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    • Tuesday, November 10, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
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    Fall Forum 2020 Night One:

    Rethinking Nuclear Policy and Presidential Power

    With Secretary William Perry

    and Tom Collina


    On Tuesday, November 10th at 6PM, join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in welcoming former Secretary of Defense William Perry and Ploughshares Fund Policy Director Tom Collina for Night One of our premier annual fundraiser, our Fall Forum! Our first night with Collina and Secretary Perry will see the two discuss the dangers of nuclear war and proliferation, the necessity for robust international legal frameworks governing nuclear weapons, and why the United States should reconsider vesting the sole power to launch a nuclear strike in the President alone.

    Following Collina and Secretary Perry's remarks, a moderated Question and Answer session will be held. All questions can be emailed to council@wacnh.org, or sent through the messenger app on our website, so tune in here at wacnh.org and we hope to see you there!

    The Annual Fall and Spring Forums are WACNH's premier fundraising events for the year and helps us raise funds to continue our work and bring you a full year's worth of awesome programming and events. Due to the ongoing pandemic forcing us to cancel our Spring Forum in June, we will be bringing two nights of awesome virtual programming for you all this season.

    When: Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at 6PM

    Where: Live online, link sent after ticket purchase

    Patron Q&A Session: Nov. 10, Immediately after the Forum


    Ticket Information:

    • A One Night Ticket may be purchased at full price to one of either Night One (Nov. 10th) or Night Two (Dec. 2nd), using the desired night's event page.
    • Purchasing a Two Night Ticket to view both events is discounted, and this option only needs to be purchased once from either Forum event page. (We will be sure to register you for the other event)
    • Tickets apply per computer login, not per person.
    • Our Standard Ticket allows access to the live event broadcast.
    • Our Patron Ticket allows access to the live event broadcast, and an intimate ZOOM Q&A session with the speakers after the event.


       WACNH Member  Non-Member
     One Night, Standard  $50 $60 
     Both Nights, Standard  $80  $100
     One Night, Patron  $175  $175
     Both Nights, Patron  $300  $300


    This event was made possible by the generous support of:

     

    About Secretary Perry

    William J. Perry served as the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in the Carter administration and then as Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration. He oversaw the development of the strategic nuclear systems that are currently in our arsenal. His new offset strategy ushered in the age of stealth, smart weapons, GPS, and technologies that changed the face of modern warfare.

    In 2007, Dr. Perry collaborated with George Shultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger to publish several ground-breaking editorials in the Wall Street Journal that linked the vision of a world free from nuclear weapons with urgent but practical steps that could be taken to reduce nuclear dangers. Perry’s 2015 memoir, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, is a personal account of his lifelong effort to reduce nuclear dangers. He founded the William J. Perry Project to educate the public on these dangers.

    In 2020, Perry co-authored THE BUTTON: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump. He is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University.

    Perry is the father of five, grandfather of eight, and great-grandfather of four. He continues to travel the world in pursuit of his goal of reducing the threat from nuclear weapons.

    About Tom Collina

    Tom Z. Collina is Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund. He is the co-author with William J. Perry of THE BUTTON: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump, published in June 2020.

    Collina has thirty years of Washington, DC, experience in nuclear weapons, missile defense, and nonproliferation issues, and has held senior positions at the Arms Control Association, the Institute for Science and International Security, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has been directly involved with efforts to end U.S. nuclear testing, limit ineffective anti-missile programs, extend the Nonproliferation Treaty, and secure Senate ratification of the New START Treaty. He has published widely in major magazines and journals and has appeared frequently in the national media, including the New York Times, CNN, and NPR. He has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and regularly briefs congressional staff.

    Collina has a degree in International Relations from Cornell University and lives in Takoma Park, MD with his wife, three children and dog. When away from the office he does not think about nuclear war.

    About The Button

    The President has the power to end the world in minutes. Right now, no one can stop him.

    Since the Truman administration, America has been one “push of a button” away from nuclear war—a decision that rests solely in the hands of the President. Without waiting for approval from Congress or even the Secretary of Defense, the President can unleash America’s entire nuclear arsenal. 

    Almost every governmental process is subject to institutional checks and balances. Why is potential nuclear annihilation the exception to the rule? For decades, glitches and slip-ups have threatened to trigger nuclear winter: misinformation, false alarms, hacked warning systems, or even an unstable President. And a new nuclear arms race has begun, threatening us all. At the height of the Cold War, Russia and the United States each built up arsenals exceeding 30,000 nuclear weapons, armed and ready to destroy each other—despite the fact that just a few hundred are necessary to end life on earth.

    From authors William J. Perry, Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration and Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in the Carter administration, and Tom Z. Collina, the Director of Policy at Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation in Washington, DC, The Button recounts the terrifying history of nuclear launch authority, from the faulty 46-cent microchip that nearly caused World War III to President Trump’s tweet about his “much bigger & more powerful” button. Perry and Collina share their firsthand experience on the front lines of the nation’s nuclear history and provide illuminating interviews with former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Congressman Adam Smith, Nobel Peace Prize winner Beatrice Fihn, senior Obama administration officials, and many others.

    Written in an accessible and authoritative voice, The Button reveals the shocking tales and sobering facts of nuclear executive authority throughout the atomic age, delivering a powerful condemnation against ever leaving explosive power this devastating under any one person’s thumb.

    Copies of The Button may be purchased HERE.

    Use promo code BUTTON30 to get 30% off your order!

    • Thursday, November 19, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • ZOOM
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    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is hosting a global trivia challenge! 

    WACNH will host an hour-long online trivia competition and Zoom hangout as a fun opportunity to stay engaged with the world. Join us for this lively and interactive evening, complete with plenty of time for you to engage with the global community here in the state.

    After registering and prior to the event, you will be emailed the link to join the Zoom call, as well as the Access Code for the trivia on myquiz.org.

    When: Thursday, November 19th at 6:00 PM

    Where: Zoom and Myquiz.org*

    Registration: FREE


    *Note: Our host will be on the Zoom call reading out every question as well as giving extra info between questions, while the quiz will be conducted on myquiz.org. It is recommended that you have separate devices (ie. laptop and phone) for the Zoom call and the trivia questions, although it is also possible to have the call and myquiz.org open in two separate windows on one computer. 

    • Wednesday, December 02, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Fall Forum 2020 Night Two:

    The Future of America's

    Global Leadership

    With Secretary Chuck Hagel

    On Wednesday, December 2nd at 6PM, join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in welcoming former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for Night Two of our premier annual fundraiser, our Fall Forum! Our second night with Secretary Hagel will feature a conversation on American Foreign Policy and what impacts the results of the Presidential election will have moving forward for the United States as a leader in the world.

    Following Secretary Hagel's remarks, a moderated Question and Answer session will be held. All questions can be emailed to council@wacnh.org, or sent through the messenger app on our website, so tune in here at wacnh.org and we hope to see you there!

    The Annual Fall and Spring Forums are WACNH's premier fundraising events for the year and helps us raise funds to continue our work and bring you a full year's worth of awesome programming and events. Due to the ongoing pandemic forcing us to cancel our Spring Forum in June, we will be bringing two nights of awesome virtual programming for you all this season.

    When: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 at 6PM

    Where: Live online, link sent after ticket purchase

    Patron Q&A Session: Thursday, December 3rd at 5:30PM

    Ticket Information:

    • A One Night Ticket may be purchased at full price to one of either Night One (Nov. 10th) or Night Two (Dec. 2nd), using the desired night's event page.
    • Purchasing a Two Night Ticket to view both events is discounted, and this option only needs to be purchased once from either Forum event page. (We will be sure to register you for the other event)
    • Tickets apply per computer login, not per person.
    • Our Standard Ticket allows access to the live event broadcast.
    • Our Patron Ticket allows access to the live event broadcast, and an intimate ZOOM Q&A session with the speakers after the event.


       WACNH Member  Non-Member
     One Night, Standard  $50 $60 
     Both Nights, Standard  $80  $100
     One Night, Patron  $175  $175
     Both Nights, Patron  $300  $300

    This event was made possible by the generous support of:

     

    About Secretary Hagel


    Chuck Hagel was the 24th Secretary of Defense, serving from February 2013 to February 2015. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense.

    Some of Hagel’s current commitments include service on the Board of Trustees of RAND; Advisory Board of Corsair Capital; Senior Advisor to GALLUP and to the McCarthy Group; Centennial Scholar, Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service; Distinguished Scholar, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Distinguished Statesman at the Atlantic Council; Board of Directors of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Director and Founding Member of the American Security Project; and Advisory Board Chairman of the HillVets Veterans Organization.

    Hagel served two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska. Hagel was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. He Chaired the Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee; and the Banking Committee’s International Trade and Finance, and Securities Subcommittees. Hagel also served as the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.

    Previously, Secretary Hagel was a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University, Co- Chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, Chairman of the Atlantic Council. He served as a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board, Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of Nuclear Power, Systemic Risk Council Board of Directors; and as a member of the Board of Directors of Chevron.

    Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Hagel was president of McCarthy & Company, an investment banking firm in Omaha, Nebraska. In the mid-1980’s, Hagel co-founded VANGUARD Cellular Systems, Inc., a publicly traded corporation. He was President and CEO of the World USO, Private Sector Council (PSC), and Chief Operating Officer of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7 Summit). Hagel also served as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration under President Ronald Reagan and Deputy Commissioner General of the 1982 World’s Fair.

    He is the author of the book, America: Our Next Chapter and was the subject of a 2018 book by General Daniel Bolger entitled, Our Year of War, and a 2006 book by Charlyne Berens entitled, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, have a daughter (Allyn) and son (Ziller).

    • Sunday, March 14, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • TBD
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    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

    Those who registered teams to 2020's competition will not need to pay again for 2021.

    For more detailed information about the competition, please visit our

    AWQ 2021 page


    The 2021 Competition Topics

    1. Global Protests

    2. Shifting Sands: The Arab Spring 10 Years On

    3. International Labour Organization (ILO)

    4. The U.S. Foreign Service in the 21st Century

    5. New Hampshire and the World

    6. Country in Focus: Uzbekistan

    7. Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict

    8. Fraying Alliances

    9. Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy

    10. Current Events

    Study Guide: TBA Soon

    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, with the 1st placed team going 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.

WACNH is currently working on scheduling our fall programming. Please check back regularly, as we will add events as we confirm speakers and dates. The Council will be focusing most of its fall series on the intersection of climate change and national security, in conjunction with the League of Conservation Voters.

*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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