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Member Registration

Registration for the 2013 Camden Conference is now open for Members! If you are a Camden Conference Member, please call the office at (207) 236-1034 or 1-877-214-8579 or email info@camdenconference.org for registration details. Click here to become a Member now! On-line registration will be available beginning on Monday, November 26. Registration for the live venue at the Camden Opera House is $250. Satellite venue registration (The Strand, Rockland or The Hutchinson Center, Belfast) is $140. For information about registering for The Grand, please contact their box office directly.

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2013 Booklist Updated!

On this first day of November, the Camden Conference Program Committee is pleased to present its Late Fall Booklist Edition of recommended reading for the 26th Annual Camden Conference: The Middle East: What Next? This updated Booklist includes the latest work of 2013 Camden Conference speakers, Gregory Gause, Marc Lynch and Robin Wright, as well as past Conference speakers, Deborah Amos and Olivier Roy. You may view the Booklist here. To learn more about the upcoming Conference, please visit our Program and Speakers pages.

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2013 Conference Announced

The Camden Conference announces that the topic for 2013 will be “The Middle East: What Next.” The Conference cannot provide all the answers to that 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 firmer understanding of the elements that will influence the future. The 2013 conference will feature a line-up of outstanding speakers, many of whom are appearing regularly on today’s news shows and commentary. The Syrian civil war escalates daily; riots spread from Cairo to encompass most of the Muslim world; terrorists assassinate the U.S. ambassador in Libya; political instability and sectarian violence increase in Iraq: where is the Arab Spring—that early, optimistic designation—heading? All revolutions are unique. In Egypt, three decades of Mubarak’s corrupt rule ended almost overnight; in Syria, the Assad family dynasty could collapse tomorrow…

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Membership Campaign Underway!

Annual Membership Campaign is Now Underway! Very shortly, you and all other friends of the Camden Conference will be receiving a letter asking you to consider becoming (if you aren’t already) a contributing member of the Conference. Why become a member, you ask? The letter will explain in brief the various benefits that you, the Conference, and our community receive from you contribution, but it can best be summed up by saying: “Without you, the Camden Conference would be a very small program of much lower quality reaching far fewer people.” Learn about the benefits of membership here. Member contributions do the following: Help us to bring the best available speakers to the February event; Help support the scores of Conference-sponsored community events in Maine that attract thousands of attendees over the year; Contribute to the upkeep of the electronic equipment that supports our popular Website and our video streaming…

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Conference Season Kick-Off

It was less than two years ago that a Tunisian named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself and the Arab World on fire. He was a 26 year old college graduate trying to make a living selling vegetables on the street and, after police confiscated his cart and roughed him up, he took his own life to protest. Reverberations from this single man’s death and the subsequent revolts that overturned entrenched dictatorial regimes in the Middle East have come to be known as the The Arab Spring. Events in its aftermath continue to dominate the news from Iran’s nuclear ambitions to Syria’s horrific bloodshed, from the ascendancy of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to the deaths of American diplomats in Libya. The 26th Camden Conference, “The Middle East: What Next?” will offer explanations, insights and opinions from people who have been directly involved with recent events and their impacts on the countries and people…

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2013 Summer Booklist

Just in time for summer, the Camden Conference Program Committee has issued an expanded list of recommended reading for the 2013 Camden Conference, The Middle East: What Next? The Committee’s first choice is David Fromkin’s A Peace to End All Peace. 20th Anniversary Edition: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and Creation of the Modern Middle East. His original book was published in 1989, and now is in a 463-page paper edition with an Afterword by Fromkin. Both will provide a better understanding of how the Ottoman Empire was carved up after WW1 and how it has fared since then. Interestingly, young Winston Churchill was in charge of that huge break-up project. For more summer reading ideas, please see the 2013 Conference Booklist here.

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Sen. George Mitchell’s Address

Former U. S. Senator George Mitchell spoke in Belfast last November as part of the distinguished lecture series presented by Senior College and the Camden Conference. If you missed it, you may watch it here. For a written account of one of Senator Mitchell’s earlier appearances at the Camden Conference, click here.

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THANK YOU!!!

The Camden Conference is fortunate to have many volunteers who make the annual Conference possible. In addition to the Board of Directors and Advisory Council, the following individuals have generously given of their time as community event speakers, senior college presenters, community partners, committee members, office helpers and volunteers during this weekend Conference. Thank you very much for your assistance – we could not do this without you! Carol Bachofner, Jon Bahrt, Beth Berry*, Hope Berry*, Genna Black*, Dwight Blue, Margaret Boyajian, Rich Boulet, Fiona Boyd*, Joanne Boynton, Mabel Cabot, Alexandra Calamari*, Anna Carr*, Zeb Casperson*, Charlene Churchill, Charlene Clemons, Cassidy Crawford*, Lucy Creevey, Dominic Cucinella*, Joshua Curry, Sophie Davis*, Roger Dell, John Doncaster, Steve Donoso, Candy Emlen, Reid Evans*, David Firestein, Benjamin Fox, Judy Gannon, Peter Gelman, Carol Gillette, Peter Gimlewicz*, Ellen Goldsmith, Pam Gormley, Dorothea Graham, Pat Griffith, Ken Gross, Judy Groth, Brenda Harrington, Anne Holmes, Jeff Howland,…

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2011 Conference dedication

The Board of Directors of the Camden Conference has announced that it will dedicate the upcoming Conference, The Challenges of Asia, to honor the memory of Matthew R. Simmons. Matt was the keynote speaker of the 15th Camden Conference in 2002: The Politics of Energy and Water. His talk was titled Nightmares and Dreams About World Energy Crises. He was a long-standing member of the Camden Conference Advisory Council and had always been a generous benefactor in support of the mission of the organization. Matt founded Simmons & Company International, a Houston-based energy investment bank, in 1974. It eventually expanded to London, Aberdeen, and Dubai. More recently, Matt founded the Maine-based Ocean Energy Institute, a non-profit research organization to promote clean, sustainable energy production from off-shore wind and ocean forces. Matt Simmons left an enduring mark on Maine, especially in the MidCoast. His vision and backing enabled the restoration of…

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Rashid is Top Global Thinker

Ahmed Rashid, who keynoted this years Camden Conference “Crossroads of Conflict” was recognized in the December 2010 issue of Foreign Policy Magazine as being among the 100 most influential global thinkers. Rashid, who was listed in 51st position, was cited “for being the world’s eyes and ears in one of its most volatile regions”. Among other Asian thinkers identified by Foreign Policy, with their position on the list in parenthesis are: Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank, China (4); Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, China (16); Shivshankar Menon, National Security Advisor, India (18); Nandan Nilekani, Entrepeneur, India (43); Zheng Bijian, Geostrategist, China (44); Aung San Suu Kyi, Dissident, Burma (75); Hu Shuli, Editor, China (82) and Kishore Mahbubani, Academic Dean, Singapore (92).

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