Speaking in Maine One of the many public affairs lecture series MPBN presents weekdays at 1:00 pm, "Speaking in Maine" features diverse speakers recorded in towns and cities throughout the state of Maine.
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Does President Trump Have a Policy Toward the Greater Middle East?

Tuesday, October 3 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us to Northport and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, for a talk by Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan specializing in the relationship of the West with the Muslim world. His most recent work is "The New Arabs: How the Wired and Global Youth of the Middle East Is Transforming It." Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought

Crisis in Yemen

Thursday, September 14 at 2:00 pm Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis. 7 million people are on the verge of starvation, and a child dies every ten minutes of preventable disease. Join Will Picard, executive director of The Yemen Peace Project, for a talk on Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe and US foreign policy.

Trita Parsi: Iran Again

Thursday, June 22 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations. The speaker is Trita Parsi founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, and author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States. His topic: "IRAN, AGAIN" Trita Parsi is an award winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), for which he conducted more than 130 interviews with senior Israeli, Iranian and American decision-makers. Treacherous Alliance is the silver medal winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. ​Parsi's book

America's Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East

Tuesday, May 30 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk by Chaz Freeman; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He discusses the US role in the Middle East. Ambassador Chas Freeman chairs Projects International, Inc. For more than three decades, Projects International has helped its partner enterprises and clients to create business ventures across borders. It facilitates their establishment of new businesses through the design, negotiation, capitalization, and implementation of greenfield investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, franchises, one-off transactions, sales and agencies in other countries. The firm operates on five continents. Ambassador Freeman is a career diplomat (retired) who was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

U.S. Nuclear Forces: Decisions for the Trump Administration

Monday, May 8 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations, for a talk entitled "U.S. Nuclear Forces: Decisions for the Trump Administration" by John Harvey.

2017 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate: American Democracy?

Tuesday, April 11 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us next to the Goldfarb Center at Colby College in Waterville, for the 2017 Cotter Debate. This year's topic is a conversation about American Democracy. Elections can be exhilarating, exhausting and sometimes embarrassing. To many, these spectacles lie at the heart of a democracy; elections are an open competition for the power and authority to control what government does and does not do. Others doubt the importance of elections, pointing instead to other modes of engagement — particularly the interaction of pressure groups. Elections might be a blunt instrument, they argue, but other pathways ensure the system's responsiveness. In light of the exceptionally turbulent 2016 presidential election, as well as a broad array of other on-going transformations, many now ponder the soundness of what Alexander Hamilton dubbed our "grand experiment." Are citizen's sovereign or largely powerless? Have we ever had a true democracy? Do elections

From Self-Driving Cars to Self-Driving Business Ethics

Tuesday, March 28 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us next to the University of New England, for a talk with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio, this year's Paul. D. Merrill Business Ethics lecturer. The University of New England is pleased to announce that David Brancaccio, host of American Public Media's "Marketplace Morning Report," will be the speaker at the university's tenth annual Paul D. Merrill Business Ethics Lecture, to be held on Thursday, March 23 at 4 p.m. in the Eleanor DeWolfe Ludcke Auditorium on UNE's Portland Campus. The lecture, titled "From Self-Driving Cars to Self-Driving Business Ethics," will explore the implications for human decisions when ethical rules are woven into artificial intelligence and other new technology. Brancaccio will discuss the current ethics environment and how building ethical decision-making into advanced machines could spark new approaches to ethics in business and beyond. "Given current debates about conflicts of interest

2017 Camden Conference: Cas Mudde & Maha Yahya

Cas Mudde: H​as the Refugee Crisis Created a Perfect Storm for the Far Right? & Maha Yahya: Refugees and the Remaking of an Arab Order Has the Refugee Crisis Created a Perfect Storm for the Far Right? Cas Mudde Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, USA, Researcher, Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), University of Oslo, Norway, Co-editor, European Journal of Political Research Cas Mudde is Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and Researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) of the University of Oslo. His research focuses on extremism and democracy and is guided by the question: How can liberal democracies defend themselves without undermining their core values? Before moving to Georgia in 2012, he held tenure-track and visiting positions at a number of universities in Europe and the United States. His recent publications include: On Extremism and

2017 Camden Conference: Gerald Knaus & Bruno Stagno

Gerald Knaus: Germany, Europe, and the Politics of Refugee Protection & Bruno Stagno: 2016 — The Year the World Stopped Caring about Refugees --Central America and Beyond

2017 Camden Conference: Keynote Address - Paul James

Tuesday, February 28 at 2:00 pm Keynote Address: Paul James: The World Is on the Move, and We Have No Idea How to Respond. More than 65 million people are now on the move, seeking food, safety, and better lives for themselves and their families. They are fleeing for a variety of reasons: wars, ethnic and religious conflicts, corruption and crime, and the devastating consequences of climate change. The post–World War II international framework—created to meet what was then an unprecedented flow of humanity across borders—is now facing its severest crisis.

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