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Academic WorldQuest
Saturday, April 1
Bridgewater University

Academic WorldQuest is a global knowledge high school competition that has become a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America.

Register your high school team now to show what they know and compete for the chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C.!

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Understanding the Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, December 6
6:30 - 8:30 pm

TripAdvisor Headquarters
400 1st Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

 Join an expert panel discussion to learn about the global refugee crisis, on-the-ground efforts and how NGOs, corporations, government and local communities can unite to take action towards resettlement.

Hosted by New England International Donors, The TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation, The Philanthropic Initiative, and the Boston Foundation. 

Dear Friends,

What difference does a new Secretary of State -- not to mention our new President -- make to diplomacy? How will our diplomats change or continue their work?  And by the way, what does Trump need to know about China's highly-controversial presence in the South China Sea?

WorldBoston is here to engage with these critical topics right now, as we prepare the last 2016 installments  in our Chat & Chowder and Great Decisions series.

Join us Wednesday, December 7th from 5:30 to 7 pm for a timely Chat & Chowder with Mary Thompson-Jones, the Director of Northeastern's Global Studies and International Relations Graduate Program,  discussing her new book, To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect . A career Foreign Service officer, Mary will help us assess and demystify the practice and the future of U.S. diplomacy in the age of WikiLeaks.

Tension in the South China Sea requires sustained attention and deep expertise. On Thursday, December 8, we can benefit from both with Peter Dutton, Director of the China Maritime Studies Institute of the U.S. Naval War College, as our final Great Decisions lecturer of the year. 

This month we are also delighted to host three large IVLP delegations: youth engagement experts from El Salvador, entrepreneurs from India and Pakistan, and legal experts from Romania. WorldBoston is seeking home hospitality hosts for the Romanian group. (See below.)  Please consider this opportunity for citizen diplomacy -- and for sharing some of your household's seasonal cheer! 

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
Global Education Events
December 7 and 8

Chat & Chowder

Great Decisions
To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect

Wednesday, December 7

Mary Thompson-Jones, Director, Global Studies and International Relations Graduate Program, Northeastern University

Downtown Harvard Club
1 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02210

$17 WorldBoston Members
$27 General Admission

China's Naval Expansion: The Pacific and Beyond

 Thursday, December 8

Peter Dutton, Director, China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval College

Suffolk University Law School, Fifth Floor 
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108


Dinner Diplomacy Hosts Needed!
WorldBoston is thrilled to be hosting an upcoming delegation from Romania focused on Judicial Reform. They are available for home hospitality on the evening of 

Friday, December 9th

10 Guests
(Will be split into groups as needed.)

Home hospitality involves hosting international visitors for dinner in your home (not an overnight stay) and offers a unique chance for visitors to understand the culture of our community.

If you are interested, please contact  Sarah Sibley via email or at 617-542-8995.

Meet our recent and upcoming international visitors

Romania: U.S. Judicial System
December 8-10

Ten attorneys and judges will join us to learn best practices to manage efficient courts and to identify, resolve, and prosecute financial crime.

El Salvador: Supporting At-Risk Youth
December 8-10

A variety of educators and non-profit leaders will arrive to examine ways to prevent the spread of gang violence through school and community-based programs. Their program will include meetings with BPD and other critical community partners.
Regional: Managing Start-Up Incubators For Growth
December 11-14

A group of Indian and Pakistani entrepreneurs will apply their knowledge to grow start-up efforts in emerging economies and promote women's empowerment as a an economic development strategy. 
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.