Council Announces Academic WorldQuest Keynote Speaker & Presenting Sponsors
Registration Now Open!
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is proud to announce that Dylan Mahalingam - philanthropist, activist and social entrepreneur - will be the keynote speaker for this year's 3rd annual NH Academic WorldQuest competition. Dylan is best know for founding Lil' MDG's, a global non-profit organization at the age of 9. We are also excited to announce our two presenting sponsors - Pax World and McLane Middleton- and thank these companies for their incredible support! Registration for Academic WorldQuest competition is now open! This team competition tests high school students' knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. If you know any high school teachers or students, please let them know about this unique and exciting opportunity to expand their global knowledge in a fun yet competitive atmosphere. The competition will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Southern New Hampshire University. Team registration is due by February 12.
THANK YOU ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST SPONSORS!
MORE INFORMATION HERE!
New Hampshire Volunteers Visit Estonia to Exchange Ideas with Former International Visitors
When the topic of refugee resettlement comes up, Estonia isn't the first place that comes to mind. However, with the mass influx of refugees to the continent, Estonia, along with the European Union, has agreed to accept some international refugees into their region. With this in mind, a group of 10 Estonians visited New Hampshire last year through the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to learn about integrating refugees into schools and communities.
During their time in New Hampshire, the group found two of the meetings particularly useful and wanted to further the discussions on these programs back home. This past October, they invited Jodi Harper of the Granite State United Way's BRING IT program (above, right) and Anna-Marie DiPasquale (above, left), Concord High School’s Social Worker, to speak at a conference on refugee resettlement in Estonia. While both Jodi and Anna-Marie were extremely busy, they took this “opportunity of a lifetime” to visit another country and share their expertise in the field. Their schedule in Estonia provided several opportunities for them to engage with local people and explain how things are done in New Hampshire.
Following their presentations, Jodi and Anna-Marie both noticed that some were resistant to implementing their suggested changes, but that conversations started to bring people around to the ideas. Also, they helped the Estonian participants to think things through on issues the US just takes for granted, such as multiple menu choices at school lunch to accommodate dietary restrictions, and using the term "New Estonians" rather than refugees.
In the end, both Jodi and Anna-Marie loved this experience and hope to encounter more opportunities to be Citizen Diplomats. Not only did this trip benefit the people of Estonia, but both of them now have a wider world view, as well as many students at Concord High School who now feel more empowered than ever. Read the full recap on our blog or check out this article from the Concord Monitor.
Former Council Team Members Recognized
Aseeb Niazi (left), former Council Intern and Program Manager, was recently selected as a Rangel Fellow. The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is a unique program that promotes greater diversity and excellence in the U.S. Foreign Service. The program was named to honor Congressman Rangel for his longstanding and vocal support for showing the world the diversity that is the strength of America, as well as his example of global leadership.
The Rangel Program offers thirty graduate fellowships to outstanding seniors and college graduates who want to join the Foreign Service. These fellowships help finance two-year graduate programs, provide paid internships and other professional development activities, and facilitate entry into the Foreign Service for individuals who are able to complete the Foreign Service entry requirements. Congratulations, Aseeb!
Kristine Adams (right), our 2016 Spring intern and recent graduate of St. Anselm College, was selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program through Global Ties U.S. Participants in this program are invited to participate in the 2017 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting (Washington D.C.) to be held in February, as well as take part in specially designed programs to advance their professional development and widen their network, including meetings with leaders in the field of public diplomacy and unprecedented networking opportunities. Kristine will have a chance to reconnect with our Director, Anna Berry, and Associate Director, Tim Horgan, at the conference. Congratulations, Kristine!
Book Review: The Long Game by Derek Chollet
BY DAVID SANOK
Editor's Note: Derek Chollet spoke to the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire last November about his recent book, "The Long Game," and our intern, David, reviewed the book for our January 2017 e-newsletter. His opinions do not represent an endorsement by the Council.
Derek Chollet's book The Long Game examines the foreign policy legacy of President Barack Obama. Chollet makes the case that Obama's decisions in foreign policy were largely successful in keeping the United States out of another war. Having worked under the Obama administration as an insider, Chollet is able to provide a closer look at the foreign policy decisions made behind closed doors as well as an in-depth analysis of the situations Obama faced at the world stage such as Syria, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Chollet's book analyzes not just Obama's approach to foreign policy crisis’s, but also the circumstances that lead to America electing a president like Obama. Chollet examines how the Bush presidency conducted foreign policy prior to Obama and why the regime change philosophy of the Bush administration lead to many voters wanting a change. READ MORE ON OUR BLOG
International Visitors from Sri Lanka studying Higher Education spent Thanksgiving day with Council Board Member Ginny Szymanowsky, and her husband, Joe (far right), an example of citizen diplomacy at its finest! Are you interested in hosting these emerging international leaders in your home for dinner and conversation? Become a citizen diplomat today! Find out who will be visiting our state next here.
Community Events Calendar
Foreign Policy Discussion Group
FREE 8-week course @ Portsmouth Public Library
Tuesdays: January 10 - February 28; 10-11:15 AM or 7-8:15 PM
More information: Call 603-766-1720 to register
Adilei: An Evening of Traditional Georgian Music
Friday, January 20 at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth
8PM - Tickets: $9/ $5 Students
More information & tickets
SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, March 8
International Women's Day
Stay tuned for details on all of the festivities and educational programs to be offered at SNHU! Find out how you can join the movement to #BeBoldforChange in 2017.
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