Community and VIRTUAL Events


Why is Civic Education Essential to our National Security?

NH Institute for Civics Education


Thursday, September 24th, 2020

4 - 5PM EST


"Presenting a William W. Treat Lecture featuring:

  • Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Adviser, Homeland Security, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Former Under Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security
  • Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Board of Advisors of the Center of Ethics and the Rule of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Former General Counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency"

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The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

WAC Dallas/Fort Worth and WAC Orange County


Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

12 - 1 PM EST

FREE - Donation Recommended

"In 2018, American fracking overtook Russia and Saudi Arabia to make the U.S. the world’s largest oil producer. But in the April throes of COVID-19, U.S. crude fell to a negative value for the first time in history. The foundations of energy, international politics and economics have shifted, but master storyteller and global energy expert Dr. Daniel Yergin has drawn a new map of what he calls a world 'being shaken by the collision of energy, climate change, and the clashing power of nations in a time of global crisis.' Reg Manhas will talk with the man Fortune called “one of the planet’s foremost thinkers about energy and its implications.”

Daniel Yergin is the founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and Vice Chairman of IHS. Dr. Yergin won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his bestselling definitive history of oil, The Prize, and The New Map is his fourth book. He was awarded the United States Energy Award for 'lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding.' He serves on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and chaired the U.S. Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. Dr. Yergin is a director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the Brookings Institution. Dr. Yergin holds a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar."

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Global Security Forum 2020  |  Battlefronts

World Affairs Council of Connecticut


Tuesday, September 29th to Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Multiple Events

Majority FREE

"A cyberattack. A satellite takeover. A climate crisis. A global pandemic. These are some of the emerging battlefronts we face in 2020 and beyond.

Global Security Forum 2020: Battlefronts is coming to you virtually from Tuesday, September 29 through Friday, October 2 and packed with more powerhouse leaders in national and global security than ever before. Be a part of the national conversation about the security of our nation and the future of the world. Majority of the events are free – RSVP today.

Sometimes, our biggest battles are faced outside the field."

Featuring Ambassador Kurt Volker, author of The Kill Chain Christian Brose, Senior International/Defense Researcher at the RAND Corporation Linda Robinson, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, General David Petraeus, General Wesley Clark, and more!

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The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth


Monday, October 5th, 2020

6 - 7 PM EST

FREE - Donation Recommended

"The Man Who Ran Washington is the story of the amazing journey of a young, apolitical oil and gas lawyer from Houston who rose to become one of the most consequential secretaries of state in U.S. history. He served four U.S. presidents and helped a fifth one navigate a path from Florida to the Supreme Court and into the Oval Office. His Washington career was a triumph of what his biographers call 'pragmatism over purity and deal-making over division, a lost art in today’s fractured nation.'

James Baker held the offices of Undersecretary of Commerce, White House Chief of Staff, Treasury Secretary and Secretary of State. The authors call this important biography, 'A case study in the acquisition, exercise, and preservation of power in late twentieth-century America and the story of Washington and the world in the modern era–how it once worked and how it has transformed into an era of gridlock and polarization.'"

Featuring award-winning journalist and chief White House correspondent for the New York Times, Peter Baker, and moderated by Jeffrey Engel, Director of the Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University.

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The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth


Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

12 - 1 PM EST

FREE - Donation Recommended

"CNN’s chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward weighs in on her experience navigating devastation and destruction in the world’s most dangerous places, while finding a way to remain empathetic and in touch with the better side of humanity. With postings in Russia, China, Afghanistan and across the Middle East, Ward has spent her career telling the world’s most difficult and heartbreaking stories. In her book, 'On All Fronts,' Ward will share insights with Elizabeth Souder of the Dallas Morning News from her unique perspective as a conflict reporter in the “age of extremism” – a time that has pushed humanity to redefine warfare as increasingly complicated geopolitics adapt to the modern world.

Clarissa Ward is Chief International Correspondent at CNN. She is a world-renowned and award-winning conflict reporter whose 15-year career includes work for Fox, CBS and ABC. Ward is a graduate of Yale University and the recipient of an honorary doctor of letter from Middlebury College in Vermont. She speaks seven languages and currently lives in London."

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Trust: America’s Best Chance with Pete Buttigieg

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth


Thursday, October 8th, 2020

8 - 9 PM EST

$20 Non-Member Ticket + Book

"Trust is essential to the foundation of America’s democracy, asserts Pete Buttigieg, the former presidential candidate and South Bend mayor. Yet, in a century warped by terrorism, financial collapse, Trumpist populism, systemic racism, and now a global pandemic, trust has been squandered, sacrificed, abused, stolen, or never properly built in the first place. And now, more so than ever before, Americans must work side by side to reckon with the monumental challenges posed by our present moment.

Interweaving history, political philosophy, and affecting passages of memoir, Buttigieg explores the strong relationship between measures of prosperity and levels of social trust. He provides an impassioned account of a threefold crisis of trust: in our institutions, in each other, and in the American project itself. Today, these perilous patterns of distrust have wreaked havoc on nearly every sector of society, as Americans increasingly resent the very government that needs to be part of the solution. With the internet and partisan television networks acting as accelerants, Americans jettison any sense of shared reality, lose confidence in experts and scientists, and cope with the grim national tragedy of a pandemic that has only further exemplified the lethality of distrust.

Buttigieg contends that our success, or failure, at confronting the greatest challenges of the decade—racial and economic justice, pandemic resilience, and climate action—will rest on whether we can effectively cultivate, deepen, and, where necessary, repair the networks of trust that are now endangered, or for so many, have never even existed."

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Global Tipping Points: Climate Change Risks and the U.S. Military

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire


Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

5:30 - 7 PM EST

FREE - Donation Appreciated

Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire and the League of Conservation Voters for the second installment in our virtual, star-studded Global Tipping Points speaker series this Fall! Our October edition will be headlined by the 75th U.S. Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, who will speak on the threat that climate change and extreme weather poses to our country's military bases around the world and their ability to act effectively. After his remarks, Secretary Mabus will be joined by Norfolk, Virginia City Councilor Andria McClellan, and renowned journalist, author, and commentator on energy and climate issues, Jeff Goodell, for a panel discussion examining this existential threat to our nation's military readiness and what solutions are being, and should be, undertaken to combat it.

Following the opening remarks, a moderated Question and Answer session will be held. All questions can be emailed to, posted in either of the YouTube or Facebook Live chats, or the messenger app on our website, so tune in here at and we hope to see you there!

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Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth


Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

5 - 6 PM EST

FREE - Donation Recommended

"Wendy Sherman wrote recently that the U.S. cannot afford to neglect its relationship with the rest of the world, saying, 'Other countries have important lessons for us that we desperately need to learn.' And she believes that women have an important part to play. 'Some have argued that women are acknowledged when there is a mess to clean up…” – which Sherman knows from experience, as this distinguished diplomat was one of the lead negotiators on the JCPOA for President Obama and was North Korea Policy Coordinator for President Clinton. Oftentimes in her long diplomatic career she has been the only woman in the room, making her reliance on her own core values and skillset even more of an asset to her effectiveness at the negotiating table.

Ambassador Sherman is a professor of public leadership and director at the Harvard Kennedy School and Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center. She is a Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group. Sherman is the former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and served at the State Department in varying capacities under Presidents Clinton and Obama, including North Korea Policy Coordinator and chief nuclear negotiator with Iran. She was awarded the National Security Medal by President Obama. Sherman holds a M.S.W. from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from Boston University."

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Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World: Fareed Zakaria In Conversation With Andrew Ross Sorkin

WAC Dallas/Fort Worth and WAC Orange County


Thursday, October 29th, 2020

7 - 8 PM EST

FREE, or Exclusive Q&A with Book Purchase

"Amid our struggle with the existential crisis of a pandemic, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria turns his attention to the post-COVID 19 world. He predicts that the political, social, technological and economic consequences “will take years to unfold.” In our Council program Zakaria is joined by Andrew Ross Sorkin for a conversation about the economic after effects and what Zakaria calls “an emerging bipolar world order.”

Fareed Zakaria hosts Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN and is a columnist for the Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and the author of three highly-regarded bestselling books. Fareed Zakaria GPS earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011 and an Emmy® Award nomination in 2013. Prior to his tenure at CNN, Zakaria was editor of Newsweek International and managing editor of Foreign Affairs.

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a financial columnist for the New York Times, co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box and founder and editor at large of the Times’ news site DealBook. The HBO adaptation of Sorkin’s best-selling book “Too Big to Fail,” which chronicled the events of the 2008 financial crisis, was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards. He is also co-creator of Showtime’s drama series Billions. He has is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations."

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World Affairs Discussion Group

Mondays 4 PM - 5 PM

Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Are you fascinated by international affairs and the world of foreign policy? If so, please join Library Director Steve Butzel and a group of your peers in the Hilton Garden Inn Room on Mondays to discuss two topics that are voted on in advance by the group. 

If you plan on attending and would like to vote on the week's possible topics, send our Director an email at skbutzel@cityofportsmouth, and he will send you a link to the webpage where you can vote. The list of topics is posted each Wednesday afternoon and voting concludes that Friday afternoon. At that point, the Director will send out an email to the group letting them know the two selected topics, and a list of links to suggested articles.

Where do we get our possible topics and a set of suggested articles from each week? From the World Affairs Council of America's Weekly World News Update webpage.

For more information, contact our director,

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