Gain Insight

Gain insight into one of today’s most complicated foreign policy issues: What to do in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now that President Obama has shared his plans, the US is embarking on actions for the near future. International pundits as well as members of Congress and the press have weighed in with their thoughts. At the 2010 Camden Conference, you will have the chance to hear what many of these experts have to say and decide for yourself. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to gain insight to a very current issue. Tickets for the Conference at the Camden Opera House are selling briskly, so get yours while they are still available. Give insight…Tickets to the Conference make great Holiday gifts for friends and family! Help sign up new, first-time attendees at any venue and receive a free Camden Conference tote bag. And if you bring a new attendee to the Camden…

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New Addition to Book List

Greg Mortenson’s latest book has been added to the 2010 Conference Book List.  In Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan (Viking, December 2009), Mortenson shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women-all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort. See the full list of recommended reading in preparation for the 2010 Camden Conference Here.

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The airways are filled with calls to “rethink Afghanistan” and to develop a fuller understanding of Pakistan and its complex and often strife-torn relations with India. This is precisely what the upcoming Camden Conference: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India – Crossroads of Conflict proposes to do, starting with a keynote address by Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist and author who is perhaps the pre-eminent regional commentator on Afghanistan and its relations with his home country and with India. Also helping the February 2010 event to shape up as one of the best Camden Conferences ever will be the presence as conference moderator of Nicholas Burns, who as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the George W. Bush administration led negotiations with Iran and India — and who was a featured speaker at the 2009 Camden Conference. At that conference, Burns outlined “A New Era of Diplomacy for the Obama Administration,”…

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2010 Booklist Updated

Additions Highlight Challenges, Changes in Region. The 2010 Camden Conference: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India: Crossroads of Conflict couldn’t be on a timelier or more relevant topic. As our informed members know, the situation in the region is changing rapidly. It will therefore be no surprise that we have new additions to the booklist for the 2010 Conference. These works cover topics ranging from the heroin money financing the Taliban and al Qaeda, to several works examining aspects of the fascinating culture and history of the Middle East, to the so-called “Twilight of Oil” and the “resource curse,” and the role that counterterrorism operations can and should play in American foreign policy. We have two new titles for our “Top Picks” list: Seeds of Terror: How Heroin is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda by Gretchen Peters Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy by Paul Pillar We are adding a brand-new section to…

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Community Events Underway

Next February’s Camden Conference on “Afghanistan, Pakistan, India — Crossroads of Conflict,” has already begun to inspire a lively series of community events in the Midcoast area, beginning with presentations by Prof. Paul Holman on “The New Great Game for Control of Central Asia.” Dr. Holman’s dynamic exploration of the strategic rivalries that have shaped today’s tragic and troubling conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan drew record crowds to the Camden and Rockland Libraries earlier this month and he will repeat the talk on Tuesday, September 22nd at the Belfast Free Library.  The event takes place from 6:30-8 pm and is open to the public, free of charge. Holman, a Camden resident who is currently a visiting professor of international relations at the University of Maine in Orono, will first consider the 19th century power struggle between the British and Russian Empires, which was the original “Great Game.” He will then…

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2010 Camden Conference

Planning is currently underway for the 23rd Annual Camden Conference: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India – Crossroads of Conflict, February 19 – 21, 2010 Even as President Obama seeks to reduce U.S. military presence in Iraq, he is pledged to increase troop levels in Afghanistan where the war has already lasted longer and the U.S. position seems to be deteriorating. Throughout history no external power has long succeeded in subduing tribal groups or ending endemic violence when occupying Afghanistan. Where will the U.S. project stand in a year’s time? No assessment or understanding of the situation in Afghanistan can be separated from attention to critical factors and developments in neighboring Pakistan which in turn leads to a focus upon the complex and volatile relations between Pakistan and India. Next year’s conference will offer both specific and overview presentations devoted to the broad array of issues raised within this turbulent region as well…

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