Upcoming events

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

    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, or sent through the messenger app on our website, so tune in here at 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:

    • 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 
     One Night, Patron  $175  $175

    This event was made possible by the generous support of:


    Thank You Patron Sponsors

    Steven and Karin Barndollar

    Bob Blair and Trish Murphy

    Davis and Suzanna Farmer

    Carolyn and Philip Hollman

    Jack and Carol Resch

    Carolyn and Stewart Richmond

    Dave and Missie Schroeder

    Ginny and Joseph Szymanowski

    Norm and Pat Turcotte

    Steven Solomon

    Andy Supplee

    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).

    • Tuesday, December 08, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)

    The World Affairs Council of NH and the

    League of Conservation Voters present...

    Global Tipping Points: Climate Wars

    Re-Establishing United States Global Climate Diplomacy

    Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire and the League of Conservation Voters for the final installment in our virtual Global Tipping Points speaker series this Fall! Our December edition will feature President Obama's chief climate negotiator and current Brookings nonresident senior fellow, Todd Stern, as well as President of the American Security Project, Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, as they discuss what they believe a strategy to combat climate change will look like under a new Biden administration and what the election's results mean for the world's climate future.

    This discussion will be moderated by Rob Werner of LCV and WACNH Board Member Maura Sullivan.

    Following the opening remarks, a moderated Question and Answer session will be held. All questions can be emailed to, posted in either of the YouTube or Facebook Live chats, or the messenger app on our website, so tune in here at and we hope to see you there!

    When: Tuesday, December 8th at 5:30PM - 7:00 pm


    This event was made possible by the generous support of:

    About Todd Stern

    Todd Stern is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution concentrating on climate change. Stern served from January 2009 until April 2016, as the special envoy for climate change at the Department of State. He was President Obama’s chief climate negotiator, leading the U.S. effort in negotiating the Paris Agreement and in all bilateral and multilateral climate negotiations in the seven years leading up to Paris. Stern also participated in the development of U.S. domestic climate and clean energy policy.

    Stern is currently focused on writing about the climate negotiations during his time as special envoy as well as on writing, speaking, and advising about ongoing efforts on climate change at both the international and domestic levels.

    Stern served under President Clinton in the White House from 1993 to 1999, mostly as assistant to the president and staff secretary. From 1997 to 1999, he coordinated the administration’s initiative on global climate change, acting as the senior White House negotiator at the Kyoto and Buenos Aires negotiations. From 1999 to 2001, Stern served as counselor to Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers, advising the secretary on the policy and politics of a broad range of economic and financial issues, and supervising Treasury’s anti-money laundering strategy. 

    About Stephen Cheney

    BGen Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret) is the President of the American Security Project (ASP).

    He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has over 30 years experience as a Marine.  His career included a wide variety of command and staff positions with the operating forces and the supporting establishment.  Gen. Cheney’s primary specialty was artillery, but he focused extensively on entry-level training, commanding at every echelon at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots, to include being the Commanding General at Parris Island.  He served several years in Japan and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia.

    Other selected highlights of Gen. Cheney’s military career include tours as Deputy Executive Secretary to Defense Secretaries Cheney and Aspin; ground plans officer for Drug Enforcement Policy in the Pentagon; liaison to the Congressional Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces; and Inspector General of the Marine Corps.

    Following retirement from the Marines, Gen. Cheney became the Chief Operating Officer for Business Executives for National Security (BENS), in Washington, D.C., and most recently was President/CEO of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas.

    Gen. Cheney is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the National War College, and the University of Southern California. He was a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, where he is a member. Additionally, he was also a member of the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board and the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

    General Cheney has appeared on CNN, Fox, BBC, NPR, and Sky news, and many other stations worldwide discussing the national security implications of climate change and energy security.  His television and public appearances include being on a panel with Vice President Al Gore on his 24 hours of Reality program; on AMHQ at The Weather Channel with Sam Champion; and on stage for Climate Week in New York City with Prime Minister Tony Blair, Richard Branson, and Secretary of State John Kerry.  He has been quoted and had articles in Politico, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times.  In 2015 he was recognized by The Weather Channel as a member of the Climate 25 for his leadership in identifying climate change as a national and global security issue.  He has spoken at the Chatham House in London, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and in over a dozen cities around the world on this topic.  His most recent testimony (2017) was on energy security, climate change, and cyber in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; and the EPA.

    Gen. Cheney has been on the Board of Directors for ASP since 2006, and served as ASP’s CEO from 2011-2019.


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

    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: Download Now*

    *As in years past, the "Great Decisions" category will not need to be studied for our state edition in March. Study materials for "NH and the World" will be made available at a later date.

    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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