THE CAMDEN CONFERENCE‘s mission is to foster “informed discourse on world issues.” We do this by means of our February conference, our community and special events, and our student education programs in high schools, colleges, and universities around Maine. Learn more >

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An Evening with Nick Schifrin

PBS News Hour’s Foreign Affairs & Defense Correspondent

Reporting on War in the 21st Century

Saturday, August 24, 2024

“Pick your reserved seat” at the Camden Opera House

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38TH ANNUAL CAMDEN CONFERENCE

Democracy Under Threat:
A Global Perspective

February 21-23, 2025

For the past two decades, liberal democracies worldwide have been under intense pressure from the resurgence of populist and nationalist ideologies. The result has been a decline in individual freedoms and rules based international relations.

The 2025 Camden Conference will look at some of the specific drivers that challenge democracies around the world and some of the underlying contributing factors, including mass immigration and the failure of progressive reforms to remedy economic inequality.

These challenges threaten international peace and security and raise the question – can such liberal democracies survive?

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One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is to prepare the next generation of citizens and policy leaders to face the complex challenges of the global community. 
 
Education programs of the Camden Conference are designed to promote knowledge, perspectives, and dialogue opportunities on world affairs with high school and college educators and their students. Academic courses are now offered in Maine high schools and colleges on the Camden Conference, which are linked to the rich resources from current and past Conference presentations.
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