WorldBoston Recommends 9/26/22-9/30/22

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

SPECIAL EVENT: The Role of the U.S. Air Force

In-Person Event

Wednesday, September 28th

5:30 – 7:00 PM ET

Join us for an intimate discussion with Major General Jeannie M. Leavitt, the United States' first female fighter pilot and combat fighter wing commander, with expert moderator USAF Lt. General (Ret.) and Pardee School professor Jack Weinstein. Do you follow national security, technology advances in defense, the strategic role of the Air Force, or innovations in leadership? This is a great opportunity to hear firsthand insights in an informal environment, and to engage with other globally-minded participants over light dinner. Student tickets are only $10!


Great Decisions with Kevin Rudd | The Quad Alliance

Thursday, September 29th

5:00 – 6:00 PM ET

As part of the U.S. pivot to Asia, the United States has been in dialogue with Japan, Australia, and India in an effort to contain China. This strengthening of ties, known as the Quad alliance, comes at a time when the relationship between the U.S. and China is becoming increasingly more fraught. Given a host of complex factors, how effective will the actions of the Quad alliance be in countering China?

Join us virtually for this discussion, when we host The Honorable Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society and former Prime Minister of Australia. 


World Order, Challenges, Transition, Chaos? Western and Global Perspectives on Conflict in Ukraine

Monday, September 26th

1:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Join the World Affairs Council of Austin in collaboration with St. Edward's University as it hosts a panel of international experts representing Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, China, India and the United States to discuss the sources and consequences of the current conflict, risks of further escalation of hostilities, prospects for diplomatic settlement, and the future of the world order and global security architecture.


Rethinking Asian Development and Democracy

Monday, September 26th

4:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Join the American Enterprise Institute as it features Dan Slater and Joseph Wong for a conversation with Kori Schake on their latest book, From Development to Democracy: The Transformations of Modern Asia. By presenting different case studies, they will discuss what factors have made democracies succeed or fail in modern Asia, and what the best ways to create sustainable democratic systems in the region are.


Europe’s Security Landscape with Finland's Director General for Defense Policy

Hybrid Event

Tuesday, September 27th

2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Join the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School for a seminar on the current European security landscape with Janne Kuusela, Defense Policy Director of Finland. Mr. Kuusela will discuss Finland’s recent NATO bid, security challenges for Northern Europe, the future of European defense cooperation, and implications for the transatlantic relationship. Professor Eric Rosenbach, will moderate the discussion.


One Year After Withdrawal: Update on Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 27th

4:00 – 5:15 PM ET

Join the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) as it hosts a panel of experts featuring General David Petraeus, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Dr. Nilofar Sakhi, and more, to discuss developments in Afghanistan since America’s withdrawal and how the U.S. should manage continuing challenges in the country, including the ongoing humanitarian crisis, deteriorating human rights—especially for women and girls—and continued terrorist threats.


US-China Relations Through the Lens of Technology Competition

Friday, September 30th

9:00 – 10:15 AM ET

Join the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution as it hosts White House Senior Director for Technology and National Security Tarun Chhabra to discuss the recently passed CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, aimed at revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, jobs, and supply chains, and what effect it will have in the technological race between the United States and China.


Public Health in an Era of Disinformation with UN Under Secretary General

Hybrid Event

Friday, September 30th

2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Join the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy & Research at Boston University as it hosts UN Under Secretary General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming for a conversation about the evolving role of mis- and disinformation in the context of public health communications, including its role in pandemic preparedness and response.


Have you taken our What in the World? quiz yet this week?

Test your international affairs knowledge! Check @WorldBoston on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every Monday, or email Natalie Mase to receive the quiz by email every week.

For last week's high scores and more information visit our website here.


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.

The State of the State Department & Public Diplomacy with Stacy E. White, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Professional and Cultural Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Farah Pandith, Fellow of the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center.


Great Decisions on Drug Policy in Latin America, featuring Dr. Evan Ellis, Research Professor of Latin American Studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute.

Great Decisions on Russia and the U.S. featuring Dr. Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

Great Decisions on Changing Demographics, featuring Dr. Jennifer D. Sciubba, Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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