Welcome to this week's WorldBoston Recommends email, highlighting high-quality programming over the next 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.
20 years after the United States first sent troops to Afghanistan, President Joe Biden fulfilled his campaign pledge to end the “forever war” and accelerated the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops. The subsequent collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban's recapture of power stunned the world and left the United States and its allies scrambling to evacuate their own citizens and Afghans now in danger from Taliban retribution. Did it have to be like this? And what happens now in Afghanistan? Join the World Affairs Council of Seattle on September 13 for a discussion with Ambassador Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, on the changing situation in Afghanistan.
The recent withdrawal from Afghanistan demonstrates that military power means little without credibility and commitment. Moving forward, the United States must take a hard look at whether its institutions, doctrines, and motives can remain competitive with key adversaries. Please join the American Enterprise Institute and Phillip Lohaus for a discussion of his new book, Power and Complacency: American Survival in an Age of International Competition, with former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper and three regional specialists, who will discuss how the strategic predispositions of Russia, Iran, and China create vulnerabilities and opportunities for the United States.
Sanctions against China, Venezuela, Syria, Russia, and Iran have made the news in recent years, but what brought them about, and how effective have they been? For three decades, Dr. George Lopez, Hesburgh Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has advised the UN, international agencies, and governments on issues from sanctions' design to their impact. Join Professor Lopez as he helps us explore the rationale behind unilateral and multilateral economic sanctions, the extent of their use, and their effectiveness and broader ramifications.
Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a conversation featuring Jang Gyehyun, Eli Noam, and Naomi Wilson on the new report The Korean Way With Data: How the World’s Most Wired Country Is Forging a Third Way, and the ways in which countries can offer alternative approaches to those of the U.S. and China in a fast-moving world of technology, data, and internet governance. Carnegie’s Michael Nelson will moderate, and Evan A. Feigenbaum will provide introductory remarks on Carnegie’s expanding suite of work on Korean approaches to technology.
On September 15, Elon Musk’s SpaceX makes history as the world’s first mission to send an all-civilian crew into space. The launch marks both a tremendous technological advancement and the first indication of an entirely new industry. As billionaires and corporations invest record levels of political and economic capital, what challenges will the US government and private industries face in the beckoning commercial space age? How will the burgeoning economy of private space exploration change the world around us? Join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for this discussion with panelists Michelle Larson, Bryan Bender, Sian Proctor, and Chris Sembroski.
Please join the Atlantic Council for a virtual discussion featuring Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI-3) and Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-7) in conversation with Just Security‘s Tess Bridgeman about the effort to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF). For the first time in a generation, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers has joined together to reclaim Congress’s authority to wage war. Why is now the time to repeal the AUMFs? How does the end of the war in Afghanistan influence the process to do so? And should the AUMFs just be repealed or should they be replaced with new legislation?
Making up two of the five principal countries involved on the International Space Station, the United States and Japan continue to directly work together on exploring the final frontier. This program, led by several esteemed speakers from across the U.S. and Japan, will dive deep into the evolving landscape of historic and startup space industries, the business factors playing into current space exploration, the government policies affecting space regulations, and the benefits of U.S.-Japan joint research. Join the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth for this event including panelists Michael Fletcher, Masayasu Ishida, Masami Onoda, Dr. Saadia Pekkanen, and Tomoko Hosaka Mullaney.
For what purposes should the United States be prepared to fight, and how should U.S. forces be readied to fight such wars? As the Biden administration prepares the next National Defense Strategy, these are vitally important questions. For a discussion on these questions, please join The Heritage Foundation as they host a Elbridge A. Colby, co-Founder and Principal, Marathon Initiative, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and lead official for the 2018 National Defense Strategy. This conversation will be hosted by Thomas Spoehr, Director, Center for National Defense.