WorldBoston Recommends 1/8/24-1/12/24

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

Global Up Cultural Competency Training: Special Opportunity for Educators

WorldBoston is calling on Massachusetts educators whose high schools are participating in Academic WorldQuest 2024 to take part in our pilot training program, free of charge. The pilot utilizes the AFS Global Up Educator curriculum to build skills and ultimately enrich the experience of their students, while also helping WorldBoston shape this new offering. Join us in guiding the future of our programming and earn professional development credits along the way — registration closes soon!


The State of the Department of Defense AI and Autonomy Policy

Tuesday, January 9

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Join the Center for Strategic and International Studies when they host Dr. Michael C. Horowitz, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Development and Emerging Capabilities, for a conversation on DOD policy towards AI and autonomy, as well as how the DOD engages allies and partners on these matters.


Road to Puglia: Ambassador Ferrari on Italy’s G7 Presidency in a Time of Crises

Tuesday, January 9

3:15 PM ET

In this discussion, the Atlantic Council will explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Italy’s G7 presidency, featuring Ambassador Luca Ferrari, Personal Representative to the President of the Council of Ministers (Sherpa) for the G7 and G20 Summits.


Justice Beyond Borders: Prosecuting War Crimes

Wednesday, January 10

6:30 – 7:30 PM ET

How is a war crime defined, and how do states bring perpetrators of war crimes to account? Join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for a discussion of how international lawyers and advocates prosecute war crimes and secure justice for survivors, featuring Leila Sadat and David Scheffer.


SDG Roundtable: Tools to Envision a Restorative Future

Thursday, January 11

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

What tools are available to accomplish the long-range targets laid out by the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Join GlobalMinnesota to answer these questions and more with Trista Harris, Tim Roman, Ken Smith, Laura Wildenborg, and Bjorgvin Saevarsson.


Disability Inclusion in Peacebuilding

Thursday, January 11

4:15 – 5:00 PM ET

People with disabilities experience disproportionate harm in conflict zones, yet are routinely excluded from peacebuilding efforts. Join the United States Institute of Peace for a conversation with Representative Dina Titus (D-NV) and U.S. Special Advisor on International Disability Rights Sara Minkara to explore on how the U.S. can lead a disability-inclusive response to conflict.


A Conversation with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo‐Iweala, Director‐General of the WTO

Friday, January 12

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

For decades, the World Trade Organization has been the bedrock of the global trading system, but it now faces growing challenges and skepticism. Join the Cato Institute for a discussion with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo‐Iweala, Director‐General of the WTO, on the threats facing the WTO and their global implications.


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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