Upcoming events

    • Saturday, May 04, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Frost Hall, SNHU, 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH


    Saturday, May 4th

    8:30 AM -1:30 PM

    Southern NH University

    Frost Hall, Walker Auditorium

    2500 North River Road

    Manchester, NH

    (See location and parking map information below)

    The urgency to take action on climate change has become increasingly evident, but solutions are at hand that will improve public health, create economic opportunity, and strengthen our resilience as a state and a nation.   This program will serve as a forum for discussion on current and future policy options on the local, state, federal and international levels to meet the global challenges of climate change.

    Keynote Speaker:            Gina McCarthy

    Former Administrator of the EPA and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Chan School of Public Health

    Conference sessions will focus on public health, the business case for climate action, municipal initiatives on renewable energy, and international climate negotiations.  Presenters include representatives from Clean Energy NH, CERES, NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, the City of Boston, Harvard Business School, Union of Concerned Scientists, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (Click Here for Full Program).

    Sponsors:            World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Global Citizens Circle, Harvard Club of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Kennedy School Network, League of Conservation Voters

    Cost:                      $20 person, includes continental breakfast and lunch

    Location & Parking:

    For more information, contact Rob Werner at rob_werner@lcv.org or 603-674-9810



    • Sunday, May 19, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Southern NH University

    2019 Global Forum: The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age with David Sanger

    Sunday, May 19th at the SNHU Dining Center

    Doors Open at 5 PM

    Presentation Begins at 6 PM 

    Member Tickets - $50

    Non- Member Tickets - $60

    Patron Ticket - $150

    From the premiere New York Times national security correspondent, a stunning and incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and changing diplomacy and war.

         In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country. This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world's powers, in which Americans became the collateral damage as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict.

         The Perfect Weapon is the startling inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes--from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt--cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists. Two presidents--Bush and Obama--drew first blood with Operation Olympic Games, which used malicious code to blow up Iran's nuclear centrifuges, and yet America proved remarkably unprepared when its own weapons were stolen from its arsenal and, during President Trump's first year, turned back on the US and its allies. The government was often paralyzed, unable to threaten the use of cyberweapons because America was so vulnerable to crippling attacks on its own networks of banks, utilities, and government agencies.

         Moving from the White House Situation Room to the dens of Chinese government hackers to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger--who broke the story of Olympic Games in his previous book--reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution. The Perfect Weapon is the dramatic story of how great and small powers alike slipped into a new era of constant sabotage, misinformation, and fear, in which everyone is a target.

    2019 Global Forum Sponsors

    Mission Level Partner

    Vice Presidential Sponsors


    Consul Level Sponsor


    Steve Solomon and Beverly Marshall

    Ginny and Joe Szymanowski

    Carolyn and Stewart Richmond

    Bob Blair and Trish Murphy

     Anthony and Eleanor Spinazzola

    Sarah Demers

    David Stevens

    Jack and Carol Resch

    Dave and Missie Schroeder



    Copies of David Sanger's Book "The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age" will be sold and signed after the event.

    Editorial Reviews of The Perfect Weapon:

    "[Sanger’s] description of the cyber portion of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election is thorough and convincing. It ought to be required reading for anyone who doubts the extent and seriousness of the Russian effort… The great value of The Perfect Weapon is less in its specific policy prescriptions than in its being the most comprehensive, readable source of information and insight about the policy quandaries that modern information technology and its destructive potential have spawned.”

    “Timely and bracing… With the deep knowledge and bright clarity that have long characterized his work, Sanger recounts the cunning and dangerous development of cyberspace into the global battlefield of the 21st century… A reader finishes this book fully understanding why cyberwar has moved rapidly to the top of America’s official list of national security threats. And why, for the first time in three generations, this nation’s power in the world is seriously threatened.” 
    David Von Drehle, THE WASHINGTON POST

    "This encyclopedic account by a Times correspondent traces the rapid rise of cyberwarfare capabilities and warns that ideas about how to control them are only beginning to emerge."

    “In his new book, The Perfect Weapon, Sanger offers a panoramic view of the rapidly evolving world of cyber-conflict. He covers incidents from the covert U.S. cyber-campaign to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program (a story we know about largely because of Sanger’s diligent reporting) to Edward Snowden’s epic heist of National Security Agency data. And yes, there’s also plenty of background on Russia’s active measures during the 2016 campaign. But there’s also a wealth of gripping material on stories that have probably been missed by the broader public… It all adds up to a persuasive argument for the truth of the book’s title.”
    Christian Caryl, THE WASHINGTON POST

    “[The Perfect Weapon is] an important – and deeply sobering – new book about cyberwarfare.”
    NICHOLAS KRISTOF, New York Times

    "A chilling new book."

    “Anyone who doubts cyber’s unintended consequences should read David Sanger’s new book The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age. Sanger, a reporter for The New York Times, has been a dogged and diligent observer of cybersecurity issues for years. His book is a readable account of what went wrong.”
    Robert Samuelson, THE WASHINGTON POST

    “[The Perfect Weapon] reads like a thriller spy novel, except the stories are true, which makes the book more terrifying… Sanger shows the political, military, and economic impacts of actual hacks, moves made by governments and industry to counter moves and protect against future attacks, and the counter to the counter to the counter, all told at a breathtaking pace. But this is more than just a real-life drama; it also is a cautionary tale of the policy of information power… This book at turns was both fascinating in its detail and access and terrifying in its implications.”

    “[Sanger] has penned one of the most comprehensive and accessible histories of cyberwar to date… Sanger’s book is more than a history and primer. It also advances a series of arguments, among them that the United States is not ready for the kind of cyberattack to come.”

    About David Sanger

    DAVID E. SANGER is national security correspondent for the New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance and Confront and Conceal. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting. A regular contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

    • Wednesday, June 05, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mara Auditorium Southern New Hampshire University

    The Threat of Nuclear War: The Competing Stories of Iran and North Korea

    Featuring Dr. Jim Walsh

    Wednesday, June 5th, 6 PM

    Mara Auditorium in Webster Hall 

    North Korea is years beyond the nuclear "breakout" the US so fears in Iran. Yet, there are similarities in how US foreign policy should be shaped to reduce the threat of a nuclear crisis with both countries. Is the US safer today, a year after President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal or are we more at risk? What are the consequences of the no deal outcome from the meeting with Kim Jong-un? Dr. James Walsh will discuss current challenges as well as workable strategies to address the threats of Iran and North Korea.

    Campus Map With Parking

    About Dr. Jim Walsh

    Dr. Jim Walsh is a Senior Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program (SSP).  Dr. Walsh's research and writings focus on international security, and in particular, topics involving nuclear weapons, the Middle East, and East Asia. Dr. Walsh has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives on issues of nuclear terrorism, Iran, and North Korea. He is one of a handful of Americans who has traveled to both Iran and North Korea for talks with officials about nuclear issues. His recent publications include “Stopping North Korea, Inc.: Sanctions Effectiveness and Unintended Consequences” and “Rivals, Adversaries, and Partners: Iran and Iraq in the Middle East” in Iran and Its Neighbors. He is the international security contributor to the NPR program “Here and Now,” and his comments and analysis have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and numerous other national and international media outlets.  Before coming to MIT, Dr. Walsh was Executive Director of the Managing the Atom project at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a visiting scholar at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has taught at both Harvard University and MIT. Dr. Walsh received his Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


    • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Learning Commons, Academic Center, SNHU

    Join us for the Council's Annual Meeting & BBQ

    Thursday, June 13th

    5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Come and learn about our most recent year, our accomplishments, and the future ahead.

    We will be announcing this year's President's Award Winner, given each year to a person who provided great service or support to the Council.

    *Please know that only World Affairs Council of New Hampshire dues-paying members are eligible to vote at the annual meeting although all are welcome to attend*

    The Annual Meeting is Free and Open to the Public. Following the Annual Meeting there will be a BBQ dinner (Tickets Required).

    Join us to celebrate another great year!


     5:00 PM - Registration & Networking (Cash Bar)

                                  5:30 PM- Annual Meeting- FREE!

                                  6:30 pm - Dinner for Registered Guests


    Academic Center

    Southern New Hampshire University

    2500 N. River Road

    Manchester, NH 03106


    • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Portsmouth Public Library
    • 124

    Finding Refuge: Crossroads Film and Discussion Series

    The Human Flow

    Tuesday, September 10th, 6 PM

    Portsmouth Public Library

    175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801

    About The Human Flow:

    Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

    Watch the Trailer:

    This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.

    • Tuesday, October 01, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Portsmouth Public Library 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801
    • 124

    Finding Refuge: Crossroads Film and Discussion Series

    Anote's Ark

    Tuesday, October 1st, 6PM

    Portsmouth Public Library

    175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801

    Tickets are free for the public, but space is limited. Reserve your tickets today!

    About Anote's Ark

    What happens when your nation is swallowed by the sea? With the harsh realities of climate change looming, the low-lying Pacific nation Kiribati must find a new solution for the survival of its people. With sweeping cinematography, Anote's Ark interweaves two poignant stories. Anote Tong, endearing president of the island, races to find options-advocating in international climate negotiations and even investigating building underwater cities. At the same time, warm and sharp-witted Sermery, a young mother of six, tackles every struggle with humour. She must decide whether to leave the only culture she knows on the island and migrate to a new life in New Zealand. Anote's Ark captures the next evolution in the shifting dynamics of climate change-one where borders, technology, and global treaties are urgent and can change daily life as we know it. This portrait of the Kiribati people exudes strength of character and grace as they confront the inevitable change they are facing head-on.

    Watch the Trailer:

    This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org

    • Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Portsmouth Public Library 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801
    • 124

    Finding Refuge: Crossroads Film and Discussion Series 

    Fire at Sea

    Tuesday, November 5th, 6 PM

    Portsmouth Public Library

    175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801

    Tickets are free for the public, but space is limited. Reserve your tickets today!

    About Fire at Sea:

    Situated some 200km off Italy's southern coast, Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living on the Mediterranean island, capturing its history, culture and the current everyday reality of its 6,000-strong local population as hundreds of migrants land on its shores on a weekly basis. The resulting documentary focuses on 12-year-old Samuele, a local boy who loves to hunt with his slingshot and spend time on land even though he hails from a culture steeped in the sea.

    Watch the Trailer:

    This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

    Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org

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