Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, October 31, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • NEC Concord, 62 N. Main Street, Concord, NH 03301

    Steve Duprey                                         Jim Demers 

    Join us to hear from two political insiders for this take on the upcoming 2018 Mid-Term Elections. Both Steve and Jim will share their insights into where they see things headed and how the results will affect the political landscape moving forward.

    Presented by:


    Master of Arts in Public Policy                                   


    With the 2018 Mid-Term elections quickly approaching and many political analysts predicting this to be a referendum on the current state of affairs, the event will focus on where the country is headed.  Discussions of the issues, personalities, ideas, and tipping points will help you to understand what it all means. Jim and Steve will share their many years of insight into the process and why this year is so important for both sides of the aisle.  

    About the Speakers

    Steve Duprey

    Stephen Duprey is a native of New Hampshire. He graduated from New College in Sarasota, Fla. in 1974 with a BA in Public Policy and from Cornell University Law School in 1978 with a Juris Doctorate degree.

    Duprey practiced law at the Concord New Hampshire firm of Sulloway, Hollis & Soden. In 1987 he began full time employment with his own companies developing and managing real estate throughout New Hampshire.

    Duprey was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives at age 19 in 1972 and served two terms.   He served as Finance Chair and as Chairman of the Republican State Committee (the longest serving Chairman in the history of the party, from 1993-2001). Duprey also served as Finance Chair to Senator Kelly Ayotte and as a member of the McCain for Senate Finance Committee. He has served as Campaign Chair or Finance Chair for Gregg for Senate, Bob Smith for Senate, Merrill for Governor, Benson for Governor as well as for various House campaigns.  He served on the Board of Directors of McCain for President in 2006 and 2007 and traveled full time as a senior advisor to John McCain from 2007 through 2008.

    Duprey has been active in local and state community service in New Hampshire, serving on numerous boards and committees. He is married to Susan Vercillo Duprey, a prominent attorney in Manchester New Hampshire. Susan Duprey has been active in numerous political campaigns including co-chairing the President George Bush re-election effort in New Hampshire in 2004.   In 2011 and 2012 she served as Chief of Staff to Ann Romney. Steve and Susan have three sons Thad, Sam and Luke.

    Jim Demers

    James M. Demers serves as President & CEO of Demers, Blaisdell & Prasol Inc., a Concord based government affairs firm. Mr. Demers is a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives where he served three terms and as the Assistant Minority Whip. In 1986 he was the Democratic nominee for NH’s 1st Congressional District. He has over 40 years of experience in the legislative, regulatory and political fields. He has been a political commentator for numerous media outlets including ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News as well as NH news stations WMUR-TV, WBIN-TV and New England Cable News. He has been actively involved in advising presidential campaigns, serving as co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s NH campaigns in 2008 and 2012. He was an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s NH campaign in 2016. In 2012 he was one of NH’s four members of the electoral college casting his vote for President Obama. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate to serve on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which is the country’s development financial institution, where he continues to serve today in holdover status. He is a graduate of the University of Miami (FL) and he holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. 

    • Thursday, November 01, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    • UNH Manchester Campus 88 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH 03101

    Global Tipping Points

    A three-part series on today's global challenges

    Thursday, November 1st

    The Future of Korea:K-Pop

    A program of the World Affairs Councils of America and the Korean Economic Institute.

    Representatives from the US State Department, the Korean Economic Institute, and the South Korean Embassy will discuss the impact Korean pop music has had on the world and specifically the United States. 

    This event is free and open to the public but registration is appreciated to ensure enough seating.

    K-Pop on Ellen!

    K-Pop in America!

    Katherine "Kat" Tarr

     Office of Public Diplomacy in the East Asia Pacific Bureau

    Katherine “Kat” Tarr currently serves as Coordinator for Korea and Japan for the Office of Public Diplomacy in the East Asia Pacific Bureau, where she works with both policy desk officers in DC and Public Affairs Sections overseas to assist in coordinating policy, messaging and programs. Prior to this assignment she was Cultural Affairs Officer in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and before that Vice-Consul in Shanghai, China.

    She graduated with a Masters in International Policy Studies with a specialization in East Asia from the Monterey School of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute), in Monterey, California, and has a bachelors in Japanese Studies from Austin College in Sherman, TX.

    She was born in Dallas, Texas, and can speak Japanese, Spanish and a little Mandarin. She is now living in DC with her husband, Davin, and their two cats.

    Sang Kim

     Director of Public Affairs & Intern Coordinator

    Sang Kim is the Director of Public Affairs and Intern Coordinator at Korea Economic Institute of America. She is responsible for KEI’s community outreach and public affairs programs including the annual Korean American Day luncheon. As the Intern Coordinator, Sang overseas the all-yearlong internship program at KEI. She joined KEI in April 2013 as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant and has taken various responsibilities including serving as the Associate Director of Programs prior to the current position.

    Prior to joining KEI, Sang held internship at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS where she researched on a variety of issues related to Korean affairs, focused mainly on U.S. - Korea and inter-Korea relations. Some of her research topics included U.S.-ROK 123 Agreement, principles of responsible nuclear exporters, and assessments of North Korea’s third nuclear test. Sang graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Government & Politics with minors in Korean Studies and Chinese Language. She earned her Master's degree in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University.

    Euisung Kim Second Secretary in the Political Section of ROK (Republic of Korea) Embassy

    Euisung Kim is Second Secretary in the Political Section of ROK (Republic of Korea) Embassy in Washington D.C. He focuses on strengthening the ROK-US bilateral relations in the political sector including close ROK-US coordination on North Korea policy. Prior to the current position, Euisung also worked in the Congressional Section in the Embassy where he focused on friendly outreach to U.S. Congress.

    Euisung joined the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 2010. Since then, he served as desk officer for various affairs including ROK-US bilateral relations, ROK-UN cooperation and overseas Korean protection in high-risk countries. Right before coming to Washington, Euisung worked as North Korean nuclear issue analyst in MOFA.

    Euisung grew up in Seoul, Korea. He received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Seoul National University (SNU) and earned a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.


    Presented in partnership with UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs, the World Affairs Council of American, and the Korea Economic Institute 



    • Monday, December 03, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    • UNH Manchester 88 Commercial St, Manchester, NH 03101

    Global Tipping Points

    A three-part series on today's global challenges

    Monday, December 3rd

    Featuring Playing for Peace

    Location: Multi-purpose Room, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street (Pandora Mill), Manchester. Directions & Parking Info Here. (For safety and storm closure information, check here

    About Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and Playing for Peace 

    Apple Hill exists to create, perform, and teach chamber music at the highest standard, broaden the appreciation of chamber music through the development of educational programs, and cultivate connection and understanding among people of diverse backgrounds and cultures through the Playing for Peace program.

    Founded in 1971 and situated on 100 acres of fields and woodlands in rural New Hampshire, Apple Hill is a center of chamber music performance and teaching. It is stewarded today by the organization’s director, Leonard Matczynski, and ensemble-in-residence, the Apple Hill String Quartet. These professional musicians present concerts and educational workshops throughout the world and, during the summer, teach and coach chamber music to participants of all ages and levels at Apple Hill’s Chamber Music Workshop. Each summer, Apple Hill welcomes 300 students and 45 faculty to the Workshop, a program known and loved for its musical depth and warm community spirit. Over 12,000 students have attended since the early 1970s.

    Central to the mission of Apple Hill is Playing for Peace, an innovative outreach program founded in 1988 that focuses on social change and connection through music. Apple Hill travels to areas where there is a history of conflict—in the Middle East to Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, and the West Bank/Palestine; to England, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland; to the Greek and Turkish areas of Cyprus; to the Caucuses area of Eurasia; and to many US cities, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Memphis, Los Angeles, and San Francisco—performing concerts and leading chamber music workshops.

    The principal tenet of Playing for Peace is this: At the chamber music workshops, musicians are assigned to play in small ensembles alongside musicians from conflicting communities. For example, Arabs study and perform music with Israelis, Catholics with Protestants, Greeks with Turks, and African Americans with Caucasian Americans. We coach each ensemble in the skills of chamber music—listening, watching, adjusting, sensitivity, and being flexible—the same skills needed to work and function effectively in the world. The participants learn not only to play music but also to communicate and connect with each other in ways that may not be possible in their home countries.

    Presented in partnership with UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs, and the Fulbright Association


    • Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • New England College Concord Campus 62 N Main St, Concord, NH 03301
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    Kelly Greenhill and Peter Krause are the editors of Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2018). From the rising significance of non-state actors to the increasing influence of regional powers, the nature and conduct of international politics has changed dramatically since the Cold War era. This book examines intra-state, inter-state, and transnational coercion and deterrence as well as both military and non-military instruments of persuasion, thus expanding our understanding of coercion for conflict in the 21st century.

    Greenhill and Krause will discuss the book's key findings as well as their implications for ongoing security challenges facing the US today, including insurgencies, cyber attacks, refugee and migration flows, nuclear proliferation, and more.

    To buy Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2018) CLICK HERE!!!

    Kelly Greenhill's Bio

    Kelly M. Greenhill is a professor of political science and international relations at Tufts University and a research fellow at Harvard University. Greenhill is author of the award-winning Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion, and Foreign Policy, and co-author and co-editor of Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and ConflictThe Use of Force: Military Power and International Politics, 8th ed.; and Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics. ​Greenhill is currently completing a new book that explores the influence on international politics of rumors, conspiracy theories, "fake news" and other forms of extra-factual information.

    Greenhill’s work has also appeared in an array of peer-reviewed journals and international media outlets, such as the New York Times, BBC, and Foreign Affairs. Her research has been employed in legal briefs in cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and in policy briefs and planning guidance for other organs of the government. Outside of academia, Greenhill has served as a consultant to the United Nations and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Bank, and the Ford Foundation; as an analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense; and as an economic policy intern for then Senator John Kerry. Greenhill holds an SM and a PhD from MIT, a CSS from Harvard University, and a BA from UC Berkeley. 

    Peter Krause Bio

    Peter Krause is an Associate Professor of political science at Boston College and a Research Affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program. His research and writing focuses on Middle East politics, political violence, and national movements. He recently published Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win (Cornell University Press, 2017) and a co-edited volume Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2018). He is currently working on projects that analyze which factions take power after regime change and the impact of education on attitudes about terrorism. Krause has conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the Middle East over the past decade. He has offered his analysis of Middle East politics and political violence in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, as well as with national and local media. He has a BA from Williams College in political science and history and a PhD in political science from MIT. Krause was formerly a Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies of Brandeis University, as well as a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of the Harvard Kennedy School. 

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