WorldBoston Recommends 09/25/23-09/29/23

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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Great Decisions: Iran at a Crossroads

Hybrid Event

Thursday, September 28

6:00 – 7:30 PM ET

How should the United States approach the ongoing turmoil and recent challenges facing Iran? Join WorldBoston for a timely discussion of this topic with Tara Kangarlou, journalist and award-winning author. The program will feature expert remarks from Ms. Kangarlou, live audience Q&A, and time for networking and discussion with other globally-oriented participants.


The State of US Counterterrorism Efforts and Diplomacy

Monday, September 25

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

The nature, scale, and origin of terror threats that the US faces have changed dramatically since 9/11. Join the American Enterprise Institute for a conversation with US Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism Gregory D. LoGerfo to explore recent progress in countering terrorism, and what we can expect in the future.


The Supreme Court's Role in Advancing Rights in Pakistan

Monday, September 25

5:00 – 6:30 PM ET

Join the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University for a conversation with Justice Mansoor Ali Shah of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Justice Shah will address climate justice and the idea being put forward by many that “human rights” should be expanded to “nature rights” in order to recognize the legal rights of all living beings.


The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Past, Present, Future

Tuesday, September 26

2:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Join the Canadian Global Affairs Institute when they host this timely panel discussion on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), taking stock of its effects so far and anticipating the issues that will arise during renegotiations.


Climate Change Vulnerability in the Arab World

Wednesday, September 27

10:30 – 11:30 AM ET

The Arab world is acutely exposed to the impacts of climate change, including heat waves, droughts, and rising sea levels. Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a panel discussion on how Arab governments, civil society groups, and other actors can better address climate change through inclusive reforms and adaptation policies.


An Allied Approach to Countering Beijing’s Military-Civil Fusion

Wednesday, September 27

2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

How can the US and its partners best counter Beijing’s ambitions to modernize its military through Military-Civil Fusion (MCF)? Join the Atlantic Council for this expert panel discussion examining Beijing's MCF practices and insights on how the US and its allies should proceed.


Sudan in Crisis: Between Civil War and Military Rule

In-Person Event

Thursday, September 28

4:00 – 5:15 PM ET

Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University to learn more about the trajectory of events in Sudan from Omar al- Bashir's ouster to the current state of the conflict. The program will feature Mai Hassan, Alex de Waal, and Tarek Masoud.


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.
  • Harvard Thrēo Magazine: Submit your written work, videography, photography, or other artwork to this independent, global, and interdisciplinary online quarterly magazine by October 31 for their Winter 2024 issue. Learn more 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.


The new U.S. Department of State ExchangeAlumni website offers alumni of U.S. government exchange programs, U.S. government staff, and partner organizations exclusive opportunities network, share highlights, post job listings, promote events, and more. Before accessing the website, ExchangeAlumni must register for an account with ECA's Office of Alumni Affairs.


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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