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What is life like inside Russia?  How is Putin's grip on power? And what might the West be missing when trying to interpret Russian intentions?

Guests:  Laura Henry, Acting Chair of the Russian Department at Bowdoin College.
Suzanne Massie, Russia Scholar, author of several books on Russia.
Kyle Parker, top foreign policy aide in the U.S. Congress where he is responsible for overseeing the Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Iran Nuclear Deal discussion at USM on August 19, 2015
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The World Affairs Council of Maine, the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, the Maine Chapter of the United Nations Association and the University of Southern Maine collaborated on a forum recently where the topic of discussion was the international nuclear deal with Iran. The participants were: Independent Senator Angus King; former Democratic Senate leader George Mitchell; and Havard professor R. Nicholas Burns.

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Midcoast Forum

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The speaker is Jessica Tuchman Mathews, a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her topic: "A World of Challenge: Can the United States Still Lead?"

For more on Mathews and the Midcoast Forum, click here.


Jul 29, 2015
Midcoast Forum

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport, and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The speaker is Serhii Plokhii, professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University and author of "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union." His topic is "Ukraine."

For more on Plokhii and the Midcoast Forum, click here.

PORTLAND, Maine - Canada's new consul general in Boston, David Alward, is no stranger to Maine - living, as he does, just across the border from Houlton. He was in Portland yesterday, along with new honorary consul of Canada in Maine, Brenda Garrand. Alward says much of his work will involve nurturing the strong trade ties between New England and Canada.  Alward and Garrand talked with MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.