WorldBoston Recommends 5/6/24 – 5/10/24

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
Tuesday, May 7
1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
As the popularity of AI tools increases, what are the potential outcomes of utilizing this novel technology in the political sphere, especially considering growing opposition to them? Join Brookingswhen they host Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, for a virtual conversation moderated by Michael O’Hanlonand Valerie Wirtschafter.
Tuesday, May 7
2:30 – 3:15 PM ET
Join the American Enterprise Institute when they host House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) for a discussion on the converging threats posed by the West’s “CRINGE” competitors—China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and global extremists.
Wednesday, May 8
9:30 – 10:30 AM ET
With two wars dominating international headlines, and roiling politics inside the US, the Biden administration is under growing pressure to change course and deliver stability in the Middle East, and to set clearer goals in Ukraine. Join Chatham House for a panel about the future of US foreign policy from an international perspective, featuring experts Leslie Vinjamuri, Dr. Colin Kahl, Ben Rhodes, and Dr. Sanam Vakil.
Wednesday, May 8
12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Sweden’s defense concept includes a civil defense component that “encompasses the whole of society and comprises the collective resilience in the event of war or danger of war.” How can Stockholm’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies learn from Sweden’s civil defense experience to harden the vulnerable elements of Western societies? Join the Hudson Institute for a discussion with Swedish Minister for Civil Defense Carl-Oskar Bohlin.
Thursday, May 9
2:00 PM ET
Seven months on, the Israel-Hamas war continues with seemingly no end in sight, against a backdrop of escalating regional tensions. What are the prospects for ending the Israel-Hamas war? Will the current status quo hold, or might we see another escalation between Israel and Iran? Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peacefor an insightful discussion with Israeli Ambassador Michael Herzog. 
Friday, May 10
10:00 – 11:00 AM ET
Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) play a pivotal role in foreign policy by providing financing, technical assistance, and knowledge to promote peace and security across borders. How can US employ MDBs to help solve global challenges? Join the Center for Strategies and International Studies for an engaging discussion featuring Assistant Secretary for International Trade and Development Alexia Latortue.
Hear from top experts on the big questions that will shape the future of U.S. foreign policy. The John Quincy Adams Society will host its combined summer programin the Washington, D.C. area this July 16-19. U.S. university students and professionals in the first two years of their US foreign policy career are eligible to apply. Benefits include free hotel and travel for participants outside of Washington, and complimentary meals. The application deadline is May 7th, but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
The American Language Education Institute is offering a variety of exchange programs to China for students and professionals of all ages! The program fee, accommodation, meals and land transportation are all complimentary.Registration is $300 and flights, visa fees, and insurance must be self-financed. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 
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.
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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