Upcoming Events

    • Wednesday, October 05, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Mara Auditorium, SNHU, 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH

    About the Program

    The past several years have seen massive shifts in the world of work, as the pandemic showed that many jobs could successfully move to remote locations, while others were required to increase health and safety measure to avoid disruptions to their production. This continues an ongoing trend of technological change, which has exacerbated the inequality in the current structure of work. With technology creating change at a faster rate than ever, companies embracing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environment, Social, and Governance  (ESG) principals in the workplace, and governments working to leverage comparative advantages and limit disruptions to their own economies, now is the time to look at the future of work. 

    Kevin Cassidy, Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations at the International Labour Organization (ILO), will join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire for an insightful discussion on how corporations, workers, and governments can come together to ensure success for businesses and communities. Leaning on the success of the ILO's tripartite (government, workers, and business leaders) structure, he will provide the audience with key insights into how these three levels can come together to build positive relationships and create new solutions that will benefit the entire community. 

    This program brings together community leaders who are interested in creating the conditions necessary for human centered workplaces. Members of the public, business leaders, government policy makers, and anyone concerned with a strong and functioning economy will find positive insights from attending this program.

    Audience members have the opportunity to engage with this program both in-person and online. After the event, a recording of the discussion will be made available.

    About the Speaker

    With nearly 4 decades of international development experience, is currently the Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations for the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for the United States.

    Prior to this appointment, Mr. Cassidy served as the Senior Communications and Economic and Social Affairs Officer for 11 years in the ILO Office for the United Nations with additional responsible for partnerships in North America.
    During this time, Mr. Cassidy worked with member States to organise Heads of State/Government and Ministerial level events highlighting decent work as well as introducing policy language on key development issues into the resolutions and outcomes documents of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee and the Commissions of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

    Before his assignment to New York, Mr. Cassidy was the Chief Technical Adviser for the ILO’s Global Campaign on Promoting Fundamental Rights at Work. During that time he developed numerous communication initiatives in over 40 countries such as interactive radio and television programmes as well as training journalists on communicating locally on decent work, child labour, forced labour, discrimination and the freedom of association.

    Prior to joining the ILO, Mr. Cassidy worked for the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF-UK) in London as the Operations, Communications and Partnership Director. His work with the AKF-UK focused on rural and community-based development in Central and South Asia.

    Mr. Cassidy has worked in several UN offices during his career including the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) on the issue of landmines, the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Ban Ki-moon), the UN Department of Public Information and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), New York.

    Mr. Cassidy holds a Masters’ of Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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    • Tuesday, October 18, 2022
    • 6:00 PM

    William & Patricia Ayers Global Tipping Points Series

    A Less Free World?

    The Future of Democratization

    in Latin America

    October 18, 2022

    6:00 pm 

    Mara Auditorium

    Southern New Hampshire University

    About the Program

    According to Freedom House, 94% of Latin America's population lives in countries that are classified as "free" or "partly free".  Nevertheless, democracy still faces acute challenges in the region. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Latin American countries particularly hard and has exacerbated already high levels of socio-economic inequality. While elections are mostly competitive and contested, authoritarian movements and parties have been gaining traction. Corruption that stifles socio-economic opportunities is deep seated. As economic conditions have deteriorated gang violence has increased, in turn contributing to many in the region voting with their feet, migrating northward for out of fears of physical safety as much as economic opportunity.  

    Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire as we focus on the particular challenges confronting the future of democratization in Latin America with Katrina Burgess of Tufts University.

    About the Speaker

    Katrina Burgess is Associate Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Henry J. Leir Institute for Migration and Human Security at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is the author of two award-winning books: Courting Migrants: How States Make Diasporas and Diasporas Make States (Oxford, 2020) and Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy (Pittsburgh, 2004). She has published numerous articles and book chapters on labor politics, remittances, migration, and diasporas, including a recent article in Electoral Studies with Michael Tyburski on political party outreach to voters abroad. In 2019, she wrote and produced Waylaid in Tijuana, a documentary about Haitian and Central American migrants whose journeys to the United States are disrupted by shifts in U.S. policy.

    Her current research addresses (1) how migrants traveling north through Mexico assess risk and process information regarding their prospects for entering the United States; and (2) the impact of restrictionist immigration policies on U.S.-Mexico border communities. Before coming to Fletcher, she taught at Brown University, Syracuse University, UCLA, and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). She received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University.

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    • Thursday, November 03, 2022
    • 6:00 PM

    William & Patricia Ayers Global Tipping Points Series

    A Less Free World?

    The Future of Democratization 

    in South Asia

    November 3, 2022

    6:00 pm 

    Online at

    South Asia is home to over one quarter of the world's population. The region is marked by the rivalry between its two major countries, India and Pakistan, and by the presence of Afghanistan. 

    Freedom House classifies both India and Pakistan as "partly free" countries. India is a multiparty democracy, but its government has presided over discriminatory policies against Muslims, certain castes and certain tribes. Although India's constitution guarantees civil liberties, the harassment of journalists, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other government critics has increased significantly. 

    According to Freedom House: "Pakistan holds regular elections under a competitive multiparty political system. However, the military exerts enormous influence over security and other policy issues, intimidates the media, and enjoys impunity for indiscriminate or extralegal use of force. The authorities impose selective restrictions on civil liberties, and Islamist militants carry out attacks on religious minorities and other perceived opponents."

    Even before its fall to the Taliban, Freedom House classified Afghanistan as a "not free" country. Nevertheless, Afghanistan did have an elected government, though a flawed electoral process, and a wide range of individual rights. "Since overthrowing the elected government, the Taliban have closed the country’s political space; opposition to its rule is not tolerated, while women and minority groups have seen their rights curtailed by the new regime.

    Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire for our virtual discussion about the prospects for the future of democratization in South Asia with Ayesha Jalal of Tufts University. 

    About the Speaker

    Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. After majoring in history and political science at Wellesley College, she obtained her doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge. Jalal has been Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1980-1984); Leverhulme Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge (1984-1987); Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. (1985-1986); and Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (1988-1990). From 1998-2003 she was a MacArthur Fellow. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tufts University, Columbia University, and Harvard University.

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    • Sunday, March 12, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Southern NH University - Dining Center

    Please register your team(s) and pay online or by mailing a check to the WACNH office:

    2500 North River Rd. Manchester, NH 03106

    Please note: There are limited scholarship opportunities available to cover the registration fee. Please contact WACNH to inquire about how to apply.

    For more detailed information about the competition,

    please visit our AWQ 2023 page

    The 2023 Competition Topics

    1 - Securing the Future of the World's Wildlife

    2 - The Arctic Council: Frozen Cooperation

    3 - Atrocity Prevention and Accountability

    4 - Combating Global Food Insecurity

    5 - Economic Sanctions - A Double-Edged Sword

    6 - NH and the World

    7 - Country in Focus: Ethiopia

    8 - The Future of Supply Chains

    9 - Battle of the Century: Autocracy vs. Democracy

    10 - Current Events

    2023 Study Guide

    To Be Announced


    The John Bickford Foundation

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