WorldBoston Recommends 1/29/24 – 2/2/24

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

How States Think: The Rationality of Foreign Policy

Monday, January 29

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Join the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft when they host Sebastian Rosato, Anatol Lieven, and John Mearsheimer to discuss the impact of domestic debate on US foreign policy and to make the case for the basic rationality of most state foreign and security policies.


Volodymyr Zelensky and the Invasion that Shook the World

Monday, January 29

8:30 – 10:00 PM ET

Join the Commonwealth Club/World Affairs of California for this conversation with Simon Shuster, Time Magazine correspondent, to hear a first-hand account of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's rise to the presidency and how Russia's invasion has impacted Ukraine.


Russia, Ukraine, and the Future of the Transatlantic Community

Tuesday, January 30

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

In this timely discussion, the Hudson Institute will host Mikhail Khodorkovsky, anti-war advocate and former political prisoner, and Sir Liam Fox, UK Member of Parliament and Former UK Defence Secretary, on what 2024 could bring for the Kremlin, peace and security in Europe, and America’s global interests.


China's Approach to the Middle East

Wednesday, January 31

1:30 – 2:30 PM ET

Given Beijing’s role in the Saudi Arabia-Iran rapprochement last year and the accession of several Middle East countries to BRICS, China’s engagement with the Middle East is worth greater attention. Join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for this conversation with Jon Alterman, Gedaliah Afterman, Yun Sun, and Lily McElwee.


Pivotal States: Testing the Limits of the U.S.-Vietnam Relationship

Wednesday, January 31

4:00 – 5:00 PM ET

The U.S. and Vietnam have recently entered a “comprehensive strategic partnership,” however Hanoi continues to deepen ties with China, Japan, South Korea, and Russia. How far can the U.S.-Vietnam partnership go? Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to learn more with Ted Osius, Huong Le Thu, and Jennifer Kavanagh.


The Missing: The Rise of Iran's Women, the Violence against Israeli Women, and the Silence of Global Feminists

In-Person Event

Wednesday, January 31

7:00 – 8:00 PM ET

Join Boston College for a conversation with Roya Hakakian, Iranian-American writer and journalist, to discuss some of the current challenges faced by women in the Middle East and what we might see in the future.


Academic WorldQuest, the World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program, is a fun, fast-paced, team-oriented global knowledge competition for high school students. WorldBoston will host the 2024 Massachusetts-wide competition on Saturday, March 23rd, at Emmanuel College. Any high school in Massachusetts can enter a team (or up to 3 teams) of 4 students with an adult advisor — participation is completely free. WorldBoston will send the winning team to Washington, DC for the National Competition — all travel expenses paid!


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 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.

Great Decisions on Energy Geopolitics, featuring Sarah Emerson, founder and president of Energy Security Analysis, Inc

Chat & Chowder on The Sister, featuring Sung Yoon Lee, Wilson International Competition Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Chat & Chowder on Independent Africa, featuring Emmanuel Akyeampong, Professor at Harvard University, and Scott Taylor, Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University

Great Decisions on Economic Warfare, featuring Jason Blazakis, Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at Middlebury

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