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Speaking in Maine takes us next to a recent presentation of the World Affairs Council of Maine. The speaker is Ribal al-Assad, founder and director of the Organization for Freedom and Democracy in Syria. His talk is titled “Syria, the Middle East, and the New Cold War: How Three Tiers of Conflict Created an Apocalypse.”

Introducing the speaker is Amy Holland, executive director of the World Affairs Council.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine’s two U.S. representatives are proposing new legislation that they say will help create jobs by updating regulations that cause American airports to lose business to Canada.

U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin say the measure would allow Cuban-bound flights to make technical stops at American airports for refueling and restocking.

Passengers would not be able to clear immigration or legally depart from the U.S.

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Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland and the University of Maine School of Law for a talk by Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda of Zimbabwe on “Overcoming Food Insecurity: Ideas and Inspiration from Zimbabwe to Maine.”

For more on Sibanda and the talk, click here.

Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations. The speaker is Andrew Cockburn, Washington Editor for Harper’s Magazine, speaking on how the U.S. came to adopt a strategy of assassination, and why it failed.

For more about Cockburn and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations, click here.

Having just returned from a trip to Europe, U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says he’s concerned about the rhetoric emerging from the GOP presidential campaign that he says seeks to marginalize Muslims.

Briefing reporters on Friday at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, King said that while the U.S. is not immune to a terrorist attack like the one in Brussels earlier this week, he believes that European countries are more susceptible.

All this week Speaking in Maine features highlights of the 2016 Camden Conference. The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. The focus of the conference this year was “The New Africa.”

Today’s speaker is Mr. Kingsley Moghalu, professor of practice in international business and public policy and senior fellow in the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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All this week Speaking in Maine features highlights of the 2016 Camden Conference. The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. The focus of the conference this year was “The New Africa.”

Today’s speaker, Ms. Jennifer Cooke, is director of the CSIS Africa Program, which she joined in 2000. The program provides balanced and forward-looking analysis of political and economic dynamics within African states to better inform U.S. policy choices.

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All this week Speaking in Maine features highlights of the 2016 Camden Conference. The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. The focus of the conference this year was “The New Africa.”

Today’s speaker is Ms. Kah Walla. She’s one of a new generation of African leaders: an entrepreneur, and a grassroots activist in Cameroon. In 2011 she was a candidate for president of Cameroon, challenging a political structure that has seen only two presidents in the last 50 years.

All this week Speaking in Maine features highlights of the 2016 Camden Conference. The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. The focus of the conference this year was “The New Africa.”

Today’s speaker is Mr. Sangu Delle. Born in Ghana, where his childhood home was a refuge for victims of torture and violence from neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Delle graduated from Harvard in African Studies and Economics.

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All this week Speaking in Maine features highlights of the 2016 Camden Conference. The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. The focus of the conference this year was “The New Africa.”

Today we hear from the keynote speaker of the conference, Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, West Africa correspondent for National Public Radio News, based in Dakar, Senegal.

Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport for a recent meeting of the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The guest speaker is Dr. Andrew Bacevich, author and Boston University professor emeritus of history and international relations, speaking on “America’s War for the Greater Middle East.”

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

With North Korea announcing it conducted a nuclear test of a hydrogen bomb, China, India, Russia and other nations are condemning the move. The U.S. says it has yet to verify the claim, but it also reiterated its stance that North Korea can't be allowed to become a nuclear state.

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Speaking in Maine takes us next the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk by U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine.

In "A Policy for the Arctic Region," King reflects on various current issues, from expanded Arctic shipping to climate change politics and the U.S. Senate.

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

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Speaking in Maine takes us next to USM for a panel discussion moderated by MPBN’s Jennifer Rooks on the role of religion in conflicts and how religion can be a positive or a negative force in the society.

The talk, titled "Beyond Nostra Aetate: Interreligious Dialogue in a Time of Conflict," featured a panel made up of religious leaders in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith.

For more information on the talk, click here.

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Orono and the University of Maine for this year's Cohen Lecture. 

Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen; Gen. Joseph Ralston, former supreme allied commander in Europe; and Ambassador Nicholas Burns, former under secretary of state for political affairs discuss America’s response to global instability.

They talk about what happens behind the scenes at the White House, Pentagon and in Congress as decisions are made about war and peace.

For more on the lecture, click here.

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