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Great Decisions Series
September 7
October 26
Terrorism and Politics in 2016

September 7
6:00 - 7:30
Suffolk University
Room: TBD

Erin O'Brien, Chair, Dept. of Political Science, UMass Boston

David Siddhartha Patel,
Research Fellow, Brandeis Crown Center for Middle East Studies

Cuba and the United States

October 26
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Suffolk University Law School, Fifth Floor
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108

Ambassador Paul Webster Hare, Former British Ambassador to Cuba

Great Decisions events are held from 6:00 - 7:30pm on the campus of Suffolk University. Admission is free thanks to the generous support of the Lowell Institute.

Dear Friends,

Citizen Diplomacy at WorldBoston in July rocked -- no other word for it -- with 80 visitors last month alone. Thank you to our professional resources for hosting these visitors in your workplaces, and to our dinner diplomats for having these visitors over for a meal!

This month we host five delegations from around the world. Afghan women will visit us to look at the promotion of women in peacekeeping. Then, young leaders from Europe and Eurasia will come to study youth engagement and leadership.

We are also pleased to announce our entire fall Chat & Chowder lineup with timely discussions on the American Presidency, U.S. Foreign Policy and entrepreneurship's role in promoting peace. View our full events calendar and reserve your spots today!

Be sure to save the date for our first two, equally timely, Great Decisions events of the academic year. On September 7 we'll discuss terrorism and politics in the 2016 presidential elections. Then on October 26 look at U.S.-Cuba relations with former British Ambassador to Cuba, Paul Webster Hare.

With these events we are also unveiling a new system for event registration. You can now register for events, renew your membership, and donate to WorldBoston without ever leaving our website. We are confident that this new system will be more efficient and easier for you to use. If you have questions or encounter technical difficulties, please contact Michael Pizziferri at

Finally, this month we say a fond farewell to Williams College intern  Rachel Clemens  and Colgate University intern Siena Frost. We welcome to our team Northeastern co-op Sydney Mokel while welcoming back Northeastern senior and Citizen Diplomacy Coordinator Emily Canner.  

We look forward to seeing you all soon. 

Mary Yntema
Chat & Chowder Dates Announced
September - December
September 20 
Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again
  • Featuring: Elaine Kamarck, Director, Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings Institution. RSVP
October 11
Peace Through Entrepreneurship: Investing in a Startup Culture for Peace and Development
  • Featuring: Steven Koltai, Former Senior Adviser for Entrepreneurship, U.S. State Department. RSVP
November 1
Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts about our Presidents
  • Featuring: Talmage Boston, Author and Historian. RSVP
December 7
To The Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect
  • Featuring: Mary Thompson-Jones, Director, Global Studies and International Relations Graduate Program, Northeastern University RSVP
Chat & Chowders are held at the Downtown Harvard Club of Boston from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Admission price is $17 for WorldBoston Members, $27 for General Admission and includes a trio of the Club's delicious chowder. 

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Georgian Wine Tasting with 
Ballets Russes
Tuesday, August 23
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mary Baker Eddy Library
200 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Reporters from The Christian Science Monitor  and PBS have dug deeply into an important story: trafficking of child labor in South Asia. What they've found reveals the challenges-and the opportunities-in combating this form of modern slavery. 

Register and view a full list of participants by visiting  the Mary Baker Eddy Libary's website .

Thursday, August 18
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Matter & Light Gallery
63 Thayer Street
Boston, MA 02118

Explore the viticulture of the country of Georgia, the Cradle of Wine, where wine-making traditions go back more than 8000 years, and today there are over 500 distinct grape varietals still grown. Join us to taste through a tremendous lineup of diverse bottles of white, amber, rose, red, and dessert wine, from high quality producers using both European and traditional local methods. 

For more information and to register, visit the Ballets Russes event page.

Meet our recent and upcoming international visitors

Regional: Advancing Youth Engagement & Leadership
August 9-13

A group of eighteen representatives from all over Europe are coming to study youth engagement and leadership as a means of developing a civically engaged society. They will meet with many nonprofit organizations including City Year and More than Words, as well as the Public Conversations Project.
Afghanistan: Promoting Women's Participating in Peacekeeping
July 9-12

A delegation of four women are coming to examine the current and historical roles women have played in peace processes, and meet with organizations that promote gender equality and human rights. They will meet with members of Boston's government, academic leaders, and nonprofits.
Multi-Regional: Government Accountability
July 24-27

Nineteen delegates from as many countries will be landing in Boston to discuss our transparent and accountable institutions that are responsive to the needs of citizens. They will be meeting with MIT's GOV/LAB and Harvard University's Transparency Policy Project.

Uzbekistan: Legal Education
August 18-24

Five lawyers from Uzbekistan are arriving in Boston to learn about the U.S. Public Defenders system, as well as the relationship between prosecutors and defense attorneys. They also hope to share teaching experiences and curriculum with law professors, and to build relationships between Uzbek and American law schools.

Egypt: Higher Education
August 28-September 1

Five professors from Egypt will examine the U.S. system of higher education and explore topics such as distance learning policies and online education development. They will also tour many of Boston's universities, and meet with Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
The International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program and WorldBoston's main citizen diplomacy partner. Launced in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors' professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

The U.S. Department of State's bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs adminsters the IVLP. In doing so, the bureau enters cooperative agreements with National Program Agences, a group of private, not-for-profit organizations based in Washington, D.C., that design and implement national IVLP itineraries. In addition to the National Program Agencies, the IVLP relies on the commitment and skills of local community organizations across the U.S., known as Centers for International Visitors (CIVs). Under the professional association of Global Ties U.S., local CIV members develop professional programs, arrange cultural activies, and provide home hospitality for international visitors.

WorldBoston is part of the Global Ties Network of more than 90 CIVs in 45 states.