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September 2017

Great Decisions | Saudi Arabia in Transition

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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Featuring: Karen Eliott House Adjunct Sr. Fellow, Belfer Center at Harvard University; Former Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal RSVP here! As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to its drastic decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to bring new ideas and a new future to his country. These changes include focusing on younger generations and potentially bringing change to old customs, including allowing women to drive. During this transition of power and ideas, from one leader…

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Chat and Chowder | Gorbachev: His Life and Times

September 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
McDermott Will & Emery, 28 State St
Boston, MA 02109 United States
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Featuring: William Taubman Pulitzer Prize Winner, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College RSVP here! Gorbachev is the definitive biography of the Soviet Union's final leader, from the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Khrushchev. In 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev oversaw the collapse of one of the greatest superpowers in human history. This novel delves into everything that led up to that monumental moment, and paints a complicated portrait of the man at the center of it all. William Taubman explores the transformational life…

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October 2017

Chat and Chowder | Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crisis and the Fate of the West

October 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
McDermott Will & Emery, 28 State St
Boston, MA 02109 United States
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Featuring: William Drozdiak Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Former editor of the Washington Post RSVP here! How can the United States learn from crisis after crisis happening in Europe? The Eurozone is threatening to pull apart; Russia annexed Crimea and does all it can to interfere with Western elections across the world; Marine Le Pen's National Front won a record 34 percent of the French vote despite losing the position of prime minister; Europe is struggling to accommodate over two million refguees from conflicts…

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8th Annual Consuls Reception

October 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 31st Floor – Harborview Room, 600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210 United States
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Join us for our 8th Annual Consuls Reception! featuring keynote speaker Adm. James Stavridis Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO October 19, 2017 5:00-7:00 pm Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Harborview Room, 31st Floor 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210 Registration will be open soon - please check back later! WorldBoston’s annual Consuls Reception, in honor of the Consular Corps serving Boston and New England, is a landmark event in Boston’s international calendar.…

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November 2017

Chat and Chowder | Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA

November 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
McDermott Will & Emery, 28 State St
Boston, MA 02109 United States
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Featuring: Timothy Edgar Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute, Academic Director for Law and Policy at Brown University's Master of Cybersecurity Program RSVP now! In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked top secret documents detailing America's mass-surveillance network, and ever since people have asked themselves, "What can we do about this?" In Beyond Snowden, Timothy Edgar argues  that this mass-surveillance network poses a great threat to the privacy of everyone in the world, but that it can be run consistently with democratic values after serious…

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Great Decisions | Latin America’s Political Pendulum

November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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Featuring: Michael Shifter President, Inter-American Dialogue   The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. In the past, relations between the U.S. and various Latin American states have experienced cyclical ups and downs. Many states, however, appear to be moving toward more centrist forms of governments – with added opportunities for change in Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela – allowing the US to be able to foster improved relations with its neighbors to the south. With the ever…

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December 2017

Chat and Chowder | Rwandan Women Rising

December 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
McDermott Will & Emery, 28 State St
Boston, MA 02109 United States
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Featuring: Swanee Hunt Author, Founder of Inclusive Security, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School, Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria RSVP now! While the news of the Rwandan genocide has reached all across the globe, many are unaware of the role women played in the nation's recovery process. In her fourth book, Rwandan Women Rising, Swanee Hunt weaves together interviews with more than 90 women and men —heralded activists and unsung heroes alike—who overcame unfathomable brutality, unrecoverable loss, and unending…

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Great Decisions | Future of Europe

December 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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Featuring: Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS   The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years, and it now faces an uncertain future. Added to that, Europe finds itself in the throes of what has been termed “its worst political crisis since World War II,” facing problems of immigration, a newly aggressive Russia, the…

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