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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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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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