WorldBoston Recommends 3/18/24 – 3/22/24

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
Hybrid Event
Tuesday, March 19
6:00 – 7:30 PM ET
Join WorldBoston for a timely discussion of biosecurity, biotechnology, and international cooperation on public health featuring Ashish Jha, former White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator, and Matthew McKnight, General Manager for Biosecurity at Ginkgo Bioworks at the Boston Public Library. The program will feature expert remarks, live audience Q&A, and time for networking and discussion at the Newsfeed Café.
Monday, March 18
11:00 AM- 12:00 PM ET
In his new book, From Peril to Partnership: US Security Assistance and the Bid to Stabilize Colombia and Mexico, Paul Angelo draws on years of field experience to analyze two major US security assistance initiatives, Plan Colombia and the Mérida Initiative. Join the Hudson Institute to discuss factors affecting security assistance efforts and policy recommendations.
Tuesday, March 19
10:00 AM ET
Join the Atlantic Council when they host General Laura Richardson, Commander of US Southern Command, to discuss the future of the United States’ security partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean, security risks faced in the Western hemisphere, and the potential role of international cooperation.
Wednesday, March 20
2:45 – 3:45 PM ET
Dissatisfaction with globalization, technological change, and financial imbalances have transformed policy and public opinion in the US. Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace featuring Ashley Tellis, Jason Furman, Tino Cuéllar, and Mary Lovely for a discussion of how America’s foreign economic policy is changing, its global impact, and its implications for the near future. 
Wednesday, March 20
6:30 – 7:15 PM ET
Join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs when they host Birgitta Tazelaar, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States, for a conversation on the future of US-Netherlands relations and how the two countries can work together to navigate global challenges.
Thursday, March 21
10:00 – 11:00 AM ET
Sanctions have enormous impacts, especially when imposed by a country with the economic weight of the United States, but, as the Iranian case makes clear, they can also have unintended or even contradictory consequences. Join the Middle East Institute for this conversation with Alex Vatanka, Ali Vaez, Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Vali Nasr, and Narges Bajoghli.
In-Person Event
Thursday, March 21
12:00 – 1:30 PM ET
Why do some militaries support and others thwart transitions to democracy? Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School for a conversation with Sharan Grewalon how the military’s treatment under an authoritarian regime can impact its role in a democracy, with case studies from the Arab Spring.
The Center for a New American Security is hosting The Pitch: A Competition of New Ideas, its annual event to elevate emerging and diverse voices in national security. Selected applicants will make their pitch for innovative policy ideas to meet new challenges in U.S. national security policy in front of a distinguished panel of judges. The first round will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 24, and winners will present at the CNAS National Security Conference on June 6 in Washington DC. Applications are due on Monday, March 18.
Sphere Education, designed by the Brookings Institution and the Cato Institute, is a week-long professional development course for educators and administrators to work on restoring a spirit of civil, constructive, and respectful discourse to the classroom. Benefits include room and board, 20+ hours of professional development, classroom resources, and a $500 travel stipend upon completion of the program. The program takes place from July 14 – July 18 or July 28 – August 1 in Washington, DC.
The United Nations Association of Greater Boston’s Summer Institute in Global Leadership offers week-long Model UN programs in June, July, and August for students from all over the world to work together and address global issues. The deadline to register is June 1st at 5pm. Scholarships are available.
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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