WorldBoston Recommends 4/8/24 – 4/12/24

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
Monday, April 8
1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
In 1924, the Rogers Act combined the consular and diplomatic services and established a professional US Foreign Service. Join the American Foreign Service Association for a conversation with Marcia S. Bernicat, Director General of U.S. Foreign Service, to reflect on this century of service what the future holds.
Tuesday, April 9
7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
CHINA Town Hall is a program that provides a snapshot of current U.S.-China relations, examines how that relationship reverberates at the local level, and connects Americans around the country with U.S. policymakers and thought leaders on China. Join the National Committee on US-China Relationsfor their annual event, this year featuring Dr. Kurt Campbell, Deputy Secretary of State.
Wednesday, April 10
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Venezuela is currently facing both economic and social issues, including matters of national security. With U.S. sanctions likely to resume in April, what can the U.S. do to better address Venezuela’s troubles? Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for this discussion featuring experts Ryan Berg, Carolina Jiménez Sandoval,and Christopher Chivvis.
Wednesday, April 10
5:00 – 6:00 PM ET
Join the Lantos Foundation, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, the Foley Foundation,and the Amer Fakhoury Foundationwhen they host a special event featuring Paul Rusesabagina, the renowned humanitarian whose extraordinary story inspired the Oscar-winning film “Hotel Rwanda,” and Beth Cooper, former Senior Advisor to the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs.
In-Person Event
Thursday, April 11
12:30 – 2:00 PM ET
Join the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University for a timely event featuring Mariana Budjeryn, Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center, to talk about her book, Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine.
In-Person Event
Thursday, April 11
5:00 – 6:30 PM ET
Join the Center for International Studies at MIT for a special event delving into China’s development as an economic global leader, featuring Yasheng Huang, author of How Exams, Autocracy, Stability, and Technology Brought China Success, and Why They Might Lead to its Decline, and Will Knight, senior writer at Wired magazine covering fundamental advances in AI and China’s AI boom.
Friday, April 12
3:30 – 4:30 PM ET
During his first state visit, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and President Biden are anticipated to have a bilateral conversation on US-Japan relations and a trilateral summit between U.S.-Japan and the Philippines. Join the Stimson Center when they host Ambassador Masafumi Ishii, former Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, for an assessment of the possible outcomes and updated policy initiatives.
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.
  • Check out our most recent Event Recap, written by Saadwi Balaji on Chat & Chowder with Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Read the article here.
  • 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.
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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