Welcome to this week's WorldBoston Recommends email, highlighting high-quality programming for the upcoming 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.
In this extended WorldBoston Recommends, we have included an extra selection of events to help keep you informed on the crisis in Ukraine.
Digital health can transform how healthcare services are provided to patients globally. Although there have been many promising technological advancements in how digital health—particularly artificial intelligence and machine learning—may improve healthcare, there are challenges to implementing them in the real world. Join the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies at UCLA for this roundtable discussion with government officials and business leaders about the future of digital health in both the U.S. and Japan.
For much of the twentieth century, the relationship between the U.S. and India could best be described as uneasy. Over the past two decades, the countries have worked together to strengthen this relationship, mostly along cultural and economic lines. Join the Hoover Institution for an event featuring David C. Mulford, Kenneth I. Juster, and Larry Diamond, who will make the case that the U.S. must recognize the strategic importance of India, and that deeper relations between the two countries could advance prosperity and peace.
Join The Fletcher School at Tufts University as they host Tara Sonenshine, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice in Public Diplomacy, and Lorie Nierenberg, recipient of the U.S. Department of State Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy. Their conversation will focus on the intersection of diplomacy and media in a rapidly changing information age, how foreign policy through public diplomacy is evolving, and the effect of Murrow on the field of public diplomacy.
In honor of International Women's Day, join the MicroLoan Foundation as they host speakers from UN Women, FSD Zambia, and CGAP (World Bank Group) for a conversation about gender smart digital transformation. The panel, featuring Tinashe Sande, Charity Luchembe Chikumbi, Elizabeth Kiamba, and Medha Wilson, moderated by Steve Mark, will focus on deep-rooted gender biases, affordability, and the lack of trust and education for digital solutions that hinders access for women.
Join the Atlantic Council for a discussion of how China and Russia have developed their regional presence in the MENA through politics, economics, security, and public diplomacy. The event will mark the launch of the report, Great Power Projection in the Middle East: The China-Russia Relationship as a Force Multiplier? by Jonathan Fulton, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Li-Chen Sim, an assistant professor at Khalifa University in the UAE.
China, Russia, and emerging regional powers are increasingly proactive in fragile states, often with different approaches than traditional Western and multilateral donors. In some cases, the aim is to undermine the Western approach. This creates a considerable risk for fragile states as they become an arena for geopolitical competition.Join the Brookings Institution for a discussion of the prospects for international cooperation in dealing with state fragility, featuring Alexandre Marc, Bruce Jones, Madiha Afzal, and Lina Benabdallah.
Join the Starr Forum at MIT for a conversation with Joshua Yaffa, a Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker and the author of Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia. He is currently in Ukraine covering the invasion and will join the event virtually from the war zone. This panel discussion will also feature co-chairs Carol Saivetz, senior advisor in the MIT Security Studies Program; and Elizabeth Wood, professor of history at MIT.
How does Japan view the current crisis in Ukraine? How do Japan and other Asian countries view the Chinese response to the invasion? How will the war in Ukraine impact US alliances in Europe and Asia? Join the German Marshall Fund for a conversation about the implications of Russian actions for allies and partners in Asia, moderated by Kristi Govella, and featuring Ambassador Akio Miyajima, Michal Baranowski, and Ambassador Ichirō Fujisaki.
Join the Minnock Institute for Global Engagement at Bridgewater State University for a virtual panel to discuss the crisis and military conflict in Ukraine, how we can better understand the future of Ukraine, and the various roles of Russia, NATO and the US. The panel will feature Dr. Ma'ia Cross, Professor of Political Science & International Affairs; Dr. Polina Beliakova, Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies; Dr. Mikheil Elashvili, Professor at Ilia State University; Dr. Sidita Kushi, Assistant Professor of Political Science; and Dr. Wing-kai To, Assistant Provost for Global Engagement at BSU.
European leaders are deeply concerned that the conflict in Ukraine could become the largest war since 1945. The crisis has sent ripples throughout Europe, but will also have far-reaching consequences for the Middle East. The Russian presence in the Middle East will take on a new meaning in the context of Moscow’s desire to have strong influence in its immediate and broader neighborhood. Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a panel with Emma Beals, Paul Stronski, Sinan Ülgen, Maha Yahya, and Jihad Yazigi to discuss these issues of influence, energy, and military power in the Middle East.
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