WorldBoston Recommends 09/04/23-09/08/23

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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Pivotal States: Revamping the U.S.-Indonesia Partnership

Tuesday, September 5

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace featuring Chris Chivvis in conversation with Dewi Fortuna Anwar and Scot Marciel. This discussion will highlight the U.S.'s strategic alternatives in its relations with Jakarta and Southeast Asia.


Japan’s Quiet Leadership: Reshaping the Indo-Pacific

Wednesday, September 6

9:30 – 10:30 AM ET

Join the Brookings Institution for a conversation with author Mireya Solis on key findings from her new book, Japan's Quiet Leadership: Reshaping the Indo-Pacific, as well as an expert panel discussion evaluating Japan’s evolving role and its impact on the Indo-Pacific region.


Iraq’s Existential Water Crisis

Wednesday, September 6

2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Iraq now confronts a severe water scarcity and pollution crisis as a result of decades of war, water mismanagement, and climate change. The Quincy Institute will further explore these factors with Simona Foltyn, veteran investigative journalist.


Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Radha Iyengar Plumb on Acquisition for Innovation

Wednesday, September 6

3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, the Honorable Dr. Radha Iyengar Plumb, to discuss acquiring and integrating emerging technologies into the armed forces.


Little Amal Welcome Festival

In-Person Event

Thursday, September 7

4:00 – 6:00 PM ET

Little Amal is a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee whose global journey carries a message of hope for displaced people everywhere. Join ArtsEmerson for a welcome festival to kick off her 6,000 mile trek across the U.S. to share the rich stories of refugees, immigrants, and the communities that welcome them.


AI and the Next Generation of Peacebuilders

Friday, September 8

9:15 – 10:15 AM ET

This discussion, hosted by the United States Institute of Peace, will feature perspectives from its Youth Advisory Council and shed light on AI’s transformative implications for conflict resolution, societal structures, and the role of youth in shaping the digital future.


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.
  • 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.

The World Affairs Council of America 2023 National Conference: Building the World of Tomorrow

Join the World Affairs Council of America this November in Washington, DC, for the 2023 National Conference: Building the World of Tomorrow. In addition to speaking programs with world-class experts, the Conference is an excellent opportunity to network with board members, executives, staff members, and members affiliated with World Affairs Councils around the country. To redeem a registration discount for WorldBoston community members, please email Natalie Mase here.


Global Security Forum 2023: Tipping Points and Tripwires

Join the World Affairs Council of Connecticut for its annual Global Security Forum, this year focusing on “Tipping Points and Tripwires.” At the forum, policymakers meet with students, community leaders pose questions to generals, and business leaders can sit down with the world's top experts for cutting-edge conversation on global issues that impact us all. The forum will take place on September 21st and 22nd, both in-person and virtually.


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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