WorldBoston Recommends 2/19/24 – 2/23/24

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

Ambassador Oksana Markarova on Russia’s Attack on Ukraine and the Future of U.S. – Ukrainian Relations

Monday, February 19

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Join the World Affairs Councils of Miami, Atlanta, Tennessee, Cleveland, and Orange County when they host Her Excellency, Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States for a discussion about the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the subsequent impact on Ukraine-United States relations. 


Gaza: Journalism Under Siege

In-Person Event

Tuesday, February 20

12:30 – 2:00 PM ET

Join Tufts University for a discussion of the challenges of reporting on the Israel-Hamas war. The panel of experts will offer their firsthand experiences and perspectives on the media landscape, the human rights situation, and the prospects for peace in Gaza.


Pivotal States: The Iranian Challenge

Tuesday, February 20

2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

The war in Gaza has returned Iran to the center of the U.S. foreign policy. What is the Iranian regime hoping to achieve? How can the US protect its core interests without escalating the regional crisis? Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for this discussion featuring Christopher Chivvis, Karim Sadjadpour, and Suzanne Maloney.


US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield on U.S. Diplomacy in the Pacific Islands

Tuesday, February 20

3:30 – 4:30 PM ET

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the United Nations, will join the Center for Strategic and International Studies to offer her insights on priorities for US engagement in the Pacific and to discuss how the international community can best meet the needs of this critical region.


The Conjunction: Where Privacy, Security, and AI Meet

Hybrid Event

Wednesday, February 21

12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School for a conversation with Amie Stepanovich, Vice President for U.S. Policy at the Future of Privacy Forum, on the relationship between privacy, security, and artificial intelligence in today's world.


Making Miracles: The Peril and Promise of Middle-Income Countries

Wednesday, February 21

6:30 – 7:45 PM ET

Middle-income countries comprise about 75% of the world’s population and 60% of carbon dioxide emissions. How can they expand enterprise, promote human capital, and improve quality of life while also transitioning to cleaner energy sources?Join the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs for this conversation with Indermit Gill, Poonam Gupta, Ufuk Akcigit, and Somik Lall.


Ambassador David Hale on American Diplomacy Toward Lebanon and the Middle East

Thursday, February 22

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Join the Wilson Center when they host Ambassador David Hale to launch his new book, American Diplomacy Toward Lebanon. The conversation with Ambassador Hale will cover key moments in US diplomatic history with Lebanon, as well as foreign policy and diplomatic strategies of several US presidential administrations.


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.


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 by Professor 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.


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.

The US-South Korea Alliance: Past, Present, and Future, featuring Mark Tokola, Zachary Barter, and Jaehui Kim

Great Decisions on Energy Geopolitics, featuring Sarah Emerson, founder and president of Energy Security Analysis, Inc

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

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