The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do We Have What it Takes?
At a time of major transitions in global alignments, an unstable world order, the rise of new economic power centers amid prolonged economic distress, a fractured domestic political discourse which hampers clear policy decisions, and widespread doubt and anxiety among Americans–what are the prospects for our future role on the world stage and the continued effective exercise of our diplomatic, military, economic, and political powers in the years ahead?
The Conference convenes on Friday evening, February 17th, with the keynote address at 8PM, and continues on Saturday, February 18th from 8:30AM – 5PM and again on Sunday, February 19th from 9:00AM-12:30PM.
The provisional Program, including order of speakers and topics addressed, appears below, and is subject to change as it becomes further developed. For information on Conference Speakers, please click here.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
- 8:00 PM Welcome and Dedication
Bob Hirsch, President, Camden Conference
- 8:10 PM Keynote Address – Bill Richardson
Former Governor of New Mexico, Congressman, Secretary of Energy, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
- 8:30 AM Opening Remarks
- 8:45 AM The Challenging Future of America – Pete du Pont
Former Governor of Delaware and Member of Congress, now a journalist and economic consultant
- 9:25 AM What America Makes Will Make America – Clyde Prestowitz
Founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute, Washington DC
- 10:05 AM Q & A with Pete du Pont and Clyde Prestowitz
- 10:30 AM Break
- 11:00 AM Reinventing Fire: A Business-Led Clean Energy Solution for Security and Prosperity – Amory Lovins
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Snowmass, Colorado
- 11:45 AM Lunch Break
- 1:30 PM A Country Adrift: The United States to 2050 – Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (USA-Ret.)
Professor of Government and Public Policy, William and Mary, Former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
- 2:10 PM Beyond Risk and Threat: The Need for a National Strategic Narrative
Capt. Wayne Porter (USN), Chair for Systemic Strategy, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
Col. Mark Mykleby (USMC-Ret.), Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.
- 2:50 PM Break
- 3:15 PM America’s Future Global Challenges – Nicholas Burns
Former Undersecretary of State, Profesor at the Kennedy School, Harvard University
- 3:45 PM Q & A Panel with Wilkerson, Porter, Mykleby, Lovins and Burns
- 4:30 PM Adjourn for the day
SUNDAY, February 19
- 9:00 AM U.S. Education in a Global Context – Robert Schwartz
Professor of Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- 9:45 AM The Facebook Revolutions: How Arab Activists Used American Technology to Change the Middle East – Deborah Amos
Foreign Correspondent for National Public Radio
- 10:30 AM Break
- 11:15 AM Q & A. – Final Panel of all Speakers
- 12:30 PM Conference Adjourns