WorldBoston Recommends 08/14/23-08/18/23

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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Prospects for Democracy, Security, and Political Reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Monday, August 14

10:00 – 11:30 AM ET

The Democratic Republic of Congo is gearing up for a presidential election in December. Join the Brookings Institution for a conversation with Martin Fayulu, opposition leader and former DRC presidential candidate, and policy experts on political trends in the DRC and the significance of the upcoming election.


China’s Future Naval Bases: New Empirical Data Points to Likely Places

Tuesday, August 15

11:00 – 11:45 AM ET

Is China building new naval bases? Join The Heritage Foundation for a conversation with Thomas Spoehr on Harboring Global Ambitions: China’s Ports Footprint and Implications for Future Overseas Naval Bases, a recent report on where China is likely to establish its next overseas naval base.


What Oppenheimer Tells Us About Existential Threats Then and Now

Wednesday, August 16

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

What lessons can we learn from Oppenheimer, and what does it mean that the “Doomsday Clock” just ticked closer to midnight? Join the Tennessee World Affairs Council to find out, when they host Dr. Rachel Bronson, President and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.


Pivotal States: A New Era for U.S.-Brazil Relations?

Thursday, August 17

10:30 – 11:30 AM ET

As the United States seeks to broaden its coalition beyond traditional allies, what potential does the U.S.-Brazil relationship hold? Learn more during this panel discussion hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, featuring Chris Chivvis, Matias Spektor, and Margaret Myers.


Pursued Economy: Understanding and Overcoming the Challenging New Realities for Advanced Economies

Thursday, August 17

2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a discussion with Dr. Richard Koo, chief economist at Nomura Research Institute, on his book Pursued Economy. Dr. Koo will also touch on the outdated policy assumptions that economic planners work from, and provide alternative solutions for the future.


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:


Best Practices in Applying to Graduate School

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) brings together the leading graduate schools around the world specializing in international affairs. Join this introductory webinar, offered three times in the fall, on best practices when applying for Graduate School, in which APSIA's International Admissions and Operations Manager will answer questions about selecting a graduate program, preparing an application, paying for school, and other career opportunities.


Request for Proposals in Tunisia

Network 20/20 is aiming to fund a Tunisian-led pilot project to address issues relating to education and workforce development in an under-resourced community. At least one project will be funded at a maximum of $20,000 USD to be implemented from January 2024 – December 2024. The submission deadline is September 1.


2023 Summer Institute in Global Leadership: Last Chance!

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.


The John Quincy Adams Society Reading Group

The John Quincy Adams Society conducts regular reading groups on international affairs, during which participants dig into the ideas and history of U.S. foreign policy. Sessions are typically offered both in-person in the DC area and virtually. The upcoming reading group will focus on Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and American Policy in East Asia, by Paul Heer, and will occur in September.


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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