The Camden Conference and the Belfast Free Library will present Matt Ward on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of China’s interests in the Arctic. This event will be open to all on Zoom. Register at

Ward made a career of foreign diplomacy, having served the United States from 1967 to 1996 in several countries, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Haiti, Iran, Thailand and China. He pioneered the refugee processing system for “boat people” arriving on the shores of Indonesia and Singapore, and under his directorship in Taiwan, scores of U.S. diplomats were trained in Chinese language, culture, economics, history and politics.

Ward’s expertise earned him a position in both the Bush and Clinton administrations, where he served as director for European economies in transition. His office oversaw trade, developmental and humanitarian policies for nation-states that manifested after the dissolution of the former Soviet Union. In addition, Ward has served on numerous councils, boards, committees and associations.

This event is presented in anticipation of the 34th annual Camden Conference — The Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril, filmed live at the Camden Opera House and around the world, and presented via Livestream Feb. 20-21, 2021.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit or call 236-1034.