Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, October 09, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • SNHU Dining Center

    World Affairs Council of New Hampshire Global Business Summit 2018:

    Cryptocurrency, Digitization, and Regulation: The Impact on the Nation-State as the Predominant Form of Governance

    LOCATION:  Dining Center, Southern NH University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester 03106 (#21 on campus map)

    Schedule of Events

    5 PM- Doors open for the reception 

    6 PM- David Noble presentation begins. 

    A panel discussion with David Noble and NH business representatives will take place following the presentation. 


    Member Ticket- $25

    Non-Member Ticket- $30

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    Panel Members

    Jeremy Kauffman

    Jeremy knows how to build and scale a startup starting from day one. He knows how to deliver usable products and get those products in front of the right people.

    Jeremy created LBRY because he fell in love with the idea of shared, global content registry that is owned and controlled by no one. Unsurprisingly, he is a longtime supporter of decentralized technology and freedom of information.

    Prior to LBRY, Jeremy founded TopScore, a startup that processes millions of dollars monthly in event and activity registrations. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received degrees in physics and computer science. 

    Lieutenant Brian R. Strong

    New Hampshire State Police

    Special Investigations Unit

    Lt. Strong began his law enforcement career as a patrolman for the Rollinsford Police Department in 1993.  Lt. Strong was hired by the New Hampshire State Police in 2000.

    As a Trooper, Lt. Strong spent his first eight years patrolling Carroll, Strafford and Rockingham Counties as a member of Troop E and Troop A respectively. Lt. Strong also was assigned to the Motorcycle Unit for 3 years, the Drug Recognition Expert Unit (DRE) for 5 years and the Technical Accident Reconstruction Unit (TAR) for 12 years and was the Assistant Commander of the TAR Unit.

    In 2008 Lt. Strong accepted a position in the Major Crime Unit. In this assignment his primary responsibilities involve leading/investigating homicides and police involved shootings that occur throughout the State. Lt. Strong has had the opportunity to both attend and instruct numerous college and graduate level classes, courses, and seminars, among other specialized training in the field of criminal investigation, death investigation, and crime scene investigation. Lt. Strong also held the following two positions, Commander of the Crime Unit and also a previous Commander of the Cold Case Unit.  In addition to this training, the last ten years has allowed Lt. Strong to participate in hundreds of death and violent crime investigations.

    In 2011 Lt. Strong graduated from the XXVIII Session of the National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, TN, a ten-week intensive program focused on various aspects of advanced forensics and crime scene investigation. Lt. Strong also received certification by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst.

    In 2018 Lt. Strong was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit as the Commander of that unit.  The Special Investigations Unit has several investigative sections within the unit that Lt. Strong is responsible for overseeing and managing.  These sections are; Organized Crime, Fugitive Apprehension, Financial Crime, Sex Offender Registry, Auto Theft and Cyber-Crime.

    Alex Talcott

    Alex Talcott, JD, teaches business law and finance at Southern New Hampshire University, the University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, and Great Bay Community College. While speaking in his academic capacity, he is also Managing Partner of Seacoast Financial Planning, a Platinum Services advisory of Ameriprise with offices in Portsmouth and Boston. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Notre Dame Law School.

    About David Noble

    David Noble is Assistant Professor in Residence in the School of Business at UConn where he researches and teaches entrepreneurship and strategy. David serves as the director of the Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Forum for the School of Business, as well as participating as a judge and mentor in the UCONN InnovationQuest program.

    Prior to UConn, David was a securities and corporate finance attorney, with experience representing startups from the formation through IPO process. He has  extensive non-profit board experience. He holds a Ph.D in Management from the University of Alabama, a J.D. from the University of Miami, a M.B.A. from the Elon University, and B.S. in Political Science from Northeastern University.

    • Tuesday, October 16, 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

    Tuesday, October 16th

    Featuring Dr. Anne Rasmussen

    The Music and Culture of Oman: Musical Biodiversity and the Indian Ocean Soundscape

     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 Anne Rasmussen

    Since 1994 Rasmussen has directed the William and Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, a forum for the study and performance of music and with musicians from the Middle East and Arab world.  Over the years, the ensemble has hosted more than sixty guest artists, has recorded two compact disc recordings, and has made international concert tours in Morocco and Oman.

    Rasmussen also serves on the faculty of Asian and Middle East Studies at William and Mary and has been chair of the Middle East Studies Faculty and co- director the Asian Studies Initiative.  She also chaired the Department of Music from 2011-2014. In Spring 2007 Rasmussen was professor for the William and Mary in Washington Program.

    Rasmussen’s broad research interests include music of the Arab world, the Middle East and the Islamicate world, music and multiculturalism in the United States, music patronage and politics, issues of orientalism, nationalism, and gender in music, and fieldwork, music performance, and the ethnographic method. She teaches a family of courses in ethnomusicology and music research at William and Mary and has mentored a number of William and Mary student toward graduate study in ethnomusicology and careers in music and academia.

    Presented in partnership with UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs, the World Affairs Council of America, and the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

    • 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.

    Heashin Ahn- South Korean Embassy


    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


    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. 

*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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