ROCKLAND — The Camden Conference and Rockland Public Library present William Hall discussing Eastern Europe: Thirty Years After the Fall of the Soviet Union Thursday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This event is free and open to all.

Hall will look at this lesser known but fascinating region of Europe today, 30 years after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. It was a momentous time. The Berlin Wall had been torn down; the Soviet Union was dissolving. Democratic capitalism, under American leadership, seemed the global future. Germany moved toward reunification, and the former Soviet states and satellites in Europe were turned loose to make their way in a completely new international environment. What did American policymakers expect, what actually happened, and where are we now?

Hall is the president of the World Affairs Council of Maine. He was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force and spent nearly 18 years overseas, in Asia and Europe. He graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in politics and from the University of Virginia with a master’s in foreign affairs. He lives with his wife, Nancy, on Peaks Island.

For a link to the Zoom event to watch from home, email by 4 p.m. Nov. 4 and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line. This program will be recorded and archived to the library’s YouTube channel and the Camden Conference website.

For information on the 35th Annual Camden Conference: Europe: Challenged at Home and Abroad, Feb. 25-27, 2022, visit

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