• Wednesday, July 19, 2017 2:02 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Liu Xiaobo's Legacy; Defusing North Korea; Trump-Putin Bromance; Peace in Colombia; Dire Straits in Venezuela; Sudan's Strategic Significance

    Quote of the Week:

    "Enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation, incite cruel mortal struggles, destroy a society's tolerance and humanity, and hinder a nation's progress toward freedom and democracy.

    -- The late Lui Xiaobo, in his Nobel Lecture read in absentia by Liv Ulmann on December 10, 2010.

    'Live On Well'

    "Liu Xiaobo's Death Holds a Message for China" -- The Economist, July 15, 2017


    "What Lui Xiaobo's Life and Death Can Teach Us About China and Dissent" Brij Tankha -- The Wire, July 15, 2017


    "Liu Xiaobo's Death Pushes China's Censors into Overdrive" Amy Qin -- The New York Times, July 17, 2017


    "Why Liu Xiaobo Is the Role Model that a Modern China Sorely Needs" Cary Huang -- South China Morning Post, July 18, 2017

    Chill Out, North Korea

    "South Korea Proposes Military Talks with North at Their Border" Choe Sang-Hun and Devid E. Sanger-- The New York Times, July 17, 2017


    "Why Is South Korea Pushing for Talks with North Korea?" -- The Japan Times, July 18, 2017


    "Forcing China's Hand on North Korea" Daniel Blumenthal and Derek Scissors -- The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2017


    "The North Korean Endgame" Liubomir K. Topaloff -- The Diplomat, July 13, 2017

    Trump-Putin Affair Exposed

    "How the GOP Became the Party of Trump" James Kirchick -- Politico, July 18, 2017


    "Time for Sober Realism on the U.S.-Russia Relationship" Katrina Vanden Heuvel -- The Washington Post, July 18, 2017


    "Trump Confirms Authoritarian Bromance with Putin" Mark C. Eades -- Foreign Policy Association, July 13, 2017


    "Trump, Putin Had Previously Undisclosed Visit at G20 Dinner" Steve Holland and Patricia Zengerle -- Reuters, July 18, 2017

    Peace Outbreak in Colombia

    "Colombia's Exclusive Peace" Emilio Huertas -- U.S. News & World Report, July 17, 2017


    "After Decades of War, Colombian Farmers Face a New Test: Peace'" Nicholas Casey -- The New York Times, July 18, 2017


    "Will Colombia's Peace Accord Boost Its Democracy?" Andreas E. Feldman -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, July 13, 2017


    "How Peace Broke Out in Colombia" Mark Leon Goldberg -- UN Global Dispatches, July 17, 2017 [Podcast]

    Dire Straits Worsen in Venezuela

    "Threat of U.S. Oil Sanctions on Venezuela Sparks Fear of Economic 'Collapse'" Jim Wyss; Patricia Mazzei; Alex Daugherty -- Miami Herald, July 18, 2017


    "Venezuela Has Reached the 'Zero Hour': What's Next?" -- Al Jazeera, July 19, 2017


    "Venezuela at a Crossroads: The Countdown to a Soviet-Style Constituent Assembly" Moises Rendon -- CSIS, July 17, 2017

    Sudan's Strategic Significance

    "Sudan: A Strategy for Re-Engagement" Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates and Kelsey Lilley -- The Atlantic Council, July 14, 2017


    "Sudan Sanctions Spur Intense Lobbying" Megan R. Wilson -- The Hill, July 19, 2017

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  • Tuesday, June 06, 2017 2:51 PM | Anonymous

    THIS MONTH: International diplomacy, annual meeting & an accidental activist


     
     

     
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    GLOBAL FORUM GOES BEYOND THE HEADLINES ON RUSSIA

     

    Thanks to the sponsors, members, and friends who took part in our annual Global Forum fundraiser and helped us raise more than $17,000 to support our education programs! More than 200 people came together on May 22 at SNHU to learn about Russia's past and present with speaker Masha Gessen and engaged in a spirited discussion about the country's political and economic future, as well as our own.

      

    We also celebrated the 2017 Global Leadership Award recipients- Ambassador Richard Swett & Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett- and the Milford High School NH Academic WorldQuest champions. We are grateful for such an incredible community of friends who believe in the power of global education and understanding to create a more peaceful and prosperous world! See more photos on our Facebook page

    THANK YOU, SPONSORS & PATRONS!

            


          St. Paul's School  

      

    Charles Bickford; Irja & Frank Cilluffo; Sarah Demers; Carolyn & Philip Hollman; Jim & Elise Hood; Karen Erickson; Ruth Kleinfeld; Judith May; Anne Milne; Kathryn & Jim Muirhead; Joan & Alan Reische; Jack & Carol Resch; Carolyn & Stewart Richmond; Pat Schlesinger; David & Missie Schroeder; Steve Solomon; Andrew Supplee; Virginia & Joe Szymanowski; Roberta & Rod Tenney


    MONDAY: CELEBRATE A BANNER YEAR AT OUR ANNUAL MEETING!

        

    Join us for the Council's Annual Meeting & BBQ to celebrate another banner year for global education across the state, thanks to your support! We'll be approving new terms for board members Sarah Demers, Davis Farmer, Virginia Szymanowski, Roberta Tenney, and Dawn Wivell. We'll also be wishing a fond farewell to several board members including Irja Cilluffo, Karen Erickson, and Peter Schmidt.

    Academic Center, SNHU, 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!*

    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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED


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    Accidental activist will tell her story of life in Saudi Arabia on June 15

    Manal al-Sharif

    MANAL AL-SHARIF: DARING TO DRIVE

    Presented by The Music Hall in partnership with the World Affairs Council of NH & NH Women's Foundation 

    Thursday, June 15 at 7 PM - The Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth

    Providing a rare glimpse into the day-to-day life of the typical Saudi woman, Manal Al-Sharif 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. She is the author of the new book, Daring to Drive.

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    An important update on the national budget

         

    Tim Horgan, WACNH Associate Director (back row, far left), joined other members of the Alliance for International Exchange for a visit to the office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen last month to advocate for congressional support of international exchange opportunities.

    An important update from the Alliance for International Exchange: "The budget released last month by President Donald Trump proposes an unprecedented cut of 32 percent to the International Affairs budget, and a 55 percent cut to the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs specifically. 

    'If adopted, these cuts would greatly harm our nation’s public diplomacy efforts,' said Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of the Alliance for International Exchange. 'As Defense Secretary James Mattis has suggested, the way to reduce the possibility of war is to increase people-to-people diplomacy – which is at the heart of cultural and educational exchanges.

    'Fortunately, Congress has consistently demonstrated a strong, bipartisan commitment to exchange programs, even as recently as last month. Gutting exchange programs isn’t a win for the taxpayer, because the investment in America’s national security is immense. Over 90 percent of ECA funding is spent in the United States or on Americans implementing these programs. Because of that investment, 1 in 3 world leaders today have been on a U.S. exchange program.'

    Exchange programs enhance U.S. national security and prosperity by building productive partnerships, mutual understanding, and personal connections that help us address critical global issues including strengthening the world economy and combating terrorism. They also create a welcoming environment for over a million international students to study in the U.S. In 2015, these students added more than $32 billion dollars to our economy and supported over 400,000 U.S. jobs."

    Here at the World Affairs Council of NH, we host 300 international visitors (from 88 different countries), and 90 interpreters, annually, leveraging about $83,000 of grant funding into $500,000 in economic activity stregthening the state. More than 400 people volunteered their time to exchange ideas with the visitors. We hope you'll join us in speaking up in support of international exchange programs!

    Seacoast Speaker Series Wraps up TOMORROW!


    There's just one speaker left in our spring World Affairs @ the Library series presented in partnership with the Portsmouth Public Library. The final program will take place on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 PM,featuring Mary Thompson-Jones speaking about international diplomacy. Thompson-Jones is a professor at Northeastern University and previously was a career diplomat and served in embassies and consulates in Madrid, Prague, Quebec, Guatemala, and Sarajevo. She is the author of To The Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect.


    Mission Moments: Bringing the World to NH!


    "The plight of journalists has never been more dangerous." - Diane Foley (right), President of the James Foley Legacy Foundation said at our screening of "Jim: the James Foley Story" on May 16 at Red River Theatres. The Concord Insider reported on the program here.


    International visitors Martha Mwangonde (Malawi), Sylvester Bayowo (Ghana), Bassey Udo (Nigeria) and Andrew Karamagi (Uganda) listen to Todd Selig explain his work to promote transparency and openness as town administrator of Durham, NH. The group also volunteered for the NH Food Bank (below).



     

     

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  • Thursday, May 04, 2017 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    3 weeks until our biggest event of the year!

     

     

     

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    GLOBAL FORUM: 

    MONDAY, MAY 22 @ SNHU

    FEATURING MASHA GESSEN ON RUSSIA

    & HONORING AMBASSADOR RICHARD SWETT & DR. KATRINA LANTOS SWETT with the 2017 GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

    THE FUTURE IS HISTORY: HOW TOTALITARIANISM RECLAIMED RUSSIA

    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 the current cultural and political climate in Russia. There is simply no one else brave enough to tell her astonishing story. This event will NOT be recorded so don't miss it!

    REGISTER NOW!

    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

    * Masha Gessen Keynote and Q&A

    PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW! PROCEEDS BENEFIT OUR MISSION!

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

    THANK YOU, SPONSORS & PATRONS!

         

          St. Paul's School  

      

    Charles Bickford; Irja & Frank Cilluffo; Sarah Demers; Carolyn & Philip Hollman; Jim & Elise Hood; 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; Roberta & Rod Tenney

    ABOUT MASHA GESSEN

              

    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.

    Now, 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.

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    Seacoast Speaker Series Continues SUNDAY!

      

    We are proud to continue our partnership with the Portsmouth Public Library this spring. World Affairs at the Library will continue with two speakers over the next two months. Please REGISTER in advance! 

    On Sunday, May 7 at 12:30 PM, we'll host Stephen Kinzer, an award-winning foreign correspondent for 20 years at the New York Times. Since leaving the Times, Kinzer has taught journalism, political science, and international relations at Northwestern University and Boston University. He will speak about the history of American imperialism and intervention in global issues.

    Wrapping up the series on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 PM will be Mary Thompson-Jones speaking about international diplomacy. Thompson-Jones is a professor at Northeastern University and previously was a career diplomat and served in embassies and consulates in Madrid, Prague, Quebec, Guatemala, and Sarajevo.

    Congratulations, Elyse!

         

    Congratulations to Elyse, our Education Program Coordinator, and her family on the birth of a son, Reid, last week. Both mom and baby are healthy and happy! Elyse will return from her leave at the end of July.

    Milford High School Competes at National Academic WorldQuest Competition in D.C.

    Our Council was well-represented last weekend by Milford High School at the World Affairs Councils of America’s Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition in Washington, D.C.

    The team faced stiff competition at the 15th annual competition, held at the National Press Club on Saturday, April 29, from 46 other teams from across the country. While the Milford students didn’t win the top prize, the students learned a lot during the competition and their visit to the U.S. Institute of Peace the day before, where USIP President Nancy Lindborg welcomed the students.

     “We congratulate these student teams – and all Academic WorldQuest participants – for their dedicated efforts to apply themselves at this pivotal moment in history to make sense of the world,” said WACA President Bill Clifford.

    The competition is based on 10 topics and students are quizzed on 10 questions for each topic. The 2017 topics included: Current Events, Great Decisions, Peace and Conflict in Today’s World, Combatting Infectious Disease, European Union, Countering Violent Extremism, Turkey, Global Megacities, China, and Women in Technology.

    Congratulations to the Milford team on completing this year’s Academic WorldQuest program: Shannon Drew, Maya Flores, Todd Bieschke, and Andrew McNeil, coached by social studies teacher Anna Parker.

    International Visitor Program Alumnus to Lead Lithuanian Political Party; More Visitors Coming Soon!

    We are excited to share that a former visitor to New Hampshire via the International Visitor Leadership Program & Global Ties U.S., Gintautas Paluckas, was just elected as the leader of Lithuania's largest political party! You may have met Paluckas, previously Vice-Mayor of Vilnius, at our April reception at Orr & Reno.

    As always, if you're interested in hosting international visitors for dinner and conversation, contact Associate Director Tim Horgan to volunteer! Upcoming groups: Turkmenistan- May 6-10; Pakistan- May 13-17; Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Somalia- May 20-24; Venezuela, TBA.

    Mission Moments: Bringing the World to NH!

    As part of our Crossroads International Film & Discussion series, we showed a film about Syrian refugees escaping Egypt last week with speakers Bill Gillett, International Institute of New England Chairman (far right), and Abdul Wakil Al Abash, a Syrian refugee (second from left). Amadou Hamady, Manchester Site Director for IINE, is pictured on the left and Council Executive Director Anna Berry is second from right.


    Pictured: A recent International Visitors Leadership Program delegation visited northern New Hampshire. The visitors- from Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, and Angola- were here to learn about combating wildlife trafficking. They met with NH Fish and Game and rode the tram to the top of (frozen!) Cannon Mountain.


    Jennifer Harris, co-author of "War by Other Means," closed out our spring Global Tipping Points series on April 13. Stay tuned for details about our fall programs!


    Community Events Calendar

    Manal al-Sharif

    MANAL AL-SHARIF: DARING TO DRIVE

    Presented by The Music Hall in partnership with the World Affairs Council of NH & NH Women's Foundation 

    Thursday, June 15 at 7 PM - The Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth

    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.

    TICKETS/INFO


    Different Roots, Common Dreams
    Ongoing photography exhibit by Becky Field
    Talk: Friday, May 19 at 7 PM
    Epsom Public Library
    1606 Dover Rd, Epsom


    Meet & Greet- Learn more about refugee resettlement in NH
    Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 PM
    IINE-Manchester
    1850 Elm St, Manchester

    MORE INFO

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  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

     

    Ambassador Richard Swett, FAIA & Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett will receive the 2017 Global Leadership Award on May 22, recognizing their extraordinary commitment to New Hampshire and the world

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will award its 2017 Global Leadership Award to Ambassador Richard Swett, FAIA and Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett on May 22 as part of the annual Global Forum. Swett is CEO of Climate Prosperity Enterprise Solutions and Lantos Swett is President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. Keynote speaker at the Global Forum will be Masha Gessen, a Russian-American journalist. Learn more here.

    “We are thrilled to recognize Ambassador Swett and Dr. Lantos Swett for their dedication to building a better world,” said Anna Berry, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of NH. “Their leadership in advancing diplomacy, human rights, and economic and environmental solutions- both locally and internationally- has created a more peaceful and prosperous global community.”

    The Global Leadership Award is given each year to a local business, organization or citizen who has shown leadership in promoting international knowledge and understanding in our community and expanding New Hampshire’s global connections, advancing our state and the world. Past recipients include: Jim Smith, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Dawn Wivell, CEO, Firebrand International; Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte; and Joseph Keefe, CEO, Pax World.

    Join us May 22 to honor Dick & Katrina at our annual Global Forum fundraiser!

    MONDAY, MAY 22

    GLOBAL FORUM

    FEATURING MASHA GESSEN ON RUSSIA

    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 and the current cultural and political climate in Russia. There is simply no one else brave enough to tell her astonishing story. 

    REGISTER NOW!

    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 & Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett; Recognition of NH Academic WorldQuest champions from Milford High School

    * Keynote; Q&A; Book signing

    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.

    THANK YOU SPONSORS & PATRONS!

      

      

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

    ABOUT MASHA GESSEN

              

    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 visitwww.prhspeakers.comPhoto: Tanya Sazansky

    THANK YOU MISSION SPONSORS!

      


  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:25 PM | Anonymous


    'Cover to Cover' Monthly Author Series

    April's Cover to Cover will feature author Howard W. French for his book Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power, on Tuesday, April 11, at 2-2:30 PM ET.

     

    Register for the call

    Howard. W. French, is Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. He wrote from Africa for The Washington Post and at The New York Times was bureau chief in Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, and China. He is the recipient of two Overseas Press Club awards and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee.

    Cover to Cover is a monthly program featuring the most influential authors on subjects of national and international importance.

    Offered as a benefit to all current WACA Member Councils, Cover to Cover conference calls are opportunities for Council leaders, members, and supporters to engage with esteemed authors on critical issues. Cover to Cover authors often welcome invitations to speak at Councils. In short, the WACA National Office covers a topic with an expert so that Councils may discover a speaker and cover the topic in even greater depth in their own communities, spearheading a national conversation. 


  • Friday, March 24, 2017 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    The World Affairs Council of NH was honored to host Senator Jeanne Shaheen on Friday, March 24. Coverage of the program by the Associated Press is below. Video of her remarks, via WMUR, is here.


    Shaheen: US needs strategy to counter Russian influence


    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A bolder, more aggressive strategy is needed to counter Russia’s efforts to undermine democracy in the United States and western Europe, New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Friday.

    Shaheen, a member of Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, addressed a foreign policy forum at the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire. The group met at Southern New Hampshire University.

    Shaheen, a Democrat, said the U.S. must recognize that the architecture of alliances that’s been at the heart of America’s national security for more than seven decades is at risk due to Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

    “Putin’s goal is to restore Russia as a dominant power and to recreate a Soviet-style sphere of influence along its border,” she said. “To that end, Putin’s strategy is to disrupt, divide, and weaken the Atlantic Alliance. We need to have a clear-eyed understanding of what Putin is doing. So we really need to work together with our allies to stop him.”

    Shaheen noted that Russia has been expanding its military and deploying forces to intimidate Europe and has been “stoking populist nationalism” from Hungary to the Netherlands.

    She said Putin dramatically raised the stakes by interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.

    “We should all be outraged by Putin’s interference in our election,” she said. “Frankly, if you’re not outraged, you haven’t been paying attention.”

    A declassified intelligence report released earlier this year said Putin ordered a hidden campaign to influence the election to favor Republican Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump and his supporters have staunchly resisted the findings.

    Shaheen said an independent, nonpartisan investigation of Russia’s intervention in the presidential election is needed. She said the U.S. needs a commission similar to the national one that investigated 9/11 “to investigate Russia’s attack on our democracy and to prevent future attacks.”

    “The American public needs to know what happened,” she added.

    Shaheen is part of a bipartisan group of senators that introduced legislation imposing tougher sanctions on Russia. It also would create an initiative that would support objective, Russian-language, independent media and watchdog groups working to combat corruption.


  • Friday, March 17, 2017 11:27 AM | Anonymous


    Milford High Takes Top Honors in 3rd Annual NH Academic WorldQuest competition; Team Will Represent State at National Academic WorldQuest Competition in Washington, D.C., on April 29

    MANCHESTER- The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire held its third annual NH Academic WorldQuest competition on Sunday, March 12 at Southern New Hampshire University and the “blue team” from Milford High School (pictured above) took home the title after a close race. The team won new iPads, provided by SNHU, to use for their studies, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national Academic WorldQuest competition on April 29, held by the World Affairs Councils of America. Rounding out the top finishers were: St. Thomas Aquinas (2nd place- blue team); and Pinkerton Academy (grey team) and Oyster River High School (white team), which tied for third.

    The winning Milford High team included students Shannon Drew, Maya Flores, Todd Bieschke, and Andrew McNeil, and were coached by social studies teacher Anna Parker. The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held on Saturday, April 29 at the National Press Club in Washington and will also feature a welcome reception at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

    Academic WorldQuest is a quiz-style team competition that tests high school students’ knowledge of international affairs.  This year, 15 teams from around the state competed. Participating schools were: The Derryfield School (Manchester), Milford High School, Oyster River High School (Durham), Pinkerton Academy (Derry), Portsmouth High School, Souhegan High School (Amherst), and St. Thomas Aquinas (Dover).

    This year’s competition also featured a keynote speech from Dylan Mahalingam, a remarkable philanthropist and social entrepreneur who hails from New Hampshire. Currently a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dylan founded a global non-profit organization at 9 years old. Lil’ MDGs encouraged thousands of children from all over the world to support the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. The organization raised more than $10 million for victims of natural disasters. Dylan currently serves as the Chief Strategist of Under the Acacia Foundation, a non-profit organization serving communities in Africa. Dylan is a recipient of numerous honors including a place on Youth Service America’s list of the 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World.

    Scott Spradling, of the Spradling Group, hosted the competition. Scott is an Emmy award-winning former reporter, anchor and political director for WMUR-TV.

    NH Academic WorldQuest is funded, in part, by the Saul O. Sidore Memorial Foundation and Billings Trust (FBO NH Charities, RSB Citizens, N.A. Trustee) . Presenting sponsors are Pax World and McLane Middleton and other supporters include Southern New Hampshire University and The Derryfield School.

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is a non-profit, non-partisan organization fostering learning, discussion and citizen involvement in world affairs.  The Council is preparing the Granite State for a global future by creating and sustaining international connections that enhance our state's cultural, economic and civic life; building global knowledge and understanding through educational programs for communities and schools on foreign policy; and furthering the development of international leaders in partnership with the U.S. State Department. Learn more at www.wacnh.org.

  • Friday, March 03, 2017 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    Engage with the world- and your neighbors- at events galore across the state this month!

     

     

     

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    CROSSROADS FILM SERIES STARTS MARCH 21 IN CONCORD
        
    Tuesday, March 21- Pray the Devil Back to Hell
    Tuesday, April 25- The Crossing
    Tuesday, May 16- Jim: The James Foley Story  

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is excited to partner once again with Red River Theatres to bring you the 5th season of our Crossroads International Film & Discussion Series. The series is supported by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice and SNHU. The three documentaries- beginning at 7 PM- will be followed by discussion with expert speakers on issues raised in the films including women's rights, the international refugee crisis, and freedom of the press.

    FREE (SUGGESTED $10 DONATION)- REGISTER HERE!

     NEXT WEEK: Celebrate International Women's Day & #BeBoldforChange! Wednesday, March 8


    Join us for a free screening of Salaam Dunk on International Women's Day, celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women worldwide. The film follows a female basketball team at American University in Iraq as they discover what it means to be students, athletes, and friends.
    Wednesday, March 8 at 5 PM
    Walker Auditorium, Frost Hall, SNHU, Manchester

    Post-film panel discussion includes Jamie Pendleton, co-founder of INTI Academy, a non-profit that empowers local children through soccer.

    FREE! REGISTER NOW through SNHU for this event and others celebrating International Women's Day on campus.

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    Upcoming Programs - See our full 2017 CALENDAR

     

     

     

     

    Tuesday, March 21
    Crossroads Film & Discussion Series

    Thursday,
    March 23
    Global Tipping Points

    Thursday,
    April 13
    Global Tipping Points

    Monday,
    April 17
    World Affairs @ the
    Library

    A screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell and discussion on women's rights here and abroad.

    7 PM
    Red River Theatres
    Concord 
    REGISTER NOW!

    Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund will address nuclear security in the Trump age in part II of our speaker series.

    6 PM
    UNH Manchester
    REGISTER NOW!

    Find out why the U.S. too often reaches for the gun instead of the purse as Jennifer M. Harris looks at war by other means.

    6 PM
    UNH Manchester
    REGISTER NOW!

    Professor Luis Jiminez examines current and future U.S.-Mexico relations as well as Latin American politics.

    7 PM
    Portsmouth Public Library
    REGISTER NOW!

     

     

     

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    Cheer on your high school's Academic WorldQuest team on Sunday, March 12 at 10:30 AM!

      

    The Council will host 16 teams from 8 high schools for the 3rd annual NH Academic WorldQuest competition on Sunday, March 12 at SNHU as Souhegan High School (above) defends its title. Dylan Mahalingam - philanthropist, activist and social entrepreneur - will be the keynote speaker before the competition gets underway. Dylan is best known for founding Lil' MDG's, a global non-profit organization at the age of 9, and he's currently a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Scott Spradling, an Emmy award-winning former reporter, anchor and political director for WMUR-TV, will host the competition. Joining our mission partner, Southern New Hampshire University, this year's presenting sponsors - Pax World and McLane Middleton- are excited to show incredible support for this globally-minded program.

    Academic WorldQuest is a team competition that tests high school students' knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. Family, friends, and Council members are invited to attend the opening ceremonies at 10:30 AM or stay for the competition, play along, and cheer on these incredible young people! REGISTER HERE.

    High schools represented: Derryfield School (Manchester), Milford High School, Moultonborough Academy, Oyster River High School (Durham), Pinkerton Academy (Derry), Portsmouth High School, Souhegan High School (Amherst), and St. Thomas Aquinas (Dover).

    THANK YOU ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST SPONSORS!

         

    International Visitors Flock to New Hampshire

      

    More than 10 international delegations will visit New Hampshire over the next month as part of our International Visitors Program. Here's a sneak peek at a few of the groups, who have been selected as emerging leaders by their home embassies. LEARN MORE about how you can get involved!

    MARCH 5-8: BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA- How does the American government respond to social issues?

    MARCH 19-23: CHINA- How does the rule of law work in the U.S. for economic development?

    MARCH 26- 29: INDIA- What are strategies for global transparency and accountability?

    Attention Business Leaders: Help Plymouth State Chart NH's Globalization!

    Dr. Chen Wu and Dr. Roxana Wright of Plymouth State University, in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Resource and Economic Development, are launching the first-ever analysis of the impact and opportunities that globalization brings to our state and state’s counties. This research brings company information to the forefront of the study of globalization and recognizes the significant role that international companies and companies that are engaged in international trade play in the economic development and business climate in New Hampshire.
    We invite you to complete the SURVEY and engage your company in providing the first-hand data and perspectives on international markets, exported and imported products and contributions to the local economies. Responses will be confidential. For more information, please contact Dr. Wu or Dr. Wright.

    Global Tipping Points Speaker Leads Timely Discussion on Countering Xenophobia

    BY DAVID SANOK- What is the difference between a migrant and refugee? Those are two terms that have been used interchangeably when debating over what to do with the millions of people displaced worldwide. Fernando Fernandez-Arias, a Spanish diplomat and current fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, held a discussion at UNH Manchester on February 23 and the roots of reach of xenophobia in Europe and beyond.

    To illustrate the differences, Fernandez-Arias discussed how the new limits on immigration in the U.S set by the Trump administration have contributed to the growing xenophobia towards migrants and refugees worldwide. Fernandez-Arias makes the distinction that migrants are people who immigrate legally to another country while refugees such as those from Syria are people who were forced to flee their home due to the ongoing civil war. 

    Fernandez-Arias asserted that fear-mongering has lead to the election of many right-wing leaders in both Europe and America and emphasized the importance of learning from past genocides caused by xenophobia. He concluded by stating that taking in refugees is not only an obligation but also a responsibility. Part II of the spring Global Tipping Points series- Conflicted Future- will take place on Thursday, March 23 with Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund assessing the current state of nuclear security. REGISTER HERE

    Community Events Calendar

    Wednesday, March 8 at 9 AM

    International Women's Day Celebration with 

    Welcoming Manchester

    434 Lake Avenue, 4th Floor, Manchester

    SCREENING THIS MONTH:

    Kedi, a Turkish documentary about the stray cats of Istanbul

    Presented by the Turkish Cultural Center of NH

    Saturday, March 4- Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover

    Friday, March 17- Red River Theatres, Concord

    March 24-30- Music Hall, Portsmouth

    MONDAY, MARCH 13 at 6:45 PM

    "I am a Muslim woman" presentation

    Interfaith Women of NH

    St. Catherine School, Manchester

    MORE INFO

    THURSDAY, MARCH 23- SUNDAY APRIL 2

    NH JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

    MORE INFO

    * Events listed here and on our website are not necessarily endorsed or supported by WACNH but we like to share information that might be of interest from other community organizations! To see all upcoming events, visit our Community Events page online and follow us on Facebook! *

     

     

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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Munich Security Conference; U.S. Relations with the Middle East; Foreign Policy under Trump; Violence in Pakistan; Ecuador Presidential Elections; Politics of Military and Famine in Africa.

    Munich Security Conference

    "Muddling through European Defense" Judy Dempsey -- Carnegie Europe, February 18, 2017


    "A Call for Continuity from America's Middle East Allies" Bruce Jones -- Brookings Institution, February 20, 2017


    "Pence, Facing Skeptical Europe, Again Tries to Reassure EU and NATO" Gardiner Harris -- Boston Globe, February 21, 2017

    U.S. Relations with the Middle East

    "Setting the Terms for U.S.-Egypt Relations" Daniel Benaim, Mokhtar Awad, and Brian Katulis -- Center for American Progress, February 21, 2017


    "Has the U.S.-Saudi Relationship Outlived Its Usefulness?" Scott Monje -- Foreign Policy Association, February 20, 2017


    "Trump's New Stance on Palestine and Israel Reverses Two Decades of U.S. Policy" Kevin Lamarque -- Quartz, February 15, 2017


    "Lessons from a Regional Approach to Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" Richard Lebaron -- Atlantic Council, February 21, 2017

    Foreign Policy under Trump

    "Trump Has No Foreign Policy" Jon Finer -- POLITICO Europe, February 19, 2017


    "Logic, but No Guarantees for Trump's Foreign Policy" Michael Auslin -- National Review, February 21, 2017


    "President Trump's Terrible One-Month Report Card" Derek Chollet, Colin Kahl, Julie Smith -- Foreign Policy, February 19, 2017

    Violence in Pakistan

    "Let's Stop Being Manipulated by Pakistan" Christopher D. Kolenda -- THE HILL, February 21, 2017


    "Pakistan: Stoking the Fire in Karachi" International Crisis Group, February 15, 2017


    "What Lies Behind Uneasy Afghanistan-Pakistan Ties?" Video by Al Jazeera, February 18, 2017

    Ecuador Presidential Elections

    "Ecuador Vote Count Delayed Until Wednesday as Protests Mount" Stephan Kueffner -- Bloomberg, February 20, 2017


    "Leftist Candidate Lenin Moreno Leads Ecuador's Presidential Vote, but May Face a Runoff" Pablo Jaramillo and Chris Kraul -- Los Angeles Times, February 19, 2017

    Politics of Military and Famine in Africa

    "A Rough Guide to Foreign Military Bases in Africa" Obi Anyadike -- IRIN News, February 15, 2017


    "Famine Declared in South Sudan" Ben Quinn -- The Guardian, February 20, 2017


    "The Business Climate in Nigeria" Editorial -- This Day Live, February 17, 2017


    "Replacing South Africa's Finance Minister, or His Deputy, Would Carry a Heavy Cost" Co-Pierre Georg -- The Conversation, February 21, 2017

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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    Government, Military, and Economic Outlook on Asia; NAFTA; U.S. Relations with the Middle East; Economics in Venezuela; Politics and Military in Africa.

    Government, Military, and Economic Outlook on Asia

    "Southeast Asia - Guidelines for the New Administration" Amy Searight, Murray Hiebert, and Geoffrey Hartman -- CSIS, February 10, 2017


    "By Testing a Missile, North Korea Was Probably Also Testing Trump, Experts Say" Matt Stiles -- Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2017


    "Nuclear Weapon States and the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone" Tong Zhao -- Carnegie-Tsinghua, February 10, 2017


    "Turkmenistan: Election Spectacle Hides Disturbing Economic Decline" Eurasianet.org, February 8, 2017


    "Markets Hit New Highs over Trump's Change of Tone on Japan and China" Nick Fletcher and Dominic Rushe -- The Guardian, February 13, 2017

    NAFTA

    "Canada's Trudeau Arrives in Washington to Meet with Trump" Catherine Lucey and Rob Gillies -- The Washington Post, February 13, 2017


    "The Pitfalls of Renegotiating NAFTA" The Economist, February 11, 2017


    "Is Trump's Plan to Revive U.S. Steel a Pipe Dream?" Annie Linskey -- The Boston Globe, February, 13, 2017


    "Trump and Trudeau Talk Trade, Working Women" Andrew Soergel -- U.S. News, February 13, 2017

    U.S. Relations with the Middle East

    "How America Could Stumble Into War With Iran" Karim Sadjadpour --  Carnegie Endowment, February 9, 2017


    "Why are U.S. Forces in Yemen at All?" Andrew J. Bacevich -- Defense One, February 8, 2017


    "Can Trump and Netanyahu Make Progress toward the "Ultimate Deal"?" Ofer Zalzberg -- International Crisis Group, February 13, 2017


    "EU Seeks to Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal" Ashish Kumar Sen -- Atlantic Council, February 10, 2017

    Economics in Venezuela

    "How to Solve the Riddle of Venezuela's Economy" Mac Margolis -- Bloomberg, February 13, 2017


    "Donald Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela's Vice President for 'Significant Role' in Illegal Drug Trade " Ben Kentish -- Independent, February 14, 2017

    Politics and Military in Africa

    "Can Barrow Deliver on the Promise of a 'New Gambia'?" Louise Hunt -- IRIN, February 8, 2017


    "South Sudan General Quits over 'Ethnic Cleansing' Regime" Philipp Sandner -- Deutsche Welle, February 13, 2017


    "'Blackwater Air' Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces" David Axe -- The Daily Beast, February 13, 2017

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