March 26             CHAT & CHOWDA Author Series:

                             Beyond Conflict




How do wars end? Why are some societies capable of peaceful political transitions while others descend into violence? Tim Phillips, Co-Founder of Beyond Conflict, shares inspiring examples and lessons learned from 20 years on the front lines of peace negotiations around the world. He relates stories of six transformative leaders from the world's most divided societies who stood up to dictatorship, sat down with their enemies and confronted their greatest fears to pave the way for lasting peace and reconciliation.

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April 8                      Israel-United States Relations

Professor Ilan Troen

                                          Director, Schusterman Center
                                          for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

                                Christopher Henzel

                                          Director, Office of Israel and Palestinian
                                          Affairs, U.S. Department of State





Throughout decades of conflict in the Middle East, the U.S. has provided unparalleled military and diplomatic support to Israel due to the two countries' shared interests and values. Yet these ties are being tested this year, as stalled peace talks and Iran's nuclear ambitions have put new strains on relations between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. How have common cultural values influenced the countries' 65-year-old "special relationship"? How is the U.S. balancing this commitment with its many interests in the region? Bring your questions to our next installment of Great Decisions!

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WhereBoston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon


Date: Tuesday, April 8


Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Cost: Free and open to the public!


WorldBoston's GREAT DECISIONS 2014 lecture and discussion series
is made possible by generous support from our grant funder:


All discussions on the following Tuesdays
at the Boston Public Library:

Turkey - February 11
Food & Climate - March 11
Israel-U.S. Relations
- April 8
Defense Technology - May 13


Stay tuned for Fall 2014 dates and topics!






Created by the Foreign Policy Association of New York (FPA), GREAT DECISIONS is the name of a briefing book and a program designed to engage citizens in learning about critical global issues and U.S. foreign policy.



Food Security and Climate Change (March 11)
Featured Panelists:

John M. Reilly, Ph.D.
Co-Director, MIT Joint Program on the
Science and Policy of Global Change

Calestous Juma, Ph.D.
Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project,
Harvard University

Turkey at the Crossroads (February 11)
Featured Panelists:

Mine Gencel Bek, Ph.D.
Professor of Journalism, Ankara University
Visiting Fulbright Professor, MIT

Lenore G. Martin, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science, Emmanuel College
Associate, Center for Middle Eastern Studies,
Harvard Univ.


Predicting Global Threats (December 10)

Amb. Daniel Benjamin

Former Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Dept. of State

Director, Center for International Understanding,

Dartmouth College

Foreign Policy Association Video

China in Africa (November 12)

Nzogu Kulya

Co-Founder, The Economic Forum for Africa
Managing Principal, KNZ Enterprises

Foreign Policy Association Video

Iran's Nuclear Challenge (Oct. 8)
Featured Panelists:

Ambassador William Luers

Director, The Iran Project

Paul R. Pillar

CIA Veteran and Middle East Expert

Jim Walsh, Ph.D.

Nuclear Security Expert, MIT

Foreign Policy Association Video

Humanitarian Intervention (September 10)

Michael Singh

Managing Director,

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Former Senior Director for Middle East Affairs,

National Security Council

Foreign Policy Association Video

Myanmar and Southeast Asia (May 14)
Featured Panelists:

Thomas Vallely, Director

Myanmar and Vietnam Programs,

Harvard Kennedy School

Myra Dahgaypaw

Human Rights Activist, Karen State

Coordinator, U.S. Campaign for Burma

Foreign Policy Association Video

Egypt (April 9)
Featured Panelists:

Darin Johnson, U.S. Department of State

Office of Middle East Transitions

Professor Melani Cammett, Brown University

Watson Institute for International Studies

Wafik Farag, Ph.D.

Global Strategy Expert -- American-Egyptian

Professor Ibrahim Warde, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Expert on Islamic Finance

Foreign Policy Association Video

NATO in the 21st Century (March 12)
Featured Panelists:

Lori Murray, Ph.D.

Distinguished National Security Chair,

U.S. Naval Academy
Henrik Larsen

Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
Danish Institute for International Studies
Lucas Kello, Ph.D.

Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
Former Consultant to the European Union

Foreign Policy Association Video


Future of the Euro (February 12)

Featured Panelists:


Michalis Psalidopoulos, Ph.D.

Karamanlis Chair in European Studies,

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Fabio Ghironi, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics, Boston College

Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research

Foreign Policy Association Video



State of the Oceans (December 11)

Featured Panelists:


Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones

Bureau of Oceans, International Environment, and Scientific Affairs

Scott Borgerson, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow, Institute for Global Maritime Studies

Susan K. Avery, Ph.D.

President and Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Foreign Policy Association Video


Indonesia (November 13)

Featured Panelists:


Elizabeth Osborn

Director, Indonesia Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Engelbertus Wendratama

Media Researcher and Journalist, Indonesia  
Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Emerson College

Foreign Policy Association Video


Exiting Iraq and Afghanistan (October 9)

Featured Panelists:


State Representative Harold Naughton, Jr. (D-Clinton)

Chairman, Massachusetts House Joint Committe on Public Safety  

    and Homeland Security

Major, U.S. Army Reserve

Mimi Gregory

Past President, Naples Council on World Affairs

Delegate, U.S. State Department Leadership Mission to Afghanistan

Roger Knight

Director of Veteran Outreach, Red Sox Foundation and

    Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program

Bronze Star Recipient, U.S. Army Special Forces (Afghanistan)

Foreign Policy Association Video


Energy Geopolitics (September 11)

Robert F. Cekuta, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State,

Energy Resources Bureau
Foreign Policy Association Video


Cybersecurity (May 8)

Ciaran Martin, Director of Security and Intelligence,
The Cabinet Office, United Kingdom
Foreign Policy Association Video


Mexico (April 10)

Consul General Daniel Hernandez Joseph,

Consulate General of Mexico in Boston
Foreign Policy Association Video


Promoting Democracy (March 13)

Marcia K. Wong, Director for Intergovernmental Affairs,
United States Institute of Peace

Foreign Policy Association Video


Arab Realignment (February 14)

Prof. Denis Sullivan, Director of the International Affairs Program and
The Middle East Center, Northeastern University

Karim Haggag,
Career diplomat in Egypt's Foreign Service with expertise
in Middle East regional security, arms control, and Arab-Israeli diplomacy

Foreign Policy Association Video


The Caucasus (December 6)

Monica Toft, Ph.D., Director, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs,

The Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

View the Great Decisions Fall Update


Global Governance (November 8)
Craig Murphy, Ph.D.
, Co-Director, Center for Governance and

Sustainability, The McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston

View the Great Decisions Fall Update


Banks, Governments, and Debt Crises (October 11)
Charles Kane, Senior Lecturer in Finance, The MIT Sloan School of Management; Board of Directors, One Laptop Per Child
View the Great Decisions Fall Update


Horn of Africa (September 13)
Ambassador Charles Stith, Director of the African Presidential Archives

and Research Center, Boston University; Former Ambassador to Tanzania
View the Great Decisions Fall Update


National Security After Bin Laden (May 10)
Kelly Greenhill, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Relations,

Tufts University; Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center

Foreign Policy Association Video


Germany Ascendant (April 12)
Paul Vallet, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, The Fletcher School,
Tufts University; Adjunct Faculty, Sciences-Po (Paris)
Foreign Policy Association Video


Rebuilding Haiti (March 8)
Pierre Cremieux, Ph.D., President, Community Health International
Foreign Policy Association Video


Sanctions and Nonproliferation (February 8)
Jim Walsh, Ph.D., Research Associate, Security Studies Program,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Foreign Policy Association Video



Academic WorldQuest


April 5, 2014: WorldBoston's 7th Annual Competition

What is it? A fun, friendly, and powerful way for high school students to learn about international affairs.  Academic WorldQuest tests students' global knowledge.  It's a flagship education program of the World Affairs Councils of America. And WorldBoston will host our 7th Annual Academic WorldQuest competition this Spring!
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Contact us today to learn about registering your high school team for this year's contest, and the chance to represent Eastern Massachusetts at the national competition in Washington, D.C.!

The Study Guide for the 2013-2014 National Academic WorldQuest is available here.

The National Competition will take place Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Georgetown University.

2013-2014 AWQ Study Topics: 


U.S. Energy Policy

Global Economic Realignment

Middle East 

Global Environmental Issues

U.S. Education

UN Millennium Goals:
Eradicating Extreme Poverty & Hunger

Global Health

Current Events

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