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Camden Conference in the World-May 2018

Chatham House associate fellow Cleo Paskal recently explored another fascinating niche angle of the changing geopolitical landscape: Britain’s expanding post-Brexit role as a counter to China in several small Pacific countries that are also in the Commonwealth. Paskal, a popular favorite at the 2018 conference on New World Disorder and America’s Future who will be returning to Camden Aug. 14 for a Camden Conference friendraiser, writes regularly for India’s Sunday Guardian and other Indian newspapers. Natalie Nougayrede, a companion speaker of Paskal’s in Camden in 2018 and a regular columnist in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, calls French President Emanuel Macron “a poster boy for radical centrism in an age of democratic retrenchment and rampaging populism,” in an assessment of Macron’s recent state visit to Washington.   Those already looking forward to next year’s conference on China might want to check out this conversation from last month on US-China relations between 2018…

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Camden Conference in the World-April 2018

The news this month has been filled with former Camden Conference speakers discussing national and international rising tensions. Two speakers from 2015’s Russia Resurgent Conference have discussed the relationship between the West and Russia following the nerve-agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Quoted in The Irish Times: “A multi-faceted diplomatic war has begun between Russia and the West,” Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of the respected Russia in Global Affairs journal, wrote on his Telegram account on Monday. Diplomacy was supposed to preserve lines of communication at times of crisis, he said. “But what is happening today seems like a negation of that function.” In an article in US News and World Report, Russia expert at the Wilson Center think tank in Washington, Matthew Rojansky said, “The risk of escalation doesn’t just come from tit-for-tat punishments.” Rojansky cited the potential for more aggressive moves from the Middle East to the cyber…

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World Affairs Council of Maine event: Women’s Roles in Peace + Security: Lunch with Ambassador Swanee Hunt

In Celebration of International Women’s Day,  the World Affairs Council of Maine + Pierce Atwood are pleased to present:    Women’s Roles in Peace + Security A luncheon with Ambassador Swanee Hunt.       Friday, March 9th 11:30am: Buffet Lunch from Sisters Gourmet Deli 12:00pm: Amb. Hunt’s Presentation and Q+A   at Pierce Atwood, 5th Floor 254 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 Limited seating available.  Also available for sale will be copies of the book, Rwandan Women Rising, and jewelry by Same Sky.   Members: $20 Non-members: $25     Ambassador Hunt, who served as US Ambassador to Austria during the Bosnian War, is the founder of Women Waging Peace, a global network of women seeking to transform and resolve conflict across the world. She is also the Founding Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Her most recent book, Rwandan Woman Rising, outlines the incredible role that Rwandan…

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Camden Conference in the World-March 2018

Both the opening and closing speakers at the February Camden Conference on “New World Disorder” addressed ongoing attacks on diplomacy and its contemporary practitioners last month in other forums, as well. Chas Freeman looked back to historic examples of successful US diplomacy in Southern Africa and on the China-Taiwan question to argue for better attention to the Rusting Tool of American Statescraft in a lecture to a combined audience from three top US foreign policy schools delivered just before he came to Camden. Stephen Walt took a different angle, proposing means to fix a “rot” that “runs deep” in the now highly professionalized US foreign policy establishment, in this article published just after the Camden Conference. Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a 2013 Camden Conference speaker, applies the call for more and better diplomacy to the specific context of the Middle East in calling on Saudi Arabia and Iran “to openly and…

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Coverage of the Camden Conference in the news

Our recent Conference was featured in articles, blogs and letters to the editor in several local, and national, news outlets. In addition to the Stephen Walt article in the Wall Street Journal previously posted, we had these: Bangor Daily News, February 19, 2018 The Free Press, February 22, 2018 Portland Press Herald, February 24, 2018 Village Soup, February 22, 2018 Image from Stefano Tijerina’s article, Bangor Daily News blog, Glocal

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MPBN’s Speaking in Maine will feature 6 Camden Conference 2018 Speakers, February 26-March 1

Beginning on Monday, February 26, MPBN’s “Speaking In Maine” will feature 7 of the speakers from last weekend’s 31st Camden Conference. The schedule is as follows: Monday, February 26 at 2pm:  Keynote address by Stephen M. Walt, Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University, The Best of Times or the Worst of Times Tuesday, February 27 at 2pm:  First, Gerald Seib, Wall Street Journal Columnist and Former Washington Bureau Chief, Nationalism, Populism in the US and Their Impact on American Foreign Policy Second, Chas W. Freeman, Jr., a former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and former senior State Department and Defense Department official, “This Too Shall Pass.” Wednesday, February 28 at 2pm: First, Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics at the University of Kent speaking on Open vs. Closed Europe–The New Cultural Divide within the European Union Second, Natalie Nougayrede, columnist and commentator at The Guardian and former Editor of La Monde, Can Europe…

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2018 Camden Conference speaker Jerry Seib’s article in the Wall Street Journal and link to Chas Freeman’s talk “This Too Shall Pass”

The 2018 Camden Conference wrapped up on Sunday, February 18 to acclaim from the audience of over 1100 as well as from the distinguished speakers. Columnist and former White House Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, Gerald Seib, who spoke on Saturday, mentioned the Camden Conference and quoted Sunday speaker, Ambassador Chas Freeman, in his latest article that posted yesterday. The full text of Chas Freeman’s speech “This Too Shall Pass,” from which Seib quoted, can be read HERE.   Russia’s Real Goal: Continue Democracy’s Decline Global studies suggest political rights and civil liberties are increasingly in danger—and the U.S. isn’t helping the problem The Russian effort to disrupt America’s political system—detailed in indictments by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators last week—isn’t the only sign that the democratic model is in peril. By Gerald F. Seib Feb. 19, 2018 3:27 p.m. ET President Donald Trump’s angry Twitter reaction to the indictment of Russians for interfering…

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Watershed School CCC project

The Camden Conference in the Classroom program is a high school level program funded and overseen by the Camden Conference. Currently there are 11 schools, both private and public, offering CCC courses and attending the Camden Conference: Camden Hills Regional High School, Deering High School (Portland), Edward Little High School (Auburn), Foxcroft Academy (Dover Foxcroft), Gould Academy (Bethel), Lincoln Academy (Newcastle), Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (Hinckley), Medomak Valley High School (Waldoboro), Piscataquis Community High School (Guilford), Portland High School, and Watershed School (Camden).  The following is a description of the program as developed by Peter Kalajian of the Watershed School. We hope to share the curriculum and projects of other schools in the future.  Months before the Camden Conference convenes each year in February, Watershed School seniors begin Senior Seminar, an intensive course that focuses on the event’s topic. The students study relevant current events and important global issues…

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