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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801


    WORLD AFFAIRS @ THE LIBRARY

    Trust, Travel Bans, and Homeland Security: Counter-terrorism Today


    JAMES FOREST

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 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.

           

    ABOUT JAMES J.F. FOREST

    James J.F. Forest, Ph.D., is an professor and director of the Security Studies graduate degree program at UMass Lowell. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and contemporary security studies, and directs the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies. He is also a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University, where he conducts research, some of which is classified, on emerging terrorist threats, insurgencies, transnational criminal networks and U.S. Special Forces training.

    Forest is the former director of Terrorism Studies at the United States Military Academy where he taught a variety of courses and directed research initiatives and education programs for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, covering topics such as terrorist recruitment, training, and organizational knowledge transfer. He has testified before Congressional hearings, served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases and has been interviewed by many television, newspaper and radio journalists in the U.S. and other countries. 

    He was selected by the Center for American Progress and Foreign Policy as one of “America’s most esteemed terrorism and national security experts” and participated in its annual Terrorism Index studies 2006 to 2011.

    He has published 18 books and dozens of articles in journals such as the Terrorism and Political Violence, Crime and Delinquency, Perspectives on Terrorism, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Contemporary Security Policy, the Journal of Political Science Education, and Democracy and Security. 

    • Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester 03104

     THINK GLOBALLY & ACT LOCALLY

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

    TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

      

    ELMIRA BAYRASLI

    Elmira Bayrasli will speak about how hardship and marginalization may prove to be even greater "mothers of invention" in the 21st century than First World social and economic privilege. She is the author of, From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, which will be on sale courtesy of Gibson's Bookstore. This special program is part of "Welcoming Week" in Manchester.

    *NH LINK: Did you know nearly 8 percent of the state's business owners are foreign-born and $252 million in net business income is generated by immigrant businesses? LEARN MORE about NH's new Americans and the U.S. immigration debate.

    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 and UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs

    ABOUT ELMIRA BAYASLI

    Elmira Bayrasli works on entrepreneurship, global development, and foreign policy. She is the cofounder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and a lecturer at New York University. Bayrasli began her career at the State Department as an assistant to Madeleine Albright. From 2002 to 2005, she lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where she was the chief spokeperson for the OSCE Mission. In 20016, Bayrasli joined Endeavor, a New York-based organization that supports global entrepreneurs. In 2011, she founded the World Policy Institute's Global Entrepreneurial Project. Bayrasli has written for Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and the New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    • Tuesday, October 03, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Orr & Reno, 45 S. Main Street, Concord NH 03301

    Join us for another exciting 
    Global Networking Event!

    Tuesday, October 3
    5:30 - 7 PM
    Orr & Reno
    45 S. Main Street, Concord 03301

    Meet our special guests: young professionals from across Europe working in politics and government! These emerging leaders will be visiting our state- through the U.S. State Department's International Visitors Leadership Program- from countries including 
    Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

    This is a great opportunity to: 
    * meet inspiring international leaders and learn about their home countries;
    * gain new perspectives on your community;
    * broaden your global and local network!

    This event is FREE and open to the public!
    Advance registration encouraged.
    Refreshments will be served.

    SPONSORED BY:


    • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester 03104

     THINK GLOBALLY & ACT LOCALLY

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

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17

       

    LISA PALMER

    Journalist Lisa Palmer has traveled the world documenting the cutting-edge innovations of people on the front lines of fighting the food gap. She will share the story of the epic journey to solve the imperfect relationship between two of our planet’s greatest challenges: climate change and global hunger, as chronicled in her new book, Hut, Hungry Planet. NH link: Did you know our state’s farms have been increasing (including a big rise in young farmers) and 30% of agricultural sales to the public come from local farms? But, a longer growing season due to climate change could mean higher heat stress and new pressure from invasive weeds and pests.

    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 and UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs

    ABOUT LISA PALMER

    LISA PALMER is a journalist and research fellow who has documented the science, environment, and social challenges of a changing global environment for over 17 years. Palmer is presently a resident senior fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, Maryland. Previously, she was a public policy scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and is one of the few journalists globally to achieve this prestigious distinction. She lives in Maryland.

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

    SAVE THE DATE:

    CHINA TOWN HALL

    Local Connections, National Reflections

     UNH Durham

    7 PM

    Free & Open to the Public

      

    Featuring a local speaker, following a live webcast program with Susan E. Rice. 

    DETAILS TBA!

    PRESENTED BY:


    SPONSORED BY:

    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.

     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

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

    PRESENTED BY:

         

    SPONSORED BY:


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

     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

     THINK GLOBALLY & ACT LOCALLY

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

    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13

      

    LUIS JIMÉNEZ

    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

    ABOUT LUIS JIMÉNEZ

    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.


 

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