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March 2023 Events

March 3 | WorldBoston | Bagels with Bill

Let's have a morning chat with one of our own, Bill Clifford, outgoing President of the World Affairs Councils of America, former President of WorldBoston, and current Red Sox Nation member. We'll get his take on global issues, international engagement in the U.S., and more: the whole schmear!

This program will take place in-person only, and advance registration is required. We cannot accommodate walk-ins.

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March 6 | World Affairs Council of Western Michigan | Latin American Politics: A Shift to the Left?

The 2023 Great Decisions series continues with "Latin American Politics: A Shift to the Left?" with U.S. Ambassador (ret.) P. Michael McKinley, former ambassador to Peru, Brazil, Columbia, and Afghanistan.

Monday, February 20, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Reception and networking for this event will take place from 5 – 6pm.

Elections in Latin America over the past four years have led many observers of the regional/political scene to discern a left-wing surge in the hemisphere, reminiscent of the so-called “Pink Tide” that swept the area some 20 years ago. But how much do these politicians actually have in common? What implication does their ascendency have for the region and for relations with their northern neighbors?

The program will take place at the Auditorium of the Wisner-Botrall Applied Technology Center on the Grand Rapids Community College campus (151 Fountain Street NE). Free parking is available in Parking Lot A on Ransom Ave NE between Lyon and Fountain (you’ll receive an exit ticket when you sign-in at the event). Guests will walk across the walking bridge to enter the ATC and take one floor down to the auditorium.

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Great Decisions programs are held every Monday evening in February and March. For information on the entire series:



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March 9 | WorldBoston | Chat & Chowder with Stephen Roach

Join us for this timely installment of our popular Chat & Chowder series, featuring Stephen Roach, Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School, renowned economic analyst, and Wall Street leader, to discuss an economic perspective on U.S.-China relations, notions of a trade war or tech war between the two countries, and more.

Chat & Chowder programs are an excellent opportunity to engage with expert speakers and to network with other globally-oriented participants in an informal environment. Each event features a presentation, audience Q&A, dedicated time for networking, and (of course!) a selection of chowders and beverages.

Advance registration is required. We cannot accommodate walk-ins for the in-person program.

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March 12 | World Affairs Council of New Hampshire | NH Academic WorldQuest 2023

Join us on March 12th at Southern New Hampshire University Dining Center for our annual NH Academic WorldQuest competition, a team competition testing high school students' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history and culture! We will also be joined by New England Diplomat-in-Residence Michelle Kaysar who will speak on careers with the State Department and within the field of Diplomacy!

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March 14 | Colorado Springs World Affairs Council | Global Conflicts: Can They Be Managed?

Hughes also previously served as USIP’s chief of staff and director of Nonproliferation and Arms Control Program. He also served as the executive director of the Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, executive director of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, and as the director of Iraq programs in the Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations.

Prior to joining USIP, he served as an active duty Army colonel and as the Army’s senior military fellow to the Institute for National Security Studies of the National Defense University. From January to August 2003, Hughes served as a senior staff officer for the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance and later with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. During that time he developed several policy initiatives, such as the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of the Iraqi military. As the director of national security policy on the Army staff from 2000-2002, he developed and provided policy guidance for the Army in numerous areas, such as arms control, weapons of mass destruction, missile defense, emerging nontraditional security issues, and crisis prediction. From 1996 to 2000, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as deputy director of the Office for Humanitarian Assistance and Anti-Personnel Landmine Policy, where he led the OSD participation in crafting U.S. landmine policy and the DOD response to Hurricane Mitch, the Turkish earthquakes, and the Mozambique floods.

His awards include two Defense Superior Service Medals, three Bronze Star Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, and several campaign and service ribbons.USI

Hughes holds a B.A. in sociology from Colorado State University and two M.A.’s of military arts and sciences. 


Paul HUghes

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March 22 | WorldBoston | Great Decisions | Global Famine

Fears of global food shortages have followed Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has disrupted grain shipments from the major grain producer. But what about countries and regions that were suffering before this impending shortage? How is famine defined, and how is it different from simple food shortages? What if any remedies are there?

Join us to learn more about global famine and hunger when we host a virtual discussion with Kimberly Flowers, international development consultant and former Director of Global Food Security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation.

This program will take place virtually only.

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March 25 | WorldBoston | Academic WorldQuest 2023

This competition is open to teams of four students from any high school in Massachusetts. The winning MA team will be sent (all expenses paid!) to Washington, DC for the WACA National Competition April 28-29.

Academic WorldQuest, the World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program, is a fun, fast-paced, team-oriented global knowledge competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests player’s knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures and is a powerful way for high school students to engage with international affairs. Teams are comprised of four students plus alternates who typically prepare in an after-school setting over the course of several months. The prize for the winning team is an all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC for the national championship competition hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America!

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March 30 | World Affairs Council of New Hampshire | Identifying the Warning Signs

March 30, 2023
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801
For more information and to register, visit
The past becomes prologue if societies do not learn the right lessons and take preventative action. With plenty of examples throughout history, the world has ample evidence on what leads to a genocide in all of its forms, yet there are at least a dozen current genocide emergencies in the world today, as defined by Genocide Watch.
Join the NH Fulbright Association and the World Affairs Council of NH, in partnership with the Lantos Foundation and the Portsmouth Public Library, for a important discussion with Dr. David Livingstone Smith, Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England. Audience members will discuss the warning signs of an impending genocide and what can societies, communities, and individuals do to prevent the attempted eradication of a people. Discussions will also focus on the recent global rise of antisemitism, the dangers of communities denying genocides, and what the international community can do to amplify support for ending genocides. 
This event can be attended in-person, or online via livestream at

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