The 31st Camden Conference
New World Disorder and America’s Future
February 16, 17, 18, 2018
The 2018 Camden Conference will explore shifts in global power and the ramifications for major players, particularly China, the US and the nations of Europe, in pursuing their national interests. Our speakers will address the impact of globalization, the rise of nationalism, transformations in global economies, and the management of a range of future threats such as climate change, population growth, and cyber insecurity. How can the United States remain competitive economically, preserve national security, safeguard American values, and meet dangerous challenges from unstable countries? What role in the world do Americans want for their country?
2018 CAMDEN CONFERENCE - VIDEOS
STEPHEN M. WALT
Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
Matthew J. Goodwin
Avril D. Haines
Thea Mei Lee
Evan S. Medeiros
FRIDAY, February 16
President, Camden Conference
The Best of Times or Worst of Times?
STEPHEN M. WALT
Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University
SATURDAY, February 17
INDIRA LAKSHMANAN, Conference Moderator
Newmark Chair for Journalism Ethics, The Poynter Institute; Boston Globe columnist
Nationalism and Populism in the U.S.: Their Impact on Foreign Policy
GERALD F. SEIB
Wall Street Journal columnist and commentator; former Washington Bureau Chief
Open Versus Closed Europe? – The New Cultural Divide within the European Union
Professor of Politics, University of Kent, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House
Politics, Nationalism and Their Impact on U.S.-China Relations and China’s Role
in World Affairs
EVAN S. MEDEIROS
Manager of the Asia Program at The Eurasia Group; former Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC)
Panel of Keynote and Morning Speakers
Sovereignty, Solidarity, and New Rules for a Changing Global Economy
THEA MEI LEE
President, Economic Policy Institute; Former Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO
The Importance of Multilateral Frameworks and Mechanisms for Addressing Threats Against the United States
AVRIL D. HAINES
Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University World Projects; Former Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama; Former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
The “3 Geos” Reshaping Our World
Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House; member of the faculty, Manipal University (India)
Panel of Afternoon Speakers
Adjourn for the Day
SUNDAY, February 18
Opening Remarks by Moderator
The Future of American Foreign Policy: Perspectives from America and Abroad
Can Europe Hold the Fort?
Columnist and commentator, The Guardian (London), and former editor of Le Monde (Paris)
“This Too Shall Pass”
CHAS W. FREEMAN, JR.
Former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; former senior State Department and Defense Department official
Panel of Morning Speakers
Final Panel of All Speakers
Books authored by Conference Speakers
1. Shifting Global Power and Relationships
2. New Political Movements: Shift to Populism and Nationalism in the US and Europe
3. China’s Role in the World
4. Global Economics
5. Balance of Militarism and Diplomacy
6. Future Threats
Manipulation of Information and Cybersecurity
SUGGESTED FILMS FOR THE 31st ANNUAL CAMDEN CONFERENCE
THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES
WHY WE FIGHT
ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE
Can Democracy Exist Without Trust? Ivan Krastev. YouTube. TedTalk. 8/13/2012. 7.3 min.
DOCUMENTARIES AND SHORT FILMS
These short films and documentaries follow the booklist categories.
Join us for our Community Events!
Each year the Camden Conference focuses on a topic of global importance and offers a series of free or low-cost Community Events related to this topic. These events are held in libraries and senior colleges throughout Midcoast Maine and Southern Maine.
Community Events are intended to provide background on the yearly topic and to touch on areas related to the February Conference that may not be covered in its three-day program. The views of our presenters are their own and may not represent those of the Camden Conference.