Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Government, Military, and Economic Outlook on Asia; NAFTA; U.S. Relations with the Middle East; Economics in Venezuela; Politics and Military in Africa.
Government, Military, and Economic Outlook on Asia
"Southeast Asia - Guidelines for the New Administration" Amy Searight, Murray Hiebert, and Geoffrey Hartman -- CSIS, February 10, 2017
"By Testing a Missile, North Korea Was Probably Also Testing Trump, Experts Say" Matt Stiles -- Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2017
"Nuclear Weapon States and the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone" Tong Zhao -- Carnegie-Tsinghua, February 10, 2017
"Turkmenistan: Election Spectacle Hides Disturbing Economic Decline" Eurasianet.org, February 8, 2017
"Markets Hit New Highs over Trump's Change of Tone on Japan and China" Nick Fletcher and Dominic Rushe -- The Guardian, February 13, 2017
"Canada's Trudeau Arrives in Washington to Meet with Trump" Catherine Lucey and Rob Gillies -- The Washington Post, February 13, 2017
"The Pitfalls of Renegotiating NAFTA" The Economist, February 11, 2017
"Is Trump's Plan to Revive U.S. Steel a Pipe Dream?" Annie Linskey -- The Boston Globe, February, 13, 2017
"Trump and Trudeau Talk Trade, Working Women" Andrew Soergel -- U.S. News, February 13, 2017
U.S. Relations with the Middle East
"How America Could Stumble Into War With Iran" Karim Sadjadpour -- Carnegie Endowment, February 9, 2017
"Why are U.S. Forces in Yemen at All?" Andrew J. Bacevich -- Defense One, February 8, 2017
"Can Trump and Netanyahu Make Progress toward the "Ultimate Deal"?" Ofer Zalzberg -- International Crisis Group, February 13, 2017
"EU Seeks to Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal" Ashish Kumar Sen -- Atlantic Council, February 10, 2017
Economics in Venezuela
"How to Solve the Riddle of Venezuela's Economy" Mac Margolis -- Bloomberg, February 13, 2017
"Donald Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela's Vice President for 'Significant Role' in Illegal Drug Trade " Ben Kentish -- Independent, February 14, 2017
Politics and Military in Africa
"Can Barrow Deliver on the Promise of a 'New Gambia'?" Louise Hunt -- IRIN, February 8, 2017
"South Sudan General Quits over 'Ethnic Cleansing' Regime" Philipp Sandner -- Deutsche Welle, February 13, 2017
"'Blackwater Air' Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces" David Axe -- The Daily Beast, February 13, 2017
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The first event on Thursday, February 23 will examine Xenophobia. “Xenophobia” – fear of the other – was named the 2016 Word of the Year. With millions of refugees displaced worldwide and new limits on immigration in the U.S., how will the international community protect human rights and promote tolerance in 2017? What is the role of the United Nations? Fernando Fernandez-Arias (pictured above, left), a Spanish diplomat and current fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, will examine these issues and more.
Next, on Thursday, March 23 , Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund (pictured above, center), co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, will address nuclear security in a world where Cold War policies have left the country's nuclear weapons on a hair-trigger alert. How can we reduce the risk of nuclear war in 2017?
The series will wrap up on Thursday, April 13 with a discussion on War by Other Means: Why the U.S. reaches for the gun instead of the purse. Today, nations increasingly carry out geopolitical combat through economic means. Policies governing everything from trade and investment to energy and exchange rates are wielded as tools to win diplomatic allies, punish adversaries, and coerce those in between. But, as Jennifer M. Harris (pictured above, right), a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, will assert, America still too often reaches for the gun over the purse to advance its interests abroad.
High Schools: Last Chance To Register for 2017 NH Academic WorldQuest!
We are just 5 weeks away from the 3rd Annual NH Academic WorldQuest Competition- but it's not too late to participate! The team registration deadline is on February 12th. To compete, all you need is a teacher, 4 high school students and enthusiasm to learn about world affairs! Head over to our website to learn more about this unique program and registration details.
This year we are happy to have Dylan Mahalingam - philanthropist, activist and social entrepreneur - as our keynote speaker. Dylan is best know for founding Lil' MDG's, a global non-profit organization at the age of 9. We are also excited to announce this year's emcee - Scott Spradling. Scott is an Emmy award winning former reporter, anchor and political director for WMUR-TV in Manchester. Joining our mission partner, Southern New Hampshire University, this year's presenting sponsors - Pax World and McLane Middleton- are excited to show incredible support for this globally-minded program. THANK YOU sponsors!
Academic WorldQuest is a team competition that tests high school students' knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. 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.
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Special Day of Programming Engages Thousands Across State in U.S. Foreign Policy with Dr. Jessica Mathews
Grant Bosse (left) moderates the discussion between Jessica T. Matthews, Wil Zemp, and Ambassador Jim Smith (left to right) during our Town Hall event at SNHU, which focused on the Middle East and the new administration.
More than 200 people joined the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire's timely town hall on January 26 featuring Dr. Jessica Mathews, Ambassador Jim Smith, and Colonel Wil Zemp and discussion of the challenges facing President Donald Trump and his administration in the Middle East, moderated by Grant Bosse of the Union Leader. Thanks to a grant from the World Affairs Councils of America, the day of programming also included visits by Dr. Mathews to NHPR's The Exchange news hour and to more than 50 students at Pinkerton Academy, as well as an interfaith luncheon with local religious leaders.
While topics discussed at the evening town hall, presented in partnership with SNHU, included ISIS and Trump's relationship with Russia, much of the discussion focused on the future of the Iran nuclear deal. Mathews, Smith, and Zemp shared their thoughts on how the Trump administration might handle these pressing issues and what it will mean for the United States as well as the rest of the world.
When it came to the fate of the Iran Nuclear Deal, all three speakers were unanimous in their support of the deal's survival. They argued that deal has been successful thus far because Iran has held up its end in the bargain. Ever since the agreement, Iran has been slowly disarming its nuclear facilities under the close watch of inspectors.
Ambassador Jim Smith brought up the complications of Trump's desire to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal by pointing out that the UK, France, Russia, and China were key negotiators in the deal. If the United States were to pull out of the deal, Iran would still be obligated to honor the agreement because of its multilateral nature. Colonel Zemp believes the United States and Russia are already in the midst of a second cold war, using Russia's intervention in Ukraine and the United States launching sanctions on Russia as examples of cold war behavior. In concurrence with Colonel Zemp, Dr. Mathews went even further by declaring this Cold War even more dangerous than the first. Mathews observed that the first Cold War had a clear set of rules and structure set in place after World War II, which successfully prevented a nuclear war. This time around there is no clear structure, so the world is in greater danger of nuclear war than ever before.
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IN THE NEWS: DR. MATHEWS IN THE UNION LEADER; CONCORD NEWS RADIO'S NH NOW; & ON NHPR'S THE EXCHANGE
Dr Jessica T. Mathews visited Pinkerton Academy (Derry), where she spoke to 50 high school students about current events in the Middle East as well as pursing a career in international relations.
2017 Great Decisions Teaching Training Institute for High School Teachers
June 26- June 30 in New York City
In order to promote the expansion of global affairs discussion in high school classrooms, the Teachers Training Institute provides teachers with the training and materials necessary to provide in-depth international studies discussion. The Foreign Policy Association will also be able to provide accommodation and $300 towards travel expenses.
The application is due Friday, March 31.
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International Law in the Trump Administration
Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School
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Thursday, January 26
What Should the U.S. Do in the Middle East?
Registration: 5 PM; Program: 5:30 PM;
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Walker Auditorium, Frost Hall, Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03106
A new year, a new administration, and a new look at critical issues facing the U.S. Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire for our first event of the year! Following the Presidential Inauguration, we will hold a Town Hall event, exploring the challenges facing President-Elect Trump and his administration in the Middle Ease, including ISIS, the conflict in Syria and the future of the Iran nuclear deal. On Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 PM at Southern New Hampshire University, special guests will examine what comes next for the U.S and its allies in the most turbulent region of the world. Panelists include Dr. Jessica T. Mathews, former President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ambassador Jim Smith, former Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Colonel Wil Zemp, former Senior Policy Advisor to the Commander, International Security Forces – Afghanistan, and current Chief of Staff at SNHU. Register now!
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Council Announces Academic WorldQuest Keynote Speaker & Presenting Sponsors
Registration Now Open!
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is proud to announce that Dylan Mahalingam - philanthropist, activist and social entrepreneur - will be the keynote speaker for this year's 3rd annual NH Academic WorldQuest competition. Dylan is best know for founding Lil' MDG's, a global non-profit organization at the age of 9. We are also excited to announce our two presenting sponsors - Pax World and McLane Middleton- and thank these companies for their incredible support! Registration for Academic WorldQuest competition is now open! This team competition tests high school students' knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. 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. Team registration is due by February 12.
New Hampshire Volunteers Visit Estonia to Exchange Ideas with Former International Visitors
When the topic of refugee resettlement comes up, Estonia isn't the first place that comes to mind. However, with the mass influx of refugees to the continent, Estonia, along with the European Union, has agreed to accept some international refugees into their region. With this in mind, a group of 10 Estonians visited New Hampshire last year through the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to learn about integrating refugees into schools and communities.
During their time in New Hampshire, the group found two of the meetings particularly useful and wanted to further the discussions on these programs back home. This past October, they invited Jodi Harper of the Granite State United Way's BRING IT program (above, right) and Anna-Marie DiPasquale (above, left), Concord High School’s Social Worker, to speak at a conference on refugee resettlement in Estonia. While both Jodi and Anna-Marie were extremely busy, they took this “opportunity of a lifetime” to visit another country and share their expertise in the field. Their schedule in Estonia provided several opportunities for them to engage with local people and explain how things are done in New Hampshire.
Following their presentations, Jodi and Anna-Marie both noticed that some were resistant to implementing their suggested changes, but that conversations started to bring people around to the ideas. Also, they helped the Estonian participants to think things through on issues the US just takes for granted, such as multiple menu choices at school lunch to accommodate dietary restrictions, and using the term "New Estonians" rather than refugees.
In the end, both Jodi and Anna-Marie loved this experience and hope to encounter more opportunities to be Citizen Diplomats. Not only did this trip benefit the people of Estonia, but both of them now have a wider world view, as well as many students at Concord High School who now feel more empowered than ever. Read the full recap on our blog or check out this article from the Concord Monitor.
Former Council Team Members Recognized
Aseeb Niazi (left), former Council Intern and Program Manager, was recently selected as a Rangel Fellow. The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is a unique program that promotes greater diversity and excellence in the U.S. Foreign Service. The program was named to honor Congressman Rangel for his longstanding and vocal support for showing the world the diversity that is the strength of America, as well as his example of global leadership.
The Rangel Program offers thirty graduate fellowships to outstanding seniors and college graduates who want to join the Foreign Service. These fellowships help finance two-year graduate programs, provide paid internships and other professional development activities, and facilitate entry into the Foreign Service for individuals who are able to complete the Foreign Service entry requirements. Congratulations, Aseeb!
Kristine Adams (right), our 2016 Spring intern and recent graduate of St. Anselm College, was selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program through Global Ties U.S. Participants in this program are invited to participate in the 2017 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting (Washington D.C.) to be held in February, as well as take part in specially designed programs to advance their professional development and widen their network, including meetings with leaders in the field of public diplomacy and unprecedented networking opportunities. Kristine will have a chance to reconnect with our Director, Anna Berry, and Associate Director, Tim Horgan, at the conference. Congratulations, Kristine!
Book Review: The Long Game by Derek Chollet
BY DAVID SANOK
Editor's Note: Derek Chollet spoke to the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire last November about his recent book, "The Long Game," and our intern, David, reviewed the book for our January 2017 e-newsletter. His opinions do not represent an endorsement by the Council.
Derek Chollet's book The Long Game examines the foreign policy legacy of President Barack Obama. Chollet makes the case that Obama's decisions in foreign policy were largely successful in keeping the United States out of another war. Having worked under the Obama administration as an insider, Chollet is able to provide a closer look at the foreign policy decisions made behind closed doors as well as an in-depth analysis of the situations Obama faced at the world stage such as Syria, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Chollet's book analyzes not just Obama's approach to foreign policy crisis’s, but also the circumstances that lead to America electing a president like Obama. Chollet examines how the Bush presidency conducted foreign policy prior to Obama and why the regime change philosophy of the Bush administration lead to many voters wanting a change. READ MORE ON OUR BLOG
International Visitors from Sri Lanka studying Higher Education spent Thanksgiving day with Council Board Member Ginny Szymanowsky, and her husband, Joe (far right), an example of citizen diplomacy at its finest! Are you interested in hosting these emerging international leaders in your home for dinner and conversation? Become a citizen diplomat today! Find out who will be visiting our state next here.
Tuesdays: January 10 - February 28; 10-11:15 AM or 7-8:15 PM
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Adilei: An Evening of Traditional Georgian Music
Friday, January 20 at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth
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International Women's Day
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Anna Marie DiPasquale (left) and Jodi Harper (center) talk with Estonian news reporter.
When the topic of refugee resettlement comes up, Estonia is not the first place that many people think of. Indeed, since 1997 Estonia has only received 74 refugees prior to the crisis in Europe that started last year. However, with the mass influx of refugees to the continent, Estonia, along with the EU, has agreed to accept these people into their country. With this in mind, a group of 10 people from Estonia visited New Hampshire through the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to learn about integrating refugees into schools and communities.
Acting as their host, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire created an International Visitor Leadership Program for the group to meet with various refugee and school officials here in the state. The intent of the program was to introduce them to the different organizations that are helping to integrate refugees, so that when Estonia sees new refugees they are better prepared to welcome them. During their time in New Hampshire, the group found two of the meetings particularly useful and wanted to further the discussions on these programs back home, the BRING IT program and a Concord High School’s Social Worker who focuses on New Americans.
Anna-Marie DiPasquale, of Concord High School, and Jodi Harper of the Granite State United Way were invited by the group to Estonia this past October to speak at a conference on refugee resettlement. While both were extremely busy with other obligations, they took this “opportunity of a lifetime” to visit another country and share their expertise in the field. Their schedule, while there, was quite busy and provided several opportunities for them to engage with local people and explain how things are done in the state.
Their presentations were quite successful, with participants coming up to them afterwards to continue conversations, something they found out later was quite unusual in Estonian culture. Anna-Marie was able to set up an opportunity for some of her students to Skype into the conference and talk directly with those in attendance about the experiences of refugee youth in transitioning to a new culture. This was a highlight for both the youth and participants, allowing for the voices of those who have experienced this journey to inform those looking to make that transition as smooth as possible.
A couple of concrete changes are already starting to occur in Estonia that will benefit the refugees as they begin to be settled there. First off, Jodi and Anna-Marie both noticed there were some who were resistant to implementing changes, but that conversations started to bring people around to the idea. Also, they helped the Estonian participants to think things through on issues the US just takes for granted. An example of this is school lunches that need to accommodate new dietary restrictions. In Estonia many schools serve one lunch to all students, in contrast to the multiple choices students have here. This made the US more flexible in making the necessary changes, while Estonia is having more issues around that. Also, what may seem small is actually indicative of a larger shift in mindset. Many of the participants picked up on the idea of using the term New Americans, rather than refugees, dedicating themselves to using New Estonians instead. Going into this work with the idea that refugees are now “one of us”, shifts the mental calculations made about who these people are, creating a more welcoming atmosphere.
In the end, both Jodi and Anna-Marie loved this experience and hope to encounter more opportunities to be Citizen Diplomats. Not only did this trip benefit the people of Estonia, but both of them now have a wider world view, as well as many students at Concord High School who now feel more empowered than ever. It truly is amazing that only two people were picked from an entire three week long, country wide visit, to engage in this opportunity and that both of them work here in NH. Without a doubt, anyone anywhere can create change in the world; you just have to be open to the opportunity.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Syria's Road to Peace; Potential for Nuclear Destruction; The New Age of Populism; Containing Russia; 'One China' Policy; Soft or Hard Brexit; Issues in Latin America.
Syria's Road to Peace
(Andrew Parasiliti, one of the co-authors of the first article was moderator of WACA's 2016 Conference panel on Countering Violent Extremism. The link to that video is here.)
"Preventing State Collapse in Syria: U.S. Options for Dealing with Assad, Islamic State, and Al-Qaeda" Andrew Parasiliti , Kathleen Reedy, and Becca Wasser -- RAND Corporation, January 2017
"How Ceasefires in Syria Became Another Tool of Warfare" Lina Khatib -- Chatham House, January 5, 2017
"Syria's Tangled Trilateral Road to Peace" Fritz Lodge -- The Cipher Brief, January 6, 2017
"After ISIS: How to Win the Peace in Iraq and Libya" Hayder al-Khoei, Ellie Geranmayeh, and Mattia Toaldo -- European Council on Foreign Relations, January 4, 2017
Potential for Nuclear Destruction
"Bill Perry Is Terrified. Why Aren't You?" John F. Harris and Bryan Bender -- POLITICO Magazine, January 6, 2017
The New Age of Populism
"Can the EU Survive in an Age of Populism?" Daniel Gros -- CEPS, January 9, 2017
"Beware Clashes of Big-power Nationalisms in 2017 - with Europe Stuck in the middle" John Bruton -- Europe's World, January 9, 2017
"How Putin Is Using Populist Movements against the West" Ronald Brownstein -- Defense One, January 6, 2017
"How We Fool Ourselves on Russia" William J. Burns -- The New York Times, January 7, 2017
"Efforts to Contain Russia Are Failing" Lilia Shevtsova -- Chatham House, January 4, 2017
'One China' Policy
"Taiwan's President and Pro-China Opposition Leader both Plan U.S. Visits" Mark C. Eades -- Foreign Policy Association, January 6, 2017
"Trump and a Tricky Relationship" Daniel Fazio -- Policy Forum, January 9, 2017
"Reinvigorating U.S. Economic Strategy in the Asia Pacific" Matthew P. Goodman, Schott Miller, and Amy Searight -- CSIS, January 5, 2017
Soft or Hard Brexit
"Why a "Soft Brexit" Is in the Interest of Both London and Brussels" Simeon Djankov -- Peterson Institute for International Economics, January 4, 2017
"Sturgeon Reiterates Hard Brexit Threat of Scottish Independence Vote" Severin Carrell -- The Guardian, January 8, 2017
Issues in Latin America
"China's Investment in Latin America" David Dollar -- BROOKINGS Institution, January 2017
"Brazil Worries the "China of South America" Is Eating Its Lunch" Bruce Douglas and Matthew Malinowski -- Bloomberg Markets, January 9, 2017
"Venezuela Crisis: Minimum Wage Increased 50 Percent As Inflation Continues To Soar" Jason Le Miere -- International Business Times, January 9, 2017
Derek Chollet's book The Long Game examines the foreign policy legacy of President Barack Obama. Chollet makes the case that Obama's decisions in foreign policy were largely successful in keeping the United States out of another war. Having worked under the Obama administration as an insider, Chollet is able to provide a closer look at the foreign policy decisions made behind closed doors as well as an in-depth analysis of the situations Obama faced at the world stage such as Syria, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Chollet's book analyzes not just Obama's approach to foreign policy crisis’s, but also the circumstances that lead to America electing a president like Obama. Chollet examines how the Bush presidency conducted foreign policy prior to Obama and why the regime change philosophy of the Bush administration lead to many voters wanting a change.
During the 2008 election, the Iraq War was one the major issues debated by the candidates as whether to withdraw or not. While Republicans were generally in favor of remaining, most Democrats favored leaving, Obama sought to stand out from the rest of the democratic field by taking a more balanced to foreign policy. To accomplish this, Chollet examines the two strategies Obama adopted that helped distinguish himself from candidates such as Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
Firstly, Obama ran a campaign based on his better judgment because of his early opposition to the Iraq War from the start whereas Hillary, despite running on experience, voted for the war. Secondly, while Obama championed a withdrawal from Iraq, he also sought to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Obama's reasoning behind this was that America needed to focus on Afghanistan because Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Bin Laden were the ones who attacked America on 9/11. Obama was seeking a middle of the road position on foreign policy to maintain stability in the middle east. Obama continued to launch missiles and drone strikes on terrorist groups, but discontinued the ground troops strategy of the Bush administration.
These two strategies served Obama well again when dealing with Russia and Egypt as Chollet again gives credit to Obama for being both tough and cautious with Russia over its interventions in Ukraine and Syria. According to Chollet, Obama's use of economic sanctions was a successful use of toughness on Russia because it put pressure on President Putin to pull out of Ukraine. At the same time, Obama resisted calls from war hawks on both the left and right of the political spectrum who wanted to install a no-fly zone in Syria in case Russia tried to intervene there. Obama, however, recognized the danger of a no-fly zone because of the risk it posed of igniting a nuclear war between the United States and Russia. By adopting sanctions, Chollet argues Obama achieved peace through strength for he succeeded in damaging Russia economically and slowing down their military expansion- all without having to fire a single shot.
Throughout the Obama presidency, many governments in the Middle East were overthrown by military coups. One of the most notable was the Egyptian military coup that took place in 2011. Chollet argues Obama was right in resisting calls to intervene in the overthrow of the Egyptian government and instead work to build a relationship with the new regime. Although Egypt is now ruled by a military dictatorship, they have continued to honor existing treaties such as the 1978 peace accords with Israel and maintain a working relationship with the United States.
When it came to the military coup in Libya, Chollet defended Obama's handling of the situation despite the widespread criticism his administration received over it's decision to intervene. Although Gaddafi's death has created instability in Libya and lead to an ongoing civil war between rival factions, he still praises Obama for successfully removing Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi from power. Chollet credits Obama's decision to reach to different countries across the world and rebel groups in Libya without sending in ground troops or going in alone without allies like Bush did with Iraq.
Overall, I highly recommend “The Long Game” because it offer a unique inside view into why Obama did what he did in foreign affairs and why his policies were successful. Even if you as a reader think Obama's foreign policy was a failure and disagree with Derek Chollet's arguments, The Long Game is still worth a read because Chollet backs up his arguments based on his personal experience and includes detailed research of what Obama faced and the aftermath of his decisions.
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World Affairs at the Library with Stephen Walt on Tuesday, December 13 at Portsmouth Public Library
Join us at for our last event of the year! We've partnered with the Portsmouth Public Library to bring Dr. Stephen Walt to the seacoast on Tuesday, December 13 at 7 PM. For the first time in recent memory, large numbers of Americans are openly questioning their country’s strategy when it comes to international affairs. An April 2016 Pew poll found that 57 percent of Americans agree that the United States should “deal with its own problems and let others deal with theirs the best they can." Walt, the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, will share his ideas on what the United States' global strategy should be.
Stephen Walt is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, co-chair of the editorial board of International Security, and co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series. He is also the author of multiple books. His most recent book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (co-authored with John J. Mearsheimer) was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into more than twenty foreign languages.
This event will take place at 7 PM in the Levenson Community Room at the Portsmouth Public Library - 175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth. World Affairs at the Library events are free and open to the public.
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
TOWN HALL: AMERICAN POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST UNDER THE NEW ADMINISTRATION
Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire for a special program on the challenges facing President-Elect Donald Trump and his administration in the Middle East, including ISIS, the conflict in Syria and the future of the Iran nuclear deal. What should the U.S. and its allies do next in the world's most troubled region? Panelists, including Dr. Jessica T. Matthews, former President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Jim Smith, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, will weigh options and dangers ahead followed by community discussion.
Registration: 5 PM; Program: 5:30 PM; Reception to follow program
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Derek Chollet shares his views on US Foreign Policy: The Very Recent Past and the Not-So-Distant Future
By David Sanok, Council Intern - The World Affairs Council of NH hosted its final Global Tipping Points event of the year on November 15 at UNH Manchester. About 80 people came out to hear Derek Chollet's talk, which addressed the strengths of Obama’s decisions in foreign affairs over the past eight years and speculated on how the incoming Trump administration may impact Obama’s achievements. Chollet served for 6 years during the Obama Administration in senior positions at the White House, State Department and Pentagon, and as the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. These experiences inspired his new book The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World.
Chollet praised Obama for his bold yet cautious approach when confronted with international crisis’s and defended the administration’s handling of Syria, Russia, Ukraine, and Iran. Chollet pointed to Obama's handling of the “red line” situation Syria as a success rather than a failure because Obama convinced the Syrian president to hand over chemical weapons without having to go to war. He also highlighted the President’s use of sanctions on specific Russian officials and the negotiation of the Iran deal to phase out Iran’s nuclear program as examples of achieving foreign policy goals without using military force.
Chollet expressed a mixture of worry and uncertainty as to whether Obama's foreign policy achievements would survive under the administration of President-Elect Donald Trump. Trump’s demonstrated tendency to quickly change positions makes it uncertain as to what course of action he ultimately will take. Chollet emphasized that the gains made by Obama and his legacy in terms of foreign policy may very well be diminished, or at the least altered by his successor. Watch for an in-depth review of Chollet's book coming next month in the dispatch!
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Seacoast Library Talk Explores Details of Israeli- Palestinian Conflict
By Doaa Shabana, Council Intern - In partnership with the World Affairs Council of NH, the Portsmouth Public Library hosted Dov Waxman, Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies at Northeastern University, on Tuesday, October 25 .
Waxman discussed why Obama’s administration failed to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over eight years, asserting that it wasn’t for a lack of trying. "His time in office will be remembered as the time in which the possibility of a two state solution effectively ended," Waxman said.
Also, he elaborated on factors that caused a slow down in the peace process, including both Israeli and Palestinian political unwillingness to solve the conflict, and other problems in the Middle East that have taken attention away from the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
The event had about 70 attendee, who were very engaged with the topic. A lot of questions were asked by the audience, such as how the Arab spring affected the the peace process, the rise of the Islamic state and his predictions about the future of the conflict. Waxman said that he’s not very optimistic about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict being solved anytime soon, with the status quo prevailing.
Academic WorldQuest Registration Now Open!
Registration for our 3rd annual Academic WorldQuest competition is now open! This team competition tests high school students' knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. 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.
Council Executive Director Anna Berry, President Steve Solomon and Treasurer Andy Supplee all attended the World Affairs Councils of America National Conference in Washington D.C. in November. They attended many panel discussions, such as the one above on countering extremism. Photo - @WACAmerica
International Visitors from Malta, in NH to study the US Elections, get the chance to speak with State Senator Donna Soucy at the NH Joint Democratic Campaign Office.
The Maltese visitors, on a tour at WMUR's studios, pause to take a photo with anchor Erin Fehlau.
International Opportunities for Teachers & Students
TEACHERS: Study trip to the United Arab Emirates
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth invites educators from around the United States to apply for an expenses-paid study trip to the United Arab Emirates on March 11-19, 2017. The program is supported by the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C.
As many as a dozen 6th-12th grade educators from North Texas and across the U.S. may be selected for the trip that begins with a one-day get-acquainted workshop at the UAE Embassy in DC on March 10. Participants then travel to the UAE, a nation of more than 9 million people with a globally respected education system.
Applications will be accepted until 5:30 PM (CST) on Thursday, December 15. Submit applications to Amy Miller, Director of Education at the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for to study for an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at usagermanyscholarship.org. Deadline for NH students is December 12.
Cultural Vistas Fellowship, a funded professional development program, is now accepting applications for the 2017 program year! The Cultural Vistas Fellowship is an 8-week summer internship program that gives undergraduate students who have not yet participated in a formal study or internship abroad program the opportunity to gain practical work experience in Argentina, Germany or India. The Cultural Vistas Fellowship is open to students in all fields who can demonstrate their interest in or commitment to advancing their career goals, developing global competencies, and experiencing life in another culture. Application Deadline is January 6.
TONIGHT! Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30 PM
Going Global Entrepreneur Forum
Laconia-based Orion Entrance Control, Inc. will be the featured presenter at the next Entrepreneur Forum, one of the Council’s marquee events. The kick-off theme will be “going global,” an issue Orion faces as the company looks to expand its reach to the worldwide market.
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Friday, December 9, 12 - 1:30PM
Opportunities for the New President and Congress: A Discussion on How to Address the Nation's Fiscal Challenges
Brown bag lunch and panel discussion with Former US congressmen for NH Charles Bass, Paul Hodes, William H. Zeliff and Ambassador George Bruno.
Co-sponsored by The Concord Coalition and the Warren B. Rudman Center
The Rich Room, Warren B. Rudman Center at UNH School of Law (2 White St. Concord)
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After the dust settles from the presidential election, join us for our second Global Tipping Points event to ponder foreign policy under the next administration. On Tuesday, November 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.
This event 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!
International Visitors from Across the Global Visit NH for 2016 Election
Five politically active women from Nigeria tour the NH State House during their visit to the state.
With just one day left before the 2016 election, most of us are tired of all things political. However, the world is still watching with much curiosity. During the months of October and November, WACNH’s International Visitors Program has hosted ten groups focused on topics including U.S. politics, the electoral process, and campaign techniques. The groups have been from places such as South East Asia and the Pacific, Malta, Nigeria, Central and South America and the Middle East and North Africa. During their stay in the state, most groups have met with representatives from both the Republican and Democratic parties, visited state campaign headquarters, attended political rallies, and spoken with voters. Visitors were very excited to be here in person, learning about the elections from the people who participate in them, rather than from the media.
Foreign Policy Forums at SNHU Tap into Candidates' World Views
(Left) Governor Maggie Hassan with moderator Dean Spiliotes on October 28; (Right) Senator Kelly Ayotte with SNHU College Republicans on October 26.
The World Affairs Council of NH hosted Foreign Policy Forums with the candidates for US Senate at Southern NH University on October 26 and 28. Partnering with both the SNHU College Republicans and the NH College Democrats, the Council provided the opportunity for both candidates to clarify their positions on issues of global importance, and steps they would take to put their views into action, if elected. The conversation was moderated by SNHU civics scholar and political commentator Dean Spiliotes, who interwove his questions with written questions from the audience. Among other topics, both Ayotte and Hassan responded to questions concerning US immigration reform, combating ISIS, Russia's aggression in Europe and Syria, and climate change and the Paris Agreement. The forum with Senator Ayotte was featured in the Union Leader.
We were happy to be able to provide Council members and the citizens of the state with this opportunity to hear the candidates' views on foreign policy!
Collected: $1,245 - Goal:$5,000 - DONATE NOW!
We need to raise $5,000 by December 31 for our Annual Fund, which supports dozens of free educational programs on world affairs. We have currently raised nearly 25% of our goal. Please consider making a donation in support of the World Affairs Council of NH, our mission, and our programs!
Global Tipping Points Explores Brexit with UK Consul General
By David Sanok- In early October, Harriet Cross, UK Consul General to Boston, spoke at UNH Manchester to discuss the future of the United Kingdom post-Brexit. Specifically, she focused on the relationship between the UK and Europe as well as the relationship between America and the UK. Cross began by expressing her disappointment in the UK's decision to leave the European Union. In her view, immigration control and economic anxiety were the biggest contributing factors in the leave voters' decision exit the EU.
Yet, Cross was very optimistic about the UK's future and expressed confidence that the British Government would secure a favorable trade deal with Europe and America once the UK officially leaves the EU. Since the vote, Cross has been reassuring New England business and political leaders Brexit would not affect their trade relations. Securing favorable deals with Europe and America is also critical in maintaining a strong union, as Scotland and Northern Ireland both voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU. She concluded her talk by trying to paint Brexit as the beginning of a new glory era for the UK rather than a gloomy future.
Council & Staff news
Council Director Appointed to NH Bar Foundation
Anna Berry was appointed the New Hampshire Bar Foundation Board of Directors in August. NHBF promotes the role of lawyers in securing equal access to justice and supports the charitable and educational aims of the NH Bar and its members. The Bar Foundation carries out its mission by reliably administering the Supreme Court Rule 50 "Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts" program, responsibly managing the Foundation's Justice Grants program, and encouraging thoughtful philanthropy by members of the profession.
Meet David, WACNH Intern
By DAVID SANOK- Hi, my name is David Sanok, a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, and I'm currently an intern at the World Affairs Council looking to study global affairs. Ever since high school, studying global affairs has been one of my biggest passions because I want to understand what is happening around the world and how it will affect the United States in some way or another. As a student at USM, I majored in Communication and Media Studies to gain skills in dealing with people in different business and cultural environments.The World Council brings in people like me who are interested in global issues to hear people from different countries talking about their culture and the situations they face. I want to understand global affairs from a worldly perspective rather than just an American point of view and the World Council of NH gives many different interns like myself that opportunity."
Council Featured in Business NH Magazine
Wow! We were thrilled to be featured in Business NH Magazine this month for our work to connect New Hampshire with the world through public education programs and the International Visitor Leadership Program! We will add a link when the full article is posted online.
Study trip to the United Arab Emirates
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2017-18 programs are due December 1. Visit yes-abroad.org for more information.
Cultural Vistas Fellowship, a funded professional development program, is now accepting applications for the 2017 program year! The Cultural Vistas Fellowship is an 8-week summer internship program that gives undergraduate students who have not yet participated in a formal study or internship abroad program the opportunity to gain practical work experience in Argentina, Germany or India. The Cultural Vistas Fellowship is open to students in all fields who can demonstrate their interest in or commitment to advancing their career goals, developing global competencies, and experiencing life in another culture.
Wednesday, November 16
NH International Seminar Series
UNH Durham - MUB Theater 2 - 12:40-2 PM
Steven Zyck, Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs, Doha Institute, Qatar
The International Humanitarian Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Saturday, November 19
Freedom Gala 2016
3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH - 7PM
View the NE GIFT Box Exhibit and local art submissions; hear from human trafficking survivor Jasmine Marino and Freedom Café Program Director Bryan Bessette about the need for and role of The Freedom Café to address the fastest growing form of global crime.
Monday, November 21
SNHU International Education Week - International Fair
Student Center, SNHU - 12-2PM
Come to SNHU's International Fair to kick off the start of International Education Week! WACNH will have a table, as will other globally-minded organizations and clubs.
Wow! We are thrilled to be featured in Business NH Magazine this month for our work to connect #NH with the #world through public education programs and the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)! We will add the link when the full article is posted online.
Did you miss our September 27 Global Business Summit on cyber security?
Watch it here and find out the latest on cyber conflicts and protecting your privacy!
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