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Friday, 03 May 2013 19:07

February 5: The Syrian Crisis

Presenter: Jeannie Sowers, Associate Professor of Political Science

The tragic, escalating conflict in Syria, which has already impacted the whole Middle East and dominates international diplomacy efforts, presents no easy solutions. In the lecture, we will ask why the uprising started and examine the human costs of the conflict for those inside the country and for the 1.5 million refugees who have fled to neighboring states. We will also discuss scenarios for the future based on prior conflicts, such as those in Lebanon and Iraq, where the conflicting interests of domestic, regional, and international actors similarly complicated attempts to end the bloodshed, rebuild a functioning central government, and provide human security to ordinary people.

Presenter: Professor Lawrence Reardon

Every so often, North Korea emerges from its isolated corner in Northeast Asia to threat nuclear Armageddon. Its missiles and technology is found in the hands of many of the world’s pariah nations, contributing to an overall insecurity felt from Jakarta to Berlin, and Washington. How did North Korea become one of the strangest yet most dangerous countries in the world? Is North Korea really dangerous, or is it using threats as a bargaining chip to achieve its national goals.


Saturday, 07 April 2012 19:26

NHPR "Word of Mouth"

Presenter: Virginia Prescott

Session topic to be announced.



Prior to joining NHPR, Virginia Prescott was editor and producer for the nationally syndicated programs On Point and Here & Now, produced at WBUR in Boston. Virginia grew up in New Hampshire, but began her radio career at WWOZ Radio in New Orleans. She moved to New York City and worked for the team behind NPR’s Peabody Award-winning Jazz from Lincoln Center series with Ed Bradley. Virginia then joined WNYC to launch the station’s website and oversee all its interactive media sites.

Throughout her radio career, Virginia helped set up independent radio stations in developing regions in southern and West Africa. She has also trained journalists in post-conflict zones from Sierra Leone to the former Yugoslavia. She was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University where she studied how broadcast media could spark dialogue and build community across terrestrial borders.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 00:00

Should we stay or get out of Afghanistan?


Roundtable discussion recorded at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.  As James Fabiano noted, the students in the group were around 7 years old when the war in Afghanistan began and we're still in the same situation. The panel represents different aspects of this very complex issue and where it's headed.

The four panelists of the Afghanistan seminar were Lt. Col Brian Ruhm, Professor Alynna Lyon, Rachel Williams, and James Schmill.

  • Alynna J. Lyon, (Ph.D. University of South Carolina, 1999) taught at UNH for 7 years. Her research focuses on political violence, peacekeeping, and America Foreign Policy.
  • Lt. Col Brian C. Ruhm, Commander of the Air Force ROTC at UNH. was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan from June to November 2005 as a member of the Office of Security and Cooperation to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Rachel Williams is a 3rd-generation peace activist who travels frequently to Pakistan where she spearheads an Adopt-A-School program. She works out of Boston with an NGO in Afghanistan, the United for Justice with Peace Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force, which works with women and women’s rights. 
  • James Schmill is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and is opposed to the war.