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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801

    World Affairs at the Library

    Trust, Travel Bans, and Homeland Security: Counter-terrorism Today with JAMES FOREST

    Wednesday, September 13 at 7 PM 

    Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library

    Free and open to the public; Advance registration requested online or call 603.314.7970; Books for sale following program

    This program is co-sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library.



    James J.F. Forest, Ph.D., is an professor and director of the Security Studies graduate degree program at UMass Lowell. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and contemporary security studies, and directs the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies. He is also a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University, where he conducts research, some of which is classified, on emerging terrorist threats, insurgencies, transnational criminal networks and U.S. Special Forces training.

    Forest is the former director of Terrorism Studies at the United States Military Academy where he taught a variety of courses and directed research initiatives and education programs for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, covering topics such as terrorist recruitment, training, and organizational knowledge transfer. He has testified before Congressional hearings, served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases and has been interviewed by many television, newspaper and radio journalists in the U.S. and other countries. 

    He was selected by the Center for American Progress and Foreign Policy as one of “America’s most esteemed terrorism and national security experts” and participated in its annual Terrorism Index studies 2006 to 2011.

    He has published 18 books and dozens of articles in journals such as the Terrorism and Political Violence, Crime and Delinquency, Perspectives on Terrorism, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Contemporary Security Policy, the Journal of Political Science Education, and Democracy and Security. 

    • Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester 03104


    A three-part series on current world affairs



    Immigration & Entrepreneurship

    A special program held as part of "Welcoming Manchester" week, part of the Welcoming America initiative. Elmira Bayrasli 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.

    Location: Multi-purpose Room, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street (Pandora Mill), Manchester

     Directions & Parking Info Here

    Free & Open to the Public. Advance registration requested online,
    via email or by phone: 603.314.7970 

    Presented in partnership with UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs


    Elmira Bayrasli works on entrepreneurship, global development, and foreign policy. She is the cofounder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and a lecturer at New York University. Elmira has written for Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and the New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Dining Center Banquet Hall, Southern NH University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03106


    World in Transition: The Future of International Trade

    Wednesday, November 8 @ SNHU


    President, National Foreign Trade Council

    & PANEL DISCUSSION        

    International trade is a critical piece of New Hampshire's economic success: exports of New Hampshire products topped $4 billion last year and trade supports nearly 25% of the state's jobs. How will the current political climate impact free and fair trade? Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, President of the National Foreign Trade Council, will outline the benefits of an open, rules-based world economy and the impact of international trade on businesses, government and  communities. A panel of local business leaders will then discuss how the state and region can be best positioned to thrive in today's global economy.

     New Hampshire's top 10 export markets, as of April 2017: China, Canada , Mexico , Japan, Germany , Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands.

    Dining Center, Southern NH University2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03106

    5:30 PM- Reception; 6:30 PM- Program

    Tickets: $25/Council Member; $35/Not-yet-member; SNHU students free (with advance registration)




     Ambassador Rufus Yerxa became President of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) in May 2016. As president, he oversees NFTC’s efforts in favor of a more open, rules based world economy, focusing on key issues to U.S. competitiveness such as international trade and tax policy, economic sanctions, export finance and human resource management. He has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer, diplomat, U.S. trade negotiator and international official. He has been in key policymaking and management roles in Congress, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and also spent several years in private law practice and the corporate world. As Deputy Director General of the WTO from 2002 to 2013 he helped to broaden its membership and strengthen its role as the principal rules-based institution governing world trade. Prior to this, from 1989 to 1995, he served as Deputy USTR under both a Republican and a Democratic President, first as the Geneva-based Ambassador to the GATT (the predecessor organization to the WTO) and subsequently as the Washington Deputy. Earlier in his government career (1981 to 1989) he was with the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Trade. He began his government career as a legal advisor with the U.S. International Trade Commission. After leaving government service in 1995 and prior to joining the WTO he spent five years in the private sector, first as the Brussels-based partner with a major U.S. law firm and later as European general counsel for a Fortune 500 company. Rufus is a native of Washington State. He received his BA in political science from the University of Washington (1973), his JD from Seattle University School of Law (1976) and an LLB in international Law from the University of Cambridge in England (1977). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and is also a Visiting Professor with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). 

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