Upcoming events

    • Sunday, January 19, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Portsmouth Public Library


    Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in hearing from Democratic Candidate for President,

    Senator Michael Bennet.

    As part of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire's ongoing efforts to engage citizens in discussions about Foreign Policy, the Council has extended invitations to all Presidential Campaigns to discuss their policies in regards to international relations. New Hampshire plays a special role in vetting the candidates and the citizens of the state need to understand all aspects of different campaign platforms. This is your opportunity to hear from and ask questions of Senator Michael Bennet about the issues he will focus on as President and where he sees the US's role in the world.


    Date: Sunday January 19th, 2020

    Event Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm

    Location: Portsmouth Public Library

    175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth, NH



    About Senator Bennet


    "Senator Michael Bennet is running for president to build opportunity for every American and restore integrity to our government. He has demonstrated an ambitious vision for the future and the strength and experience to beat Trump in 2020.

    Michael represents the State of Colorado in the Senate, but he has not spent a lifetime in politics. He turned around failing businesses in the private sector and improved outcomes for kids as superintendent of the Denver Public Schools. He’s relentlessly focused on building opportunity for the next generation. He’s viewed as a thoughtful and pragmatic voice and has won historically tough elections without compromising on his beliefs, core values, or positions on difficult issues. He lives in Denver with his wife, Susan Daggett, and their three daughters: Caroline, Halina, and Anne.

    Michael has more experience winning tough races than anyone else running for president. He won elections in 2010 and 2016 — both difficult cycles for Democrats — in a state that is a third Republican, a third Independent, and a third Democrat. In 2010, he prevailed in a general election that saw Democrats lose races up and down the ballot as the Tea Party wave swept America. During that race, Michael said he would be willing to lose his seat over voting for the Affordable Care Act; rather than shy away from the issue, he held town halls in Colorado’s most conservative counties, defending his progressive position. In 2016, Michael won in areas of Colorado that Trump won, including Pueblo County, which he carried by nearly 10 percentage points. He won reelection with more votes than anyone in Colorado history.

    Michael's Vision:

    Build economic opportunity: America calls itself the land of opportunity, but it doesn’t feel that way today. Wages are stagnant, costs are rising, and economic inequality in our country is only growing worse. To drive economic opportunity, Michael will work to ensure that when the economy grows, incomes for everyone grow. In the meantime, he will take immediate steps to increase wages and lower the costs of a middle-class life. And as a former school superintendent, he will recommit our country to delivering a quality education for every American.

    Restore integrity to government: Corruption and dysfunction in Washington not only destroy the American people’s trust in government but also prevent us from making critical decisions for our future. Michael believes we need to restore trust in our government by dismantling pay-to-play politics, increasing transparency, and reinvigorating the democratic process. Michael will ban members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists and overturn Citizens United to get unlimited dark money out of politics. He also will protect the right to vote, ensure the security of our elections, and reduce extreme partisanship in our electoral process — starting with his plan to make partisan gerrymandering illegal."


    Please Note: The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. The Council has reached out to all Presidential Campaigns to offer them the opportunity to speak on their foreign policy platform. These events do not constitute any type of endorsement of any candidates, platform, or policy by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, its partners, sponsors or members. These events are designed to provide a platform of discussion for the voters to learn more about the different candidates.

    • Monday, January 20, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The SNHU Hospitality Center Salon Rooms
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    Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in hearing from Sasha Baker, speaking on behalf of the Elizabeth Warren 2020 Presidential Campaign.

    As part of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire's ongoing efforts to engage citizens in discussions about Foreign Policy, the Council has extended invitations to all Presidential Campaigns to discuss their policies in regards to international relations. New Hampshire plays a special role in vetting the candidates and the citizens of the state need to understand all aspects of different campaign platforms. This is your opportunity to hear from and ask questions of Sasha Baker of the Elizabeth Warren campaign about the issues Warren will focus on as President and where she sees the US's role in the world.

    Date: Monday January 20th, 2020

    Event Time: 6 - 7:30 pm

    Location: SNHU, Hospitality Center, Salon Rooms


    Venue and Parking Information:


    About Sasha Baker


    Sasha Baker currently serves as the Deputy Policy Director for foreign policy for Warren for President, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Sasha served in a similar role in Senator Warren's senate office.

    Previously, Sasha was Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, whom she advised on acquisition and technology innovation and preparation of the Department of Defense budget. Sasha also served as career budget analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget, joining as a Presidential Management Fellow and serving in the Homeland Security and National Security divisions and later as Special Assistant to the OMB Director. While at OMB, Sasha completed a detail to the Joint Staff as a Special Assistant for Strategy to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with a focus on the defense budget. After several years in the private sector, Sasha began her public service career at the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, where she supported bipartisan congressional reviews on a variety of national security topics.

    Sasha holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an International and Global Affairs Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal.


    Please Note: The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. The Council has reached out to all Presidential Campaigns to offer them the opportunity to speak on their foreign policy platform. These events do not constitute any type of endorsement of any candidates, platform, or policy by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, its partners, sponsors or members. These events are designed to provide a platform of discussion for the voters to learn more about the different candidates.

    • Monday, January 27, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • SNHU Hospitality Center Salon Rooms
    Register


    A Conversation on Nuclear Dangers

    and a New Nuclear Arms Race:

    With Dr. Ernest Moniz

    In partnership with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is proud to offer an engaging evening of conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz. Dr. Moniz will address themes from his Foreign Affairs article, “The Return of Doomsday: The New Nuclear Arms Race—and How Washington and Moscow Can Stop It,” written with former Senator Sam Nunn. Now co-chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Dr. Moniz will discuss today’s growing risk of nuclear war or detonation by accident or terrible miscalculation, and he’ll present solutions that can bring us back from the brink. Join us and The Nuclear Threat Initiative for this intriguing talk and help push the needle forward in the lead up to New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary. The event will be free and open to the public, with food and refreshments provided as well.

    When: January 27th, 2020 from 6-7:30pm

    Where: Salon Rooms, Hospitality Center

    Southern New Hampshire University

    2500 North River Road

    Manchester, NH 03106


    More about Dr. Moniz


    Dr. Ernest J. Moniz was named the new chief executive officer and co-chair by the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in March 2017.  He began serving in June 2017. 

    Dr. Moniz served as the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017.  As Secretary, he advanced energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, cutting-edge capabilities for the American scientific research community, and environmental stewardship. Dr. Moniz served on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty from 1973 until becoming Secretary of Energy in 2013 and is now the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus and Special Advisor to the MIT President.   He is co-chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit organization that has advanced innovative solutions for securing nuclear materials, building international cooperation for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, preventing the spread of disease and reducing radiological threats.

    The inaugural Distinguished Fellow of the Emerson Collective and CEO of the non-profit Energy Futures Initiative, Dr. Moniz also previously served in government as DOE Under Secretary from 1997 until January 2001 with science, energy, and nuclear security responsibilities, and from 1995 to 1997 as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy with responsibility for the physical, life, and social sciences. He was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and of the Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013.  He also served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future that provided advice to the President and the Secretary of Energy, particularly on nuclear waste management.

    At MIT, Dr. Moniz was the Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. Dr. Moniz is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center.

    Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and nine honorary doctorates, including three from European universities.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council and received the 1998 Seymour Cray HPCC Industry Recognition Award for vision and leadership in advancing scientific simulation.  He is the recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Medals of the Department of Defense and of the Navy.  He also was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Makarios III (Cyprus), the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator (Portugal), and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan).  Other awards include the Charles Percy Award of the Alliance to Save Energy, the Right Stuff Award of the Blue-Green Alliance Foundation, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Neustadt Award of the Harvard Kennedy School for creating exceptional solutions to significant problems in public policy.  He is a Fellow of the American Physics Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Dr. Moniz is a resident of Brookline Massachusetts with his wife of more than four decades, Naomi, daughter Katya, and grandchildren Alex and Eve.  He is a very modestly accomplished but very enthusiastic practitioner of fly-fishing.

    • Thursday, January 30, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 22
    Register


    Thank you Home Hospitality Hosts

    Join us for a night of appreciation of our home hospitality hosts, who so generously open their homes to our international visitors. This will be an opportunity to thank current hosts and to expand this opportunity out to new hosts as well. Please feel free to invite others who may be interested in learning more about this program, as it will be a great opportunity for them to learn more. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided, along with a cash bar.

    6:00 pm 

    Puritan Backroom

    245 Hooksett Road, Manchester

    Open to the Public, Prior Registration Required

    More about Home Hospitality

    For many of our international visitor groups, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire provides them with the opportunity to visit a local home for an informal dinner.  These dinners are great chances for people from around the world to learn more about the United States and for their hosts to learn about other countries.  These dinners can be as informal as you like, as people always remember the discussions the best. Groups range in size from 2 people to 24 and they come with interpreters, if need be.  It is a wonderful way to engage with our visitors and to make international friends. Many of our hosts have visited the people they have met when they travel internationally.

    More about the International Visitor Program

    The International Visitor Leadership Program is the premier international exchange program run by the US Department of State.  By bringing over 5,000 international visitors to the country and having them travel to different cities, over a three week period, this program gives visitors the opportunity to learn what the US is really like. Through professional meetings, the groups learn about best practices in the US, which they can take back and adopt the parts that work well in their country. WACNH hosts around 275 visitors per year, showing them around the state. Over the years, the Council has hosted over 2,500 visitors from more than 175 different countries.

    • Thursday, February 06, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Mara Auditorium, Webster Hall, SNHU, 2500 North River Road, Manchester
    Register


    Global Tipping Points:

    The Challenges of Populism in Italy and France

    As recent American foreign policy choices fuel mistrust between its European partners, the European Union is facing the existential question of becoming a stronger actor on the global scene. At the same time, the EU is also facing domestic challenges, largely due to the rise of right-wing and left-wing populism in the bloc's largest member nations, urging a broader discussion on the future of the EU. The Yellow Vests in France and the Five Star Movement in Italy are two interesting examples of the impact on domestic and foreign policy that longstanding economic distress and overall disenchantment towards establishment powers are having. Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in hearing from Brookings Institution Visiting Fellow, Dr. Giovanna De Maio, to hear about these pressing populist challenges facing two of the United States's strongest European allies.

    When: February 6th at 6:00 pm

    Where: Mara Auditorium, Webster Hall
    SNHU, 2500 North River Road 
    Manchester, NH 03106


    Tickets:

    Members - Free

    Non-Members - $10

    All Students & SNHU Faculty - Free (w/ registration code)

    [Email council@wacnh.org to get the SNHU code]


    More About Giovanna De Maio

    Giovanna De Maio is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. With a background on Russia and international security, as well as on Italy’s relations with Russia, EU and United States, De Maio’s research analyzes Italian domestic and foreign politics, in light of the challenge posed by the rise of populism in the European Union and of the political instability in the Mediterranean. In particular, De Maio is working on the evolving topic of “direct democracy” in the Italian case and its possible consequences on democratic stability.

    Prior to joining Brookings, she worked as a trans-Atlantic post-doctoral fellow at the French Institute for International Relations in Paris, where she provided expertise on the impact of the sanctions towards Russia (and Russia’s counter-sanctions) on the Italian economy, and at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States in Washington, D.C., where she analyzed the ties between Russia and eurosceptic parties in Italy prior to the national elections in 2018.

    De Maio holds a doctorate in international relations from the University of Naples, L’Orientale; an advanced certificate in diplomatic studies from the Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale in Rome; and a master’s and bachelor's degree from the University of Naples, L’Orientale. In her doctoral dissertation, Giovanna focused on the 2014 conflict in Ukraine and provided a comprehensive analysis of the crisis from the perspective of Russia, including an assessment of the decisionmaking mechanisms within the Kremlin and mythmaking processes addressing Russian public opinion. She conducted field research in Moscow and spent five months as a special guest of the Brookings Institution, where she completed research on EU energy security vis-à-vis Russia.

    Prior to enrollment in her doctoral program, De Maio was a trainee at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, where she worked reviewed NGO projects proposals and country-targeted action plans in the fields of human rights, democracy, and rule of law.

    De Maio writes regularly a number of policy-oriented articles, working papers, and policy briefs different outlets such as the Observatory for International Politics of the Italian Senate, the GMF, Brookings, and the Institute of International Affairs.

    • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Southern NH University - Dining Center
    Register



    Registration for NH Academic WorldQuest teams!

    Please register your team(s) and pay online or by mailing a check to the WACNH office: 2500 North River Rd. Manchester, NH 03106

    For more detailed information about the competition, please visit our

    AWQ 2020 page


    The 2020 Competition Topics

    1. U.S.-Russia Relations

    2. Country in Focus: South Korea

    3. Preventing Extremism in Fragile States

    4. Oceans: The World's Garbage Dump

    5. New Hampshire and the World

    6. Brexit and the EU

    7. China's Belt & Road Initiative

    8. Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

    9. Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council

    10.Current Events

    Study Guide: Here

    Competition format this year:

    In Rounds 1-10, each team submits their answer using an electronic clicker system, concealing their answers to all except the computer.  In the Final Round, the top two teams will go head-to-head to compete for 1st and 2nd place. These two teams will be invited up on stage and the 1st placed team will go first.  They will be asked an open-ended question and have 30 seconds to answer.  A correct answer wins them a point.  An incorrect answer sends the question to the 2nd place team, who will have 15 seconds to answer, for a chance to "steal" the point.  Then the 2nd place team will get the next question.  The round will continue like this until one team gets to 5 points.

    THANK YOU 2020 SPONSORS: 

           



*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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SNHU - 2500 N. River Road - Manchester - NH - 03106
council@wacnh.org - (603) 314-7970

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