WorldBoston Recommends: 10/11/21 – 10/15/21

WorldBoston Recommends…
Dear Friends,
Welcome to this week's WorldBoston Recommends email, highlighting high-quality programming over the next week, 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, October 14th
6:00 – 7:00 PM ET
Join us for Chat & Chowder with Sam Kaplan to discuss his recent book Challenging China: Smart Strategies for Dealing with China in the Xi Jinping Era. Challening China is a popular current events explanation of how China has become more authoritarian and expansionist and what strategies the U.S. and its allies need to adopt to address this new China. Although delving into serious issues, Challenging China is written in an engaging way and probably the only book on China that references Dolly Parton, LeBron James and Bruce Springsteen. 
Join us after the talk for the informal post-Chat Chat discussion, led by Wing-kai To, Assistant Provost for Global Engagement and Senior International Officer at Bridgewater State University.

Monday, October 11th
4:00 PM ET
Global Ties Arizona is delighted to host Peter Martin, author of China’s Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy for a virtual discussion of his book. Peter Martin is Bloomberg's defense policy and intelligence reporter in Washington, DC. He was previously based in Beijing where he wrote extensively on escalating tensions in the US-China relationship and reported from China's border with North Korea and its far-western region of Xinjiang. His writing has been published by outlets including Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, and the Guardian. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford, Peking University and the London School of Economics. This discussion will be moderated by Nicole Magney, Global Ties Arizona Board Member.

Tuesday, October 12th
3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
The importance of space has intensified – and so have the number of actors operating in the arenas of space commerce, exploration, and security. No longer an exclusive domain of scientific exploration and discovery, we are now reliant on space for an unprecedented amount of human activity. As space undergoes this transition from a realm of discovery to a crowded realm of security and commerce and even a war-fighting domain, who is defining the rules of the road for operating in space? What should U.S. priorities be in space? Join the World Affairs Council of Seattle for a discussion on October 12 with Major General (retired) Sandra Finan, Senior Advisor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, on the future of U.S. space policy.

Wednesday, October 13th
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM ET
COVID-19 dramatically impacted women around the world, emphasizing the disproportionate burdens they carry within family structures, society, the economy, and beyond. As many nations focus on strategies to promote economic recovery, putting women and girls at the center and addressing intersecting systemic and structural barriers is critical for rebuilding stronger, inclusive systems and societies and withstanding future crises. What infrastructure, investments, and partnerships are necessary to catalyze action and fuel a globally inclusive economic recovery? Join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for a discussion of these questions and more.

Wednesday, October 13th
1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
In this seminar, three renowned German experts will reflect on the results of the recent German elections in relation to the future of Germany and Europe. What are the implications of the vote for Germany's economic and foreign policy? How has the balance of power shifted among German political parties? What do the German results portend for its European partners and for the global community? Join the Harvard Center for European Studies for this discussion with Andreas Busch, Hans-Helmut Kotz, and Constanze Stelzenmüller.

Thursday, October 14th
2:00 PM ET
The outcome of addressing climate change may seem straightforward – a decline in drought, human migration, and instances of violent conflict – but the reality is much more complicated. In some cases, pursuing a greener path forward for our planet can fuel violence in already fragile states. Tegan Blaine, Ph.D., senior advisor on environment and conflict at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Katherine Brown, Ph.D., president and CEO of Global Ties U.S., will discuss environmental peacebuilding – what it means, strategies for practical application, and emerging priorities in the field.

Friday, October 15th
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET
World Food Day promotes global awareness and action around hunger and healthy eating for all. This year, World Food Day looks forward to the future and the sustainable food system the world needs to build together. Join Global Minnesota for their World Food Day virtual symposium that will take a closer look at the future of food and what “building back better” means amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The day will include presentations from leading international, national, and local experts on the impacts of climate change, global conflict, and COVID-19 on the world’s agri-food system and the transformation needed to create a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient food future for the world.

Thursday, October 15th
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Day 1 of 3
The Soft Power & Cultural Diplomacy Study Group hosted by The Belfer Center at Harvard University is designed for anyone interested in learning more about these two topics in addressing U.S. foreign relations. Over the course of three sessions, participants will become familiar with the history of U.S. cultural diplomacy and will better understand how the power of the arts has repeatedly been deployed by the U.S. government to help achieve foreign policy objectives. The group will analyze historical examples and hear from current practitioners. Furthermore, the group will be asked to envision future uses of cultural diplomacy as a tactic for addressing current foreign policy challenges.

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