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A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

IRAN, ISRAEL, PALESTINE:

CAN PEACE COME TO THE MIDDLE EAST?


I look forward to April all year, but not just because green leaves and purple crocuses finally appear outside. The month traditionally marks our annual forum & fundraiser - a night when we have the opportunity to hear from the brightest minds in foreign policy, see old and new friends and support global education!

Last year, keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Nye dismissed the idea that America is in decline and outlined the complex new dynamics of the world's geopolitical players in the 21st century. He also highlighted the value of using "soft power" to flex political muscle- including efforts such as our own international visitors program that forges connections between New Hampshire and emerging leaders from around the world.

This year, we’ll delve into another controversial issue with the help of Senator George Mitchell. Can peace come to the Middle East? In a recent interview, Mitchell argued that it can.

“I believe with all my heart and soul,” George Mitchell told Government Security News, “that there is no conflict that can’t be solved.”



With the eyes of the world on Iran, I hope you'll join us on April 23 for our Global Forum to hear from more Senator Mitchell on the Arab Spring, Iran's nuclear aspirations and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Not only will you have the chance to go beyond the headlines with one of the world's most influential peacemakers, but you'll also be supporting our work to promote global education and understanding! It's a night not to be missed!

With appreciation,
Anna Haigh Berry

P.S. With limited seating, we can't guarantee tickets will be available at the door. PLEASE PURCHASE IN ADVANCE!



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GLOBAL FORUM


MONDAY, APRIL 23 ~ 6 PM

AN EVENING WITH SENATOR GEORGE MITCHELL

Former U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace & Northern Ireland; Former Senate Majority Leader; Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Truman Institute Peace Prize and the United Nations Peace Prize.

Go beyond the headlines with one of the world's most influential peacemakers and an acclaimed statesman as George Mitchell addresses the future of peace in the Middle East

Dining Center, Southern NH University
2500 N. River Road, Manchester
6 PM ~ Reception; 7 PM~ Program
TICKETS: $50

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2012 PATRONS
Irja* & Frank Cilluffo - Sarah Demers* - Nigel Donovan
Robert* & Mary Gile - Carolyn* & Philip Hollman
Daniel & Martha Lyman - Herb* & Judy Pence
Joan* & Alan Reische - John* & Carol Resch
Charles* & Wendy Sanborn -
David & Missie Schroeder
Richard Schubart - William Siroty - David Stahl*
Andrew Supplee* - Bonnie White

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YOUNG GEORGIAN LEADERS EXCHANGE IDEAS WITH LOCAL COLLEGE STUDENTS

By Herb Pence, Board Member

Five college leaders from the Republic of Georgia, located on the eastern shore of the Black Sea, visited New Hampshire recently as part of the Council's International Visitors Program. They were on a U.S. Department of State-sponsored visit to the United States in order to expose the Georgian students to American university student governance and communication.

Each of the Georgian students- who attend colleges in Tbilisi- were leaders at their home schools including: Anna, a professional mountain climber and director of the Student Alpinist Club;  Aleksandre, studying to be a neurosurgeon and a member of the Student's Self-Government club; and Nino, a member of the Student's Self-Government club, who is fluent in Georgian, English, Russian, German and Japanese at just 20 years old!

They are part of a premier group of 4,500 international visitors selected to learn more about specific aspects of U.S. life.  Each group spends between 15 and 21 days in the United States, visiting three to five cities across the country. The Georgian students' program included meetings with local college political groups, the Saint Anselm College Model UN Club, Southern New Hampshire University's student newspaper and outing club, among others.

The students also had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Council speaker Jack Matlock, who served as the American Ambassador to the U.S.S.R. at the end of the Cold War and spoke during the Council's Global Tipping Points series.

This group was funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Members were hosted nationally by Meridian International Center and locally by the World Affairs Council of NH.

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COUNCIL PROGRAM HAS $400,000 IMPACT ON STATE

The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire recently issued a report on the local economic impact of its International Visitors Program over the 2011 fiscal year.

Here's more about the impact, by the numbers:

221 - # of visitors - hand-picked as emerging leaders by the U.S. State Department - hosted over the fiscal year

1078 - # of nights visitors stayed in local hotels

$172,480 - Funds spent in-state on behalf of international visitors & programs

$53,902 - Federal grant funds that the Council receives in support of the program

$64,825 - Corporate, Individual, & Foundation contributions raised to support the program

$43,546 - Fee-for-service revenue raised to support citizen diplomacy

2,956 - Volunteer hours donated to program by World Affairs Council of NH trustees, interns & community volunteers (professional resources, organizations and dinner hosts) worth $63,140

TOTAL ECONOMIC IMPACT: $397,893+

  

This information has been compiled from Community Impact Reports submitted to the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) by its community member organizations for FY 2011. NCIV is a nonprofit membership association which includes individuals, program agencies, and more than 90 organizations in communities throughout the United States. The International Visitor Leadership Program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

DID YOU KNOW?

Our International Visitors Program receives federal grant support, but we still spend about $100 per visitor out of our own budget to host each international visitor in New Hampshire. What price would you put on sharing American values, face-to-face, and fostering cultural awareness?

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IN BRIEF
Council member, staff and program news!

THANK YOU
... to members Campbell Harvey & Elliott Berry, for hosting Georgian visitors for dinner this month.
... to President Kathryn Muirhead & Jim Muirhead for hosting Venezuelan visitors for dinner this month.
... to member Elizabeth Webber for hosting Venezuelan visitors for dinner this month.
... to members John & Martha Mueller for hosting European visitors for dinner this month.
... to members Daniel & Martha Lyman for hosting Brazilian visitors for dinner this month.
.... to member Marina Forbes for hosting visitors from
Kyrgyzstan for dinner this month.
... to board members Joan Reische & Herb Pence, and Jim Muirhead, for escorting international visitors to meetings around the state this month.

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NEWS

Charles Doleac,
Council board member, recently joined Russian and Japanese scholars for an international symposium on the Portsmouth Peace Treaty.
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Anna Berry,
Council Director, will attend the Annual Leadership meeting of World Affairs Council CEOs from around the country in Denver, Colorado on April 30. The meeting will provide Council leaders with the opportunity to exchange best practices and ideas for strengthening local councils and the national council system, as well as the network's ability to fulfill its mission of educating the American public on global issues.


WORLD AFFAIRS IN THE NEWS

New Hampshire & the world

President Obama nominates Dartmouth College President to lead World Bank - READ ARTICLE



The first American head of INTERPOL to speak at UNH Commencement - READ ARTICLE

World Affairs Council of NH Board Member Bill Martel addresses "Responsibility to Protect" on NHPR's The Exchange - LISTEN

UNH Researchers Find African Farmers Need Better Climate Change Data to Improve Farming Practices - READ ARTICLE

Foreign Policy insight

The Economist recommends the best books on American foreign policy - READ ARTICLE

The Associated Press examines what other countries currently think of America- READ ARTICLE

The Council on Foreign Relations finds that the U.S.'s failure to educate its students threatens country's ability to thrive in a global economy and maintain its leadership role - READ REPORT

CNN asks: Should Foreign Policy be Politicized? - READ ARTICLE


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WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILS OF AMERICA
CHOOSE TOP ISSUES FOR 2013



 The World Affairs Councils of America, the largest non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the American public on global issues, recently released its national network leadership survey results that determined the Six Top National Security Issues facing the United States for  2013. The issues are:

 

US Economic Competitiveness

US Education: Competing Globally  

Middle East

Afghanistan/Pakistan

China

US Energy Policy

 

The survey, which was conducted March 8-15, 2012, asked the council leadership from almost 100 non-partisan, non-profit educational World Affairs Councils from across the country to determine the Six Top National Security Issue areas that need to be debated and discussed in 2013.

 

The Six Top Issues for 2013 will play a central role in the World Affairs Councils of America's national network 2013 effort to educate and engage the American public.  The public discussion of these 2013 Six Top National Security issues will be launched at WACA's 2012 National Conference, November 7-9, 2012 in Washington, DC. 

 

Dr. Lori E. Murray, President & CEO of WACA, stated upon releasing the results, "There is no better group of citizen leaders to turn to for insight and direction on the top National Security issues before us than the world affairs councils network that is based in communities across the country. We look forward to working with the next administration and with leading national security analysts to provide reasoned and thoughtful debate and discussion on these top six priorities in 2013."

 

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COUNCIL CALENDAR

TODAY - Wednesday, April 4

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
We are hosting 11 emerging leaders from Pakistan for a program on:

"Promoting Transparency in Government and Fighting Corruption"
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Saturday, April 14

PLYMOUTH MODEL UN CONFERENCE

For high school students and teachers, sponsored in part by the Sidore Foundation

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Tuesday, April 17 ~ 6 PM
GLOBAL TIPPING POINTS PART 3: SECURITY
"Counterterrorism at home and abroad"

Speaker: Frank Cilluffo,

Director of George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute

Location:UNH Manchester 3rd Floor Auditorium

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Monday, April 23 ~ 6 PM

GLOBAL FORUM

Speaker: Senator George Mitchell

Location: SNHU Dining Center

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Thursday, April 26 - Wednesday May 2
INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
We will host 5 emerging leaders from Belarus for a program on:

"Non-Profit Organizations and Civic Activism "
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Sunday, April 29 - Thursday, May 3
INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
We will host 6 emerging leaders from South Korea for a program on:

"The Role of Civic Organizations in Community Building"
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COMMUNITY EVENTS

INTERNATIONAL HAPPENINGS

PORTSMOUTH
Thursday, April 5 ~ 8 PM ~ Portsmouth Music Hall
"Soul of the Sahara" Fundraiser Benefiting Rain for the Sahel & the Sahara
Featuring Niger and Gabon's Ambassadors to the U.S. at pre-show gala and musical group Bombino

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CONCORD
Thursday, April 5 ~ 7 PM ~ Concord High School, 170 Warren Street
Showing of "No Woman, No Cry" about childbirth and maternal care around the world
LEARN MORE

PLYMOUTH
Saturday, April 7 ~ 7:30 PM ~ Holderness School
Caravanserai Pakistani Folk & World Music Concert
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AMHERST
Monday, April 9 ~ 7:30 PM ~ Congregational Church of Amherst

"NH & The Portsmouth Peace Treaty"
Speaker: Charles B. Doleac, World Affairs Council Board Member Contact: Neil Benner, 315-8413

PORTSMOUTH
Thursday, April 12 ~ Noon ~ Great Bay Community College

"A Short Course on Islam for Non-Muslims"
Speaker: Charles A. Kennedy
Contact: Chris Baker- 472-7600, ext. 7704

CUISINE & CULTURE

MANCHESTER
SNHU's Quill Restaurant - Final International Dinner of the year
Thursday, April 12 ~ 6 p.m.
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CONCORD
Lebanese Dinner ~ Friday nights

Washington Street Catering
88 Washington Street, Concord - 603-228-2000
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