February at WorldBoston
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23rd Annual Int'l Business Forum & Networking Evening

Tuesday, February 28
at the offices 
of Morgan Lewis

This event attracts New England companies involved in international business. The evening features a global trade and economic outlook forum and a resource center with international trade associations and government agencies pre senting informative exhibits.

This year's theme is "The Impact of Moving Goods, People and Capital in the Global Economy."

WorldBoston Recommends

Science and Technology Advisors to Foreign Ministers Panel Discussion

Sunday, February 19
3:00 - 6:30 pm

The Fletcher School
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

 This dialogue among members of the Foreign Minister Science and Technology Advisor Network (FMSTAN) will consider capabilities and responsibilities of foreign ministries to address the accelerating number of issues at the interface of science, technology and innovation across as well as beyond national boundaries. 

The panel is co-convened by the Fletcher Science Diplomacy Club and American Association for the Advancement of Science Center for Science Diplomacy.

Dear Friends,

As the second month of the Trump administration begins, the WorldBoston community and international engagement are as relevant as ever. 

Coincidentally, February also marks the beginning of our programming year in Global Education, and an exceptionally busy time in Citizen Diplomacy.  

WorldBoston and the United Nations Association of Greater Boston will join forces on Thursday, February 16 for the 2017 Great Decisions kickoff as we  welcome Denise Garcia, Associate Professor at Northeastern University, and David Offensend, President and CEO of EDC, to discuss the future of the UN and global development. We look forward to hosting this timely discussion at the beautiful Seaport Hotel, followed by a special hosted networking session. (Due to extraordinary interest, we're at capacity for this event and have closed registration, but stay tuned for our next Great Decisions event next month!)

Next, don't miss our first 2017 Chat & Chowder on Tuesday, February 21. We're delighted to host Arthur Kroeber, China analyst, journalist, and consultant at Brookings-Tsinghua and Columbia University, on China in the Time of Trump. Arthur's somewhat unconventional insight on China's status will be invaluable at this time, plus, you can enjoy a trio of the Harvard Club's finest chowders. RSVP before February 19 -- no walk-ins permitted.

Several WorldBoston team members and I will spend the balance of this week in Washington at the annual meeting of our national citizen diplomacy network, and look forward to gaining insight on the future of international exchange. Here in Boston, we host an extraordinary 10 delegations this month. (See below for more.)

Finally, February is the time to register for Academic WorldQuest, our fun day-long high school international affairs competition. Don't miss the March 1 deadline. The winning team will earn a free trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national event!

We hope to see you soon!
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
Global Education Events
February 16 and 21

Great Decisions 

Sustainable Development: The UN and Beyond

Thursday, February 16

Denise Garcia
Associate Professor, Northeastern University

David Offensend
President & CEO, EDC

Co-Sponsored by the United Nations Association of Greater Boston

The Seaport Hotel
One Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210

This event is FREE thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Lowell Institute

Chat & Chowder

China in the Time of Trump

Tuesday, February 21

Arthur Kroeber
China analyst, journalist, consultant, Brookings-Tsinghua and Columbia University

Downtown Harvard Club
One Federal Street
Boston, MA 02210

$25 WorldBoston Members
$35 General Admission
No walk-ins will be admitted

Dinner Diplomacy Hosts!
Stay tuned for upcoming home hospitality opportunities in March - we will be sending out further information shortly.

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 upcoming international visitors:

Kazakhstan: Archives Technical Development
February 5-8

A group of visitors from Kazakhstan will examine the U.S. legal regulatory system regarding users' access to government information and explore the issues of document security as well as practices on compilation and document preservation.

Russia: New Media and Civil Rights
February 7-10

A group of journalists will learn about the use of new media and accountability in the government and private sector as well as the growing variety of new media and social networking outreach tools and the evolution of new media enterprises.
India: Linking Digital Policy to Cyber Crime Law Enforcement
February 11-15
These visitors will discuss joint efforts to support and link U.S. and Indian commercial interests in the
growing cybersecurity industry; and develop  partnerships for cyber-related scientific and academic research.

Switzerland: Think Tanks
February 15-18

Swiss visitors will examine ways in which think tanks in the U.S. operate and exchange best practices between one another. They will meet with the Institute for Resource and Security Studies among other independent research organizations.
Multi-Regional Project: Women in STEM
February 16-21

A group of women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field will come to attend the  American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference.

Philippines: Inclusive Higher Education
February 22-25

Educators from the Philippines will discuss inclusive higher education policies at various government and non-government institutions as well as local institutions 
and their goals 
surrounding the topic.

Serbia: Small Business and Entrepreneurship
February 22-25

Serbian entrepreneurs will compare how federal, state, and local government in the U.S. supports and promotes small and medium enterprise development and entrepreneurship, as well as the role of NGOs and trade associations in supporting entrepreneurship.
Ukraine: Best Practices in Inter-Country Adoption
February 22-25

Visitors from Ukraine will explore adoption services in the United States and the role of federal, state, and local government agencies in monitoring and regulating adoption, as well as meet with families who have adopted children from Ukraine.
Regional: ASEAN Community Engagement with Youth
February 23-28

Individuals from the member states of ASEAN will gain exposure federal, state, and local agencies involved in countering violent extremism   as well as an examination of the major policies  and practices governing these agencies.

Regional Project from Africa: Emerging Leaders - Newly Elected Officials
February 25-27
A group of newly elected leaders from African nations are coming to understand the current environment of the U.S. political system, as well as examine U.S. foreign and domestic policy topics and how they impact power transitions, government accountability, and interact with the press, local officials, and volunteers.
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. Launched 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 administers the IVLP. In doing so, the bureau enters cooperative agreements with National Program Agencies, 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 activities, and provide home hospitality for international visitors.

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