WorldBoston Recommends 10/09/23-10/13/23

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

Great Decisions: Economic Warfare

Hybrid Event

Thursday, October 12

6:00 – 7:30 PM ET

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, economic warfare has been the main means for the West to challenge Russia. How effective will these sanctions be at convincing Russia to cease its war? Join WorldBoston for a timely discussion of this topic with Jason Blazakis. The program will feature expert remarks, live audience Q&A, and time for networking and discussion with other globally-oriented participants.


Pakistan in Crisis Again

Tuesday, October 10

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Pakistan is mired in a complex crisis with political, social, economic, and security implications. Join the Hudson Institute for a conversation with Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Amber Rahim Shamsi, Asfandiyar Mir, Aqil Shah, and Uzair Younus on the upcoming election in Pakistan and its potential impacts on the country's political situation.


China Town Hall

Wednesday, October 11

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

In partnership with the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University, WorldBoston invites you to attend The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' annual China Town Hall. This year's discussion will feature Nicholas Burns, U.S. Ambassador to China, on challenges and opportunities in the U.S.-China relationship.


An Evening of Poetry with Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer

Hybrid Event

Wednesday, October 11

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

The Museum of Science, the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, and the Poets’ Theatre present this evening of poetry and conversation in celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day, featuring Canada's 2021–2023 Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise Bernice Halfe (Sky Dancer) and Boston’s Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola.


Ghana’s Leadership in Building Peace in West Africa

Thursday, October 12

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Ghana, one of the most enduring democratic partners in West Africa, is a regional leader and critical member of ECOWAS. Join the United States Institute of Peace for a conversation with President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo on ways to address governance opportunities and challenges in West Africa. The discussion will also examine Ghana's critical role as a regional leader in promoting peace, stability and sustainable development.


Former Vice President of the Israeli Supreme Court Elyakim Rubinstein on Israel's Democracy

Thursday, October 12

12:30 – 1:15 PM ET

Nine months into the Netanyahu government’s efforts to overhaul Israel’s judicial system, the crisis in Israel’s democracy seems no closer to resolution. Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a conversation with former Israeli Supreme Court Justice, Elyakim Rubinstein, on conflict in Israel and possibilities for a path forward.


Competing Visions? American, Chinese, and European Perspectives on the Future of the International System

Friday, October 13

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Join the Brookings Institution to learn more about competing visions for the future of the international system. Panelists Susan Thornton, Zha Dajiong, Tara Varma, Paul Gewirtz, and Ryan Hass will delve into key issues surrounding the international system and its future, offering a nuanced analysis of the global landscape from the perspectives of the United States, China, and Europe.


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 Every Citizen a Statesman, featuring David Allen, Historian of U.S. foreign relations

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

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