, to discuss the driving issues in this election and the circumstances for peaceful transition if Erdogan loses.


What Are the Prospects for Democracy in Latin America?

Thursday, May 4

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Recent electoral victories by left-leaning leaders and parties mark a turn in Latin American politics and signal enduring changes. Join The Group of 78, featuring Maxwell Cameron and Laura Macdonald, to discuss how the durability of electoral democracy and social pressures have contributed to the electoral success of the left.


A Conversation with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of the Philippines

Thursday, May 4

3:30 – 4:30 PM ET

Join the Center for Strategic and International Studies as they host the President of the Republic of the Philippines Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on his first official working visit to Washington. Since his inauguration last June, President Marcos Jr. has overseen a recalibration and modernization of the U.S.-Philippines alliance.


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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