WorldBoston Recommends 2/12/24 – 2/16/24

Dear Friends,

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

Chat & Chowder with Daron Acemoglu | Power and Progress

Join us for this installment of our popular Chat & Chowder series, featuring Daron Acemoglu, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to discuss his new book, Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity.

The in-person program is sold out, but you can attend virtually by registering for the livestream.

Monday, February 12
12:00 PM ET

Join the Council on Foreign Relations for a conversation with Ambassador Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative. Ambassador Tai’s remarks will cover the role of trade policy in the global economy, current U.S. trade strategy, and priorities for the WTO Ministerial Conference.

Monday, February 12
3:30 – 5:00 PM ET

Shaming is increasingly being used as a diplomatic tool in climate geopolitics, often prompting major backlash. Join the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston Universityfor a discussion of this timely topic with Professor Matias Spektor.

Tuesday, February 13
7:00 PM ET

As military threats from China and North Korea increase, the risk of simultaneous conflicts in the Indo-Pacific rises. Join the Atlantic Council for a discussion of this risk and challenges for deterrence featuring Markus Garlauskas, Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi, Sungmin Cho, and Lauren D. Gilbert.

Wednesday, February 14
9:30 – 10:30 AM ET

Boston has been a hub for immigrants since its establishment. Join Boston Indicators to learn about immigrant communities in Greater Boston, what they contribute to the regional economy, immigration pathways, and programs and policies that can make our region more welcoming.

Thursday, February 15
12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Russia’s war in Ukraine extends beyond the battefield into cyberspace. Join the German Marshall Fund when they host Ambassador Nathaniel C. Fickand US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly to discuss global efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s cyber defenses.

Friday, February 16
10:00 – 11:30 AM ET

Join the United States Institute of Peace for a conversation on post-authoritarian Russia, collective understandings of history and Russian identity, the interests of minority regions, and the possible role of the West after Russia’s war in Ukraine. The discussion will feature Jorgan Andrews, Natalia Arno, Sergei Guriev, Mikhail Zygar, and Miriam Lanskoy.
The India Conference at Harvard is an annual student-led initiative that delves into India’s diverse landscape, from geopolitics to business and culture. Join this year’s conference on February 17th and 18th to learn more about India’s rich heritage and its rapid ascent as a global powerhouse. Use code WORLDBOSTON to get a 20% discount on your ticket.
The Fletcher School’s Executive Education course, Making Change: How to Design Public Policies that Work, offers an in depth look at how public policies are designed, implemented, and evaluated, giving participants a robust framework to create effective policies in their communities. This course will be taught byProfessor Carlos Alvarado-Quesada, former President of Costa Rica, and includes both live Zoom sessions and self-paced coursework from May to July. Use code ExecEdCarlos20 at checkout to get a 20% discount on the enrollment fee.
Join the Consulate General of Canada in Boston for this special opportunity for STEM-focused Canadian and international students on February 22nd. The program features a series of panel discussions on Canada’s innovation sector, its growing economy, and building a career in Canada. There will also be a networking session and the opportunity to meet employers from top Canadian companies.
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.
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.
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.

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