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  • Friday, January 13, 2023 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    Mamuka Saparidze participated in a virtual 2021 IVLP focused on “Youth and Civil Engagement”. He is from Georgia and his current work includes coordinating two educational projects funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia. These two programs are Soniashnyk and English for Adults Course. He is also the founder of a new educational project, 'Internet Awesome Kid', which provides online and on-site training opportunities on Media and News Literacy and Cybersecurity.
    *More context for each project has been provided below.

    We are so grateful to Mamuka for sharing his reflections as an IVLP participant in our virtual programming here in New Hampshire! We are glad to hear that he enjoyed his professional meetings to meet with New Hampshire organizations that focused on on youth political action and promoting volunteerism. We continue to be humbled by the opportunity to connect such diverse international up-and-coming leaders to a global professional network.  We look forward to following Mamuka’s journey as he continues to make impactful changes in his home country.

    Thank you so much, Mamuka!

    Please read more about Mamuka’s work below:

    1. Soniashnyk - U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Section funded project that united displaced Ukrainian youth currently living in three Georgian cities around non-formal educational clubs. We provide free English, STEM, Media Literacy and Girls' Empowerment club meetings which contribute to empowering Ukrainian youth and contribute to their smooth integration in local Georgian communities. 

    2. English for Adults Course -  Innovative language course funded by the U.S. Embassy that engages adult learners from five Georgian cities. The program offers the opportunity to learn English through virtual reality and 3D oculus glasses. Innovative approach to language learning is fun and productive at the same time.

    3. 'Internet Awesome Kid' ProjectSaparidze collaborates with public school teachers, school students, and undergraduate students. This new study module increases media consumer’s critical thinking skills which helps them to become savvy news consumers. 

  • Monday, January 09, 2023 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    Happy New Year, everyone! We are looking forward to a great year of diverse IVLP programming, right here in NH over the next twelve months.

    For individuals who do not know much about the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), there are two main aspects. First, WACNH works to provide a diverse array of professional meetings for international visitors with their professional counterparts while in the state. The second goal of IVLP is to provide the chance to give real insights into what the average American is really like.

    One of the most exciting ways we approach this opportunity is through home hospitality. These informal dinners are prime opportunities that allow visitors and NH community members to meet and learn from each other. Through informal conversations, visitors and hosts have the chance to share about their culture, stories, and lives in a unique way. This is, undoubtedly, the favorite part of the trip for all our visitors!

    Before we dive in further, we would like to ask a few leading questions:

    Do you enjoy having opportunities to meet and connect with individuals from different countries?

    Would you like to provide opportunities for yourself, family, and/or friends to become involved in volunteering in the local community?

    Do you love to cook? Or, do you love to eat?

    *If you have answered yes to even just one of these questions, then we would love to chat with you about  getting involved!

    You don't have to take our word for it. Below is a short video we did with a home host, Howard Brodsky, where he talks about why he and his wife enjoy hosting these amazing people in their home. Thank you so much to Howard and Joan for opening their hearts to our visiting groups!

    Many people have asked us about what it takes to host a group, as many assume that only those with large homes in the Manchester area can participate. However, we are looking to show our visitors what everyday New Hampshire looks like, and welcome everyone to enjoy the benefits of this program. Whether you live in an apartment, a duplex, condo, or single family home, we want you to this host. Transportation can be provided for the visitors and groups range in size. The most important thing is not the space, or the food, but the welcoming and engaging conversation. We are eager to continue to expand our NH community host list to reflect the diversity of individuals within our state. We hope to hear from you soon!

    If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please do not hesitate to reach out to our International Visitor Program Director, Anise Jasman-Sayers, at ajasman@wacnh.org to learn more! Please also refer to our FAQ page here to learn more.


  • Tuesday, December 13, 2022 11:30 AM | Anonymous


    Eman Borg participated in a virtual 2020 project, "Current U.S. Social, Political, and Economic Issues for Young European Leaders". He is from Malta and he is currently a M.A. Student full time. A few of his previous positions include: Coordinator for LGBTIQ+Gozo and Secretary General for the National Youth Council.

    In our virtual interview, Eman highlights many important takeaways for how the IVLP program has impacted him, despite it being a virtual project. He shares that during the height of the pandemic, the IVLP program remained creative by offering IVLP projects in a digital format. He is fortunate to have had the opportunity to connect with numerous youth activists throughout the world without needing to leave his home! Borg emphasizes the importance of these meetings, and that this exchange opportunity will create invaluable life-long networking connections with other IVLP participants and professional resources. In his personal IVLP experience, Borg shares that these conversations foster a safe and open environment for all participants, despite differences in opinions.

    To learn more about Eman’s work, we have included two articles that Eman would like to share below:

    ‘ A symbol of visibility’: Hundreds attend Gozo’s first Pride march

    “Homophobia is not a ‘cultural trait’. It’s a choice”

    We look forward to re-connecting with Eman once he returns from his in-person  IVLP 2022 project, “Current U.S. Social, Political, and Economic Issues for Young European Leaders III”. 

    Thank you so much, Eman!


  • Monday, November 21, 2022 11:30 AM | Tim Horgan (Administrator)

    MANCHESTER/PORTSMOUTH – Everyday universities are partnering with companies around the world, and right here in New Hampshire, to drive innovation and spur economic growth. Through these partnerships, businesses utilize the amazing research of universities to create new products, medical innovations, and more for the betterment of society. Three New Hampshire business leaders will join Dr. Ashley Stevens after his presentation for a panel discussion of how these partnerships benefit everyone.

    On December 1st at 6:00 pm, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will bring together industry leaders from the state and region to share insights on the little understood sector of university partnerships. Julie Lenzer, Chief Innovation Officer at ARMI, Andrew Share, Managing Partner at Nixon Peabody, and Marc Eichenberger, Associate VP and Chief Business and Innovation Officer at UNH Innovation, will share their local insights on this global sector. They will amplify the remarks made by Dr. Ashley Stevens, a proven leader in the field, and demonstrate how effective partnerships are moving the NH and global economy forward.

    “Bringing together key voices from the New Hampshire technology sector creates a unique opportunity for discussions on global business,” said Tim Horgan, WACNH Executive Director. “Many people here in NH do not realize the extensive global connections that the business community fosters and how these partnerships drive the NH economy. I am excited to learn from these great leaders about the ways in which university connections with the business community have led to substantial innovations over the years.”

    People from across the state will benefit from this engaging discussion on this $41 billion industry, regardless of their background. Those already working in this space will undoubtedly find new connections, as well as those who are interested in starting a career in technology. Anyone not working in the field will find out more about the critical innovations (Google, the seatbelt, insulin, and more) that have improved the lives of countless billions of people around the world. The pre-event reception begins at 5:00 pm and the event itself kicks off at 6:00 pm.

    Claim your seat at the table by registering today: https://wacnh.org/event-5009416

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that helps the people of the Granite State deepen their understanding of global issues. For a complete look at WACNH’s upcoming programs, please visit www.wacnh.org.


  • Friday, November 04, 2022 11:45 AM | Tim Horgan (Administrator)

    In the lead up to the election on November 8th, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire reached out to the campaigns of General Don Bolduc and Senator Maggie Hassan, in the race for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire, to gain insights into their thinking on the following question:

    "What is your current stance on financial and military support for the government of Ukraine in its war against Russia?"

    This is a critical global issue and voters should understand where the candidates stand to ensure their vote matches their values. WACNH does not take a stance on issues, policies, candidates, or elections. This information is provided solely on an informational basis.

    Sen. Maggie Hassan:

    "Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war on a sovereign nation is unconscionable, and represents a threat to freedom-loving people around the globe. Ukrainians have demonstrated incredible courage and bravery in the face of this assault, and the United States must continue to support Ukraine and stand up to Putin, including through severe sanctions and military and economic assistance to Ukraine. 

    Our support for Ukraine has been strongly bipartisan -- and we know that autocrats around the world are watching what we do here. China is watching, Iran is watching, and North Korea is watching. Democracy is being tested and Granite Staters know that democracy and freedom are worth fighting for."

    General Don Bolduc:

    WACNH has not received a statement from Gen. Bolduc at the time of posting. We will update this section if the campaign provides one.

  • Thursday, November 03, 2022 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    We are so grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with our #ivlp alumni!

    Fanny Alam participated in a January 2020 project focused on the theme of "Youth Political Engagement in the Digital Age". He is from Indonesia, and he is currently the Regional Coordinator of Sekolah Damai Indonesia (SEKODI) Bandung (Bandung School of Peace Indonesia). We appreciate Fanny's honesty and willingness to share his personal insights as an IVLP participant. It was great to learn more about why it was important to him to visit the USA, and also to learn more about
     New Hampshire's human rights work through a multitude of professional meetings with NH counterparts.

    In past communications, Fanny has also reflected on his experience volunteering with Families in Transition / New Horizons while in New Hampshire. He, alongside other IVLP participants, volunteered to help serve a meal to individuals in the NH local community who were facing homelessness and food insecurity. This opportunity was an impactful part of his IVLP experience as a whole. 

    Fanny is always looking forward to connecting with individuals around the world for professional collaborations! If you'd like to learn more about Fanny and his work, we have included a few links that Fanny has shared with us below.

    Learn more about Fanny Alam here

    Religiosity and Spirituality of Gender Minority in Indonesia: The Contrast between Legal Rights and Reality

    Our Home Together

  • Wednesday, November 02, 2022 10:06 AM | Tim Horgan (Administrator)

    WACNH Executive Director, Tim Horgan, joined Peter St. James for another discussion on the importance of global understanding and the work of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire. They had the opportunity to talk about global democracy, U.S. engagement with the world, counterbalancing authoritarian regimes, and the upcoming Global Business Summit. You can listen to the full conversation via THIS LINK, or listen to the full show on the WNTK website (search for the Nov 1st episode).

  • Friday, October 14, 2022 3:06 PM | Tim Horgan (Administrator)

    On September 24th, WACNH Executive Director, Tim Horgan, and IV Program Director, Anise Jasman-Sayers, were interviewed on NH Talk radio about the power of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire to build international connections and understanding. Thank you to Peter St. James and Jeanne Lester for this wonderful opportunity to share our story. Listen to the interview HERE.

  • Thursday, August 11, 2022 1:18 PM | Tim Horgan (Administrator)

    Thank you to Dave Tille for all of your hard work in support of Ukraine. It was wonderful to have Natalya back in the state. In 2021, Natalya participated in the Open World Program and came to New Hampshire to meet with her professional counterparts, share best practices, and build global understanding. Less than a year later her world was turned upside down as Russia invaded and the war continues today. 

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is proud to facilitate exchanges that build these lasting connections and ensure New Hampshire understands the challenges facing the world. Our work would not be possible without the strong community support we receive and we thank everyone who helps us work toward a more peaceful and prosperous world.


  • Tuesday, August 09, 2022 2:02 PM | Tim Horgan (Administrator)

    The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is committed to providing timely and insightful updates to global affairs. With the tensions between Taiwan and China reaching a fever pitch, we reached out to the respective government officials for each, looking for insights into the ongoing situation.  Both Taiwan and Chinese officials directed us to statements made by their respective governments. What becomes immediately clear is that the governments on either side of the strait view the situation, including the lead up to Chinese military drills around the island, completely differently.

    Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China

    “…China is clearly trying to deter other countries from interfering in its attempt to invade Taiwan. Its rehearsal of anti-access and area-denial (A2/AD) tactics gives us a clear image of China’s geostrategic ambitions beyond Taiwan.

    In other words, China’s real intention behind these military exercises is to alter the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and the entire region. This has already brought significantly unstable elements into the mix, threatening regional security.”

    Hua Chunying, Spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

    “China has acted in legitimate self-defense only after the US made this egregious provocation (Speaker Pelosi’s visit). China’s measures are also about staunchly safeguarding regional peace and stability and international law and basic norms in international relations. Already more than 160 countries have made their voice of justice heard. They reiterated their commitment to the one-China policy and expressed support for China’s efforts to firmly uphold its sovereignty and territorial integrity…For the Chinese military’s drills in the waters off the Taiwan Island, the Chinese competent authorities have issued safety alerts and navigation warnings in advance. The practices of the Chinese side were consistent with international law and practices.”

    Of course, international reaction to this crisis has been as varied in their responses as these two statements. This global issue continues to highlight the differing worldviews of people across the globe. As this geostrategic competition continues to play out, one is left hoping that a miscalculation or accident does not occur that leads inevitably, to death, destruction, and global disruptions that will impact everyone’s lives, either directly or indirectly. Beyond the human toll of a war across the Taiwan Strait, the disruptions to global trade will only continue to pile on to the pressures placed on supply chains, as well as global inflation. As we have seen with the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, a war can begin quickly, but the impacts to the world will be lasting.

    For access to the full statements:

    Taiwan - https://en.mofa.gov.tw/News_Content.aspx?n=1328&sms=273&s=98292

    China - https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/2511_665403/202208/t20220805_10735987.html


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