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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, June 07, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801

    World Affairs at the Library

    International Diplomacy with Dr. Mary Thompson-Jones, author of To The Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect

    Wednesday, June 7 at 7 PM 

    Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library

    Free and open to the public; Advance registration requested online or call 603.314.7970; Books for sale following program

    This program is co-sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library.



    Mary Thompson-Jones is a faculty member and the faculty director of the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations program and Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University. Her research interests include international diplomacy, the intersection of cultural diplomacy and international higher education, and U.S. foreign policy in the geographic regions of Europe and Latin America.

    Previously, Dr. Thompson-Jones was a career diplomat and foreign policy practitioner with 23 years of experience in the U.S. Department of State. She served in embassies and consulates in Madrid, Prague, Quebec, Guatemala, Sarajevo, and in Washington, D.C. Dr. Thompson-Jones attained the rank of minister counselor while serving as chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, where her portfolio included missile defense negotiations, the Czech entry into the visa waiver system, and the Czech presidency of the European Union. She oversaw two visits from President Barack Obama, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, several cabinet secretaries, and numerous congressional delegations. In other overseas postings, she was a counselor for public diplomacy who orchestrated embassy work on media outreach programs and academic exchange programs. Dr. Thompson-Jones also served as the State Department’s Diplomat in Residence for the New England region, and she was the former dean of International Graduate Programs at Endicott College.

    Authored To The Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect (2016).

    • Monday, June 12, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Academic Center, SNHU, 2500 North River Rd. Manchester 03106

    MONDAY, JUNE 12 at 5:30 PM


    Join us for the Council's Annual Meeting & BBQ to celebrate another banner year! 

    Academic Center, SNHU (see map below)
    2500 N. River Road, Manchester

    5 PM - Registration & Networking (Cash Bar)

    5:30 PM- Annual Meeting- FREE!
    *Only WACNH dues-paying members are eligible to vote but all are welcome; Agenda TBA*

    6 PM- BBQ & socializing on patio! (With dinner ticket)

    The Annual Meeting is free and open to the public; dinner tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-yet-members.

    Dinner Menu:
    BBQ chicken and beef tips, baked beans, corn on the cob, watermelon, pasta and potato salad, corn bread and apple crisp.
    • Thursday, June 15, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress Street, Portsmouth NH 03801
    Manal al-Sharif


    Manal al-Sharif

    “Future generations will marvel at Manal al-Sharif, whose voice is laden with quiet dignity even at its most urgent. Her gripping account of homegrown courage will speak to the fighter in all of us. Books like this one can change the world.”—Deborah Feldman, New York Times bestselling author of Unorthodox

    Providing a rare glimpse into the day-to-day life of the typical Saudi woman, Manal tells the remarkable story of how she became the accidental leader of the Women2Drive movement; and brought global attention to her country’s tyrannical male guardianship system and its oppression of women.

    Presented by The Music Hall in affiliation with the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation and World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.



    Manal al-Sharif is one of the most eminent voices of the Women’s Rights movement in the Middle East. Speaking from her own experiences and fearless attempts to break through taboos, she offers an enlightening look at the current state of women in Saudi society. In 2012, she was awarded the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent at the Oslo Freedom Forum. TIME has named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and the United Nations Human Rights has hailed her as “A Driving Force for Change”.



    Veris Wealth Partners

    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Dining Center Banquet Hall, Southern NH University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03106


    World in Transition: The Future of International Trade

    Tuesday, September 26 @ SNHU


    President, National Foreign Trade Council

    & PANEL DISCUSSION        

    International trade is a critical piece of New Hampshire's economic success: exports of New Hampshire products topped $4 billion last year and trade supports nearly 25% of the state's jobs. How will the current political climate impact free and fair trade? Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, President of the National Foreign Trade Council, will outline the benefits of an open, rules-based world economy and the impact of international trade on businesses, government and  communities. A panel of local business leaders will then discuss how the state and region can be best positioned to thrive in today's global economy.

    Dining Center, Southern NH University2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03106

    5:30 PM- Reception; 6:30 PM- Program

    Tickets: $25/Council Member; $35/Not-yet-member; SNHU students free (with advance registration)




     Ambassador Rufus Yerxa became President of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) in May 2016. As president, he oversees NFTC’s efforts in favor of a more open, rules based world economy, focusing on key issues to U.S. competitiveness such as international trade and tax policy, economic sanctions, export finance and human resource management. He has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer, diplomat, U.S. trade negotiator and international official. He has been in key policymaking and management roles in Congress, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and also spent several years in private law practice and the corporate world. As Deputy Director General of the WTO from 2002 to 2013 he helped to broaden its membership and strengthen its role as the principal rules-based institution governing world trade. Prior to this, from 1989 to 1995, he served as Deputy USTR under both a Republican and a Democratic President, first as the Geneva-based Ambassador to the GATT (the predecessor organization to the WTO) and subsequently as the Washington Deputy. Earlier in his government career (1981 to 1989) he was with the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Trade. He began his government career as a legal advisor with the U.S. International Trade Commission. After leaving government service in 1995 and prior to joining the WTO he spent five years in the private sector, first as the Brussels-based partner with a major U.S. law firm and later as European general counsel for a Fortune 500 company. Rufus is a native of Washington State. He received his BA in political science from the University of Washington (1973), his JD from Seattle University School of Law (1976) and an LLB in international Law from the University of Cambridge in England (1977). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and is also a Visiting Professor with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). 

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