• Tuesday, January 09, 2018 12:13 PM | Deleted user

    PRESS RELEASE: WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S DEPARTURE, SEEKS NEW LEADER

    After nearly eight years as Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Anna Haigh Berry has announced that she will leave the position in February.

    “I’ve been honored to work with such a dedicated board and staff to advance the Council’s mission since 2010,” Berry said. “Together, we’ve greatly expanded the organization’s resources and reach: we’ve hosted over 2,000 international visitors and more than 200 events over the past eight years, creating respectful, informative dialogue in local schools and communities about global issues that matter.

    “While my departure is bittersweet, I’m excited about the momentum we’ve created and the opportunity for a new leader with a fresh vision to take the organization to an even higher level.”

    Berry will begin a new position as editor of publications at the New Hampshire Bar Association in February. The World Affairs Council’s Board of Directors has appointed a search committee to find a successor and Tim Horgan, currently Associate Director, will serve as Interim Executive Director during the search process. Candidates interested in applying for the position can learn more here: www.wacnh.org/employment

    “On behalf of the Council’s Board of Directors, I want to thank Anna for her leadership and vision as we worked collaboratively to modernize the Council’s operations and prepare the Granite State for a global future,” said Steve Solomon, President of the World Affairs Council. “The Council has become one of the state’s leading non-profits providing global education programs and international exchange services. “

    “We’re confident that Interim Director Tim Horgan and our next leader will continue to help the Council grow and thrive and we appreciate the support of our members and partners for our critical mission as we carry out this transition.”

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is a non-profit, non-partisan organization fostering learning, discussion and citizen involvement in world affairs since 1954. 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.

    The Council is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America and Global Ties U.S. The Council is supported financially by memberships, program fees, donations from individuals and businesses, grants, a small endowment, and Southern New Hampshire University, which provides office space and other services.

  • Tuesday, January 09, 2018 9:22 AM | Anonymous


    WEDNESDAY: Haass on A World in Disarray

    "These are no ordinary times. It will not be business as usual in a world of disarray; as a result, it cannot be foreign policy as usual," writes Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, in his book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

    Haass argues for "World Order 2.0" - an updated global operating system that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders count for less. Dial in to next month's Cover to Cover to hear Haass's take on the need for an updated definition of sovereignty and how the U.S. should interact with the rest of the world.  

    Register for the call

    Join us for January's Cover to Cover this Wednesday, January 10, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    Special KNOW NOW: Control Risks Webinar

    The year 2017 saw a host of new challenges for global organizations, and continued economic and political volatility heightened by competing leadership styles on the world stage. What should organizational decision-makers expect in 2018? 

    Join us for special webinar KNOW NOW featuring highlights from Control Risks' RiskMap, an annual forecast for political and security risk around the world.

    Control Risks is a specialist global risk consultancy that helps to create secure, compliant and resilient organizations in an age of ever-changing risk.

    Register for the call

    Join us for this month's KNOW NOW on Tuesday, January 30, at 2:00-2:45 PM ET.


    WACA Seeks Chief Operations Officer

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce the open position of Chief Operating Officer. The COO will provide internal management of the WACA national office staff and oversee a variety of organizational priorities and projects. See the full posting and send complete applications to apply@worldaffairscouncils.org. Apply by Monday, January 22


    Tennessee WAC Is Hiring! 

    The Tennessee World Affairs Council is hiring! Apply for the position of Manager, Programming and DevelopmentMore details.


    American Diplomat Podcast

    American Diplomat goes behind the scenes to hear real stories from diplomats who lived newsworthy events overseas. Experience the Cuban revolution, Central American insurgencies, the end of apartheid, the attack on our consulate in Jeddah, the anguished debate inside our embassy on de-Ba'athification and more through the eyes of those who were there. 

    Peter Romero, retired career U.S. Ambassador, and Laura Bennett, writer and videographer, host active-duty and retired career diplomats for intimate, informed conversations on the very human dimensions of those serving on the front lines of war, crises, and conflict around the world. Listen to new episodes every Tuesday.


    FPA Student Essay/Video Competition

    What is America's biggest challenge in the world? 

    If you're a high school student, you're invited to submit either an essay or a video on this question.

    Maximum essay length: 750 words; maximum video length: 5 minutes

    Winners in each medium will be judged by an expert panel of educators and designers of student outreach programs. See more details here.

    Criteria for judging:

    • Creative engagement with the Centennial Challenge topic
    • Compelling demonstration of the position you take
    • Breadth and depth of the vision you present

    Prizes:

    • 1st prize: $1500 and expenses paid for a trip to attend the 2018 Foreign Policy Centennial Spring Dinner in New York City
    • 2nd prize: $500
    • 3rd prize: $500

    Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018


    WACA - Global Ties U.S. Breakfast

    The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to sponsor the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting once again this year as part of a reciprocal arrangement to strengthen collaboration between our organizations.

    For those Council leaders, staff, and board members who plan to attend the Global Ties "Change Through Exchange" Conference in Washington, DC, we cordially invite you to participate in the WACA breakfast on Thursday, February 8, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.


    Academic WorldQuest 2017-2018

    Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

    This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, to be held Saturday, April 28, 2018.

    This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace on 

    Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, 

    and more, click here.

    Please note: the links in this block for the AWQ Study Guide are up to date. Links from previous emails may no longer be active due to the launch of the new WACA website

    Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace

     


    World Affairs Councils Highlights

    Did you know that WACA features Council events on its new website? Council leaders and staff: log in to your member account now and add your events for a chance for your Council to be highlighted on our main page!

    Monday, January 8

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Scott Tong, Correspondent at Marketplace, for "Stories from a Changing China." Details

    WorldDenver hosts Jason Pack, Executive Director of the U.S.-Libya Business Association, for "From Qadhafi to Chaos: Libya's Centrality in Western Geostrategy and the Fight Against Jihadism." Details

    Tuesday, January 9

    World Affairs Council of Jacksonville hosts Dr. Mihir Desai, Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School, for "Tax Reform and U.S. Competitiveness." Details

    World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, Chairman and CEO of The Global Fiduciary Governance LLC, for "The U.S. and Europe in an Age of Uncertainty." Details

    Wednesday, January 10

    World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Patrick Cronin, Senior Advisor and Senior Director at the Center for a New American Security, for "North Korea's Nuclear Threat and the Options for China, the Region, and President Trump." Details

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Rosemand Naylor, Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, for "Food, Conflict, and Climate: Feeding the World in an Era of Rising Instability." Details

    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Aisha Ahmad, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, for "Jihad and Company: The Black Market Funding Terrorism." Details

    World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Shreeash Palishikar, Assistant Professor of History at Albright College, for "Dangerous Neighborhood: A Historical Background of the India-Pakistan Tensions." Details

    World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosts Julie Kavanagh, Diplomat in Residence at the University of Texas, for "Diplomat Salon." Details

    Thursday, January 11

    Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts James Schoff, Senior Fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, for "U.S.-Japan Relations in a Changing Asia." Details

    San Diego World Affairs Council hosts Dr. David Moseley, Director of Global Education at Bishop's School in La Jolla, CA, for "Understanding Christianity and Its Role in Global Affairs." Details

    Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Evans Revere, Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for East Asia Policy Studies, for "The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: How does this End?" Details 

    Friday, January 12

    Alaska World Affairs Council hosts a panel of members of the Alaskan Consular Corps for, "Around the World in 60 Minutes: Travel Tales and Advice from the Alaskan Consular Corps." Details

    World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts Scott Kilner, retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer, for "The Changing Role of the U.S. Foreign Service." Details

    World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts Benjamin Buchanan, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Belfer Center Cyber Security Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, for "Cyber Security." Details


    Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

    Travel with Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!

    2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 

    • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
    • Bill Clifford, President and CEO, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Japan: Mar. 31 - Apr. 12
    • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
    • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford, and the Cotswolds: July 20-28
    • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Treasures of Ecuador: Aug. 27-31
    • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
    • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana: Oct. 4-16
    • Joyce Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Town & Country Life in Languedoc: Oct. 6-14

    Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004, ext. 209 or 217.


  • Wednesday, January 03, 2018 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, January 3, 2018

    Looking Ahed in 2018 Iran Erupts in Protest; Path to Korean Dialogue?; U.S. Speaks Out Against Pakistan Terrorists; Unrest in Congo

    Quote of the Week:

    "Trump is the first post-World War II American president to view the burdens of world leadership as outweighing the benefits. As a result, the United States has changed from the principal preserver of order to the principal disrupter. This change has major implications."

    -- Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, in an essay, "America and the Great Abdication," for The Atlantic -- December 28, 2017.

    WACA will feature Haass on Wednesday, Jan. 10 for our Cover to Cover conference call program.

    Looking Ahead in 2018

    "10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018" Robert Malley -- Foreign Policy, January 2, 2018

    "Countering Entropy in the New Year" Jerry Hendrix -- National Review, January 1, 2018

    "Making China Great Again" Evan Osnos -- The New Yorker, January 3, 2018


    "America Is on the Brink of a Historic Break with Europe, Thanks to Trump" Nicholas Burns -- USA Today, December 26, 2017

    Iran Erupts in Protest

    "The Battle for Iran" Karim Sadjadpour -- The Atlantic, December 31, 2017

    "The Crisis in Iran" Anthony Cordesman -- CSIS, January 2, 2018

    "Hard-Liners and Reformers Trapped Iranians' Ire. Now, Both Are Protest Targets" Thomas Erdbrink -- The New York Times, January 2, 2018

    "What's Driving the Protests in Iran?" Farah Najjar -- Al Jazeera, January 3, 2018

    "Why There Won't Be a Revolution in Iran" Pepe Escobar -- Asia Times, January 3, 2018

    Olympics 2018: A Path to Korean Dialogue?

    "North and South Korea Reopen Cross-Border Hotline, Paving the Way for Formal Talks" Simon Denyer -- The Washington Post, January 3, 2018

    "Will North Korea Compete in the Winter Olympics?" -- BBC, January 3, 2018

    "How to Guarantee a War with North Korea" Ted Galen Carpenter -- The National Interest, January 1, 2018

    U.S. Takes Stand on Pakistan's Support of Terrorism

    "U.S. Puts Pakistan on Notice: Do More to Stop Terrorism" Steve Holland and Drazen Jorgic -- Reuters, January 2, 2018

    "If Pakistan Won't Go After Terrorists, America Itself Will Take on That Job" Michael Kugelman -- The Print, December 22, 2017

    Unrest in the Congo

    "Congo's Slide Into Chaos" Stuart Reid -- Foreign Affairs, January/February, 2018




  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 9:19 AM | Anonymous


    Season's Greetings from the WACA Team!


    Happy Holidays!  

    The World Affairs Councils of America wishes all of you and your families a merry holiday season and a happy, peaceful new year. We look forward to working with you again in 2018! 

    Bill Clifford

    President & CEO

    Chelsea Beaulieu 

    Communications Officer 

    Drew Lorelli

    Program Assistant 

    Please note that the national office will be closed from December 22

    through January 1


    KNOW NOW on Yemen: TOMORROW, Dec. 19

    The assassination on December 4 of Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has intensified international focus on the war-torn Gulf country. "No politician has left a greater mark on Yemen's modern history than President Saleh. He was known as a master of establishing and disbanding political coalitions, knowing correctly that no single political power can rule Yemen," Gamal Gasim, Ph.D., professor of Middle East Studies at Grand Valley State University, wrote for Al Jazeera.

    Please join Dr. Gamal Gasim for a conversation with Michael Van Denend, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, about Yemen's political future, the deteriorating humanitarian crisis amid the country's civil war, and the prospects for an internationally brokered ceasefire.

     

    Register for the call

     

    Join us for this month's KNOW NOW on Tuesday, December 19, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    A World in Disarray - January Cover to Cover

    "These are no ordinary times. It will not be business as usual in a world of disarray; as a result, it cannot be foreign policy as usual," writes Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, in his book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

    Haass argues for "World Order 2.0" - an updated global operating system that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders count for less. Dial in to next month's Cover to Cover to hear Haass's take on the need for an updated definition of sovereignty and how the U.S. should interact with the rest of the world.  

    Register for the call

    Join us for January's Cover to Cover on Wednesday, January 10, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    Scholarship to Study Arabic through SQCC

    The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program.  SALAM 2018 will be held at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-Native Speakers in Manah, Oman. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture. Deadline: December 31, 2017

    Please see here for eligibility requirements and further details. 


    FPA Student Essay/Video Competition

    What is America's biggest challenge in the world? 

    If you're a high school student, you're invited to submit either an essay or a video on this question.

    Maximum essay length: 750 words; maximum video length: 5 minutes

    Winners in each medium will be judged by an expert panel of educators and designers of student outreach programs. See more details here.

    Criteria for judging:

    • Creative engagement with the Centennial Challenge topic
    • Compelling demonstration of the position you take
    • Breadth and depth of the vision you present

    Prizes:

    • 1st prize: $1500 and expenses paid for a trip to attend the 2018 Foreign Policy Centennial Spring Dinner in New York City
    • 2nd prize: $500
    • 3rd prize: $500

    Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018


    Travel with WAC Greater Houston

    Join WAC Greater Houston's Executive Director, Maryanne Maldonado, on an exciting 18-day journey to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Visit Ho Chi Minh City, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and more!

    Travel dates: February 28 - March 17, 2018

    See details here.


    Listen to WACA Podcasts!

    On Thursday, December 14, Haroon K. Ullah joined Jim Falk, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, for a Cover to Cover call on Ullah's new book, Digital World War: Islamists, Extremists, and the Fight for Cyber Supremacy. Listen to the podcast.

     


    Academic WorldQuest 2017-2018

    Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!

    This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, to be held Saturday, April 28, 2018.

    This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the United States Institute of Peace on 

    Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, 

    and more, click here.

    Please note: the links in this block for the AWQ Study Guide are up to date. Links from previous emails may no longer be active due to the launch of the new WACA website

    Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace

     


    World Affairs Councils Highlights


    Tuesday, December 19

    World Affairs Council of Delaware hosts General (Ret.) Michael Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, for a distinguished event. Details

    World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana hosts a panel of religious leaders for "The Meaning of Jerusalem." Details


    World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts Stephen Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow for the Project for Economic Growth at The Heritage Foundation, for "The U.S. Economy and the Trump Agenda." Details


    Juneau World Affairs Council hosts Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhteari, Founding Director of the Institute for Development Studies and Practices, for "Young Rural Women Lead Social Transformation in Traditional, Tribal Baluchistan." Details

    World Affairs Council of Orange County hosts Dr. Nubar Hovsepian, Political Science Chair at Chapman University, for "Global Challenges for the U.S. and the World in the Coming Year." Details

    World Affiars Council of Maine holds a discussion group, "President Trump's Visit to China." Details

    World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Elliott Abrams, former Deputy National Security Advisor, for "Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring." Details

    Thursday, December 14

    World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay hosts Dr. Jim Hansen, SES Superintendent at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, for "Meteorology, Oceanography, and National Security." Details


    Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia

    Travel with Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!

    2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 

    • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
    • Bill Clifford, President and CEO, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Japan: Mar. 31 - Apr. 12
    • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
    • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford, and the Cotswolds: July 20-28
    • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Treasures of Ecuador: Aug. 27-31
    • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
    • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana: Oct. 4-16
    • Joyce Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Town & Country Life in Languedoc: Oct. 6-14

    Contact www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004, ext. 209 or 217.


  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 3:36 PM | Anonymous
    Digital World War - Thursday Cover to Cover


    In  Digital World War , seasoned diplomat Haroon Ullah, with deep knowledge of Islamist politics and digital innovation, investigates the unprecedented impact of social media on the discourse of recent events in the Muslim World--from the Arab Spring and its aftermath to ISIS's online recruitment.


    While he identifies the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks, he also reveals how political parties, corporations, and governments have learned to exploit digital tools to target and mobilize audiences, to ultimately achieve power and status.


    See Ullah's recent appearances on ABC's 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, as a guest on CNN, and read his article on ISIS in the Daily Beast.

     

    Register for the call

     

    Join us for  this month's Cover to Cover on  Thursday, December 14, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.


    January


    Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges - from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons, to climate change and cyberspace. His book:  A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order


    Register for the call


    Join us  Wednesday, January 10, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET .

    USIP Program at IRC (Kansas City)

    This Tuesday,  December 12, the International Relations Council (Kansas City) will host William B. Taylor, Executive Vice President at the United States Institute of Peace, for the WACA-USIP program,  Practical Peacebuilding for National Security  The program will feature an opening reception followed by a talk by Taylor with time for audience Q&A. See more.


    Sponsored by:


                                


     

    KNOW NOW on Yemen: Tuesday, December 19


    Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh was assassinated by Houthi forces on December 4, 2017. "No politician has left a greater mark on Yemen's modern history than President Saleh. He was known as a master of establishing and disbanding political coalitions, knowing correctly that no single political power can rule Yemen," Gamal Gasim, Ph.D., professor of Middle East Studies at Grand Valley State University, wrote for Al Jazeera.


    Please join Dr. Gamal Gasim for a conversation with Michael Van Denend, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, about Yemen's political future, including the ramification of President Saleh's death, identifying his successor in the General People's Congress, and the possibility of an uprising in Sanaa.

     

    Register for the call

     

    Join us for  this month's KNOW NOW on  Tuesday, December 19, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.

    Scholarship to Study Arabic through SQCC

    The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC)is delighted to announce its 2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program.  SALAM 2018 will be held at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-Native Speakers in Manah, Oman. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.  Deadline: December 31, 2017


    Please see here for eligibility requirements and further details.  

    Academic WorldQuest 2017-2018


    Information for the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest program is now available!


    This year's AWQ Study Guide is now available, along with more information about  The Carlos and Malu Alvarez 2018 Academic WorldQuest National Competitionto be held  Saturday, April 28, 2018.


    This year's AWQ National Competition will feature a welcome reception at theUnited States Institute of Peace on 

    Friday, April 27. For topics, Study Guide, 

    and more, click here.


    Please note: the links in this block for the AWQ Study Guide are up to date. Links from previous emails may no longer be active due to the launch of the new WACA website


    Sponsored by: United States Institute of Peace

      

    World Affairs Councils Highlights


    Monday, December 11


    World Affairs (Northern California) hosts Marina Walker Guevara, Deputy Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, for "The Paradise Papers: Unveiling the Offshore Economy." Details


    Naples Council on World Affairs hosts Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, for "The Eagle and the Trident, the U.S. and Ukraine."  Details


    World Affairs Council of Worcester hosts Chaz Freeman Jr., Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, for "The Middle East in the New World Disorder."  Details


    World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosts General (Ret.) Michael Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, for "The Role of Intelligence in a Post-Truth World."  Details 


    Tuesday, December 12


    Foreign Policy Association hosts The Honorable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for its annual corporate dinner .  Details


    World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts Gerry Simpson, Associate Director for Refugee Rights at Human Rights Watch, for "Refugee Rights: Protecting the Vulnerable."  Details


    WorldOregon hosts Gerry Simpson, Associate Director for Refugee Rights at Human Rights Watch, for "Human Rights Watch and Global Refugee Rights." Details


    Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts Jim Dickmeyer, North American Competitiveness Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, for "North American Trade: Canada, Mexico, and the Future of NAFTA." Details


    Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts a panel of experts for "Terrorism, Conflict, and Crises of Leadership in Africa." Details


    World Affairs Council of Maine hosts a discussion group, "President Trump's Visit to China." Details


    Wednesday, December 13


    World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosts a panel of experts for "The American Healthcare Debate: What's Next?"  Details


    World Affairs Council of South Texas hosts Dr. William Samelson, author, professor, and veteran of the Korean War, for "Lessons from the Holocaust and the Korean War: A Survivor's Story ." Details


    World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts Dr. Paul Esqueda, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Berks, for "Venezuela - Derailed Democracy?"  Details


    World Affairs Forum (Stamford) hosts Dr. Nikolas Gvosdev, Professor of U.S. National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College,  for "Is a New Cold War Unavoidable? The Trajectory of U.S.-Russia Relations." Details


    Thursday, December 14


    World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Mark Updergrove, CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum, to discuss his book, The Last Republicans.  Details


    WorldBoston hosts Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, for "The Future of Europe."  Details


    Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Braden Allenby, Co-Chair of the Weaponized Narrative Initiative at the Center for the Future of War at Arizona State University, for "The Future of War."  Details

    Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia


    Travel with Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!


    2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 

    • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs, World Affairs Council Northern California, Southern Africa: Feb. 10-Mar. 5
    • Bill Clifford, President and CEO, World Affairs Councils of America, Inside Japan: Mar. 31 - Apr. 12
    • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
    • Anna Berry, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Cambridge, Oxford, and the Cotswolds: July 20-28
    • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Treasures of Ecuador: Aug. 27-31
    • Megan Torrey, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Hartford, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
    • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Inside Botswana: Oct. 4-16
    • Joyce Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Town & Country Life in Languedoc: Oct. 6-14

    Contact www.wacphila.org/travel  or call 1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or 217 .


  • Tuesday, December 05, 2017 11:32 AM | Deleted user

    World Affairs Council Celebrates Kitchen Table Diplomacy

    In honor of the 15th anniversary of the International Visitors Program in NH, Council launches cookbook featuring recipes from around the world; NH Food Bank chefs will demonstrate recipes at special event on Tuesday, December 12 in Manchester

    MANCHESTER- After 15 years as part of the U.S. State Department’s premiere professional exchange program, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire has hosted more than 2,200 emerging international leaders from 175 different countries. Now, the Council is launching an international cookbook to celebrate the volunteers who host the visitors for dinner in the Granite State and encourage new citizen diplomats to join the cross-cultural dialogue.

    “’Food Diplomacy’ is one of the best ways for people to learn about other cultures,” said Tim Horgan, World Affairs Council Associate Director, who has managed the International Visitors Leadership Program in Manchester for the past 8 years. “From the spicy chilies of Central America to the flavorful Masalas of Southern Asia, food can provide an entryway to experience new countries and cultures.”

    “Sharing a meal provides even more opportunities to connect with people from around the world and opens the door to true cultural exchanges. The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, through this cookbook, hopes to continue to open these pathways for local families to learn about the diversity of the world, from the comfort of their own home.”

     The Council will hold a launch party for the “Kitchen Table Diplomacy” cookbook on Tuesday, December 12 at the NH Food Bank. Chefs from the food bank’s culinary job training program will demonstrate a few of the international recipes and tickets include a copy of the cookbook. For more information, visit www.wacnh.org/eventcalendar or call 603.314.79070.

     “The support of our many volunteer dinner hosts is changing minds from around the world and has a direct impact on building relationships between countries,” Horgan said. “Without a doubt, their efforts are helping make the world smaller and friendlier and we look forward to bringing new volunteers into the program!”

     The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is one of more than 90 community organizations around the country that host visitors through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs International Visitors Leadership Program- the department's premier professional exchange program.

    This program brings approximately 4,000 foreign leaders and specialists to the United States for short-term (one to three week) professional programs. Participants in the national program, who are leaders and decision-makers in their home countries; travel as individuals or as part of pre-arranged groups.

    Some of the groups are fully funded by the U.S. Congress through its appropriation to the U.S. Department of State, while others receive little or no financial support from U.S. government. The national program constitutes a major component of this country's public diplomacy efforts to foster mutual understanding and cooperation between the United States and other countries.

    Through a long-standing public-private sector partnership, the U.S. Government works with national private, nonprofit organizations and a network of volunteer-based organizations that are members of Global Ties U.S., a nonprofit organization established in 1961. Together, these organizations design and implement quality, experiential programs for distinguished International Visitors. Through its grassroots network, the National program involves over 80,000 volunteers each year as citizen diplomats who develop enduring international linkages. 

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    JUST ONE WEEK LEFT!

    GLOBAL BUSINESS SUMMIT

    Wednesday, November 8 @ SNHU

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    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 local communities. 

       

    PANELISTS: Professor Charlotte Broaden, SNHU; Kedar Gupta, ARC Energy; with Fred Kocher, host of "NH Business with Fred Kocher" on WMUR, moderating.

    Dining Center, SNHU, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester 03106

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

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    $25 Members / $35 Non-Members ($35/at the door for everyone)

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    Welcome, Karli!

     

    The Council welcomed a new staff member this week: Karli Miller. Karli will help manage our many educational events and special projects as Program Coordinator. Prior to coming to the World Affairs Council, Karli lived in Washington D.C. while working for non-profit organizations and political campaigns at the congressional and presidential levels. Karli also taught Political Science and International Relations as a Visiting Professor at New England College. She has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from New England College and a master's degree in International Relations from Webster University. Karli has lived and studied in Thailand, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. 

    Executive Director nominated for NH Business Excellence Award

      

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire's long-time leader, Anna Berry, was recently nominated for a NH Business Review "Business Excellence Award" by Council member Suze Scholl. The annual awards recognize the imagination, industriousness, innovation and achievements of business and nonprofit leaders in New Hampshire.

    "The scope of the Council's reach reflects the many ways in which Anna's creative transformation of the WACNH continues to touch a wider and wider audience both within NH, across the region and with key stakeholders in our nation's capitol," Scholl said.

    The nominees will be recognized at the NH Business Excellence Awards ceremony on Wednesday, November 1 at 5:30 PM at the Radisson in Manchester.


    Community event: Preventing Nuclear War


    As North Korea continues to dominate the world's headlines, the Union of Concerned Scientists is holding a program and discussion on nuclear weapons on Monday, November 6 at UNH Durham. UCS is also seeking community support for a letter to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen advocating for thoughtful debate on reducing the role of nuclear weapons as an instrument of U.S. national security policy. For more information or to sign the letter, contact Sean Meyer at UCS.

    Monday, November 6 at 7 PM

    Location: 312 Horton Social Science Center | 20 Academic Way | Durham, NH 03824 | Room 210

    This discussion will be led by Dr. David Wright, co-director of UCS’s Global Security Program, and Dr. Ira Helfand, co-founder and past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Mission Moments: Bringing the World to NH!

    Families in Transition created this fabulous thank you note for our visitors from Peru, who volunteered at the Manchester non-profit which assists homeless families and individuals.

    International Visitor Leadership Program participants from Japan were hosted over the weekend by Board Member Carolyn Richmond, her husband Stewart, and other friends. Learn more about becoming a citizen diplomat with the program!

    Community Events Calendar

    CONVERSATION CAFE AT THE CURRIER

    Thursday, November 9 at 6 PM

    A free community event encouraging conversation between immigrant and non-immigrant communities presented by Welcoming Manchester

    Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH

    LEARN MORE

    UNH INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR

    Tuesday, November 14, 12:40-2:00 pm, MUB Theater II

    Cybersecurity: Impacts on the Nation, the World & You
    Panel Discussion with 
    James Ramsay (moderator), Professor of Security Studies, UNH Manchester;
    Maeve Dion, Assistant Professor of Security Studies, UNH Manchester; and
    Greg Falco, Co-Founder of NeuroMesh; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University

    FRIENDSHIP DINNER

    Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 PM

    Turkish Cultural Center's 5th Annual Friendship Dinner & Awards Ceremony

    Puritan Conference Center, Manchester

    MORE INFO

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    PRESS RELEASE: OCTOBER 26

    Global Business Summit to address New Hampshire's role in International Trade

    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? At the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire’s Global Business Summit on November 8 at Southern New Hampshire University, Ambassador Rufus Yerxa will outline the benefits of an open, rules-based world economy and the impact of international trade on businesses, government and communities.

    Yerxa is President of the National Foreign Trade Council, and 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.

    The program will also include a panel discussion with local business experts discussing New Hampshire’s role in the global economy. Panelists include Kedar Gupta, CEO and Founder of ARC Energy; Dr. Charlotte Broaden, a professor of international business and organizational leadership at SNHU; and Fred Kocher, host of NH Business with Fred Kocher on WMUR, will serve as moderator.

    The program will take place in the Dining Center at Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday, November 8 at 5:30 PM. The Global Business Summit is presented by the World Affairs Council and SNHU and is sponsored by CCA Global Partners, Granite State District Export Council, NH College & University Council, British American Business Council of New England, and Hypersoft.

    For more information and tickets, visit www.wacnh.org or call 603.314.7970.


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    Ambassador Yerxa served as the Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization from 2002 to 2013.

    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 local communities. Fred Kocher, host of "NH Business with Fred Kocher" on WMUR, will lead a discussion following Ambassador Yerxa's remarks featuring Professor Charlotte Broaden of SNHU.

    Dining Center, SNHU, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester 03106

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

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    Journalist Lisa Palmer will address the link between climate change & food security in Durham and Manchester on Tuesday, October 17

    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, Hot, Hungry Planet. Palmer will appear as part of UNH's International Seminar at 12:40 PM in Durham and then at UNH Manchester for Global Tipping Points at 6 PM.

    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.

    Series presented in partnership with UNH and UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs; Program partner: League of Conservation Voters

    Mission Moments: Bringing the World to NH!

    A group of women learning about "Women & Justice" in the U.S. visited UNH Law School this week as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. Dean Megan Carpenter welcomed the delegation from the Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, and Mexico.


    IVLP participants from across Europe were welcomed to New Hampshire during a special reception sponsored by Orr & Reno this week. These emerging leaders were here to exchange ideas about best practices in politics and governance. See who's coming next!

    Community Events Calendar

    Thursday, October 26: Holocaust survivor Albert Garih

    7 PM at Walker Auditorium, SNHU - LEARN MORE

    Tuesday, October 17

    U.S. Trade with Canada Seminar

    9 AM- 1:30 PM, Radisson Hotel, Manchester

    Join CONECT and the Canadian Consulate of New England for an informative seminar regarding U.S. Trade with Canada, featuring multiple presentations on doing business with Canada by industry experts.

    Thursday, November 9 at 6 PM

    Conversation Cafe, Presented by Welcoming Manchester

    Currier Museum of Art
    150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH

    LEARN MORE

    Thursday, November 16 at 6 PM

    Turkish Cultural Center's 5th Annual Friendship Dinner & Awards Ceremony

    MORE INFO

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    Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    Next Up for North Korea; Destitution in Puerto Rico; Reflection on the Gen. Assembly; Kurdish Referendum; Japan's Call for Snap Elections; Catalonia Goes to the Polls; Kenya's Election Turmoil

    Quote of the Week:

    "None other than Trump is on a suicide mission," said Ri Hong Yo, Foreign Minister of North Korea, in a statement to the UN General Assembly. Later, to journalists outside the UN, Ri added: "Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership won't be around much longer, and hence at last he declared war on our country." 

    What's Next, North Korea?

    "What Are the Chances the War of the Words with North Korea Escalates?" David French -- National Review, September 26, 2017


    "How to Achieve Peace on the Korean Peninsula" Rand Paul -- The National Interest, September 26, 2017


    "Could North Korea's Example Inspire Iran and Pakistan?" Akhilesh Pillalamarri -- The Diplomat, September 21, 2017

    Destitution in Puerto Rico

    "For Puerto Rico, Maria Was Bad, the Aftermath Worse, but the Future Is the Biggest Challenge" Scott Martelle -- Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2017

    "Where Is the Urgency in Puerto Rico Response?" Editorial Board -- The Boston Globe, September 26, 2017

    "Scope of Puerto Rico Damage So Wide that U.S. Aid Hard to See" Ben Fox and Danika Coto -- Chicago Tribune, September 27, 2017

    Reflection and Contention on the General Assembly

    "Our Respect for Sovereignty Is Also a Call to Action" Peter Scaturro -- Foreign Policy Association, September 22, 2017

    "The United Nations Needs Reform, Not Criticism of Its Purpose" Claudia Flores -- Fortune, September 25, 2017

    "Trump's UN Speech: What Makes America First" Gary J. Schmitt -- American Enterprise Institute, September 20, 2017

    Repercussions of the Kurdish Referendum 

    "Iran and the Kurds" Ariane M. Tabatabai -- Foreign Affairs, September 26, 2017

    "As Kurds Celebrate Independence Vote, Neighbors Threaten Military Action" David Zucchino -- The New York Times, September 25, 2017

    "Iraqi Kurds Vote for Independence Over U.S. Objections" Rhys Dubin and Emily Tamkin -- Foreign Policy, September 20, 2017

    Japan's Abe Calls for Snap Elections

    "Shinzo Abe's Calculated Risk in Quest for a Third Term" Tobias Harris -- The Wall Street Journal via The Australian Business Review, September 27, 2017

    "Shinzo Abe's Selfish Japan Election Gamble" William Pesek -- Nikkei Asian Review, September 25, 2017

    "Japan's Most Powerful Woman Is Messing Up Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Script" Isabella Steger -- Quartz, September 26, 2017

    Catalonia Goes to the Polls

    "Spain Is Flirting with Another Civil War" James Badcock -- Foreign Policy, September 27, 2017

    "Catalonia's Unconstitutional Means to an Undesirable End" -- The Economist, September 23, 2017

    Kenya's Election Turmoil Continues

    "Kenya May Face Constitutional Crisis Over Election Impasse" Felix Njini and Samuel Gebre-- Bloomberg Politics, September 25, 2017

    For previous Weekly World News Update, please visit our website 

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