Talk scheduled at SW Harbor Library

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — On Saturday, Jan. 12, from 1:30-3 p.m., Kristin Vekasi of the University of Maine will be speaking at the Southwest Harbor Public Library.

Vekasi will speak on how Chinese domestic politics and American national interests have set a course for potential conflict over the South China Sea.

The talk will unpack the complex political and economics conflicts in the region and discuss policy options to de-escalate military tensions and increase peaceful cooperation.

Vekasi is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and School of Policy and International Affairs at the University of Maine. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has conducted extensive research and fieldwork across Northeast Asia, particularly in Japan and China.

The talk is being held in conjunction with the 32nd annual Camden Conference. The conference will take place Feb. 22-24 organized around the theme “Is This China’s Century?”

For more information, call the library at 244-7065.

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