WorldBoston Recommends 12/11/23-12/15/23

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

Great Decisions: Energy Geopolitics

Wednesday, December 13

6:00 – 7:30 PM ET

As more countries move toward sustainable energy, and supply chain shortages affect the availability of oil and gas, how will these changes in energy industries impact geopolitics? Join us for a timely discussion of this topic with Sarah Emerson, founder and president of Energy Security Analysis, Inc. The program will feature expert remarks, live audience Q&A, and a special end-of-year reception with light refreshments in the Newsfeed Café.


Global Up Cultural Competency Training: Special Opportunity for Educators

WorldBoston seeks to deepen the impact of our programs to include cultural competency training, initially for high school educators. We're calling on Massachusetts educators whose high schools are participating in Academic WorldQuest 2024 to take part in our pilot training program, free of charge. The pilot utilizes the AFS Global Up Educator curriculum to build skills and ultimately enrich the experience of their students, while also helping WorldBoston shape this new offering. Join us in guiding the future of our programming and earn professional development credits along the way! Sign up now for this early 2024 training!


A Crisis of Confidence? Reestablishing the Legitimacy of the IMF and the Global Financial Safety Net

Tuesday, December 12

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

What is the current landscape of the Global Financial Safety Net, and where are its shortcomings? What is needed to rebalance the GFSN and ensure accessibility for countries of all income groups? Learn more during this expert panel discussion hosted by Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies.


Representatives Austin Scott and Jimmy Panetta on Great-Power Competition in Africa

Tuesday, December 12

12:00 – 1:30 PM ET

Chinese and Russian engagements in Africa have destabilized the region, threatening vital natural resources and regional security. How does this affect US strategic interests? Join the American Enterprise Institute for this conversation with Representative Austin Scott (R-GA), Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and a panel of experts.


War in Ukraine: Where We Are Now

Wednesday, December 13

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

The war in Ukraine has lasted 18 months, with no end in sight. How has it affected Ukraine, and what is really happening in Russia? How might this war end, and what will be the lasting impact on the region and the world order? Join the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard Unviersity for this conversation with Alexandra Vacroux.


The Israel-Hamas War: The Iran Factor

Thursday, December 14

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

As the military conflict in Gaza continues, Tehran continues to express its support for Hamas against Israel. What can the world expect from Tehran if a peace process follows this latest round of war? Learn more when the Middle East Institute hosts Alex Vatanka, Eckart Woertz, Maha Yahya, and Nasser Hadian.


Arati Prabhakar on the Future of AI Governance

Thursday, December 14

5:00 – 6:00 PM ET

The pace of unprecedented progress in AI development and deployment raises new risks related to safety and security, equity, and labor, among others. Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for this conversation with Arati Prabhakar, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


A Conversation with US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns

Friday, December 15

10:00 – 11:15 AM ET

Will any stabilization of relations result from the recent summit meeting between President Biden and President Xi Jinping? What issues will animate the US-China relationship in the year ahead? The Brookings Institution will host Ambassador Nicholas Burns to analyze these questions and provide an on-the-ground perspective from Beijing on the state of U.S.-China relations.


Education First's International Language Campus in Brighton is seeking individuals passionate about cultural exchange to serve as hosts for international students. Being a host family with EF is a unique, rewarding, fun, and educational experience for all members of the family and an opportunity to create long-lasting, global relationships. Hosts can be single family households, empty nesters, families with young children, etc., and will be offered a weekly stipend to offset meal costs.


The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, in partnership with American University’s School of International Service and Washington College of Law, will hold the twelfth annual Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge, a competition where students from across the globe compete in developing policy recommendations tackling a fictional cyber catastrophe. The program will be held both virtually and in-person in Washington, DC on March 15-16, 2023. Registration for teams of 3-4 students closes on February 9th, 2024.


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 The Sister, featuring Sung Yoon Lee, Wilson International Competition Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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

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