L.S. Robinson to sponsor Camden Conference event in Southwest Harbor on the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War

By Camden Conference | Jan 10, 2012
Courtesy of: Camden Conference Louis Sell to speak on the collapse of the Soviet Union, Saturday at the Southwest Harbor Public Library

Former Foreign Service Officer, Louis Sell, will speak on “The Collapse of the Soviet Union & Its Implications for the U.S.” as part of the 2012 Camden Conference Community Events Series on Saturday, January 14th at 2:00PM, at the Southwest Harbor Public Library. The event is free and open to all.

Louis Sell served as Executive Director of the American University in Kosovo Foundation (AUKF) from 2003 to 2007, helping establish the American University in Kosovo, which opened its doors in October 2003. A retired Foreign Service Officer, Louis Sell worked for 28 years with the U.S. Department of State, including eight years each in Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union and Russia. He served as US representative to the Joint Consultative Group in Vienna, as Director of the Office of Russian and Eurasian Analysis, and as Executive Secretary of the US delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks. From 1995 – 1996 he served as political deputy to Carl Bildt, the first High Representative for Bosnian Peace Implementation. In that capacity he attended the Dayton Peace Conference and participated in the first year of implementation of the Dayton accords. In 2000 he served as Kosovo Director of the International Crisis Group. He speaks Serbo-Croatian, Russian, and French. He has a B. A. from Franklin and Marshall College (1969) and an M. A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Affairs. Mr. Sell’s political biography of Slobodan Milosevic, Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia, was published by Duke University Press in 2002. He is currently at work on a book on the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. He currently serves as a trustee of the American University in Kosovo Foundation (AKUF), a Director of the Camden Conference, and as a member of its program committee. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine at Farmington and lives with his family in a 200-year-old house on a Christmas tree farm in Whitefield, Maine.

Sponsored by L.S. Robinson Co., this presentation is hosted by the Southwest Harbor Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 25th Annual Camden Conference: The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do we have what it takes?, February 17-19, 2012.

L.S. Robinson Co., with offices on Main Street in Southwest Harbor, has served the business, personal and marine insurance needs of Southwest Harbor and the Island since 1932. The company is pleased to announce that now, as part of Allen Insurance and Financial of Camden, they are able to offer retirement and financial planning services.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference. For more information visit the website at www.camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org or call 207-236-1034.

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