WorldBoston Recommends 12/04/23-12/08/23

Dear Friends,

Welcome to this week's WorldBoston Recommends email, highlighting high-quality programming for the upcoming two weeks, 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

Russian Disinformation in Latin America

Monday, December 4

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Join the Hudson Institute for a conversation with Douglas Farah and Román Ortiz on Russia’s disinformation efforts in Latin America, the tools and tactics that have been most effective, and how the US and its allies can counter disinformation campaigns.


Designing the Future Joint Force with Admiral Christopher Grady

Monday, December 4

2:30 – 3:20 PM ET

How can the joint force modernize for future wars and stay ready for conflict today? Join the Atlantic Council for this conversation with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Christopher Grady, USN, and NBC News’ Courtney Kube.


Pivotal States: Is the United States Overlooking Mexico’s Potential?

Wednesday, December 6

2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Do U.S. policymakers have an effective strategy to address the numerous challenges between the U.S. and Mexico? Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a conversation on strategic alternatives in U.S.-Mexico relations with Christopher S. Chivvis, Vanda Felbab-Brown, and Shannon O’Neil. 


The Ballot and Beyond: South Asia in 2024

Thursday, December 7

9:00 – 10:15 AM ET

South Asia stands at a pivotal juncture as India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh prepare for significant elections in 2024. Join the Asia Society Policy Institute for a discussion of the influence of these elections and what lies ahead, featuring Farwa Aamer, C. Raja Mohan, Nasim Zehra, and Sreeradha Datta.


Global Views on International Engagement & Community Inclusion

Thursday, December 7

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Join Global Ties U.S. for a conversation with Richard Wike, Katherine Brown, Allison Hodgkins, and Romesh Ratnesar to discuss a new 24-nation survey from Pew Research Center exploring attitudes toward international engagement and how people build and define global community.


American Democracy and a Fragile World Order

Friday, December 8

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Join the American Enterprise Institute for a conversation with John M. Owen IV on his new book, The Ecology of Nations. Owens will discuss his theory that liberalism has evolved in ways detrimental to its own survival, and will share his thoughts on how to reimagine liberalism and keep the world safe from autocracy.


Georgia, the EU, and the US: Fiona Hill on the New Geopolitics of the Black Sea-Caspian Region

In-Person Event

Friday, December 8

4:30 – 6:00 PM ET

Join the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University when its Program on Georgian Studies hosts Fiona Hill. Dr. Hill will share her perspective on the current geopolitical environment in the Black Sea-Caspian region and on Georgia's prospects for greater European and Euro-Atlantic integration.


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.
  • American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest: AFSA invites high school students to participate in an essay contest exploring how diplomats can continue to evolve their craft to meet the needs of an ever-changing world. Learn more and submit your piece here.

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.

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.

Chat & Chowder on Independent Africa, featuring Emmanuel Akyeampong, Professor at Harvard University, and Scott Taylor, Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University

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

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