WorldBoston Recommends 3/25/24 – 3/29/24

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 26
6:00 – 7:30 PM ET
Join WorldBoston for Chat & Chowder featuring Steven Levitsky, Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, and Daniel Ziblatt, Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, to discuss their book, Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point. This program is sold out in-person, but you can still register to attend virtually.
Monday, March 25
10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
The notion of “economic coercion” has garnered increased attention in recent years. Given Japan’s commitment to free trade and an open economy, what strategies can it employ to counteract economic coercion? Join the Stimson Centerfor this conversation featuring Dr. Kotaro Shiojiri, Japan Foundation Visiting Fellow at Wilson Center.
In-Person Event
Monday, March 25
4:30 – 6:00 PM ET
Two years into Russia’s war against Ukraine, what is the state of manpower in the Russian army, and what are some of the challenges the armed forces are facing? Join the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University for this conversation with Pavel Luzin.
Tuesday, March 26
11:00 AM – 12:00PM ET
In September 2023, the US and Vietnam elevated their bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership. What opportunities and challenges does this partnership present for US – Vietnam relations? Learn more when the Brookings Institution hosts Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.
Wednesday, March 27
2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
The African Continental Free Trade Area agreement is forecasted to drastically impact the ways that Africa trades with the rest of the world. Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a discussion of the nuances of the updated trade agreement, featuring experts Zainab Usman, David Luke, Florizelle Liser, and Anthony Carroll.
Thursday, March 28
10:00 – 11:00 AM ET
Join the Heritage Foundation for a conversation with Dr. Kevin Roberts, Michael Cunningham, and Jeff Smith to learn more about why Taiwan’s security is a major strategic interest for the United States and the role the US should play in countering China.
Thursday, March 28
12:30 – 1:30 PM ET
Join University of North Carolina Global Affairs, Gulf Coast Diplomacy, and the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky for a conversation with retired U.S. Ambassador Barbara Stephenson on America’s role in a changing world.
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.
Calling all golfers! The Temple Israel Brotherhood is hosting their 16th Annual Combined Charities Golf Tournament on August 1st. The tournament is a great opportunity to play golf with friends while supporting a cause — proceeds from the tournament go to local charities and nonprofit organizations, including WorldBoston.
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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