R.M. Davis is 2013 Global Sponsor

Maine’s premiere foreign policy conference returns to Camden for 26th year
R. M. Davis commits to conference in big way, as “global sponsor” for three years

This year’s Camden Conference, “The Middle East: What Next?” cannot provide all the answers to this pressing question. But what it will do, with its roster of acknowledged experts—focusing on the key countries of the Middle East—is provide historical analysis with current insights, giving participants a deeper understanding of the elements that will influence the future.

“Attendees will emerge from the weekend Conference with a keener sense of the fundamental issues underlying today’s complex Middle East so that, as events unfold, they can view and understand them in a proper historical framework,” says Camden Conference Board President Bland Banwell.

Helping to make this year’s event possible is R. M. Davis, Inc., a Maine-based, nationally recognized, investment management firm. “As the Global Sponsor, R. M. Davis has again come to the table to make The Camden Conference a premiere event in Maine and a premiere event in the foreign policy community, allowing Camden, Maine to play host to a prestigious slate of informative speakers and to hundreds of Conference attendees for the three day, annual event,” notes Banwell.

“This acclaimed event fosters discourse on the world’s most pressing issues, many of which are economic in nature, and all of which will impact America’s future. Our partnership with The Camden Conference is part of our ongoing commitment to foster education among our community, our clients, and their families,” notes R. M. Davis Vice President, Scott Konecny. To that end, Konecny announced that R. M. Davis will serve as Global Sponsor of the event not only this year, but for an additional two years, through 2015.

This year the Conference will be held February 22-24, 2013 at the Camden Opera House in Camden, Maine and live streamed to venues in Rockland, Belfast, and Ellsworth.

The Conference’s keynote speaker will be journalist, author, and foreign policy analyst Robin Wright, who has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Sunday Times of London, CBS News, and the Christian Science Monitor, having most recently covered U.S. foreign policy for the Washington Post. Besides a long career in journalism, Wright is the author of three books and has been a fellow at the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Yale, Duke, Stanford, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Southern California.

Other Conference participants include: former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs at the State Department, R. Nicholas Burns; Professor Shai Feldman, the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics at Brandeis University; F. Gregory Gause III, a professor and chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Vermont; Dr. Barbara Ibrahim, Founding Director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo; Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oklahoma, Professor Joshua Landis; Marc Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University; former Iranian Ambassador to Germany and current Research Scholar at the Program on Science and Global Security, Seyed Hossein Mousavian; and Marwan Muasher, a Jordanian diplomat who currently serves as Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.

Tickets for the 26th annual Camden Conference, “The Middle East: What Next?” are currently on sale to both Conference members and the public via or by dialing 1-877-214-8579.

About The Camden Conference
The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, non-partisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. In the years since, it has convened its annual February Conference in the historic Camden Opera House, drawing some of the best minds on foreign policy to share their insights and expertise on a range of global issues with the community. Conference topics have included The Making of American Foreign Policy, The Influence of the News Media on Foreign Policy, US-Japan Relations, Globalization, The Politics of Energy and Water, Religion, Global Leadership, and a number of conferences focusing on regions of the world. Visit for additional details.

About R. M. Davis, Inc.
R. M. Davis, Inc. is a nationally recognized wealth management firm located in Portland, Maine. For generations, clients located throughout Northern New England have turned to R. M. Davis for objective, independent financial advice and a wide range of problem-solving services. R. M. Davis’ trusted advisors simplify clients’ lives through a responsive, integrated approach to the accumulation, protection, and transition of their wealth. Visit for details.

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