WorldBoston Recommends 05/08/23 – 05/12/23

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

The U.S. Development Approach in an Age of Great Power Competition: A Conversation with Former USAID Administrators

Monday, May 8

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

New realities may require different staffing requirements at USAID to better respond to the world as we find it. Join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a conversation with former USAID Administrators Henrietta Fore, Rajiv Shah, Gayle Smith, and Mark Green to discuss USAID’s response to an era of great power competition.


Fighting for Democracy in Venezuela and Worldwide: A Conversation with Leopoldo López

Tuesday, May 9

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

While Venezuelan President Maduro presides over a deteriorating economy and mass emigration, the democratic opposition is organizing to hold the dictator accountable ahead of elections in 2024. Join the Hudson Institute for a conversation with Venezuelan pro-democracy leader Leopoldo López on the situation in Venezuela, the growing alliance between authoritarian regimes, and the prospects for democracy.


8 Billion Lives, Infinite Possibilities

Tuesday, May 9

6:00 – 8:00 PM ET

Join the Foreign Policy Association and the United Nations Population Fund for a joint presentation on the state of the world's growing population. The program features Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, who will present the UNFPA's Annual Report and talk about the recent milestone of 8 billion humans on the planet.


Assessing the State of Transatlantic Tech-Trade Relations

Wednesday, May 10

10:00 – 10:45 AM ET

This month, the Trade and Technology Council will meet to foster greater cooperation on export controls, telecom infrastructure, and other issues between the U.S. and the EU. Join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation featuring Robert D. Atkinson, Tyson Barker, Eva Maydell, and Alina Polyakova, to discuss the key priorities and concerns of the upcoming meeting.


Woman, Life, Freedom: Eight Months of Ongoing Protests in Iran

Thursday, May 11

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

In recent months, Iran has seen a wave of anti-government protests in which Iranian women have displayed remarkable bravery in the fight for change. Join the Atlantic Council to learn more with four recipients of the Atlantic Council’s 2023 Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award: Mahnaz Afkhami, Azam Jangravi, Mehrangiz Kar, and Nazanin Nour.


Sustainable Development in Africa: Africa’s Future Leaders

Thursday, May 11

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Join the The Center for International Studies at MIT, MIT Africa, and TRUE Africa University for a virtual program on sustainable development in Africa. Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education in Nigeria and a co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the African continent and its people over the coming century. 


Opportunities Lost or Found: Challenges for Peacebuilding in Myanmar and Zimbabwe

Friday, May 12

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Join the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, featuring Derek Brown, Co-Director of the Peace Appeal Foundation, for a conversation on recent developments in Myanmar since the February 2021 coup. The challenges confronting these efforts in Myanmar will be compared to those in other conflicts, such as Zimbabwe, which plans to hold a much contested national election later this year, the second since a coup in 2017.


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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