WorldBoston Recommends 12/18/23-12/22/23

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

Global Up Cultural Competency Training: Special Opportunity for Educators

WorldBoston is 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! Registration is now open for Academic WorldQuest 2024 — if you do not yet know your team details, please contact us to ensure your participation in this pilot program. Sign up now for this early 2024 training!


Possibilities and Perils of China’s Presence in the Middle East

Monday, December 18

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

In recent years, US policymakers have voiced intense anxiety about China’s presence in the Middle East. What are the concerns about this trend, and what can we expect in the future? Join the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft for this panel discussion exploring China’s interests and intentions in the Middle East, featuring Yu Jie, William Figueroa, and Trita Parsi, and Jake Werner.


COP28 Climate Outcomes: What Do They Mean for the Arctic?

Monday, December 18

12:00 – 1:15 PM ET

Join the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School for this debrief with Arctic experts recently returned from COP28. Vicki Lee Wallgren, Martin Sommerkorn, Susan Natali, Sara Olsvig, and Margaret Williams will reflect on their key takeaways from the conference, with a focus on Arctic biodiversity, permafrost thaw, and Indigenous peoples.


Global Actors in the War in Israel and Gaza

Tuesday, December 19

10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

The war in Israel and Gaza has impacted many countries far beyond the combatants or their immediate neighbors. Major global actors are now both involved in and affected by the crisis. Join the Brookings Institution to learn more during this panel discussion with Tanvi Madan, Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Angela Stent, Patricia M. Kim, and Natan Sachs.


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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