TOWN HALL: What should America do in the Middle East?

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Walker Auditorium, Frost Hall, SNHU, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03106

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TOWN HALL: AMERICAN POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST UNDER THE NEW ADMINISTRATION

A CONVERSATION WITH DR. JESSICA T. MATHEWS, AMBASSADOR JIM SMITH, COLONEL WIL ZEMP & YOU!

Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire for a special program on the challenges facing President Donald Trump and his administration in the Middle East, including ISIS, the conflict in Syria and the future of the Iran nuclear deal. What comes next for the U.S. and its allies in the world's most troubled region? Moderated by Grant Bosse, Editor of the Union Leader's editorial page.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Registration: 5 PM; Program: 5:30 PM; Reception to follow program

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUESTED

Walker Auditorium, Frost Hall, Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03106

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A Program of the World Affairs Councils of America

ABOUT DR. JESSICA TUCHMAN MATHEWS

Jessica Tuchman Mathews is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  She served as Carnegie’s president for 18 years.  Before her appointment in 1997, her career included posts in both the executive and legislative branches of government, in management and research in the nonprofit arena, and in journalism and science policy.  She was director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington program and a senior fellow from 1994 to 1997. While there she published her seminal 1997 Foreign Affairs article, “Power Shift,” chosen by the editors as one of the most influential in the journal’s seventy-five years. 

 She holds a PhD in molecular biology from the California Institute of Technology and graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College.

ABOUT AMBASSADOR JIM SMITH

James B. Smith is currently the Executive Vice-President and Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics at SNHU. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under President Barack Obama. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Smith had served in a variety of executive positions with Raytheon Company involving corporate strategic planning, aircraft manufacturing, and international business development. 

Ambassador Smith was a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy’s Class of 1974 and received the Richard I. Bong award as the Outstanding Cadet in Military History. He received his Masters in History from Indiana University in 1975, and is also a distinguished graduate from the Naval War College, the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.

A native of Brooks, Georgia, Ambassador Smith is a resident of Salem, New Hampshire and is married to Dr. Janet Breslin-Smith.  

ABOUT DR. WILLIAM ("WIL")  ZEMP, COLONEL, U.S. ARMY (RETIRED)

Wil Zemp is the Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff for Southern New Hampshire University, where he leads the strategy and innovation efforts focused on expanding access to education by creating high quality and innovative pathways to meet the unique needs of students.

Wil was formerly the Senior Policy Advisor to the Commander, International Security Forces –Afghanistan, and led Army and Joint units at various echelons of command. He has held leadership roles in the United States Army, the State Department, and the National Security Staff. Wil retired from the US Army as a Colonel in 2014, after serving a 25-year career in public service. With over ten years of Foreign Service, he has been operationally deployed to peacekeeping and security operations in Africa, the Caribbean, the Balkans, Russia and Vietnam. He has combat tours in Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Wil is a strategist, leadership coach and community leader. A three-time awardee of the Purple Heart, he has been recognized by congressional leaders for his advocacy on behalf of service members on the issues of traumatic brain injury and veteran education and employment opportunities. He serves on the board of two groups dedicated to supporting veterans: Veterans Count – Manchester and The Combat Wounded Coalition.


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