Upcoming events

    • Thursday, April 09, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    WACNH Live! Combating Extremism

    Using People Power:

    With Leanne Erdberg Steadman

    Due to the cancellation of all WACNH in-person events until at least mid-May because of COVID-19, we are happy to be launching WACNH Live! This series of virtual events will feature several of our originally planned upcoming speakers presenting on important international topics, straight to you at home.

    On Thursday, April 9th at 4pm, join us in hearing from Leanne Erdberg Steadman, Director of the U.S. Institute of Peace's Countering Violent Extremism program, as she discusses the global issue that is violent extremism and the ways in which everyday people and civil society can help to combat it. All questions can be emailed to council@wacnh.org or posted in the YouTube Live chat before or during the event, so tune in here at wacnh.org and we hope to see you there!

    When: Thursday, April 9th at 4:00 pm

    Where: wacnh.org


    This event was made possible by the generous support of:

    The John Bickford Foundation

    Charles and Barbara Bickford

    Stephen and Karin Barndollar

    Helen B. Taft and Peter Bowman


    More About Leanne Erdberg Steadman


    Leanne Erdberg Steadman is the director of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She manages USIP’s work focused on violent extremism research, practice, and policy, including serving as interim executive director of the RESOLVE Network and recently as a senior advisor to the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States.

    Prior to joining the Institute, Leanne held several positions in the U.S. government including as a senior advisor on the National Security Council staff at the White House; counterterrorism advisor in the State Department; and as a special assistant at the Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services. Leanne comes to USIP most recently from Accenture Federal Services, where she consulted on developing responsible uses of artificial intelligence for the federal government. Leanne began her career with policy and legal positions at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the World Health Organization, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and on a U.S. congressional campaign.

    Before her work in foreign and public policy, Leanne co-founded an independent record label. Leanne holds a J.D. with honors in the concentration of international law and a B.S., magna cum laude in mass communication studies, both from Boston University. In 2017, Leanne was profiled in Forbes about working in national security.

    Leanne lives with her husband and dog in Virginia and is originally from Miami, Florida. 

    • Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    Please Note: We are currently putting a pause on all in-person WACNH programs through mid-May, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This will now be held virtually.

    WACNH Live! Erdogan’s Empire:

    With Dr. Soner Cagaptay

    Due to the cancellation of all WACNH events in-person until at least mid-May because of COVID-19, we are happy to be launching WACNH Live! This series of virtual events will feature several of our originally planned upcoming speakers presenting on important international topics, straight to you at home.

    On Wednesday (4/22) at 6pm, join us in hearing from Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute, Dr. Soner Cagaptay, as he discusses authoritarianism in President Erdoğan's Turkey. He will also discuss his newest book, Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East, followed by a Q&A. All questions can be emailed to council@wacnh.org or posted in the YouTube Live chat before or during the event, so tune in here at wacnh.org and we hope to see you there!

    When: Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm

    Where: wacnh.org

    This event was made possible by the generous support of:

    The John Bickford Foundation

    Charles and Barbara Bickford

    Stephen and Karin Barndollar

    Helen B. Taft and Peter Bowman


    This event is free to watch, and copies of Cagaptay's newest book, Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East, can be purchased from Amazon.


    More About Soner Cagaptay


    Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He has written extensively on U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals and major international print media, including the Wall Street JournalWashington PostNew York TimesForeign Affairs, and The Atlantic. He has been a regular columnist for Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey's oldest and most influential English-language paper, and a contributor to CNN's Global Public Square blog. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, BBC, and CNN-Turk. His latest book, Erdogan's Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East, was published in September 2019 by I.B. Tauris.

    A historian by training, Dr. Cagaptay wrote his doctoral dissertation at Yale University (2003) on Turkish nationalism. Dr. Cagaptay has taught courses at Yale, Princeton University, Georgetown University, and Smith College on the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. His spring 2003 course on modern Turkish history was the first offered by Yale in three decades. From 2006-2007, he was Ertegun Professor at Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies.

    Dr. Cagaptay is the recipient of numerous honors, grants, and chairs, among them the Smith-Richardson, Mellon, Rice, and Leylan fellowships, as well as the Ertegun chair at Princeton. He has also served on contract as chair of the Turkey Advanced Area Studies Program at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute. In 2012 he was named an American Turkish Society Young Society Leader.
    After training in India, Dr. Cagaptay is certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 in 2018.

    • Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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    Please Note: We are currently putting a pause on all in-person WACNH programs through mid-May, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This will now be held virtually.

    WACNH Live! India on the Edge:

    Authoritarianism and Violence

    in the World's Largest Democracy

    Due to the cancellation of all WACNH events in-person until at least mid-May because of COVID-19, we are happy to be launching WACNH Live! This series of virtual events will feature several of our originally planned upcoming speakers presenting on important international topics, straight to you at home.

    On Wednesday (5/6) at 6pm, join us in hearing from Dr. Manu Bhagavan, Professor of History at Hunter College, as he talks about the authoritarian trends that some have seen building under current Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the largest democracy in the world, India. He will also discuss how these trends in India may fit in to growing global trends towards nationalism, illiberalism, and authoritarianism, and his talk will be followed by a Q&A. All questions can be emailed to council@wacnh.org or posted in the YouTube Live chat before or during the event, so tune in here at wacnh.org and we hope to see you there!

    When: Wednesday, May 6th at 6:00 pm

    Where: wacnh.org

    This event was made possible by the generous support of:

    The John Bickford Foundation

    Charles and Barbara Bickford

    Stephen and Karin Barndollar

    Helen B. Taft and Peter Bowman


    More About Manu Bhagavan


    Manu Bhagavan is a specialist on modern India, focusing on the twentieth-century late-colonial and post-colonial periods, with particular interests in human rights, (inter)nationalism, and questions of sovereignty.  At Hunter, where he is Professor of History, at the undergraduate level he lectures on modern world history and on modern South Asian history, and offers seminars on Gandhi, modern India, and violence and ethnic conflict.  His graduate classes focus on human rights and internationalism.

    Manu’s most recent book is the critically acclaimed The Peacemakers / India and the Quest for One World, published by Harper Collins India in 2012 and updated and expanded by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. Set against the backdrop of World War II, Indian independence and decolonization, and the Cold War, this first-of-its-kind international history, based on seven years of research in twenty archives on three continents, tells the story of India’s quest to build consensus around the framework of “human rights,” to bridge the divisions between East and West, between capitalist and communist, and to create “one world” free of empire, poverty, exploitation, and war. 

    Manu explores ideas raised in The Peacemakers further in several recent articles, including: “Towards a World Community: India and the Idea of United Nations Reform,” Strategic Analysis (2011); co-authored with Alexander Bacha, “The Commodification of Love: Gandhi, King and 1960’s Counterculture,” in Bryan S. Turner, ed., War and Peace (2013);  “India and the United Nations Or Things Fall Apart,” in David Malone, C. Raja Mohan, and Srinath Raghavan, eds., The OUP Handbook on Indian Foreign Policy (2015); and “Towards Universal Relief and Rehabilitation: India, UNRRA, and the New Internationalism.” in Thomas Weiss and Dan Plesch, eds., Wartime History and the Future United Nations (2015).

    Manu’s other major publications, all with Oxford University Press, include Sovereign Spheres (2003), Heterotopias (editor, 2010), and Speaking Truth to Power and Claiming Power from Below (co-edited with Anne Feldhaus, 2009, with multiple reprints).  Manu has also published articles in The Journal of Asian StudiesModern Asian StudiesThe Indian Economic and Social History Review, and the Economic and Political Weekly, among other places.  He reviews books for numerous publications and has maintained a blog on CNN-IBN.    Manu has served as the President of the Society for Advancing the History of South Asia and is also the recipient of a 2006 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

    At Hunter, Manu serves as an undergraduate advisor in the History Department, He has previously served as Chair of the interdisciplinary Human Rights Program based at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.  Manu regularly comments in the media.  He has written for or been quoted in The New York Times, the Washington Post,  Fusion, and Media Diversified, with stories picked up in the Indian press including India AbroadThe Hindu, and the Deccan Herald.  Manu has also been interviewed by or appeared on Sirius XM radio (The Matt Townsend Show), Zee English/WION TV, WNYC radio (The Brian Lehrer Show), CNBC, NPR (All Things Considered), Rajya Sabha Television (The Big Picture), Al Jazeera International (The Stream), HuffPost Live, CNN-IBN, Press TV, and BBC World Radio (The World Today).  His essay for Quartz on the rise of global authortarianism went viral internationally and was translated into German as the lead, cover article for the May 2016 issue of the Berliner Republik magazine.

    • Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Red River Theatres 11 S Main St #L1 Concord, NH
    • 104
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    Crossroads Film Series: Breaking the Chains of Trafficking

    Silk Road: Drugs, Death and the Dark Web


    Tuesday, May 12th, 7 PM

    Red River Theatres 

    11 S Main St #L1

    Concord, NH 03301


    Tickets are $13 for the general public,

    $10 for WACNH members.


    About Silk Road:

    In 2011, a sensational new black market website known as the “Silk Road” emerged on the dark net. This “Amazon of Illegal Drugs” was the brainchild of a mysterious, libertarian intellectual operating under the avatar “The Dread Pirate Roberts.” Promising its users complete anonymity, and total freedom from government regulation or scrutiny, Silk Road became a billion-dollar digital drugs cartel.

    Homeland Security, the DEA, the FBI, even the Secret Service mounted multiple investigations in the largest online manhunt the world had ever seen. But it would be a young tax inspector from the IRS, who had grown up in the projects of Brooklyn and had seen first-hand how drugs could ravage a community, to finally crack the case and unmask “DPR.”

    With unparalleled access, SILK ROAD: DRUGS, DEATH AND THE DARK WEB is a thrilling cat-and-mouse crime story for the digital age, bristling with intrigue, mayhem… and murder.


    This project was made possible with support from 

    The Lantos Foundation

    • Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Dos Amigos Burritos Portsmouth
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    Join the World Affairs Council of NH for a Night of Global Trivia

    Gather your team, test your knowledge, and win some great prizes!

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will host a series of four global trivia nights at Dos Amigos Burritos in downtown Portsmouth.  The rules are simple: no phones and no shouting out answers!  This will be a fun night of testing your knowledge of global culture, music, politics, sports, and general information. This is a great way to get out on a Wednesday night and compete with friends, so get together with your smartest friends and come show us what you know!

    When: Wednesday, May 13th at 6:00 pm

    Where: Dos Amigos Burritos

    15 Portwalk Place

    Portsmouth, NH 03801

    Who: General Public

    Hint: Engage with WACNH programs to learn the answers to some questions ahead of time. Many questions will come from topics discussed at WACNH events and in the Council's Global in the Granite State Podcast. You can listen to past episodes HERE.

    • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Dos Amigos Burritos Portsmouth
    Register


    Join the World Affairs Council of NH for a Night of Global Trivia

    Gather your team, test your knowledge, and win some great prizes!

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will host a series of four global trivia nights at Dos Amigos Burritos in downtown Portsmouth.  The rules are simple: no phones and no shouting out answers!  This will be a fun night of testing your knowledge of global culture, music, politics, sports, and general information. This is a great way to get out on a Wednesday night and compete with friends, so get together with your smartest friends and come show us what you know!

    When: Wednesday, June 10th at 6:00 pm

    Where: Dos Amigos Burritos

    15 Portwalk Place

    Portsmouth, NH 03801

    Who: General Public

    Hint: Engage with WACNH programs to learn the answers to some questions ahead of time. Many questions will come from topics discussed at WACNH events and in the Council's Global in the Granite State Podcast. You can listen to past episodes HERE.

*We encourage advance registration for all of our programs. For events with a ticket price, online payments can be made using PayPal. If you prefer to register or pay over the phone, please contact our office: 603.314.7970


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