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The World in Flux: Commonwealth Perspectives

Wednesday, May 17
5:30 - 8:00 pm

Offices of Morgan Lewis
One Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110

Hear perspectives on trade with the U.S. and a changing global economy from Harriet Cross, Consul General, UK; David Alward, Consul General, Canada; Upendra Mishra, President, India-NE Business Council; and Simon Leeming, Consul, New Zealand

European Food Festival and Networking Night

Thursday, June 1
6:00 - 8:30 pm

Goethe Institut Boston,
170 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116

This popular professional networking event features fare from European countries (including Sweden, Germany, France, Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, and Holland) in the gorgeous ballroom of the Goethe-Institut Boston, a former Back Bay mansion. Join us for a summer evening on the terrace overlooking the Charles River or gather inside by the fireplaces with your international friends.
Dear Friends,

While Citizen Diplomacy work never stops at WorldBoston, in May we have a special wealth of Global Education events.

The May 10 installment of our Chat & Chowder series features The Dust of Kandahar, an unusual on-the-ground account of a "diplomat among warriors". Jonathan Addleton is an author, career diplomat, former U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, and recipient of numerous awards, from the U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service medal to the U.S. Foreign Service Christian Herter award for intellectual courage and constructive dissent.

May 12, take advantage of a special opportunity, co-presented with the American Council on Germany, a lunch discussion on  "Jordan: Preserving the Oasis of Stability".

Spend the day with WorldBoston on May 16!  Midday brings another timely special event, "The EU, Elections, and Anti-Semitism in Europe", co-presented with AJC New England.

But wait, there's more!  Watch your email, as we are working to add another special event at the end of May.

Update From The Office

At the end of April, we bid a fond farewell to Vieno Carter, former Northeastern Coop, who stayed on to manage this year's  Academic WorldQuest competition, with her trademark professionalism, smarts, enthusiasm, and humor.

Also in April, we welcomed Jeff LeClair to the WorldBoston board.  A Boston-area native, Jeff is Senior Vice President, Marketing, at Direxion Investments.

This month, it's a pleasure to note the promotion of Sarah Sibley to Director of Citizen Diplomacy Programs. Sarah oversees all our citizen diplomacy programs, including the IVLP. (Ask her if you need help hosting your group!) This fall, she will lead WorldBoston's participation in the high-level YLAI program, placing Latin American and Caribbean entrepreneurs in fellowships around Boston. Congratulations, Sarah!

We hope to see you soon.
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
Global Education Events
May 10th & 16th
Chat & Chowder 

"The Dust of Kandahar: A Diplomat Among Warriors in Afghanistan "

Tuesday, May 16th

Jonathan Addleton
Author, Diplomat,  Former U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia

McDermott Will & Emery
28 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

$15 WorldBoston Members
$25 General Admission

Great Decisions

"Petroleum and U.S. Foreign Policy"

Tuesday May 16th

Martin Durbin
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at the American Petroleum Institute

Mintz Levin
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111

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

Meet our upcoming international visitors:
A Regional Project for the Near East and North Africa on Community Policing
May 3-6

A delegation of international visitors from the Near East and North Africa region will examine community-oriented policing methods and engagement techniques adapted for countering violent extremism. During their visit, they will also examine partnerships among law enforcement and community leaders, researchers and other stakeholders.

A Project for Turkmenistan on High Tech Products and Achievement
May 10-13

A delegation from Turkmenistan, representing various Turkmen research institutions, will be looking at how scientific research and discovery in the field of clean energy and water technologies is transported into the practical realm. In particular, they will be examining how existing and new technologies can be applied within Turkmenistan for optimal economic progress and development.

A Multi-Regional Project: Economic Development & Tourism
May 18-21

A multi-regional group of more than 20 individuals will be exploring different tourism trends, examining strategies and policies to promote tourism locally, regionally and nationally, and assessing the link between tourism and economic development 

Read more about Citizen Diplomacy here!
Germany: Security in the Digital Age
May 24-27

An international visitor from Germany will be learning about the legal framework for privacy protections in the U.S at both the federal and state levels; examining how government, law enforcement & the private sector cooperate and share information to prevent cybersecurity crimes.  
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.