The Global Tipping Points series returns to UNH Manchester this spring, bringing in experts to examine global challenges from a local level. This year's series centers on issues surrounding nuclear weapons, human rights in Turkey and diplomacy in Afghanistan.
Global Tipping Points is presented by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire in partnership with UNH Manchester's Homeland Security, Humanities and Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership programs. All events are free and open to the public, and advance registration is encouraged.
Global Tipping Points is held in room 201 at UNH Manchester (directions). Parking is available in the lots surrounding UNH Manchester after 5 p.m. as well as on Commercial Street. For more information or special accommodations, please call 603-314-7970 for more information or for special accommodations. Events will be canceled if the college is closed due to inclement weather.
When President Trump entered office, he inherited a nuclear arsenal of some 4,000 weapons and an ambitious plan to replace them with new, more capable versions, at a cost of $1.2 trillion over the next 30 years. He also inherited the sole authority to order a nuclear attack without consulting anyone, and a policy allowing the United States to use nuclear weapons first in a time of crisis.
The Union for Concerned Scientists will lay out their case for nuclear non-proliferation in an increasingly tense international situation. They will share their views on the Trump Presidency, in regards to this issue, and where they would like to see nuclear policy go.
Melinda Negron-Gonzales, associate professor of politics and society at UNH Manchester, will discuss how activists have attempted to hold the state accountable for human rights violations associated with counter-terrorism, such as torture, curfews and disappearances. What legal instruments and political mechanisms have been available to them, and when have they been successful in pressuring the government to enact reform?
Katherine Brown, president and CEO of Global Ties U.S., will talk about the power of the U.S. news media to engage in informal diplomacy through their reporting. Based on extensive interviews over the course of eight years, her research shows how U.S. media has shaped perceptions about the war in Afghanistan to people within and outside the country. Brown will also discuss how U.S. media has shaped the relationship between the two countries since the 2001 invasion and overthrow of the Taliban government.
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