WorldBoston Recommends: 5/09/2022 – 5/13/2022

Dear Friends,
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.
Best regards,

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Hybrid Event
Wednesday, May 11th
6:00 – 7:30 PM ET
All eyes are on Russia as it wages war in Ukraine. Countries across the globe have mounted a swift and significant response with sanctions against Russia and aid for Ukraine. Among these countries, the United States has played a particularly large role. What steps can the U.S. take to mitigate the war without further provoking Russia? How will the war impact U.S.-Russian relations for years to come? Join WorldBoston at the Boston Public Library for the latest installment in our Great Decisions series, featuring Dr. Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

Monday, May 9th
5:30 – 6:45 PM ET
How Beijing and Washington engage one another strategically, politically, and economically will have an enormous impact on peace and prosperity across the globe. Given rising tensions in recent years, how can military conflict between the two superpowers be avoided? Join the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft for a virtual discussion between Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Michael D. Swaine, Director of the East Asia Program at the Quincy Institute.

Tuesday, May 10th
1:15 – 2:45 PM ET
At the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, young people's voices were heard loud and clear, but we have yet to see tangible impacts of their involvement. Join the Global Governance Institute at University College London to discuss what it truly means to give youth a seat at the table and how we will collectively get there. This panel will feature Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in conversation with several young leaders in climate action.

Tuesday, May 10th
7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
Join the World Affairs Council of Connecticut in conversation with President Lech Wałęsa, former president of Poland, Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader, and founder of the Lech Wałęsa Institute. The conversation will explore how President Wałęsa pulled Poland into the democratic fold, what Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means for the region, and how we can help Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis.

Wednesday, May 11th
9:00 – 10:00 AM ET
What role will China play on economic, diplomatic, and security issues in the Middle East? How might the United States respond to Beijing’s growing influence in the region? Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a discussion with Amr Hamzawy, Bilahari Kausikan, and He Wenping on the critical issues in China-Middle East relations and the geopolitical implications, moderated by Paul Haenle.

Thursday, May 12th
12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Though vast numbers of Ukrainians have fled the country, millions have not, and cannot, leave their cities. How are they enduring life in a warzone? Join the Vermont Council on World Affairs to hear from Glen Wright, an International Municipal Finance Expert currently living in Kyiv, Ukraine as he discusses the development of the conflict in Kyiv since the onset of the invasion and his experience living through Russia’s invasion.

Friday, May 13th
10:00 – 11:00 AM ET
Join the Hudson Institute for an event on the Russia-Ukraine War and its implications for European security, the future of U.S. hegemony, and the liberal world order. Hudson Institute Distinguished Fellow Walter Russell Mead will discuss these issues with Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at Brookings Institution and contributing columnist at The Washington Post.

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