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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Richards Auditorium, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH


    Local Connections, National Reflections


    7 PM

    Free & Open to the Public

    Featuring a live webcast program with Susan E. Rice and in-person remarks from Dr. Lyle Goldstein Associate Professor, China Maritime Studies Institute, US Naval War College.



    CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving 50 cities throughout the United States

    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Dining Center Banquet Hall, Southern NH University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03106



    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. The discussion will be moderated by Fred Kocher, host of "NH Business with Fred Kocher" on WMUR.

     New Hampshire's top 10 export markets, as of April 2017: China, Canada , Mexico, Japan, Germany , Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands.

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

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

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

    AT THE DOOR- all tickets $35







    Charles & Barbara Bickford; Joan & Alan Reische; Jack & Carol Resch; Steve Solomon; Virginia & Joe Szymanowski


     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). 

    • Monday, November 13, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester 03104


    A three-part series looking at global issues from a local level




    Mexico provides more than 90 percent of America’s heroin. As an addiction epidemic ravages New Hampshire, communities across the border have also paid a price as violence soars. How has U.S. foreign policy in Latin America impacted drug trade? How can both countries work together to combat the crisis? Luis Jiménez, an expert on Latin American politics, will address these issues and more. NH link: The Granite State recently ranked #2 in the nation for opioid-related deaths relative to its population and #1 for fentanyl-related deaths per capita.

    Location: Multi-purpose Room, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street (Pandora Mill), Manchester. Directions & Parking Info Here

    Free & Open to the Public. Advance registration requested online or by phone: 603.314.7970. 

    Presented in partnership with UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs


    Luis Jiménez is an Assistant Professor of the Political Science department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His main research interests are Latin American politics and social remittances, particularly the way that immigrant networks spread ideas about democracy to their home countries. Currently he's working on a book that explores the impact of immigrants in the internal politics of Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador. He has published in PS: Political Science and Politics and in Social Science Quarterly.

    Before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston, professor Jiménez taught at Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts for three years.  He received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2008. He is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico.

    • Sunday, March 11, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Southern NH University; 2500 N. River Rd. Manchester, NH 03106

    Register your team and pay the competition fee ($50 per team).

    More information at Academic WorldQuest homepage.


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