WorldBoston Recommends: 10/25/21 – 10/29/21

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

Wednesday, October 27th
4:00 – 5:15 PM ET
The Consuls Reception is a festive virtual gathering that honors the Consular Corps serving Boston and New England, and celebrates WorldBoston’s mission of international engagement and global cooperation. This year, WorldBoston has the pleasure of hosting Kathleen A. Theoharides, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, as the keynote speaker. With COP26 taking place in Glasgow the following week, her remarks will emphasize the local-international climate connection. Join us to participate in our virtual business card exchange, breakout rooms lead by Consuls General, and our Toast to Diplomacy — and stay until the end for a raffle with two great prizes!

Monday, October 25th
4:00 – 4:45 PM ET
The Three Seas Initiative (3SI) is a valuable project for strengthening trade, infrastructure, energy, and political cooperation among 12 countries bordering the Adriatic Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Black Sea. The initiative, which seeks to grow north south interconnectedness, is a force multiplier that bolsters security in Europe and strengthens transatlantic trade ties, while also helping to stymie Chinese and Russian efforts to make inroads in the region. Latvia is a strong supporter of 3SI and will host the Three Seas Summit and Business Forum in Riga in June 2022. Please join The Heritage Foundation for a conversation with Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs on Latvia’s goals for the initiative and what the U.S. and Latvia can do to ensure its long-term success.

Tuesday, October 26th
10:00 – 11:00 AM ET
Following the Arab Spring uprisings, the 2014 downward slide in the global price of crude oil marks a second major shock for the Middle East in the 21st century. The decline has continued to impose constraints, but also opportunities for policy adjustment strategies, potentially leading to strengthened political economies throughout the region. A recently published volume, Oil and the Political Economy in the Middle East, offers a comprehensive analysis of the Middle Eastern political economy in response to the 2014 oil price decline with timely contributions on the Covid-19 induced price crash in 2020. The Middle East Institute is pleased to launch this book bringing together the two editors and three contributing authors to discuss oil market dynamics and its relation to socio-political changes.

Thursday, October 28th
9:00 – 10:30 AM ET
What is the best way to assess a nation’s prosperity, not just today but into the future? Wealth accounting offers a powerful way to look ‘beyond GDP’ for a more comprehensive view of the sustainability of growth. It contains the widest set of assets covered so far, including the value of human capital broken down by gender, as well as many different forms of natural capital, including forests, cropland, mangroves, marine fisheries minerals, and fossil fuels. How can wealth accounting improve our understanding of economic sustainability? Can it serve as a way for countries to move ‘beyond GDP’? Join Brookings for this conversation with expert panelists.

Thursday, October 28th
2:00 PM ET
In Home, Land, Security: Deradicalization and the Journey Back from Extremism, journalist and author Carla Power wanted to chip away at the stereotypes by focusing not on what radicalized young people had done but why: What drew them into militancy? What visions of the world—of home, of land, of security for themselves and the people they loved—shifted their thinking toward radical beliefs? And what visions of the world might bring them back to society? Join the World Affairs Council of America for this discussion moderated by Patrick Ryan, President of the Tennessee World Affairs Council.

Friday, October 29th
1:30 – 3:00 PM ET
This seminar hosted by Harvard University's Center for European Studies will focus on Michael Koß's new book, Demokratie Ohne Mehrheit? (“Democracy Without a Majority?”) which received widespread media attention in Germany because of its provocative argument that the era of mass parties, the bulwarks of postwar democracy, may be over. How can democracy survive if its primary carriers are disintegrating? Koß makes the case that the end of the Cold War has precariously returned central European politics to the fractious roots that existed before WWII. The discussion has special relevance as negotiations are underway in the Federal Republic of Germany to create a three-party government coalition – a historic first.

Friday, October 29th
4:00 PM ET
Join the World Affairs Council of Orange County for a discussion of Michael O'Hanlon's new book The Art of War in the Age of Peace: U.S. Grand Strategy and Resolute Restraint. O'Hanlon is a senior fellow and director of research in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and American national security policy. He co-directs the Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology; the Defense Industrial Base working group; and the Africa Security Initiative within the Foreign Policy program, as well. The conversation will be moderated by Elizabeth Shackelford.

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