WorldBoston Recommends 10/30/23-11/03/23

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. 

We hope these recommendations help you stay internationally engaged, wherever you may be.

Best regards,

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Hidden No More: Welcome Reception 2023

In Person Event

Thursday, November 2

5:30 – 7:30 PM ET

Join WorldBoston, Ginkgo Bioworks, and the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program for this special opportunity to meet with women leaders in STEM from 24 different countries across the globe. The reception will feature remarks from some of the international leaders who are participating in the IVLP's Hidden No More program, networking, refreshments, and tours of Gingko Bioworks' lab space.


A Brewing Storm: The Conflict in Sudan and Its International Ramifications

Monday, October 30

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

The war between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has deeply fractured the country on almost every level. Join the Middle East Institute to hear from a panel of experts on the conflict in Sudan and its international ramifications.


Taking Stock of the International Climate Effort

Hybrid Event

Monday, October 30

12:00 – 1:15 PM ET

Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University for a timely discussion of the international climate effort and global energy policy featuring Elliot Diringer, Senior Policy Advisor in the office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.


What Comes Next for Haiti?

Monday, October 30

5:30 – 7:15 PM ET

Haiti’s “Lost Decade,” starting with the 2010 earthquake, prompted challenges with migration, the economy, and a public health emergency. Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a conversation with two Pulitzer Prize recognized journalists, Michael Matza and Garry Pierre-Pierre, about what comes next forHaiti and what recovery might look like.


Unpacking Recent Developments in the Chinese Military: What's Happening within the PLA?

Tuesday, October 31

9:00 – 10:00 AM ET

Several surprising events within the People’s Liberation Army have recently prompted questions about its modernization, operations, and activities. Join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a virtual panel discussion with Roderick Lee, Shen Ming-Shih, Joel Wuthnow, and Bonny Lin on developments within the PLA.


A New Missile Age in the Indo-Pacific

Tuesday, October 31

2:00 – 3:45 PM ET

The recent proliferation of missiles in the Indo-Pacific could intensify already complex security dilemmas in the region. Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a conversation on the drivers and consequences of the spread of missiles in the Indo-Pacific with Masashi Murano, Ankit Panda, and Jenny Town.


Challenges to International Security on the African Continent

Thursday, November 2

6:00 – 7:00 PM ET

Black Professionals in International Affairs presents this installment of its “Africa 101 Seminar Series,” focusing on International Security in Africa and its modern challenges. Join the discussion with Dr. Nola Haynes, professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security.


National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

The U.S. Department of State’s NSLI-Y program is part of a U.S. government initiative to foster international cooperation by ensuring that Americans have the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge necessary to effectively communicate. NSLI-Y provides overseas critical language study opportunities to American youth through merit-based scholarships to spark a lifetime interest in critical foreign languages and cultures. Apply before November 2, 2023.


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.


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.


International Affairs Fellowship Programs

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) programs enable U.S. citizens who are mid-career professionals with a demonstrated interest in foreign policy to gain experience in a new environment in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Indonesia, or Japan, or at an international organization. Applications are open through October 31, 2023.

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.

Great Decisions on Economic Warfare, featuring Jason Blazakis, Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at Middlebury

Great Decisions on Iran at a Crossroads, featuring Tara Kangarlou, journalist and award-winning author

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

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