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September 2022 Events

September 14 | World Affairs Council of New Hampshire | Revitalizing Democracy at Home and Abroad

 

The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, NH Civics, the NH Chapter of the Fulbright Association, the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Service, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and NH Humanities are honored to host Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Jake Sullivan, for a moderated conversation on revitalizing democracy at home and abroad.

As the lines between global and domestic affairs continue to blur, an informed and engaged public is vital to a strong and vibrant democracy. With the United States facing many of the same headwinds as other countries around the world, it is important for a focused and informed approach to tackling these issues, both foreign and domestic. Through a moderated conversation, led by Dr. Melinda Negron-Gonzales, Chair of Security Studies at UNH Manchester, APNSA Sullivan will outline the challenges that democracy faces and present solutions, which everyone can take part in. For the United States to be the “Shining City on the Hill”, it must reflect democratic values at both home and abroad.

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September 15 | Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy | America’s Continuing Entanglement with Afghanistan

The Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Speaker Series presents: 

 

America’s Continuing Entanglement with Afghanistan: Why We Should Care
Thursday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Westminster College - Gore School of Business
1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City


(Click here for the campus map: Building #4, best parking is located in Lot A.)

 

On August 15, 2021, Dodge Billingsley received an urgent message from an Afghan special forces officer he knew. Less than 24 hours later, Dodge was working with a variety of U.S. military and other government agency individuals to expedite the rescue of Afghan individuals who were being hunted by the newly victorious Taliban. Soon after, Dodge established a nonprofit called Global QRF dedicated to rescuing and sustaining vulnerable individuals in conflict areas. He has made multiple trips into Afghanistan during the 20-year conflict and remains on the front lines of the effort to save vulnerable Afghans from starvation, retribution, and extra-judicial killings from the new Taliban government.

UCCD is proud to welcome Dodge Billingsley as our guest speaker for the World Affairs Speaker Series as he discusses America’s continued entanglement with Afghanistan and why we should continue to care. 

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Dodge is a subject matter expert and analyst for the U.S. Army. He has published dozens of related articles and two books based on his field research and on-the-ground analysis; Fangs of the Lone Wolf: Chechen Tactics in the Russian Chechen Wars 1994-2009 and Operation Anaconda: America’s First Conventional Battle in Afghanistan. He repeatedly traveled to both Afghanistan and Iraq and is a frequent lecturer on areas of conflict. He was on the traveling faculty of the Leadership Development (LDESP) program at the Center for Civil Military Relations at Naval Post Graduate School until the U.S. exited Iraq in December 2011. He is currently a contributor and editor of OE Watch, an open source monthly publication published by the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office. He is also the director of Combat Films and Research, a production company that focuses on documentary and historical storytelling through the medium of film and video. Current and recent productions include Unfortunate Brothers: Korea’s Reunification Dilemma for PBS and Fronteira da Grandeza for PBS and TV Brasil. He is currently in production on a historical documentary film regarding the deployment of the 213th Mobile Field Artillery Battalion to Korea from Southern Utah in 1951.

More information about GlobalQRF can be found at https://globalqrf.org

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September 23 | Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy | Climate Action Social & Economic Opportunities

Maximizing the Social and Economic Opportunities of Climate Action
Friday, September 23, 9:00 a.m.  - 10:30 a.m.
World Trade Center Utah
60 South Temple, Salt Lake City

(This event is hosted in person and is free and open to the public.)

Can a collective impact of businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals drive economic growth by transitioning to green jobs while fostering new employable skills in the local communities? 

Join World Trade Center Utah and Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy for a conversation with Kevin Cassidy from the International Labour Organization as he speaks on maximizing the social and economic opportunities of climate action through a collective impact of players and explores the byproduct of this approach, including innovation, resiliency, and new opportunities for youth, rural, and vulnerable people. 

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the World Affairs Councils of America and the International Labour Organization. 

 

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September 28 | World Affairs Council of New Hampshire | A Less Free World? The Future of Democratization

In the twenty years after the end of the Cold War, African countries participated in a remarkable global wave of democratization. Whereas in 1989, two-thirds of African states were “not free,” as measured by Freedom House, by 2009, two-thirds were considered “free” or “partly free.” 

However, there has been a gradual, but significant, democratic decline in the last decade, with the percentage of African states considered "free" or "partly free" slipping to 56% in Freedom House's 2022 report. And among those countries considered partly free, increasingly populist governments are suppressing opposition groups, postponing elections, eliminating term limits, and abusing human rights to maintain power. This growing trend is driving democratic backsliding on the continent. 

Join the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire as we focus on the particular challenges confronting the future of democratization in Africa with Darren Kew of the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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September 28 | WorldBoston | SPECIAL EVENT: The Role of the U.S. Air Force

Join WorldBoston for this special event to discuss firsthand insights into the U.S. Air Force with experts over a light dinner, and to network and engage with other globally-oriented participants in an informal environment. The program will feature a conversation with Major General Jeannie M. Leavitt, moderated by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Jack Weinstein, about technological advancements in the defense sector, national security, and the role of the U.S. Air Force in foreign affairs.

Major General Jeannie M. Leavitt is the Air Force Chief of Safety at the Pentagon, the service's first-ever female fighter pilot, and the first woman to command a USAF combat fighter wing. She has flown more than 3,000 hours to include 300 hours of combat flight with operational experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, including in Operation Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.

We hope to see you at this engaging evening of conversation, networking, and light dinner!

Register here: https://www.worldboston.org/calendar/2022/09/28/air-force

This program will take place in-person only. Advance registration is required — we cannot accommodate walk-ins.

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September 29 | WorldBoston | Great Decisions with Kevin Rudd | The Quad

As part of the U.S. pivot to Asia, the United States has been in dialogue with Japan, Australia, and India in an effort to contain China. This strengthening of ties, known as the Quad alliance, comes at a time when the relationship between the U.S. and China is becoming increasingly more fraught, particularly in light of recent events, such as joint naval exercises in the South Pacific by Quad countries, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent trip to Taiwan. Given these complex factors, how effective will the actions of the Quad alliance be in countering China?

Join us for this installation of our Great Decisions series, when we host The Honorable Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society and former Prime Minister of Australia.

This event will take place virtually only.

Regsiter here: https://www.worldboston.org/calendar/2022/09/29/quad-alliance

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