WorldBoston Recommends 09/11/23-09/15/23

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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The State of Terrorism Around the World

Monday, September 11

3:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Across many nations, instability and terrorism persist despite continued efforts towards peace. On the anniversary of 9/11, join the Brookings Institution Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors for an expert panel discussion on the state of terrorism around the world, and what the future of peace agreements may look like.


Defense and Deterrence on NATO's Front Line: The Cases of Romania and Poland

Tuesday, September 12

9:00 – 9:45 AM ET

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has highlighted NATO’s front line as vital for collective defense. Join the Middle East Institute to learn more about strategic challenges and opportunities for Romania and Poland.


Arctic Governance and Cooperation Through Conflict

Tuesday, September 12

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

The Arctic now stands at a crossroads between geopolitical tension and diverse opportunities for collaboration. Join the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School for a panel discussion to explore the Arctic's challenges and their global ramifications, from international politics to climate impacts.


Putin and Prigozhin: Inside the Wagner Group

Tuesday, September 12

3:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Join the Seattle World Affairs Council for a discussion on what's next for the enigmatic Wagner Group, the rise and fall of Prigozhin, and how this positions Putin going forward. The program will feature Joshua Yaffa, New Yorker staff writer and author of Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia.


Strengthening the Shield: Japan's Defense Transformation and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Wednesday, September 13

9:00 – 10:00 AM ET

Join the Center for a New American Security to learn more about Japan’s evolving defense policies, and their implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance and Washington’s strategy toward the Indo-Pacific. The panel discussion will feature Zack Cooper, Jimbo Ken, Jacob Stokes, Yuki Tatsumi, and Joshua Fitt.


Special Virtual Screening and Discussion of Stranger at the Gate

Wednesday, September 13

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Join Global Ties U.S. for this special screening of Stranger at the Gate, the Oscar-nominated documentary that tells the story of a U.S. Marine who plots a terrorist attack on a mosque in Indiana, and what happens when he comes face-to-face with the people he sets out to kill. Following the screening, the film's directors will conduct a panel discussion and Q&A session.


Latin American Foreign Policies in the New World Order: The Active Non-Alignment Option

Hybrid Event

Thursday, September 14

4:00 – 6:00 PM ET

Join the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University to discuss the active non-alignment approach to foreign policy with Ambassador Jorge Heine, Research Professor at the Pardee School, Jorge Castañeda, former Foreign Affairs Minister of Mexico, and Susan Eckstein, Professor at the Pardee School.


One Year On: The Mahsa Amini Protests and the Road Ahead for Iran

Friday, September 15

9:30 – 11:00 AM ET

Join the Atlantic Council for a panel discussion featuring a distinguished group of civil society leaders who will delve into critical themes surrounding the one-year anniversary of the ongoing anti-establishment protests in Iran prompted by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody. The discussion will also address how the international community can effectively hold human rights violators accountable.


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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