WorldBoston Recommends 07/17/23-07/21/23

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

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Regional Environmental Cooperation Between Israel and Its Neighbors

Monday, July 17

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Join the Middle East Institute for an expert panel discussion on the importance of trans-national environmental cooperation in the Middle East and the potential for increased cooperation between Israel and its Arab neighbors on environmental policy in the future.


Michael Vickers and Michèle Flournoy on Intelligence and Strategy

Tuesday, July 18

3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Join the Center for a New American Security for a discussion with former Under Secretaries of Defense Michael Vickers and Michèle Flournoy on Vicker's new memoir, By All Means Available: Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy.


The Impact of the War in Ukraine on the Political Situation in Belarus

Wednesday, July 19

9:00 – 10:30 AM ET

Want to learn more about Russian foreign policy and it's effect on surrounding countries? Listen to a panel of speakers from the Germal Marshall Fund discuss three potential impacts of the war in Ukraine on the political climate in Belarus.


Saudi-US Relations: Defense & National Security

Wednesday, July 19

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET


Join the Tennessee World Affairs Council featuring Commodore Abdulateef al Mulhim and Professor David Des Roches, former Army combat veteran, to discuss the historical context of US-Saudi ties, including political, military, economic, cultural, and academic perspectives.


The Geopolitics of Generative AI

Wednesday, July 19

3:00 – 4:00 PM ET 

Learn more about evolving Artificial Intelligence and the risks that follow, such as disinformation and deepfakes, as the Foreign Policy program and Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative at the Brookings Institution hosts a discussion on the ways in which world leaders and researchers should respond to such complexities.


Minority Rights in Iran: Discrimination and Patterns of Repression

Thursday, July 20

12:00 – 1:30 PM ET


Join the Atlantic Council for this expert panel discussion to explore the ongoing discrimination against minority groups in Iran. The conversation will delve into the repression of minority activism, languages, and cultures, as well as the exclusion of ethnic and religious minorities from public life and economic development.


Spain Goes to the Polls

Thursday, July 20

3:00 – 4:15 PM ET

Tensions are rising in the political landscape of Spain as an early election is called to determine a new balance of power. Join the American Enterprise Institute for a discussion of the challenges facing Spain and Europe, the transatlantic relationship, and the stakes of the election.


WorldBoston Event Reporting

Interested in international affairs and journalism? Then volunteer to report on WorldBoston's Global Engagement events! We are seeking individuals to write an article about one of our public programs: Chat & Chowder, Great Decisions, or special events. The selected reporter will be responsible for creating an event recap, which will be posted on our website blog and amplified on social media. For more information and to apply for a particular program, please email Natalie Mase, Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.

Check out our recent Event Recaps:


2023 Summer Institute in Global Leadership

The United Nations Association of Greater Boston’s Summer Institute in Global Leadership offers week-long Model UN programs for students grades 6-12 from all over the world to work together and address global issues. Programs run throughout June, July, and August, and focus on engaging topics like global health, tech and diplomacy, climate resilience, and more.


Harvard International Review Essay Contest

The Harvard International Review is a quarterly magazine offering insight on international affairs from the perspectives of scholars, leaders, and policymakers. This writing contest is open to submissions from high school students on topics related to international affairs. Participants in the contest should submit a short-form article on a topic in international affairs, and a number of contestants will be selected as finalists to participate in a virtual HIR Defense Day. The submission deadline is August 31.


The Journal of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

The aim of Ethics & International Affairs, the quarterly journal of the Carnegie Council, is to help close the gap between theory and practice by featuring articles, essays, and book reviews that integrate rigorous thinking about principles of ethics and justice into discussions of practical issues related to policy, global institutions, and international actors. The journal is accepting submissions of features and essays, as well as online exclusive submissions to appear on their website on a rolling basis.


Realist Review Article Submission

Realist Review is a volunteer-run foreign policy publication that seeks to provide a fresh perspective on U.S. foreign policy based in restraint. The publication is accepting submissions from anyone interested in writing a commentary or analysis piece that expresses a perspective on policies or developments in international affairs and diplomacy. Accepted submissions will be published on their website.


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.

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.

Chat & Chowder on The Return of the Taliban, featuring Hassan Abbas, Distinguished Professor at the National Defense University Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Centre

Great Decisions on War Crimes, featuring Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow and Director of Research in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution

Great Decisions on Latin America and the Active Non-Alignment Option, featuring Ambassador Jorge Heine, Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University

Chat & Chowder on U.S.-Taiwan Relations, featuring Ryan Hass, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

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