WorldBoston Recommends 10/02/23-10/06/23

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

Peace and Security Challenges Facing the UN: Cases of Afghanistan, Ukraine, and South Sudan

Hybrid Event

Monday, October 2

12:00 – 1:15 PM ET

Join the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, in partnership with The Japan Foundation, for this discussion of the global challenges facing the UN, with a particular focus on Afghanistan, Ukraine, and South Sudan. The program will feature panelists Peter Due and Daisaku Higashi, in conversation with moderator Christina Davis.


Turkey's Post-Election Dynamics: Political Direction, Economic Challenges, and Foreign Policy Strategy

Tuesday, October 3

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

As President Erdoğan proposes drafting a new constitution, his opponents fear he will take the country in an even more conservative and authoritarian direction. Join the Middle East Institute when they host Turkish scholars Soli Ozel, Selva Demiralp and Seda Demiralp to discuss post-election dynamics in Turkey.


How States Think: The Rationality of Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 3

1:00 – 2:30 PM ET

Are states rational? Much of international relations theory assumes that they are, but many scholars believe that political leaders rarely act rationally. John J. Mearsheimer will argue that rational decisions in international politics rest on credible theories about how the world works and emerge from deliberative decision-making processes in this upcoming discussion hosted by the Cato Institute.


The International Symposium on Security and Peace on the Korean Peninsula

In-Person Event

Wednesday, October 4

9:00 – 3:20 PM ET

The International Symposium on Security and Peace on the Korean Peninsula, hosted by The Korean Peninsula Project at UMass Boston, will focus on the pivotal role of the United Nations Command, from the Korean War to its current and future role in maintaining peace and security in Northeast Asia amidst the North Korean nuclear threat and US-China tensions. The symposium will feature remarks by former US and Korean generals and Canadian and Korean senior political officers, as well as presentations by notable scholars.


Linking Global Phenomena to Local Opportunities

Wednesday, October 4

4:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Join The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs for their Fall Advisor Workshop, in which participants will explore diverse career paths in international affairs and how to make these programs accessible. The panel discussion will feature expert practitioners, including WorldBoston's own President & CEO Mary Yntema.


Muppets in Moscow

Hybrid Event

Wednesday, October 4

6:00 – 7:00 PM ET

Join the Boston Athenaeum for an author talk featuring Natasha Lance Rogoff to discuss her book Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia, in conversation with Jessica Stern. Muppets in Moscow tells the gripping story of determination to bring laughter, learning, and a new way of seeing the world to children in Russia, Ukraine and across the former Soviet empire.


Yemen’s Civil War: A Historical Look

Thursday, October 5

3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Join The Brookings Institution for a discussion examining the historical context behind the civil war in Yemen, the history of America’s engagement with Yemen, and what lessons history offers for abating the humanitarian suffering today. The conversation will feature Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, who will share insights from his new book America and the Yemens, A Complex and Tragic Encounter.


Economics Symposium: Exploring Insights on Sustainable Growth

In-Person Event

Friday, October 6

7:45 AM – 5:00 PM ET

Join Boston College Economics for their symposium on sustainable growth, which will incorporate creative insights from a diverse cross-section of research specialists, as well as business and finance professionals. This full day event includes lectures, Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and refreshments.


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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