WorldBoston Recommends 08/28/23-09/01/23

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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Germany's New China Strategy: A Conversation with German Ambassador Andreas Michaelis

Monday, August 28

11:00 – 11:45 AM ET

 A recently released German strategy on China reveals that Germany aims to enhance its coordination with stakeholders in Europe, and beyond. Join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for this conversation with the newly appointed German Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Andreas Michaelis.


Libya: Prospects for Stability

Monday, August 28

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Join the Quincy Institute to learn more about ongoing struggles in Libya since the NATO airstrike that ultimately resulted in civil war and political instability. The program will feature a panel discussion between Emaddedin Badi, Mary Fitzgerald, Ben Fishman, and Steven Simon.


Climate and Conflict in the Middle East: Adaptation Opportunities for COP28

Tuesday, August 29

10:00 – 11:30 AM ET

The Middle East Institute joins the International Committee of the Red Cross for this panel discussion on the intersection of armed conflict and climate change and the impact on vulnerable communities in the Middle East.


How Much Money for Defense is Enough?

Wednesday, August 30

10:30 – 11:45 AM ET

Is the United States' $900 billion annual budget for defense enough, more than enough, or still not quite enough? Join the Brookings Institution and Michael O'Hanlon for a discussion on how the Pentagon can improve America’s defense capabilities without large increases in spending.


Writing Opportunities

Are you interested in writing about international affairs? Below are opportunities for you to submit your pieces to publications nationwide!

  • WorldBoston Event Reporting: Volunteer to write an event recap about one of our Global Engagement events or public programs, to be posted on our website blog and social media. For more information, please email Natalie Mase, Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.
  • Harvard International Review Essay Contest: This writing contest is open to submissions from high school students on topics related to international affairs. Apply by August 31st here.
  • The Journal of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: This quarterly journal is accepting submissions of features and essays, as well as online exclusive submissions to appear on their website on a rolling basis. Submit your piece here.
  • Realist Review Article Submission: This policy 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. Submit your work here.

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.


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.


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.


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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