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Camden Conference in the World-February 2018

The speakers who will be debating and discussing the New World Disorder and America’s Future later this month here in Maine are already engaging with diverse aspects of the topic in the big wide world out there. Wall Street Journal commentator Gerald Seib provided insights into President Donald Trump’s current diplomatic thinking following a Journal interview with the president in early January. Seib will be speaking at the Camden Conference on the influence of nationalism and populism on US foreign policy. Natalie Nougayrède, the Guardian columnist who in Camden will address the theme of “Can Europe Hold the Fort?”, last month introduced a new series The Guardian will be running in the coming months on “Europe Now.” That series will consider topics from the Eurozone and refugee crises, to Brexit and separatism.  Our moderator for the February conference, Indira Lakshmanan, bemoaned the “hollowing out of the State Dept.” in one…

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Belfast Community Television broadcasts Camden Conference talks

Belfast Community Television has begun broadcasting selected talks from past Camden Conferences. Tune in to watch some of the best talks from past years including Bruno Stagno from 2017 Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, “The Year the World Stopped Caring about Refugees: Central America and Beyond”; Kah Walla from 2016 The New Africa, “We the People of Africa-Facing Crisis and Opportunities”; Matthew Rojansky from Russia Resurgent, “The Riddle Inside the Enigma: Origins of Russian Conduct at Home and in the World” and Andreas Merkl from 2014 The Global Politics of Food and Water, “New Solutions for a Changing Ocean”. For their broadcasting schedule, please consult the website here.    

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NEW! STREAM THE CONFERENCE LIVE PAY PER VIEW ACCESS From the comfort of your home!

Following a very successful Pay-Per-View trial earlier this year, we are excited to offer the Pay-Per-View option to anyone interested in 2018. From the comfort of your home, you will be able to view the integrality of the Live Camden Conference in high definition* on your computer, tablet and even your television set**. If you should miss the original feed during the broadcast, you will be able to see the recorded version for up to 14 days afterwards by logging in using the same process as used for viewing the live stream. Thank you for your interest in live-streaming (Pay-per-view) the Camden Conference to your home or personal device.  And a big THANK YOU to our partners LiveStream and InPlayer! (*) Live streaming in high definition (HD): The faster your Internet connection is, the higher the video quality will be while broadcasting. Typically, if you are able to stream high definition videos (e.g….

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Watershed School students review selection of books on 2018 Camden Conference suggested reading list

Each year the Camden Conference compiles an extensive list of suggested readings related to the topic of the annual Conference. This year students at Watershed School in Camden, one of our CCC (Camden Conference in the Classroom) schools, took it a step further and 7 senior seminar students read a selection of the books and wrote thoughtful reviews. Their reviews can be read here.

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Remembering Calestous Juma

We are sorry to report that Calestous Juma died in Boston on Friday. In his 64 years on this earth he enriched the lives of many and it was our great fortune to have him as a speaker at the Camden Conference in 2014. Professor Juma was to have been the moderator at the 2016 Conference “The New Africa” but took ill and was unable to attend. Calestous Juma was a  distinguished scholar and passionate advocate for his native Africa. He championed technological innovation and sustainable development as a director at the Harvard Kennedy School. But what those of us who met him will remember most in addition to his intellect and energy was his warmth. His laugh will forever echo in the Camden Opera House.  

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Press panel at Hannaford Hall draws a crowd

On November 17, the Camden Conference organized a panel of 4 renowned journalists, moderated by former Boston Globe editor Matthew Storin, to discuss the topic “Is the Press Being Fair to President Trump.” Over 300 people attended the event at Hannaford Hall on the campus of USM in Portland. If you missed it, or if you would like to watch it again, it is available on our YouTube channel. Watch Here

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Camden Conference in the World-December 2018

As the holidays approach, what better person to turn to for an upbeat take on the “disorder” often apparent in the world around us than Calestous Juma, the Harvard professor and renowned expert on technology and economic development who brought such joy to the 2014 Food and Water Camden Conference. Juma argued in The Conversation last month that, “Africa has become a testing ground for technological leapfrogging.” Threats to the cohesion of nation states are a frequently cited sign of disorder, and the rapid spread of often seemingly alien and uncontrolled technology is another. Juma bucks the trend from both angles in citing use of iris recognition by the breakaway state of Somaliland to insure against voter fraud.   Two favorites from the 2016 Camden Conference on The New Africa have also provided positive takes of late on our sometimes seemingly troubled world. Kah Walla, Cameroon opposition leader and head…

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Registration is now open for the 31st annual Camden Conference

Registration is now open for the 31st annual Camden Conference, New World Disorder and America’s Future, February 16-18, 2018. The Conference will explore shifts in global power and the implications for major players—especially the United States, China and European countries—in pursuing their national interests. Conference speakers will address the impact of globalization, the rise of nationalism and populism, transformations in global economies, and the management of a range of future threats such as climate change and population growth. Tom Ashbrook, award-winning journalist and host of the nationally syndicated, public radio call-in program, “On Point”, will be the moderator, and Stephen Walt will be the keynote speaker. Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University and is a prominent figure in the realist school of international relations.  His books include The Origins of Alliances, which received the 1988 Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award, and Taming…

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Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars

Constructing Revolution explores the remarkable and wide-ranging body of propaganda posters as an artistic consequence of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Marking its centennial, this exhibition delves into a relatively short-lived era of unprecedented experimentation and utopian idealism, which produced some of the most iconic images in the history of graphic design. The eruption of the First World War, the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917, and the subsequent civil war broke down established political and social structures and brought an end to the Tsarist Empire. Russia was split into antagonistic worlds: the Bolsheviks and the enemy, the proletariat and the exploiters, the collective and the private, the future and the past. The deft manipulation of public opinion was integral to the violent class struggle. Having seized power in 1917, the Bolsheviks immediately recognized posters as a critical means to tout the Revolution’s triumph and ensure its spread. Posters supplied the new…

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Camden Conference in the World-November 2017

Camden Conference 2015 speaker Fyodor Lukyanov tackles the conference’s 2018 New World Disorder theme in the context of US, Russian and European relations in the editor’s column in the most recent issue of Russia in Global Affairs. “The uncertain state of affairs will likely endure until each player achieves a measure of domestic stability,” Lukyanov suggests. “This is especially true for the United States, but also for Russia and the EU on the eve of potentially disruptive elections.”   Pranab Bardhan, the UC Berkeley professor who provided the 2011 conference with such memorable comparisons of the economic history and prospects of China and India, comes up with three ideas to address the shortage of productive, well paying jobs that is a root cause of much of the global disorder in a recent piece in The Economic Times of India. His proposed partial remedies for India — state subsidies for hiring…

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