WorldBoston Recommends 1/15/24 – 1/19/24

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. 

We hope these recommendations help you stay internationally engaged, wherever you may be.

Best regards,
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Thursday, January 18
6:00 – 7:30 PM ET

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to clean out clutter this year? Or to read more? Or maybe to network with other internationally-minded people? This festive, informal program will feature book “shopping” and swapping, slam-style book pitches, networking, refreshments, and raffles. And the best part is, you get to cull your bookshelves and restock with a new-to-you book or two. Come for the books, the fun, or all of the above!

Tuesday, January 16
1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

U.S. politicians are calling for military force against drug cartels in Mexico – how did we get here, and how can the U.S.-Mexico relationship be demilitarized? Join the Quincy Institute for this virtual discussion featuring Aileen Teague, Christy Thornton, Miguel Tinker Salas, and Kelley Beaucar Vlahos.

Tuesday, January 6
4:30 PM ET

2024 is set to be a pivotal year for the Caribbean, amid rapidly changing climate, energy, and economic dynamics. Join the Atlantic Council for this conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas, the Honorable Frederick A. Mitchell.

Wednesday, January 17
9:00 – 10:00 AM ET

On January 13, Taiwanese voters will head to the polls to elect a new president and legislature. Join the United States Institute of Peace for a conversation on the significance of the election results and the implications for peace and security in the Taiwan Strait featuring Evan Medeiros, Vincent Chao, and Alexander Huang.

Wednesday, January 17
12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

What are the long-term implications of the United States’ current economic challenges, federal debt, and demographic trends for American national security? What types of spending does the Defense Department prioritize, and what does this prioritization mean? Brigadier General (US Army, Ret.) Mike Meese will join the Hudson Institute to discuss these questions and more.

Thursday, January 18
3:00 – 4:30 PM ET

For the last two decades, China’s sovereign funds have played a significant role in China’s economy, mitigating financial crises and tempering exogenous shocks. In this program by the Hoover Institution, Zongyuan Zoe Liu, Glenn Tiffert, and Eyck Freymann will discuss how sovereign funds have supported China’s industrial policies.

Friday, January 19
2:00 – 4:00 PM ET

The September 2023 VICTUS NOX mission demonstrated the ability to launch a satellite in a much shorter timeframe than typical national security space launches. It also highlighted the need for a holistic approach to tactically responsive space. Join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for this conversation with keynote speaker General Michael A. Guetlein, Vice Chief of Space Operations for the United States Space Force, and an expert panel.
Education First’s International Language Campus in Brighton is seeking individuals passionate about cultural exchange to serve as hosts for international students. Being a host family with EF is a unique, rewarding, fun, and educational experience for all members of the family and an opportunity to create long-lasting, global relationships. Hosts can be single family households, empty nesters, families with young children, etc., and will be offered a weekly stipend to offset meal costs.
The Hudson Institute’s Policy Certificate Program gathers talented early and mid-career professionals for advanced study of American foreign and domestic policy, and national security led by policy experts and experienced government officials. The upcoming program, taking place February 9-11 in Washington DC, will focus on “Emerging Technologies and National Security.” Applications are due January 22nd, with priority given to applications received by January 15th.
The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, in partnership with American University’s School of International Service and Washington College of Law, will hold the twelfth annual Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge, a competition where students from across the globe compete in developing policy recommendations tackling a fictional cyber catastrophe. The program will be held both virtually and in-person in Washington, DC on March 15-16, 2023. Registration for teams of 3-4 students closes on February 9th, 2024.
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.
  • American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest: AFSA invites high school students to participate in an essay contest exploring how diplomats can continue to evolve their craft to meet the needs of an ever-changing world. Learn more and submit your piece 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.
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.

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