WorldBoston Recommends: 10/18/21 – 10/22/21

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

Tuesday, October 19th
7:00 – 8:15 PM ET
How does the evolving U.S.-China relationship impact the country, the state, and our communities? From supply chains to national security, new technologies to climate change, the future of both countries will be determined by their relations with one another and the global community.
Join WorldBoston and Suffolk University during the annual CHINA Town Hall program for a discussion of these topics and more. The event will begin with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' nation-wide broadcast featuring Fareed Zakaria, CNN Worldwide Host and Columnist for The Washington Post, in discussion with NCUSCR's Stephen Orlins. Following the broadcast, participants will have the opportunity for Q&A with Suffolk University's Ronald Suleski.

Monday, October 18th
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
In anticipation of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia are presenting a joint climate change discussion between two of the world’s most influential nations about the multilateral global race to net zero. Presenters will address the sub-national level of engagement in both the public and private domains; connections between human and environmental health in relation to delivering an equitable and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (green recovery); the important role of innovation; and corporate, investor and employee responsibility with respect to competitive advantage and business transition models.

Tuesday, October 19th
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
Recent cyberattacks on key private networks and physical infrastructure have encouraged both government and industry to discuss and implement remedial cybersecurity measures, but absent a national agenda, the United States remains vulnerable to ongoing threats. Meanwhile, US adversaries such as China have implemented clear national cyber strategies — with grave security and geopolitical implications for the US. How, if at all, should the US craft a national cybersecurity strategy? Join American Enterprise Institute's Shane Tews and panelists James X. Dempsey, James Andrew Lewis, Sujit Raman, and Diane Rinaldo for a discussion on what an effective national cybersecurity strategy might look like and lessons learned from recent cyber missteps.

Wednesday, October 20th
9:00 – 10:00 AM ET
Justin Lin and Yan Wang, in a chapter for a World Bank publication, argue that African countries should adopt development strategies around their comparative advantages and have credible and capable governments to oversee these strategies to achieve dynamic growth and economic transformation. These public assets could also provide a cushion during times of financial crisis. Join Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University as they host Yan Wang, Senior Academic Researcher at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center, for a discussion on China and Africa's investment history and how they can rethink their development cooperation post-pandemic.

Wednesday, October 20th
1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Around the world, women are transforming how business gets done in sectors from government and foreign policy to the arts and international commerce. Women bring unique perspectives, approaches, and value to leadership roles. The International Relations Council of Kansas City is proud to present a six-week series of insightful conversations with women in positions of global leadership, during which they will explore the opportunities and challenges female leaders face in an international landscape and the outlooks and insights that have made the difference for them and their sector. In this installment, panelists include Cristina Ávila-Zesatti, Daisy Sindelar, Vanessa Bassil, and moderator Mary Sanchez.

Thursday, October 21st
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
This high-level virtual program will bring together policy leaders and experts at the intersection of finance, sustainable development and climate action to elevate the dialogue about mobilizing green investment. Explore what governments and global institutions are doing to overcome risks to pursuing climate investments and how emerging economies can empower growth through driving climate-smart development. Join Foreign Policy, in partnership with the Climate Investment Funds, for a forward-looking conversation about the opportunities and strategies to mobilize green global development and a sustainable future for the planet. Speakers include Ravi Agrawal, Hon. Pearnel Charles, Jr., Mafalda Duarte, and Melanie Nakagawa.

Friday, October 22nd
3:00 – 3:45 PM ET
Japan warned that regional security threats are “becoming more complex far more quickly than anticipated.” Newly elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged strong support for the U.S.-Japan alliance, augmenting missile defenses, and to consider Japan developing strike capabilities. But the change in Japanese leadership raises questions as to the future of Tokyo’s role in responding to the deteriorating security environment, including an allied defense of Taiwan. Join The Heritage Foundation as they host speakers Lieutenant General (ret.) H.R. McMaster, Jeffrey Hornung, Ph.D., and moderator Bruce Klingner for a discussion of the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance for regional security. 

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