WorldBoston Recommends: 11/15/21 – 11/19/21

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.
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Mary P. Yntema
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Monday, November 15th
10:00 – 11:00 AM ET
Getting an accurate read on Egypt's seemingly contradictory economy can be tricky. On October 29th, the World Bank approved a new $360 million loan, granted on the back of a successful reform program, to help the country through the damage sustained by the pandemic. In general, the country has earned praise from international financial institutions for its economic reforms, but those reforms have hit the majority of Egyptian citizens hard. Inflation is rising, non-energy sector growth is sluggish, and external debt has risen. Where does Egypt’s economy stand? What does it mean for its citizens, its domestic market, and its international investment partners? Please join the Middle East Institute for a discussion on Egypt’s economy with Dr. Abla Abdel Latif.

Tuesday, November 16th
2:00 – 2:45 PM ET
For decades after World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in ideological and geopolitical competition. The collapse of the Soviet Union, however, transformed international relations and left America as the world’s sole superpower. For part three of this Century of Global Leadership series, key analysts and leaders consider the legacy of the Cold War and how its end transformed America’s place in the world. Join the Chicago Council as Anne Applebaum, Jim Baker, Susan Glasser, Fareed Zakaria, Robert Zoellick, and the Council’s President Ivo Daalder reflect on the decisions American policymakers made at the end of the Cold War as they guided the country through a period of risk and opportunity.

Tuesday, November 16th
4:00 PM ET
Admiral Karl L. Schultz assumed his duties as the 26th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on June 1, 2018. As Commandant, he oversees all global Coast Guard operations and 41,000 active-duty, 6,200 reserve, and 8,500 civilian personnel, as well as the support of 25,000 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers. For this conversation, hosted by the World Affairs Council of Orange County, he joins Lisa Murkowski, Alaska’s senior U.S. Senator, to discuss the future of arctic security. Senator Murkowski has long advocated for the Arctic as a national priority and continues to push the United States to invest in the infrastructure and assets critical to supporting an Arctic strategy.

Wednesday, November 17th
10:00 – 11:00 AMET
As technology continues to reshape industries and occupations, the Biden administration is working to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better Agenda. Join The Brookings Institution for an in-depth conversation about the future of work and the American workforce, when they host former Boston mayor and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. Secretary Walsh and Brookings Senior Fellow Nicol Turner Lee will discuss policies to help reorient the labor force to existing market demands and cultivate a 21st century workforce, to ensure the economy produces good jobs for all workers, and to address issues of equity and inclusion that are critical for historically marginalized populations.

Thursday, November 18th
9:30 – 10:45 AM ET
As the only multilateral, rules-based institution charged with promoting the stability of the international financial and monetary system, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has a central role to play in the transition to a low-carbon and resilient global economy. With its universal role and influence over economic policy, the Fund can make or break countries’ COP26-related commitments, raising questions like, how should the Fund mainstream climate change policy into its work? And capitalizing on the COP26, what priorities should shape the IMF’s new climate strategy? How can developing countries ensure the Fund’s approach protects a green and inclusive recovery? Join the Pardee School of Global Studies for this discussion with Sarah Jane Ahmed, Daniel Titelman, and Sargon Nissan.

Thursday, November 18th
1:00 PM ET
Continuing the celebration of USAID's 60th birthday this month, The American Foreign Service Association will host Nancy Ostrowski to discuss the work of USAID and her life as a USAID Foreign Service Officer. Nancy Ostrowski is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, currently attending the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University. From her work in more traditional USAID programs like Moldova to her evacuation from South Sudan, her experiences provide a good representation of the varied work USAID does around the world. There will be opportunities for Q&A following the discussion.

Friday, November 19th
1:00 – 2:15 PM ET
Join the Belfer Center at Harvard University's Middle East Initiative when they host Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, to share his unique perspective on Afghanistan and to offer insight into the implications of the 2021 Taliban takeover for the country and the region at large. The event will be moderated by the MEI Faculty Director Tarek Masoud. Ryan Crocker is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Other academic appointments have included Diplomat in Residence at Princeton University, inaugural Kissinger Fellow at Yale University, the James Schlesinger Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia, and Texas A&M, where he was Dean of the Bush School of Government.

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