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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Program Topic: Summary of the 2013 Camden Conference
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Militarization of US diplomacy
    b) Bunker mentality of current middle east embassies
    c) Setbacks to US diplomacy in Libya because of 9/11/12 attack on ambassador

    Speaker: Ambassador Lawrence Pope, retired from US State Department

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Amory Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, presents “Reinventing Fire: A Business-led Clean Energy Solution for Security and Prosperity.” His presentation echoes the theme of his book by the same name: the US can be completely off fossil fuel by 2050 while simultaneously growing the economy by over 200%.

    What areas of the economy lend themselves to renewable energy?
    What are the economic benefits to reducing the use of fossil fuels?
    What are other benefits to reducing the use of fossil fuels?

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  • This program features a presentation on “U.S. Education in a Global Context by Robert Schwartz, Professor of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prof Schwartz maintains that high performing countries in educational achievement such as Norway have educational systems and approaches that we can learn from.

    Where does the US stand educationally in relation to other OECD countries?
    What are key components to the Norwegian system of education?
    Do unions stand in the way of education reform in this country?

    HOST:
    Jim Campbell

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  • This program features a talk by NPR Correspondent Deborah Amos on the topic “The Facebook Revolutions: How Arab Activists Used American Technology to Change the Middle East.” She points out that well over half the population of the Middle East is under 30, and their prospects for employment are not bright. Technology may have helped the Arab Spring but it did not cause it.

    What are the prospects for democracy as a result of the Arab spring?
    What role did technology play?
    Are we getting accurate and comprehensive news these days from the rest of the world?

    HOST:
    Jim Campbell

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  • PROGRAM NAME: Camden Conference 2012 – Wayne Porter/Mark Mykleby

    This presentation from the 2012 Camden Conference is entitled “Beyond Risk and Threat: The Need for a National Strategic Narrative.” The speakers are Capt. Wayne Porter, (USN) and Col. Mark Mykleby (USMC – Retired). They observe there are fundamental questions that more and more Americans are asking that are looking for a story, not just a list of military strategies. In short, they argue, we need not only a strategic plan but a strategic narrative for today’s world.

    What challenges face the US, and the world, in the coming years?
    What should be the US strategic response to these challenges?
    Is the strategic approach of the post WWII era appropriate for today?

    TODAYS GUESTS:
    Wayne Porter/Mark Mykleby

    HOST: Jim Campbell

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Topic: Keynote Presentation from the 2011 Camden Conference on “Asia and the American Future” by Ambassador Chas Freeman, Jr

    Is there such a thing as “Asia”? What are current connections between East Asia and West Asia? What is likely to be the most productive approach to Asia in the future for the U.S.?

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