Camden Conference starts Feb. 22

ELLSWORTH — The Camden Conference, the nation’s only world affairs conference held annually in Camden, will be streamed live to The Grand on Feb. 22, 23 and 24. The conference topic for 2013 is “The Middle East – What Next?”

The Grand will hold a reception at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. Anne Sigmund, who served as a member of the State Department in Kyrgyzstan in the 1990s, will give a brief talk on the history of the Middle East. The live stream from Camden will begin at 8 p.m. with a welcome address from Bland Banwell, president of the Camden Conference, and the keynote address by author, analyst and foreign correspondent Robin Wright.

The conference continues from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 am to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Those coming to The Grand can attend all or part of the conference. Full conference tickets are $142 for adults and $42 for students. The reception and keynote event on Friday is available for $25; other half-day sessions are available for $50 ($15 for students).

Speakers and topics for this year’s conference include Barbara Ibrahim on “Women and Public Space in the Arab Spring,” Lawrence Pope on “U.S. Policies and Prospects in a Turbulent Middle East” (both on Sunday); Joshua Landis on Syria, Shai Feldman in Israel and Iran, Marc Lynch on Egypt and Seyed Hossein Mousavian on U.S.-Iran relations (all on Saturday).

The conference schedule is as follows:

Friday, Feb. 22

8:10 p.m. Keynote Address

Rock the Casbah: What Next in the Middle East?

Robin Wright – Author, analyst and foreign correspondent

Joint Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center

Saturday, Feb. 23

8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks – Nicholas Burns, moderator

8:45 a.m. Two Years After the Arab Awakening—Emerging Trends

Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies at Carnegie Endowment; former Ambassador of Jordan to Israel and to the United States; former Foreign Minister of Jordan.

9:15 a.m. Q. & A. Panel with Marwan Muasher and Robin Wright

9:45 a.m. Egypt and the New Islamic Politics

Marc Lynch, associate professor and director, Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University

10:30 a.m. Break

11 a.m. Syria: What’s Next?

Joshua Landis, associate professor and director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma

11:45 a.m. Lunch break

1:30 p.m. The New Middle East Cold War

Gregory Gause, professor of political science, University of Vermont. Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center

2:20 p.m. Israel and Iran: An Evolving Debate

Shai Feldman, director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University; former Head of the Jaffee

Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University

3:10 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Nuclear Issues and U.S.-Iran Relations

Seyed Hossein Mousavian, research scholar, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University;

former ambassador and spokesman for Iran’s nuclear program

4:30 p.m. Adjourn for the day

Sunday, Feb. 24

9 a.m. Women and Public Space in the Arab Spring

Barbara Ibrahim, director, Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, American University in Cairo, Egypt

9:50 a.m. U.S. Policies and Prospects in a Turbulent Middle East

Larry Pope, former ambassador to Chad, political advisor to Gen. Anthony Zinni in Central Command and Charge d’Affaires in Tripoli, Libya

10:40 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Q. & A. — Final Panel of All Speakers

12:30 p.m. Conference adjourns

For the full conference schedule, go to, and for tickets to The Grand, call the box office at 667-9500 or go to

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