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Opera House – Sold Out!

Opera House Sold Out for Camden Conference The Camden Conference reports this week that all seats at the Camden Opera House have been filled for the 26th Annual Conference, “The Middle East: What Next?” the weekend of February 22-24. Seats are still available, however, at the three live-streaming satellite venues: The Strand in Rockland, the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and The Grand in Ellsworth. Please click here to register. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who was slated to be one of the conference speakers, has been called away on urgent overseas business. Taking his place will be Ambassador Laurence Pope, a career diplomat, addressing U.S. policies and their role in the Middle East. Pope, a Bowdoin College graduate, is a former U.S. ambassador to Chad and former chargé d’affaires in Libya. Fluent in Arabic and French, he has also held a number of senior posts in the Department of State. He retired…

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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….

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Sam L. Cohen Foundation

The Sam L. Cohen Foundation, established 29 years ago in Portland to benefit individuals living in southern Maine, has awarded the Camden Conference a grant for 15 Portland High School students and 2 teachers to attend the February 22-24, 2013 Conference in Camden. This year’s Camden Conference theme “The Middle East: What Next?” will focus on the current status and future prospects of the Arab Awakening across the Middle East and its likely impacts upon U.S. policies and U.S. roles in the region. The students to attend will be selected from Portland High School’s Global Studies Certificate Program, and will recognize other recommendations from the Portland Mentoring Alliance, the Make It Happen Program and various ELL programs. The Global Studies program is open to native-born and immigrant students and combines cultural competence skills training, monthly seminars ranging from music to international humanitarian aid efforts, and a senior service learning project…

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100 Days in 100 Minutes

The Camden Conference proudly presents Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco’s 7th annual 100 minute history roadshow: 100 DAYS IN 100 MINUTES – ADAMS V. JEFFERSON: THE FURIOUS ELECTION OF 1800. If you think US elections have gone downhill since the founders’ time, think again. The 1800 election had it all: slander, libel, name-calling, tinkering, bribes, and apocalyptic predictions for what would happen if “the other guy” should win. By popular demand, this lively 100 minute event is available for viewing on-line. Click here to enjoy the show!

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Conference Registration Opens

Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, November 26, for the next Camden Conference, “The Middle East: What Next?” scheduled for February 22-24, 2013. An outstanding slate of speakers has been assembled for the weekend-long conference, including many noted Middle East experts who have appeared frequently in the media. Advance ticket sales to Camden Conference members have already been brisk—the topic and the first-rate speaker roster have proven to be a big draw. Everyone with an interest in the topic should make reservations as soon as possible. As previously announced, the keynote speaker on Friday evening, February 22, will be Robin Wright, who has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Time, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times of London, CBS News, Foreign Affairs, and many others. Her overseas assignments have…

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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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