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Upcoming events

    • Sunday, May 07, 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801

    World Affairs at the Library

    The Birth of American Empire with author Stephen Kinzer

    Sunday, May 7 at 12:30 PM 

    (Library opens at noon for program attendees)

    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.



    Fellow in International and Public Affairs at Brown University's Watson Institute, Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent whose articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him "among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling."

    Kinzer spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, most of it as a foreign correspondent. He was the Times bureau chief in Nicaragua during the 1980s, and in Germany during the early 1990s. In 1996 he was named chief of the newly opened Times bureau in Istanbul. Later he was appointed national culture correspondent, based in Chicago.

    Since leaving the Times, Kinzer has taught journalism, political science, and international relations at Northwestern University and Boston University. He has written books about Central America, Rwanda, Turkey, and Iran, as well as others that trace the history of American foreign policy. He writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe.

    His brand new book is The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American EmpireHe was recently interviewed about this book and more on NPR's Fresh Air.

    • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Red River Theatres, 11 S Main St, Concord, NH 03301
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    Jim: The James Foley Story
    Tuesday, May 16 at 7 PM
    Red River Theatres, Concord

    Join us to watch the story of James Foley, a New Hampshire native and international journalist who was the first American murdered by ISIS in Syria in 2012. Post-film discussion will feature Diane Foley, Jim's mother, and President of the James Foley Legacy Foundation, hosted by Dr. Katrina Lantos-Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation.

    Advance registration required online or by phone at 603.314.7970; $10 suggested donation





    A look at the life of journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 and became the first American citizen to be killed by the terrorist group ISIS. Friends, family, and professional colleagues share their recollections of him in this documentary. Directed by Brian Oakes, who was a childhood friend of Foley's. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

    1 hour, 40 minutes.



    The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation is a registered nonprofit foundation, that supports work in three key areas that were important to Jim’s life: American hostage freedom, protection of independent conflict journalists, and education of the public and university students regarding these silent crises.

    • Monday, May 22, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Dining Center, Southern NH University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03104

    MONDAY, MAY 22


    Masha Gessen, a Russian and American journalist, is the author of the bestselling book, "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin." An outspoken activist, Masha undergoes great risk to write truthfully about human rights violations, LGBTQ issues, and the current cultural and political climate in Russia. There is simply no one else brave enough to tell her astonishing story. 

    Dining Center, Southern NH University
    2500 N. River Road, Manchester 03106

    Reception: 5 PM (Cash bar & Hors d'oeuvres)
    Program: 6 PM
    * Presentation of Global Leadership Award to Ambassador Richard Swett FAIA, Co-Founder and CEO of Climate Prosperity Enterprise Solutions and former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark & Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

    *Recognition of NH Academic WorldQuest champions from Milford High School
    * Keynote: Masha Gessen
    *Q&A: Moderated by Fred Kocher, host of NH Business on WMUR
    Plus: Book signing following the program!

    Tickets: $50/Member; $60/Not-yet-member
    $150/Patron (includes private dinner)

    All proceeds benefit the critical work of the World Affairs Council of NH to promote global education and understanding; portion of ticket price is tax-deductible.


      St. Paul's School

    Charles Bickford; Sarah Demers; Carolyn & Philip Hollman; Karen Erickson; Ruth Kleinfeld; Anne Milne; Kathryn & Jim Muirhead; Joan & Alan Reische; Jack & Carol Resch; Carolyn & Stewart Richmond; David & Missie Schroeder; Steve Solomon; Andrew Supplee; Virginia & Joe Szymanowski


    Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of many books, including Perfect RigorBlood MattersEster and RuzyaWords Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, and most recently, Where the Jews Aren’t: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region. Her next book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia will be published this fall.

    As a journalist living in Moscow, Gessen experienced the rise of Vladimir Putin firsthand. In her 2012 bestselling book The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, she gave the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

    Gessen regularly contributes to The New York TimesThe New Yorker, The Washington PostHarper’sThe New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and Slate, among other publications. She lives in New York.

    For more information on Masha Gessen, please visit www.prhspeakers.comPhoto: Tanya Sazansky


    Ambassador Richard Swett is Co-Founder and CEO of Climate Prosperity Enterprise Solutions, which is currently working with local partners in emerging economies in Ukraine and Africa along with international funding sources to develop tens of thousands of acres of fertile agricultural land as well as power from solar  and other renewable sources. These micro grid sustainable economies are based on a successful model employing ownership from the ground up. This approach was first used successfully in the  Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act . As an alternative energy entrepreneur, Swett has also built biomass power plants in New England and advocates for responsible climate change solutions as a member of the NH Clean Tech Council. Swett served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995 and U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from 1998 to 2001. During his service in Congress, Mr. Swett was a leading member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and brought a delegation of European Parliamentarians and US members of Congress to New Hampshire for their annual summit. During his service as the Ambassador to Denmark, he continued his focus on human rights, sponsoring major initiatives dealing with the problem of human trafficking in Europe. Ambassador Swett serves on the boards of several international organizations including the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, APCO Worldwide, the Norwegian Abildsø and Middle East Peace Foundation. Ambassador Swett is also part of a team working on innovative CVE ( Countering Violent Extremism) initiatives that will engage ISIS defectors in reaching out to would-be recruits through an innovative counter-terrorism platform.  

    Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett serves as President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, established in 2008 in Concord to continue the legacy of her father, the late Congressman Tom Lantos. Under her leadership, The Lantos Foundation has rapidly become a distinguished and respected voice on key human rights concerns. Dr. Lantos Swett is the former Chair and Vice-Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and teaches Human Rights and American Foreign Policy at Tufts University. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and the Budapest-based Tom Lantos Institute. Dr. Lantos Swett also serves on the Advisory Board of UN Watch, the annual Anne Frank Award and Lecture, and The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy. Lantos Swett earned a Political Science degree from Yale University, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a PhD in History from The University of Southern Denmark.


    • 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.

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