WorldBoston Recommends: 12/6/21 – 12/10/21

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.
Best regards,

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Monday, December 6th
12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a discussion about the importance of diplomacy for the common good with Ambassador David Hale, who joined the Foreign Service in 1984 and holds the rank of Career Ambassador. Previously, he was the Ambassador to Pakistan (2015-18), Ambassador to Lebanon (2013-15), Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2011-2013), Deputy Special Envoy (2009-11), and Ambassador to Jordan (2005-8). Diplomats like Ambassador Hale help to deepen relationships with other countries around the world, inform foreign policy, and advance the interests of the United States without the use of force.

Monday, December 6th
7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
Join the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the International Relations Council of Santa Fe, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville and the World Affairs Council of Connecticut, for a discussion of Angela Merkel's legacy and impact. This event will feature Kati Marton, author of The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel. The book is a riveting political biography and an intimate human story of a complete outsider – a research chemist and pastor’s daughter raised in Soviet-controlled East Germany – who rose to become the unofficial leader of the West.

Tuesday, December 7th
10:00 – 10:45 AM ET
As part of the ongoing Nuclear Posture Review, the Biden Administration is reportedly considering changing U.S. nuclear declaratory policy from one of strategic ambiguity to one of “no first use” or “sole purpose.” While proponents of this change argue that “no first use” or “sole purpose” would help the U.S. achieve its nonproliferation goals, the change could have grave impacts on U.S. extended deterrence commitments. Join the Heritage Foundation for a discussion with George Robertson, The Honorable James Risch, and The Honorable Taro Kono about the implications of changes in U.S. nuclear declaratory policy on both U.S. national security and extended deterrence.  

Wednesday, December 8th
10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Will the upcoming “Summit for Democracy” convened by the Biden administration strengthen democracy and American leadership in the world? Or will it instead lead to heightened perceptions of U.S. hypocrisy and double standards? To discuss these and other issues regarding the Summit, join the Quincy Institute for a discussion moderated by senior research fellow Anatol Lieven, featuring Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University; Daniel Nexon, Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University; and Marlene Laruelle, Director of the Illiberalism Studies Program at George Washington University.

Wednesday, December 8th
12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
BTS, Squid Games, and Korean cuisine have skyrocketed in popularity, and it seems like Korean culture is conquering the world. CSIS’s Joseph Nye says Korea’s soft power gains are “boosting the country’s national status and diplomacy.” Join the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the Korean Consulate General in Atlanta to explore Korea’s culture with Dafna Zur, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultures at Stanford University; Crystal Anderson, Assistant Director of Korean Studies at George Mason University and Director of the Kpop Kollective; and Frank Aum, Senior Expert on Northeast Asia at the U.S. Institute of Peace. 

Friday, December 10th
11:00 AM ET
What is the French vision for European Defense? In an era when American attention is turning to Asia, if European states increase their capabilities, defense budgets, and missions, would the United States be more likely to decrease its presence in Europe, or would it make the European Union more credible in the eyes of the American leadership? Please join the Cato Institute for remarks from France’s Ambassador to the United States, Philippe Étienne, followed by a panel featuring leading scholars of transatlantic relations.

Saturday, December 11th
9:00 – 11:00 AM ET
ADEA makes it possible for the African diaspora to give back and help the African continent. Their mission is to nurture, support, and elevate African diaspora innovations to further the development of the African continent. This community is made up of African Diaspora living in the US and engaged in social impact projects in Africa. Take part in this open house to meet the members of the ADEA community and learn more about their projects. ADEA will also host student consultants to present their projects to members.

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