WorldBoston Recommends: 12/20/21 – 12/24/21

Dear Friends,
Welcome to this week's WorldBoston Recommends email, highlighting high-quality programming for the remainder of 2021, 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

Sunday, December 19th
2:30 – 3:30 PM ET
When Eritrea sent troops into the Tigray region, the secretive nation seized a double opportunity: It detained thousands of Eritrean refugees as it battled Ethiopia’s former rulers. Spearheading the bloody campaign: a colonel nicknamed “Son of Bread.” Join WorldOregon for its bi-weekly discussion group to learn more about this situation and to review a Reuter's special report Dual Agenda: In Ethiopia’s civil war, Eritrea's army exacted deadly vengeance on old foes.

Tuesday, December 21st
3:30 – 4:15 PM ET
The world failed to get back to normal in 2021. The US capitol insurrection, soaring inflation, a global vaccine rollout, devastating new Covid-19 variants, and the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan helped make for a disorienting twelve months. Ian Bremmer, president and founder of the Eurasia Group, and Chicago Council president Ivo Daalder reflect on a year of disruption, the lessons that 2021 should teach policymakers, and what recent events reveal about the changing geopolitical order.

Wednesday, December 22nd
10:00 AM ET
The crisis on Ukraine’s borders has mounted for over a month. Approximately 100,000 Russian troops remain near the Ukrainian border, with reports that tens of thousands more may soon arrive. Led by President Biden, the West has laid down clear markers that a major, new Russian invasion will prompt devastating sanctions, further military shipments to Ukraine, and a strengthening of NATO’s force posture near Russia’s border. Is this enough to stay Putin’s hand? Join the Atlantic Council for this panel discussion.

In this episode, WACNH executive director, Tim Horgan, speaks with an alumna of a 2019 exchange program that brought together visitors from across the Middle East. The visitor recounts her experiences in leaving Afghanistan during the hectic evacuation lead by the United States. This personal account will provide you with an inside look at the challenges people faced and decisions they had to make in order to escape to a better situation.

Many of us have questions about global issues, and not a lot of places to turn to for reliable and thoughtful answers. In The Truth of the Matter, host Andrew Schwartz breaks down complex policy issues of the day. In this crossover episode with the CSIS Coronavirus Crisis Update podcast, Brown University’s Dr. Ashish Jha provides his keen insights into the latest on Omicron as well as a reflection on 2021.

What were the most significant developments in the Middle East and regional policy in 2021? The Middle East Institute's Paul Salem, Randa Slim, Bilal Saab, and Karen Young join the program to discuss the key events and what trends to watch in 2022.

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