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October News & Events!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016 4:04 PM | Anonymous


October 2016 E-NEWS

Join us TONIGHT, October 4, for the series kick-off of Global Tipping Points,  as we partner with UNH Manchester to take a look at our transitioning world from a variety of perspectives. We will hear fromHarriet Cross, UK General Consul to Boston on Beyond Brexit: What Comes Next for Great Britain and the UK.  Cross will address the surprising decision made by a majority of British voters to leave the European Union, which will be triggered by 2019, and foreign policy goals under the new administration. Don't miss this opportunity to find out the latest from across the pond!

Also mark your calendars for the second event on TuesdayNovember 15. We will hear from Derek Chollet about his new book, The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World.  With the unique perspective of having served at the three national security power centers during President Barak Obama's tenure - the White House, State Department, and Pentagon- Chollet will examine the President's foreign policy legacy and offer important lessons for the next administration.

Both events will take place at 6 PM in the Multipurpose room (Room 201) at UNH Manchester - 88 Commercial Street.  Global Tipping Points events are free and open to the public, and registration online is appreciated!




Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire for a series of Foreign Policy Forums featuring the Democratic and Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate, in partnership with SNHU College Republicans and NH College Democrats. The forums, addressing each candidate's views on America's role in the world, will be moderated by SNHU Civic Scholar Dean Spiliotes. The series is intended to better educate voters about current global challenges before Election Day on November 8.

Each event is free and open to the public but advance registration is required online at our website. Both programs take place at Mara Auditorium on the SNHU campus and will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. Registration opens at 5 PM. Late arrivals will not be admitted.  Senator Kelly Ayotte will speak on Wednesday, October 26 and Governor Maggie Hassan will speak onFriday, October 28. 

Disclaimer: Please note that this event does not signify an endorsement of any candidate or issue by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire or any of their partners. This series is designed to educate voters about candidates' ideas and to help better inform their decisions at the ballot box. The opinions expressed will be neither the opinions of Southern New Hampshire University or its Trustees nor endorsed by Southern New Hampshire University.

Upcoming Programs - 2016 CALENDAR

Latest news  

Global Business Summit Tackles Cyber Security

GBS Speaker and Panelists (L to R) Trey Herr, Dave Allen, Edna Conway, JP Harris, and moderator Massood Samii.

More than 100 members, students, and local business leaders joined us last week for the 5th annual Global Business Summit, held in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University. Harvard Kennedy School expert Trey Herr and local panelists Dave Allen (Dyn), Edna Conway (Cisco) and JP Harris (Sheehan Phinney) engaged the audience in a lively discussion on what individuals, corporations and our nation can and should do in order to protect ourselves from online attacks and threats. Herr shared his insights, strongly advising every individual to use a password manager such as LastPass; and use another messaging app instead of text messaging to keep your information safe with encryption before it leaves your phone. The panel also fielded interesting questions from the audience, such as the vulnerability of our home wi-fii networks and also of the national power grid. 

As one audience member put it, the discussion was "extremely interesting and illuminating"! We'd like to thank all Global Business Summit attendees, patrons, partners and sponsors for helping to make the event such a success!

World Affairs Councils of America's 2016 National Conference

America and Global Megatrends

Wednesday, November 16- Friday, November 18 in Washington, D.C.

More information and Registration

For more than two decades, the World Affairs Councils of America's annual conference has presented top government officials, diplomats, business executives, civic leaders, think tank policy experts and journalists to a national audience. Council leaders and members from WACA's 95 affiliates across the country engage with these speakers and thought leaders over the course of three stimulating days in our nation's capital. This year, The Honorable Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney will keynote Ambassadors Luncheon on the topic: Why Trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Matter.

 The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that WACA will offer 25 scholarships for undergraduate students from the Council network to attend our 2016 National Conference The WACA Board is offering these scholarships in order to fulfill our educational mission and to prepare  future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. For more information, contact the NH Council at

Meet Doaa Shabana, WACNH Intern!


Hi, I’m Doaa Shabana, a graduate student at SNHU from Egypt. I come from the hottest place in the world right now and by hottest I don’t mean only weather- the Middle East is witnessing events that are reshaping history. Back in 2011, I was one of the Egyptian youth who participated in the revolution. The Revolution began on  January 25, 2011, and was the spark of the Arabic spring that engulfed the region. We had big dreams for ourselves and our country, and after the revolution, everyone started to think about how they would contribute to rebuilding our country. I was concerned about women in my country, who had been oppressed and facing many challenges. I hope to enhance the condition of women in my country and help them to pursue their dreams.

As a part of a USAID program, I received a scholarship to study for my Master of Business Administration in the USA. I spent my entire life in a small, quiet city in Egypt, so leaving my comfort zone has not been easy. Here, I sometimes face stereotypes and prejudice. I hope that by working with the World Affairs Council, I will continue to build bridges with people from different cultures and inspire women in my country to pursue their passion. I did it, so they can too!

Academic WorldQuest Registration Now Open!

Registration for our 3rd annual Academic WorldQuest competition is now open! If you know any high school teachers or students, please let them know about this unique and exciting opportunity to expand their global knowledge in a fun yet competitive atmosphere. The competition will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire University. This team competition test high school students' knowledge of global issues and foreign policy,



A few more photos from the Global Business Summit!

Summit attendees enjoy a reception in SNHU's Banquet Hall before the program begins.

Trey Herr, the summit's featured speaker addresses the audience about cyber security.

Our three local panelist Dave Allen of Dyn (L); Edna Conway of Cisco (Center) and JP Harris of Sheehan Phinney (R).

Our new intern Doaa (center) with WACNH President Steve Solomon (left) and Executive Director Anna Berry (right).  Photos courtesy Irja Cilluffo.

Community Events Calendar

Wednesday, October 12 at 6 PM

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, in conversation with Nicholas Burns and David Gergen

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States, in conversation with Nicholas Burns, Director, Future of Diplomacy Project, Faculty Chair, Middle East Initiative and Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School, andDavid Gergen, Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership and Professor of Public Service, Harvard Kennedy School.

Please RSVP here (required) by Oct. 6

Nye ABC, Taubman Building, Fifth Floor, Havard Kennedy School, Boston


Saturday, November 5

Registration Link: Diwali Registration 

India Association of New Hampshire (IANH), the largest South Asian association in the New Hampshire region, will host its annual Diwali Festival and Dandiya on Saturday November 5, 2016 at Nashua High School North, located at 10 Chuck Druding Drive, Nashua, NH. A time to ring in change of seasons, as the community comes together to celebrate. With its popularity growing tremendously over the past few years, IANH expects a crowd of over five hundred people to attend the Diwali event. Festivities will kick-off with cultural performances by local talent, followed by social hour, dinner and culminating with garba/dandiya. The DJ for the night is the well known DJ Rishi Sher Bawa of Silk Events, of the New England area who has had full-houses at many dance parties. 

Wednesday, November 16th at 5:30 PM 

Robert Frost Hall - Walker Auditorium  SNHU

FILM SCREENING:  "Chungking Express" (Hong Kong, 1994)

Join the SNHU School of Arts and Sciences for the Fall 2016 SNHU Film Series: Contemporary GlobalCinema.


* Events listed here and on our website are not necessarily endorsed or supported by WACNH but we like to share information that might be of interest from other community organizations! To see all upcoming events, visit our Community Events page online and follow us on Facebook! *


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