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  • Monday, September 25, 2017 5:04 PM | Anonymous

    World Affairs Council of NH Names New Board Members

    The World Affairs Council of NH is excited to announce two new members joining the Board of Directors: Evelyn Aissa and Norman Turcotte.

    Evelyn Aissa, of Concord, is the Executive Director of Reaching Higher NH, an nonprofit organization that fosters support for high quality education in New Hampshire by serving as a public education resource for parents, educators and elected officials. Evelyn has a strong background in policy, advocacy, and management, having spent three years in health policy advocacy in Concord, ten years working in policy research in the US and overseas, and over three years as a successful business owner in New Hampshire. She is a graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, studying Human Security, and Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization, and Skidmore College.

    Norman Turcotte, of Bedford, is the former CEO and President of Associated Grocers of New England, where he worked for 36 years before retiring in 2004. In the course of his career, he served on the board of numerous organizations, including the Manchester Boys and Girls Club, Granite United Way, and more recently, Child Health Services. 

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is a non-profit, non-partisan organization fostering learning, discussion and citizen involvement in world affairs since 1954. The Council is preparing the Granite State for a global future by creating and sustaining international connections that enhance our state's cultural, economic and civic life; building global knowledge and understanding through educational programs for communities and schools on foreign policy; and furthering the development of international leaders in partnership with the U.S. State Department. 

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Houston in Perspective; North Korea Threatens Japan; Assad's Syria; Qatar Crisis Continues; Guterres Visits Israel; Hajj Begins

    Quote of the Week:

    "Whether it's here at home or across the ocean, children and families have been stranded in their homes. Many have lost everything. Education has been disrupted. Businesses have been closed, destroyed. It will take a long time for people to restart their lives."

    -- Laura Cardinal, Senior Director of Humanitarian Response at Save the Children, in an interview with NPR Tuesday.

    "Hurricane Harvey: How to Help Victims of the Texas Storm" William Axford; Diane Cowen; Joy Sewing; Bridget Balch -- Houston Chronicle, August 30, 2017

    Houston in Perspective

    "Attention Is on Harvey. But Flooding Has Killed Thousands this Month in Other Countries, Too" Max Bearak -- The Washington Post, August 29, 2017

    "Harvey Should Be a Warning to Trump that Climate Change Is a Global Threat" Editorial Board -- Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2017

    "The Economy Minus Houston" Daniel Gross -- Slate, August 29, 2017

    "During Katrina, He Welcomed Flood Victims into His City. Now the Former Mayor of Houston Has Become One" Peter Holley -- The Washington Post, August 30, 2017

    Nuclear North Korea Threatens Pacifist Japan

    "A Pacifist Japan Starts to Embrace the Military" Motoko Rich -- The New York Times, August 29, 2017

    "Japan's Empty Menu of Options to Stop North Korea" Michael Penn -- Foreign Policy, August 29, 2017

    "North Korea Launches a Ballistic Missile Over Japan: First Impressions and Analysis" Ankit Panda -- The Diplomat, August 29, 2017 [Podcast]

    The Future of Assad's Syria

    "Rules for Reconstruction in Syria" Steven Heydemann -- Brookings, August 24, 2017

    "Former Obama Ambassador to Syria: Iran Is in Syria to Stay" Jenna Lifhits -- The Weekly Standard, August 29, 2017

    "Syria: Talks Should Address 'Disappeared'" -- Human Rights Watch, August 30, 2017

    Qatar: The Crisis Continues

    "Qatar Should Seize the Day and End the Gulf Crisis" Muhammad Mansour -- Middle East Eye, August 30, 2017

    "Qatar Restores Full Relations with Iran, Deepening Gulf Feud" Declan Walsh -- The New York Times, August 24, 2017

    "Qatar-Gulf Crisis Spreads to Africa" Martina Schwikowski -- Deutsche Welle, August 29, 2017

    UN's Guterres Visits Israel

    "Netanyahu: Iran Building Missile Sites in Syria" -- Al Jazeera, August 29, 2017

    "Inconvenient but Obvious Truths About Netanyahu and the Palestinians" Chemi Shalev -- Haaretz, August 29, 2017

    "Israeli Leader's Settlement Vow Complicates Trump's Task" Josef Federman -- Miami Herald, August 29, 2017

    Hajj Begins

    "What Is the Kaaba? A Brief History of the Holiest Muslim Site Ahead of Hajj 2017" Tom O'Connor -- Newsweek, August 29, 2017

    "Muslim Worshipers Seek Green Inspiration at Annual Hajj Pilgrimage" Adela Suliman -- Thomson Reuters Foundation, August 30, 2017

    "How European Empires Helped Shape the Hajj" Eric Schewe -- JSTOR Daily, August 30, 2017

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  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017


    Afghanistan on the Brink; Options on North Korea; Terror in the Philippines; Oppression in Hong Kong; Angola's Historic Election; Our Pale Blue Dot

    Quote of the Week:

    "You have to be able to both fight and talk. And you have to be able to prove that you're willing to do both for a long time. That's been lacking in our policy. I think we're now maybe correcting that."

    -- Ronald E. Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, speaking Aug. 22 on NPR's All Things Considered.

    KNOW NOW Conference Call on Afghansitan:

    Join the World Affairs Councils of America on Friday, August 25, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET for an exclusive conversation with Amb. Ron Neumann, President of the American Academy of Diplomacy. Register for the call.

    Afghanistan on the Brink

    "In Pivot, Trump Vows to 'Win' in Afghanistan" Alex Simendinger and James Arkin -- RealClearPolitics, August 22, 2017

    "America's Former Envoy to Afghanistan: The War Can't Be Won" Sean Illing -- Vox, August 22, 2017

    "Trump's Welcome Self-Correction" Editorial Board -- The Washington Post, August 23, 2017

    "America Is Out of Ideas in Afghanistan" Susan B. Glasser -- Politico, August 22, 2017

    "Trump's Depressingly Normal Speech About Afghanistan" James Fallows -- The Atlantic, August 21, 2017

    "Pakistan Exasperated by Wavering U.S. Afghan Policy" Kiran Stacey and Farhan Bokhari -- Financial Times, August 22, 2017

    North Korea: Weighing the Options

    "Take Preventative War with North Korea off the Table" John Delury -- Foreign Affairs, August 22, 2017

    "A Second Korean War Could Quickly Spread Across All of Asia" Brendan Scott and Adrian Leung -- Bloomberg, August 21, 2017

    "Don't Count Japan Out in the North Korea Crisis" Grant Newsham -- The National Interest, August 22, 2017

    "Understanding North Korea" Doug Irving -- RAND, August 18, 2017

    Terror in the Philippines

    "One Too Many Killings in the Philippines" George Amurao -- Asia Times, August 23, 2017

    "Duterte, the Philippines, and a Psychopathic Reign of Terror" -- Asia Sentinel, August 22, 2017

    "Duterte Faces Nationwide Revolt over Drugs War After Killing of Schoolboy Sparks Outrage" Nicola Smith -- The Telegraph, August 22, 2017

    Rain on Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement

    "Legal Terrorism? Hong Kong's All-Out Attack on Pro-Democracy Parties" Kong Tsung-Gan -- Hong Kong Free Press, August 21, 2017

    "Is This the End of Hong Kong's Fight for Democracy?" Lee Lian Kong -- Asian Correspondent, August 22, 2017

    "Hong Kong's Rapid Descent into Authoritarianism" Editorial Board -- The Washington Post, August 19, 2017

    Angola's Historic Vote

    "Dos Santos: Angola's Secretive Leader Heads Towards Exit" -- The Guardian, August 23, 2017

    "Angola Votes for First New President in Nearly Four Decades" Christopher Torchia -- U.S. News & World Report, August 23, 2017

    "Oil Is Angola's Trump Card for International Success, and the New President Must Bring About Reform" Alex Vines -- Newsweek, August 23, 2017

    Our Pale Blue Dot

    "Everyone's Eclipse: America Comes Together in the Moon's Shadow" Amanda Paulson and Eva Botkin-Kowacki -- Christian Science Monitor, August 21, 2017

    "People Furthest Apart on Climate Views Are Often the Most Educated" Umair Irfan -- Scientific American, August 22, 2017

    "World Has Missed Chance to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming - Unless We Start Geo-Engineering the Planet" Ian Johnston -- The Independent, August 22, 2017

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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    The World and Charlottesville; Democratic Values; Unpredictable North Korea; NAFTA Agenda; Afghanistan Troubles; India vs. China; Brexit and Borders

    Quote of the Week:

    " No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." 

    -- Barack Obama, quoting Nelson Mandela in response to the violence in Charlottesville, in what is now the most-liked tweet in Twitter's history.

    Charlottesville: The World Is Watching

    "How the Nazi Flags in Charlottesville Look to a German" Simon Shuster -- Time, August 14, 2017

    "In Charlottesville Aftermath, Europe Sees a Widening Divide with U.S." Sara Miller Llana -- Christian Science Monitor, August 14, 2017

    "President Trump Flunks a Moral Test" Lexington -- The Economist, August 13, 2017

    Democratic Values? The U.S. Role in World Order

    "It's Time to Found a New Republic" Daren Acemoglu and Simon Johnson -- Foreign Policy, August 15, 2017

    "The Statue of Liberty and the New Birth of Freedom" Daniel Freid -- Atlantic Council, August 10, 2017

    "The New World Order Is Leaving the U.S. Behind" James Gibney -- Bloomberg, August 11, 2017

    "Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systematic Crisis?" Philip Zelikow -- The Atlantic, August 11, 2017

    North Korea: An Unpredictable Adversary

    "How Worried Should We Be About Nuclear War With North Korea?" Dr. Patricia Lewis -- Chatham House, August 9, 2017

    "How to Resolve the North Korea Crisis" Henry Kissinger -- Wall Street Journal via RealClearPolitics, August 12, 2017

    "North Korea: The Non-Nuclear, Non-Missile Crisis and the Shape of Things to Come" Anthony H. Cordesman -- CSIS, August 15, 2017

    The NAFTA Agenda

    "Five Big Questions About the NAFTA Talks" Doug Palmer -- Politico, August 16, 2017

    "Canada United, America Divided on NAFTA as Negotiations Begin" Eric Grenier -- CBC News, August 16, 2017

    "Mexico Outlines Goals for Upcoming NAFTA Trade Deal Negotiations" Carrie Kahn -- NPR, August 15, 2017 [Podcast]

    Afghanistan: No Way Out?

    "America Keeps on Failing in Afghanistan" Ronald E. Neumann -- The Washington Post, August 9, 2017

    "Taliban Letter to Trump Urges U.S. to Leave Afghanistan" -- Al Jazeera, August 15, 2017

    "Mattis Mulls Plan to Privatize War in Afghanistan" Brendan McGarry -- DoD Buzz, August 15, 2017

    The India-China Divide

    "What a Standoff on a Small Himalayan Plateau Says About the Rivalry Between the Two Most Populous Nations" Shashank Bengali -- Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2017

    "Is India's Military Actually Ready for War with China?" K.S. Venkatachalam -- The Diplomat, August 10, 2017

    "Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath" Steven Lee Meyers -- The New York Times, August 15, 2017

    Borderlines and Brexit

    "No Return to Irish Border Posts, UK Insists in Brexit Plan" Heather Stewart and Henry McDonald -- The Guardian, August 15, 2017

    "Theresa May; Ireland; the EU, and the Prospect of a Hard Irish Border" -- Independent, August 16, 2017

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  • Monday, August 07, 2017 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    Fall Preview - Global Business Summit @ SNHU, Portsmouth Library Series, and more!





    August 2017 E-NEWS




    WACNH Advocates for Increasing International

     Diplomacy & Development in Washington

    A New Hampshire delegation, including three World Affairs Council members, attended the USGLC Summit in June. 

    The USGLC State Leaders Summit, held in June in Washington D.C., is a yearly gathering for foreign policy briefings and meetings with Members of Congress with the goal of shaping the future of American foreign policy to include America's civilian-led tools of diplomacy and development.This year, Council President Steve Solomon, Board Member George Bruno, and member Larry Welch were part of the state delegation at the Summit. 

    Ambassador Bruno and Ambassador Thomas Hull, a Council member, were also two of the163 former U.S. ambassadors who sent a letter to the U.S. House urging them to support full funding for the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.The letter is significant both for the historic number of signatures and the broad bipartisan support for educational and cultural exchanges it displays.

    “We are former United States Ambassadors to countries across the globe. While we may differ in political ideology, we write today united with one voice to ask that the Senate and House Appropriations Committees support full funding in fiscal year 2018 for the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The unprecedented 55 percent cut called for in the Administration’s full budget would jeopardize our nation’s public diplomacy efforts,” wrote the ambassadors.

    Now, more than ever, we need to stand up and speak out in support of the country's international diplomacy programs like the Council's own International Visitors Program! Thanks to everyone who took part in our most recent advocacy efforts!

    SAVE THE DATE: Global Business Summit on

     International Trade @ SNHU

    Wednesday, November 8

    Upcoming Programs - Events Calendar





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    Global Tipping Points Returns September: 


    We will be hosting another season of Global Tipping Points this fall with our series partner, UNH Manchester. The theme of the series will allow us to take a look at how widespread challenges are inspiring local innovations, from a variety of different perspectives.

    The series kicks off on Tuesday, September 19 with Elmira Bayrasli, co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and a lecturer at New York University.  She will speak about how hardship and marginalization may prove to be even greater "mothers of invention" in the 21st century than First World social and economic privilege. She is the author of, From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, which will be on sale courtesy of Gibson's Bookstore. This event is part of "Welcoming Manchester" week, a part of the Welcoming America initiative.

    The series continues on Tuesday, October 17 with Lisa Palmer, a journalist reporting on energy, climate change, the environment, and sustainable business. She has traveled the world documenting the cutting-edge innovations of the people on the front lines of fighting the food gap. She will share the story of the epic journey solve the imperfect relationship between two of our planet's greatest challenges: climate change and global hunger, as chronicled in her new book Hot, Hungry Planet, which will be on sale courtesy of Gibson's Bookstore.

    We will finish the series on Monday, November 13 with Luis Jimenez, an expert on Latin American politics. Mexico provides more than 90 percent of America’s heroin. As an addiction epidemic ravages New Hampshire, communities across the border have also paid a price as violence soars.  Professor Jimenez, Political Science Professor at the Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston, will discuss how U.S. policy in Latin America has impacted the drug trade and how both the US and Mexico can work together to combat the heroin epidemic. 

    All events will begin at 6 PM in the Multipurpose Room at UNH Manchester, (88 Commercial Street). Global Tipping Points events are free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.

    Travel the World: Anna Berry hosts trip to England in July 2018

    A special benefit for members of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, international trips are arranged by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and cooperating Councils across the country. WAC Philadelphia has established connections around the globe that allow us to offer members access that they can't get when traveling alone or on other tours.

    July 20 – 28 – Town & Country Life in Cambridge, Oxford & Cotswolds 

    Featuring Blenheim Palace - Discover the true character of England’s town and country life during this extraordinary small-group itinerary featuring the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge and the charming Cotswolds. Call on Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; visit “Downton Abbey."  Anna Berry, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, will share her experiences living in London. 

    Board Members Honored at Annual Meeting

    This year's Annual Meeting & BBQ was held on June 12 at Southern New Hampshire University. This meeting is a time for us to reflect on the past year and to thank our board, members, and friends of the council for helping us meet our mission.

    This year, the President's Award was given to Irja Cilluffo, a board member over the past 12 years, for her service and support. One of her many contributions has been through her love of photography - you may have seen her behind her camera at one of our events! We also recognized outgoing board members Peter Schmidt, Karen Erickson, and Gail Garceau.

    WACNH says goodbye to former Executive Director

    We regret to share the passing of David L. Larson, Executive Director Emeritus of the World Affairs Council of NH. David helped to found the Council at the University of New Hampshire, where he was a professor, and went on to serve as our ED from 1966 to his retirement in 2001. 

    Larson was a graduate of Dartmouth and The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Fulbright Program research scholar to Norway. Our thoughts are with his wife of 63 years, Lois, and his family. Click here to read more about David's life and achievements. We are forever grateful for his decades of service and leadership at the council.


    You're Invited: WACA National Conference


    "For nearly three decades, the WACA National Conference has brought World Affairs Council leaders and members to engage with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, educators, and students on the most pressing global issues and policy choices that impact our lives." -

    All Council Members are invited to attend this conference, to be held Thursday, November 16 & Friday, November 17 in Washington, D.C. Find out more information at the conference website and register today! 

    Keynote Speaker: Captain Florent Groberg, the first immigrant recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War


    Thanks to Diane Foley and Amy Coyne of the James Foley Legacy Foundation for meeting with our international visitors from Cameroon last month to exchange ideas on journalism and freedom of the press! See who's coming next.

    The Council was a proud partner in presenting Saudi activist Manal Al-Sharif's appearance at The Music Hall in June, with the NH Women's Foundation.

    Community Events Calendar

    Thursday, August 10 at 2 PM

    WACA Cover to Cover call with James Kirchick: The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age

    FREE - Register for the call!

    P.S.  All past Cover to Cover calls are now available as podcasts - Browse through and listen at your leisure!

    Saturday, August 19: 11 AM-7 PM
    WE ARE ONE African Caribbean and Latino Festival in Manchester

    Veterans Park - 889 Elm Street  Manchester, NH 03101

    The largest ethnic cultural festival in New Hampshire, connecting neighbors through food, music, dance and culture.

    Thursday, September 21 at 7 PM
    Suitcase Stories Live
    Palace Theatre -
    80 Hanover Street, Manchester NH 03101
    Tickets and info

    Join the International Institute of New England to honor the contributions of refugees and immigrants through the timeless art of live storytelling.Presented as part of Welcoming Manchester Week!  A week to bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

    World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

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  • Friday, August 04, 2017 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    America First: Diplomacy Last; Deterring North Korea; Africa's Elections; Pakistan's Politics; Venezuela Crumbles; Russia Strikes Back

    Quote of the Week:

    "People are struggling with how to honor their oath. The basic question is: How do you serve this great institution [U.S. Department of State] in what is one of the most trying times for our Republic?" 

    -- Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, President of the Foreign Service Association in a New York Times article Sunday.

    America First: Diplomacy Last?

    "Tillerson Spurns $80 Million to Counter ISIS, Russian Propaganda" Nahal Toosi -- Politico, August 2, 2017

    "State Department Considers Scrubbing Democracy from its Mission" Josh Rogin -- The Washington Post, August 1, 2017

    "Morale Takes a Nosedive at State Department" Sharon Weinberger -- Foreign Policy, August 1, 2017 [Podcast]

    "Where to Go from Here: Rebooting American Foreign Policy" Richard N. Haas -- Foreign Affairs, July/August, 2017

    Deterring North Korea

    "North Korea's ICBM Test Jeopardizes the Regional Power Balance" Deniele Ermito -- Foreign Policy Association, August 2, 2017

    "The Surprise Location of North Korea's Latest Missile Test Is Making the U.S. and China Nervous" Steve Mollman -- Quartz, August 2 2017

    "Lindsey Graham Reveals the Dark Calculus of Striking North Korea" Uri Friedman -- The Atlantic, August 1, 2017

    "The Political Effects of the Missile Tests: Extended Deterrence Redux and the Squeeze on Moon Jae-in" Stephen Haggard -- Peterson Institute for International Economics, July 31, 2017

    Africa's 'Big Five' Elections

    "Election Guide: What You Need to Know About the Rwandan Presidential Poll" Thomas Stubbs -- The Conversation, July 30, 2017

    "Essential Guide to Kenya's High Stakes Election on 8 August" Murithi Mutiga -- International Crisis Group, August 1, 2017

    "Senegal's Ruling Coalition Claims Landslide Victory" Aida Grovenstins -- Deutsche Welle, August 1, 2017

    "Liberia's President Calls for Peace as Election Campaigns Begin" Jonathan Paye-Layleh-- Miami Herald, August 1, 2017

    "Why Kabila's Bid to Remain in Power is Bad News for the Democratic Republic of the Congo" Nelson Alusala -- The Conversation, August 1, 2017

    Pakistan's Political Turmoil

    "Pakistan: The Combustible Democracy" Emanuel Safraz -- The Interpreter, August 1, 2017

    "Sharif Dismissal Proves Unelected Pakistan Generals Still Calling Shots" Sadanand Dhume -- Wall Street Journal via Australian Business Review, August 1, 2017

    "Pakistan Lawmakers Elect New Prime Minister -- Who's Likely to Step Aside in 45 Days" Aoun Sahi -- Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2017

    Venezuela Continues to Crumble

    "Venezuela Nears the Road's End Between Populism and Dictatorship" Jose Mauricio Gaona -- Washington Examiner, July 29, 2017

    "How to Help Venezuela Out of Crisis - and How Not To" Jodi Hanson Bond -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce, July 31, 2017

    "Venezuela's Postcrisis Recovery and Reform" Moises Rendon -- CSIS, July 31, 2017

    Russia Fires Back

    "Russian Military Drills Near NATO Border Stoke Fears of Aggression" Michael R. Gordon and Eric Schmitt -- The Toronto Star, August 1, 2017

    "The View from Moscow on U.S.-Russia Diplomatic Tensions" Steve Inskeep -- NPR, August 1, 2017 [Podcast]

    "President Trump Silent on Russia after Putin Announced Expulsion of U.S. Diplomats" Karen DeYoung -- The Washington Post, July 31, 2017

    For previous Weekly World News Update, please visit our website 

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  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Presidency in Peril; Another Round of Russia Sanctions; Illiberal Poland; Turkey's Authoritarianism; Cholera in Yemen; China Versus the World

    Quote of the Week:

    "Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else who did so." 

    -- Jared Kushner, in remarks to press following his private meeting with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, July 24.

    Presidency in Peril

    "I Beg My Pardon?" Gene Healy -- CATO Institute, July 24, 2017

    "Trump and Congress Are Probably on a Collision Course over Russia" Nate Silver -- FiveThirtyEight, July 26, 2017

    "Trump and Congressional Republicans: It's Complicated" Carle Hulse -- The New York Times, July 25, 2017

    What to Do? Sanctions...Perhaps?

    "Have Sanctions Become the Swiss Army Knife of U.S. Foreign Policy?" Robert Kahn -- CFR, July 24, 2017

    "To Punish Putin, Economic Sanctions Are Unlikely to Do the Trick" Eduardo Porter -- The New York Times, July 25, 2017

    "EU Ready to Retaliate Against U.S. Sanctions on Russia" Jim Brunsden -- Financial Times, July 23, 2017

    Law and Justice in Poland

    "Duda's Veto Presents Poland with an Opportunity" Ashish Kumar Sen -- The Atlantic Council, July 24, 2017

    "Polish Leader Vetoes Justice Bills Amid EU and Public Outcry" Piotr Bujnicki; Dorota Bartyzel; Adrian Krajewski -- Bloomberg, July 24, 201

    "What Just Happened in Poland?" Dalibor Rohac -- American Enterprise Institute, July 21, 2017

    "How Poland's Government is Weakening Democracy" -- The Economist, July 25, 2017

    Turkey's Democratic Death Throes

    "Erdogan's Anti-Westernism Picks Up Speed" Henri J. Barkey -- The Atlantic, July 25, 2017

    "What a Day to Celebrate Press Freedom in Turkey" Murat Yetkin -- Hurriyet Daily News, July 24, 2017

    "Journalism Is Under Seige in Turkey as Trial Begins for 17 Defendants from Leading Newspaper" Umar Farooq -- The Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2017

    Yemen in the Time of Cholera

    "The Human Toll of Yemen's Unending War" Alexandre Faite -- Foreign Policy, July 20, 2017

    "Cholera Is Slaughtering Yemen and We're Letting it Happen" Laurie Garrett -- Fortune, July 20, 2017

    "Why Don't Internationalists Care About Yemen?" Juan Cole -- The Nation, July 25, 2017

    "Pathways for Peace and Stability in Yemen" Shoqi Maktary and Katie Smith -- Search for Common Ground, July 2017

    Pushing Boundaries: China Versus the World

    "South China Sea's Untapped Oil and Natural Gas Are Back in Focus" Steve Mollman -- Quartz, July 25, 2017

    "AP Explains: India and China Face Off in Border Standoff'" Ashok Sharma and Christopher Bodeen -- The Washington Post, July 24, 2017

    "Countering Hegemony: The U.S.-China Balance" Monish Tourangbam -- The Diplomat, July 24, 2017

    For previous Weekly World News Update, please visit our website 

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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 2:02 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Liu Xiaobo's Legacy; Defusing North Korea; Trump-Putin Bromance; Peace in Colombia; Dire Straits in Venezuela; Sudan's Strategic Significance

    Quote of the Week:

    "Enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation, incite cruel mortal struggles, destroy a society's tolerance and humanity, and hinder a nation's progress toward freedom and democracy.

    -- The late Lui Xiaobo, in his Nobel Lecture read in absentia by Liv Ulmann on December 10, 2010.

    'Live On Well'

    "Liu Xiaobo's Death Holds a Message for China" -- The Economist, July 15, 2017

    "What Lui Xiaobo's Life and Death Can Teach Us About China and Dissent" Brij Tankha -- The Wire, July 15, 2017

    "Liu Xiaobo's Death Pushes China's Censors into Overdrive" Amy Qin -- The New York Times, July 17, 2017

    "Why Liu Xiaobo Is the Role Model that a Modern China Sorely Needs" Cary Huang -- South China Morning Post, July 18, 2017

    Chill Out, North Korea

    "South Korea Proposes Military Talks with North at Their Border" Choe Sang-Hun and Devid E. Sanger-- The New York Times, July 17, 2017

    "Why Is South Korea Pushing for Talks with North Korea?" -- The Japan Times, July 18, 2017

    "Forcing China's Hand on North Korea" Daniel Blumenthal and Derek Scissors -- The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2017

    "The North Korean Endgame" Liubomir K. Topaloff -- The Diplomat, July 13, 2017

    Trump-Putin Affair Exposed

    "How the GOP Became the Party of Trump" James Kirchick -- Politico, July 18, 2017

    "Time for Sober Realism on the U.S.-Russia Relationship" Katrina Vanden Heuvel -- The Washington Post, July 18, 2017

    "Trump Confirms Authoritarian Bromance with Putin" Mark C. Eades -- Foreign Policy Association, July 13, 2017

    "Trump, Putin Had Previously Undisclosed Visit at G20 Dinner" Steve Holland and Patricia Zengerle -- Reuters, July 18, 2017

    Peace Outbreak in Colombia

    "Colombia's Exclusive Peace" Emilio Huertas -- U.S. News & World Report, July 17, 2017

    "After Decades of War, Colombian Farmers Face a New Test: Peace'" Nicholas Casey -- The New York Times, July 18, 2017

    "Will Colombia's Peace Accord Boost Its Democracy?" Andreas E. Feldman -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, July 13, 2017

    "How Peace Broke Out in Colombia" Mark Leon Goldberg -- UN Global Dispatches, July 17, 2017 [Podcast]

    Dire Straits Worsen in Venezuela

    "Threat of U.S. Oil Sanctions on Venezuela Sparks Fear of Economic 'Collapse'" Jim Wyss; Patricia Mazzei; Alex Daugherty -- Miami Herald, July 18, 2017

    "Venezuela Has Reached the 'Zero Hour': What's Next?" -- Al Jazeera, July 19, 2017

    "Venezuela at a Crossroads: The Countdown to a Soviet-Style Constituent Assembly" Moises Rendon -- CSIS, July 17, 2017

    Sudan's Strategic Significance

    "Sudan: A Strategy for Re-Engagement" Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates and Kelsey Lilley -- The Atlantic Council, July 14, 2017

    "Sudan Sanctions Spur Intense Lobbying" Megan R. Wilson -- The Hill, July 19, 2017

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  • Tuesday, June 06, 2017 2:51 PM | Anonymous

    THIS MONTH: International diplomacy, annual meeting & an accidental activist


    JUNE 2017 E-NEWS




    Thanks to the sponsors, members, and friends who took part in our annual Global Forum fundraiser and helped us raise more than $17,000 to support our education programs! More than 200 people came together on May 22 at SNHU to learn about Russia's past and present with speaker Masha Gessen and engaged in a spirited discussion about the country's political and economic future, as well as our own.


    We also celebrated the 2017 Global Leadership Award recipients- Ambassador Richard Swett & Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett- and the Milford High School NH Academic WorldQuest champions. We are grateful for such an incredible community of friends who believe in the power of global education and understanding to create a more peaceful and prosperous world! See more photos on our Facebook page



          St. Paul's School  


    Charles Bickford; Irja & Frank Cilluffo; Sarah Demers; Carolyn & Philip Hollman; Jim & Elise Hood; Karen Erickson; Ruth Kleinfeld; Judith May; Anne Milne; Kathryn & Jim Muirhead; Joan & Alan Reische; Jack & Carol Resch; Carolyn & Stewart Richmond; Pat Schlesinger; David & Missie Schroeder; Steve Solomon; Andrew Supplee; Virginia & Joe Szymanowski; Roberta & Rod Tenney



    Join us for the Council's Annual Meeting & BBQ to celebrate another banner year for global education across the state, thanks to your support! We'll be approving new terms for board members Sarah Demers, Davis Farmer, Virginia Szymanowski, Roberta Tenney, and Dawn Wivell. We'll also be wishing a fond farewell to several board members including Irja Cilluffo, Karen Erickson, and Peter Schmidt.

    Academic Center, SNHU, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester

    5 PM - Registration & Networking (Cash Bar)

    5:30 PM- Annual Meeting- FREE

    *Only WACNH dues-paying members are eligible to vote but all are welcome!*

    6 PM- BBQ & socializing on patio! (With dinner ticket)

    The Annual Meeting is free and open to the public; dinner tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-yet-members. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

    Upcoming Programs - Event Calendar
    Latest news  


    Accidental activist will tell her story of life in Saudi Arabia on June 15

    Manal al-Sharif


    Presented by The Music Hall in partnership with the World Affairs Council of NH & NH Women's Foundation 

    Thursday, June 15 at 7 PM - The Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth

    Providing a rare glimpse into the day-to-day life of the typical Saudi woman, Manal Al-Sharif tells the remarkable story of how she became the accidental leader of the Women2Drive movement; and brought global attention to her country’s tyrannical male guardianship system and its oppression of women. She is the author of the new book, Daring to Drive.


    An important update on the national budget


    Tim Horgan, WACNH Associate Director (back row, far left), joined other members of the Alliance for International Exchange for a visit to the office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen last month to advocate for congressional support of international exchange opportunities.

    An important update from the Alliance for International Exchange: "The budget released last month by President Donald Trump proposes an unprecedented cut of 32 percent to the International Affairs budget, and a 55 percent cut to the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs specifically. 

    'If adopted, these cuts would greatly harm our nation’s public diplomacy efforts,' said Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of the Alliance for International Exchange. 'As Defense Secretary James Mattis has suggested, the way to reduce the possibility of war is to increase people-to-people diplomacy – which is at the heart of cultural and educational exchanges.

    'Fortunately, Congress has consistently demonstrated a strong, bipartisan commitment to exchange programs, even as recently as last month. Gutting exchange programs isn’t a win for the taxpayer, because the investment in America’s national security is immense. Over 90 percent of ECA funding is spent in the United States or on Americans implementing these programs. Because of that investment, 1 in 3 world leaders today have been on a U.S. exchange program.'

    Exchange programs enhance U.S. national security and prosperity by building productive partnerships, mutual understanding, and personal connections that help us address critical global issues including strengthening the world economy and combating terrorism. They also create a welcoming environment for over a million international students to study in the U.S. In 2015, these students added more than $32 billion dollars to our economy and supported over 400,000 U.S. jobs."

    Here at the World Affairs Council of NH, we host 300 international visitors (from 88 different countries), and 90 interpreters, annually, leveraging about $83,000 of grant funding into $500,000 in economic activity stregthening the state. More than 400 people volunteered their time to exchange ideas with the visitors. We hope you'll join us in speaking up in support of international exchange programs!

    Seacoast Speaker Series Wraps up TOMORROW!

    There's just one speaker left in our spring World Affairs @ the Library series presented in partnership with the Portsmouth Public Library. The final program will take place on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 PM,featuring Mary Thompson-Jones speaking about international diplomacy. Thompson-Jones is a professor at Northeastern University and previously was a career diplomat and served in embassies and consulates in Madrid, Prague, Quebec, Guatemala, and Sarajevo. She is the author of To The Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect.

    Mission Moments: Bringing the World to NH!

    "The plight of journalists has never been more dangerous." - Diane Foley (right), President of the James Foley Legacy Foundation said at our screening of "Jim: the James Foley Story" on May 16 at Red River Theatres. The Concord Insider reported on the program here.

    International visitors Martha Mwangonde (Malawi), Sylvester Bayowo (Ghana), Bassey Udo (Nigeria) and Andrew Karamagi (Uganda) listen to Todd Selig explain his work to promote transparency and openness as town administrator of Durham, NH. The group also volunteered for the NH Food Bank (below).




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  • Thursday, May 04, 2017 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    3 weeks until our biggest event of the year!





    MAY 2017 E-NEWS









    Masha Gessen, a Russian and American journalist, is the author of the bestselling book, "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin." An outspoken activist, Masha undergoes great risk to write truthfully about the current cultural and political climate in Russia. There is simply no one else brave enough to tell her astonishing story. This event will NOT be recorded so don't miss it!


    Dining Center, Southern NH University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester 03106

    Reception: 5 PM- Cash bar & Hors d'oeuvres

    Program: 6 PM


    * Presentation of Global Leadership Award to Ambassador Richard Swett FAIA, Co-Founder and CEO of Climate Prosperity Enterprise Solutions and former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark & Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

    * Masha Gessen Keynote and Q&A


    $50/Member; $60/Not-yet-member; $150/Patron (includes private dinner)



          St. Paul's School  


    Charles Bickford; Irja & Frank Cilluffo; Sarah Demers; Carolyn & Philip Hollman; Jim & Elise Hood; Karen Erickson; Ruth Kleinfeld; Anne Milne; Kathryn & Jim Muirhead; Joan & Alan Reische; Jack & Carol Resch; Carolyn & Stewart Richmond; David & Missie Schroeder; Steve Solomon; Andrew Supplee; Virginia & Joe Szymanowski; Roberta & Rod Tenney



    Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of many books, including Perfect RigorBlood MattersEster and RuzyaWords Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, and most recently, Where the Jews Aren’t: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region. Her next book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia will be published this fall.

    As a journalist living in Moscow, Gessen experienced the rise of Vladimir Putin firsthand. In her 2012 bestselling book The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, she gave the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

    Now, Gessen regularly contributes to The New York TimesThe New Yorker, The Washington PostHarper’sThe New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and Slate, among other publications. She lives in New York.

    Upcoming Programs - Event Calendar






    Latest news





    Seacoast Speaker Series Continues SUNDAY!


    We are proud to continue our partnership with the Portsmouth Public Library this spring. World Affairs at the Library will continue with two speakers over the next two months. Please REGISTER in advance! 

    On Sunday, May 7 at 12:30 PM, we'll host Stephen Kinzer, an award-winning foreign correspondent for 20 years at the New York Times. Since leaving the Times, Kinzer has taught journalism, political science, and international relations at Northwestern University and Boston University. He will speak about the history of American imperialism and intervention in global issues.

    Wrapping up the series on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 PM will be Mary Thompson-Jones speaking about international diplomacy. Thompson-Jones is a professor at Northeastern University and previously was a career diplomat and served in embassies and consulates in Madrid, Prague, Quebec, Guatemala, and Sarajevo.

    Congratulations, Elyse!


    Congratulations to Elyse, our Education Program Coordinator, and her family on the birth of a son, Reid, last week. Both mom and baby are healthy and happy! Elyse will return from her leave at the end of July.

    Milford High School Competes at National Academic WorldQuest Competition in D.C.

    Our Council was well-represented last weekend by Milford High School at the World Affairs Councils of America’s Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition in Washington, D.C.

    The team faced stiff competition at the 15th annual competition, held at the National Press Club on Saturday, April 29, from 46 other teams from across the country. While the Milford students didn’t win the top prize, the students learned a lot during the competition and their visit to the U.S. Institute of Peace the day before, where USIP President Nancy Lindborg welcomed the students.

     “We congratulate these student teams – and all Academic WorldQuest participants – for their dedicated efforts to apply themselves at this pivotal moment in history to make sense of the world,” said WACA President Bill Clifford.

    The competition is based on 10 topics and students are quizzed on 10 questions for each topic. The 2017 topics included: Current Events, Great Decisions, Peace and Conflict in Today’s World, Combatting Infectious Disease, European Union, Countering Violent Extremism, Turkey, Global Megacities, China, and Women in Technology.

    Congratulations to the Milford team on completing this year’s Academic WorldQuest program: Shannon Drew, Maya Flores, Todd Bieschke, and Andrew McNeil, coached by social studies teacher Anna Parker.

    International Visitor Program Alumnus to Lead Lithuanian Political Party; More Visitors Coming Soon!

    We are excited to share that a former visitor to New Hampshire via the International Visitor Leadership Program & Global Ties U.S., Gintautas Paluckas, was just elected as the leader of Lithuania's largest political party! You may have met Paluckas, previously Vice-Mayor of Vilnius, at our April reception at Orr & Reno.

    As always, if you're interested in hosting international visitors for dinner and conversation, contact Associate Director Tim Horgan to volunteer! Upcoming groups: Turkmenistan- May 6-10; Pakistan- May 13-17; Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Somalia- May 20-24; Venezuela, TBA.

    Mission Moments: Bringing the World to NH!

    As part of our Crossroads International Film & Discussion series, we showed a film about Syrian refugees escaping Egypt last week with speakers Bill Gillett, International Institute of New England Chairman (far right), and Abdul Wakil Al Abash, a Syrian refugee (second from left). Amadou Hamady, Manchester Site Director for IINE, is pictured on the left and Council Executive Director Anna Berry is second from right.

    Pictured: A recent International Visitors Leadership Program delegation visited northern New Hampshire. The visitors- from Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, and Angola- were here to learn about combating wildlife trafficking. They met with NH Fish and Game and rode the tram to the top of (frozen!) Cannon Mountain.

    Jennifer Harris, co-author of "War by Other Means," closed out our spring Global Tipping Points series on April 13. Stay tuned for details about our fall programs!

    Community Events Calendar

    Manal al-Sharif


    Presented by The Music Hall in partnership with the World Affairs Council of NH & NH Women's Foundation 

    Thursday, June 15 at 7 PM - The Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth

    Providing a rare glimpse into the day-to-day life of the typical Saudi woman, Manal tells the remarkable story of how she became the accidental leader of the Women2Drive movement; and brought global attention to her country’s tyrannical male guardianship system and its oppression of women.


    Different Roots, Common Dreams
    Ongoing photography exhibit by Becky Field
    Talk: Friday, May 19 at 7 PM
    Epsom Public Library
    1606 Dover Rd, Epsom

    Meet & Greet- Learn more about refugee resettlement in NH
    Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 PM
    1850 Elm St, Manchester


    * 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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