Lecture series to tackle international affairs



BAR HARBOR — Former United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former Maine Senator George Mitchell, and other experts in international affairs will speak at the College of the Atlantic’s 2018 Champlain Institute event, which begins on Saturday, July 28, and runs through Aug. 3.

Rice’s keynote address on Saturday at 5 p.m. will be followed throughout the week with roundtables and lectures from notable experts in national security, trade disputes, cyber warfare, terrorism, civil wars, Russia, North Korea and other hotspots around the globe.

Featured 2018 Champlain Institute guests include award-winning journalist Eliza Grizwold, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal Katyal, Fordham University School of Law Center on National Security Director Karen Greenberg, and others.

“National security, Russia, trade disputes and other topics in international relations are in the fronts of many people’s minds,” said COA President Darron Collins. “I can think of few issues more pressing than the ones our guests will be unpacking during this year’s institute.”

All Champlain Institute events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Contact COA manager of donor engagement Wes Norton at [email protected] for more information.

Talks will be live streamed on the College’s Facebook page, and a selection of lectures will be broadcast the following week on Maine Public Radio’s Speaking in Maine program.

Talk topics and titles are subject to change.

Cyber security expert Nick Dowling begins the weekday roster the morning of Monday, July 30, with a presentation entitled, “Hacking, Informatsionnaya, and the Grey Zone: How Technology is Shaping a New Global Competition among Great Powers.” Dowling is the CEO of IDS International and served in the Pentagon and the Clinton White House as director for European affairs on the NSC staff where he helped coordinate U.S. policy to end the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Katyal, who has argued more Supreme Court cases in than has any minority attorney in U.S. history, speaks on Monday evening.

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