2012 Conference Program

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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.


  • 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


  • 8:30 AM Opening Remarks
  • 8:45 AM The Challenging Future of AmericaPete 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 ProsperityAmory 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 2050Col. 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 ChallengesNicholas 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 ContextRobert 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 EastDeborah 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