Upcoming events

    • Monday, January 27, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • SNHU Hospitality Center Salon Rooms

    A Conversation on Nuclear Dangers

    and a New Nuclear Arms Race:

    With Dr. Ernest Moniz

    In partnership with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is proud to offer an engaging evening of conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz. Dr. Moniz will address themes from his Foreign Affairs article, “The Return of Doomsday: The New Nuclear Arms Race—and How Washington and Moscow Can Stop It,” written with former Senator Sam Nunn. Now co-chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Dr. Moniz will discuss today’s growing risk of nuclear war or detonation by accident or terrible miscalculation, and he’ll present solutions that can bring us back from the brink. Join us and The Nuclear Threat Initiative for this intriguing talk and help push the needle forward in the lead up to New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary. The event will be free and open to the public, with food and refreshments provided as well.

    When: January 27th, 2020 from 6-7:30pm

    Where: Salon Rooms, Hospitality Center

    Southern New Hampshire University

    2500 North River Road

    Manchester, NH 03106

    More about Dr. Moniz

    Dr. Ernest J. Moniz was named the new chief executive officer and co-chair by the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in March 2017.  He began serving in June 2017. 

    Dr. Moniz served as the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017.  As Secretary, he advanced energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, cutting-edge capabilities for the American scientific research community, and environmental stewardship. Dr. Moniz served on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty from 1973 until becoming Secretary of Energy in 2013 and is now the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus and Special Advisor to the MIT President.   He is co-chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit organization that has advanced innovative solutions for securing nuclear materials, building international cooperation for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, preventing the spread of disease and reducing radiological threats.

    The inaugural Distinguished Fellow of the Emerson Collective and CEO of the non-profit Energy Futures Initiative, Dr. Moniz also previously served in government as DOE Under Secretary from 1997 until January 2001 with science, energy, and nuclear security responsibilities, and from 1995 to 1997 as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy with responsibility for the physical, life, and social sciences. He was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and of the Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013.  He also served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future that provided advice to the President and the Secretary of Energy, particularly on nuclear waste management.

    At MIT, Dr. Moniz was the Founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. Dr. Moniz is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center.

    Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College, a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University, and nine honorary doctorates, including three from European universities.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council and received the 1998 Seymour Cray HPCC Industry Recognition Award for vision and leadership in advancing scientific simulation.  He is the recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Medals of the Department of Defense and of the Navy.  He also was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Makarios III (Cyprus), the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator (Portugal), and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan).  Other awards include the Charles Percy Award of the Alliance to Save Energy, the Right Stuff Award of the Blue-Green Alliance Foundation, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Neustadt Award of the Harvard Kennedy School for creating exceptional solutions to significant problems in public policy.  He is a Fellow of the American Physics Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Dr. Moniz is a resident of Brookline Massachusetts with his wife of more than four decades, Naomi, daughter Katya, and grandchildren Alex and Eve.  He is a very modestly accomplished but very enthusiastic practitioner of fly-fishing.

    • Thursday, January 30, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Thank you Home Hospitality Hosts

    Join us for a night of appreciation of our home hospitality hosts, who so generously open their homes to our international visitors. This will be an opportunity to thank current hosts and to expand this opportunity out to new hosts as well. Please feel free to invite others who may be interested in learning more about this program, as it will be a great opportunity for them to learn more. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided, along with a cash bar.

    6:00 pm 

    Puritan Backroom

    245 Hooksett Road, Manchester

    Open to the Public, Prior Registration Required

    More about Home Hospitality

    For many of our international visitor groups, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire provides them with the opportunity to visit a local home for an informal dinner.  These dinners are great chances for people from around the world to learn more about the United States and for their hosts to learn about other countries.  These dinners can be as informal as you like, as people always remember the discussions the best. Groups range in size from 2 people to 24 and they come with interpreters, if need be.  It is a wonderful way to engage with our visitors and to make international friends. Many of our hosts have visited the people they have met when they travel internationally.

    More about the International Visitor Program

    The International Visitor Leadership Program is the premier international exchange program run by the US Department of State.  By bringing over 5,000 international visitors to the country and having them travel to different cities, over a three week period, this program gives visitors the opportunity to learn what the US is really like. Through professional meetings, the groups learn about best practices in the US, which they can take back and adopt the parts that work well in their country. WACNH hosts around 275 visitors per year, showing them around the state. Over the years, the Council has hosted over 2,500 visitors from more than 175 different countries.

    • Friday, January 31, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The SNHU Penmen Room

    Deval Patrick 2020 Logo

    Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in hearing from Democratic Candidate for President and former Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick.

    As part of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire's ongoing efforts to engage citizens in discussions about Foreign Policy, the Council has extended invitations to all Presidential Campaigns to discuss their policies in regards to international relations. New Hampshire plays a special role in vetting the candidates and the citizens of the state need to understand all aspects of different campaign platforms. This is your opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, Governor Deval Patrick about the issues he will focus on as President and where he sees the US's role in the world.

    Date: Friday, January 31st, 2020

    Event Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

    Location: SNHU Penmen Room

    Venue and Parking Information:

    About Governor Patrick

    "Born on the South Side of Chicago, Deval Patrick was raised by a single mother and spent much of his childhood on welfare. Deval became the first in his family to attend college and law school at Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and after graduation, joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and led the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues like racial profiling, police misconduct, and the mistreatment of incarcerated individuals. He was appointed as the Assistant Attorney General by President Bill Clinton, coordinating the investigation of arson at black churches across the South.

    After spending time in the private sector, where he fought to make the workplace more equal and inclusive, he launched a campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. Despite starting with 0% name recognition and running against a sitting Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor, his grassroots campaign built an unprecedented movement. He won a landslide victory in the general election and became the state’s first black Governor. By the end of his second term, Massachusetts ranked first in the nation in energy efficiency, first in health care coverage, and first in student achievement. After ranking 47th in the nation for job creation under his predecessor, Governor Patrick’s leadership brought Massachusetts to a 25-year employment high, and established the state as a global center for life sciences, biotech, clean tech, and advanced manufacturing.

    After he left office, Deval joined Bain Capital to launch an impact investing fund. This new fund, Bain Capital Double Impact, has invested hundreds of millions of dollars into mission-driven companies that target both social and environmental good.

    Deval and his wife of 35 years, Diane, have two daughters, Sarah and Katherine. He and Diane have dedicated their lives to lifting the voices of others, and will bring their commitment to public service to the White House. After having the opportunity to personally live the American Dream, as President of the United States, Deval will fight to ensure the path to that Dream is open to everyone, everywhere."

    Please Note: The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. The Council has reached out to all Presidential Campaigns to offer them the opportunity to speak on their foreign policy platform. These events do not constitute any type of endorsement of any candidates, platform, or policy by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, its partners, sponsors or members. These events are designed to provide a platform of discussion for the voters to learn more about the different candidates.

    • Thursday, February 06, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Mara Auditorium, Webster Hall, SNHU, 2500 North River Road, Manchester

    Global Tipping Points:

    The Challenges of Populism in Italy and France

    As recent American foreign policy choices fuel mistrust between its European partners, the European Union is facing the existential question of becoming a stronger actor on the global scene. At the same time, the EU is also facing domestic challenges, largely due to the rise of right-wing and left-wing populism in the bloc's largest member nations, urging a broader discussion on the future of the EU. The Yellow Vests in France and the Five Star Movement in Italy are two interesting examples of the impact on domestic and foreign policy that longstanding economic distress and overall disenchantment towards establishment powers are having. Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in hearing from Brookings Institution Visiting Fellow, Dr. Giovanna De Maio, to hear about these pressing populist challenges facing two of the United States's strongest European allies.

    When: February 6th at 6:00 pm

    Where: Mara Auditorium, Webster Hall
    SNHU, 2500 North River Road 
    Manchester, NH 03106


    Members - Free

    Non-Members - $10

    All Students & SNHU Faculty - Free (w/ registration code)

    [Email council@wacnh.org to get the SNHU code]

    More About Giovanna De Maio

    Giovanna De Maio is a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. With a background on Russia and international security, as well as on Italy’s relations with Russia, EU and United States, De Maio’s research analyzes Italian domestic and foreign politics, in light of the challenge posed by the rise of populism in the European Union and of the political instability in the Mediterranean. In particular, De Maio is working on the evolving topic of “direct democracy” in the Italian case and its possible consequences on democratic stability.

    Prior to joining Brookings, she worked as a trans-Atlantic post-doctoral fellow at the French Institute for International Relations in Paris, where she provided expertise on the impact of the sanctions towards Russia (and Russia’s counter-sanctions) on the Italian economy, and at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States in Washington, D.C., where she analyzed the ties between Russia and eurosceptic parties in Italy prior to the national elections in 2018.

    De Maio holds a doctorate in international relations from the University of Naples, L’Orientale; an advanced certificate in diplomatic studies from the Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale in Rome; and a master’s and bachelor's degree from the University of Naples, L’Orientale. In her doctoral dissertation, Giovanna focused on the 2014 conflict in Ukraine and provided a comprehensive analysis of the crisis from the perspective of Russia, including an assessment of the decisionmaking mechanisms within the Kremlin and mythmaking processes addressing Russian public opinion. She conducted field research in Moscow and spent five months as a special guest of the Brookings Institution, where she completed research on EU energy security vis-à-vis Russia.

    Prior to enrollment in her doctoral program, De Maio was a trainee at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, where she worked reviewed NGO projects proposals and country-targeted action plans in the fields of human rights, democracy, and rule of law.

    De Maio writes regularly a number of policy-oriented articles, working papers, and policy briefs different outlets such as the Observatory for International Politics of the Italian Senate, the GMF, Brookings, and the Institute of International Affairs.

    • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Southern NH University - Dining Center

    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

    For more detailed information about the competition, please visit our

    AWQ 2020 page

    The 2020 Competition Topics

    1. U.S.-Russia Relations

    2. Country in Focus: South Korea

    3. Preventing Extremism in Fragile States

    4. Oceans: The World's Garbage Dump

    5. New Hampshire and the World

    6. Brexit and the EU

    7. China's Belt & Road Initiative

    8. Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

    9. Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council

    10.Current Events

    Study Guide: Here

    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. These two teams will be invited up on stage and the 1st placed team will go 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.



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SNHU - 2500 N. River Road - Manchester - NH - 03106
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