TONIGHT IN BELFAST: U.S. Weakness in a 21st Century World: Will Asia and China rule?

By Camden Conference | Feb 01, 2012
Courtesy of: Camden Conference Professor Seth Singleton to speak tonight in Belfast

Is this the end of America’s heroic age?  Will China’s communist technocrats dominate the world?

Join Prof. Seth Singleton on Wednesday, February 1st at the Belfast Free Libraryfor a discussion on “U.S. Weakness in a 21st Century World: Will Asia and China rule?" The event runs from 6:30-8PM and is free and open to all.

This talk will outline some of our present difficulties - the budget deficit and national debt; declining incomes, unemployment, and inequality; mediocre education; corrupt politics; denial of the common good or the public interest - and will suggest remedies, some of them radical.

Then we will consider how American foreign policy must change during a period of national revival, or what will happen if no revival occurs.

In a country which increasingly divides populists and plutocrats, what are the chances that effective action will be taken?   Open for discussion.

About the Speaker:  Seth Singleton is Libra Professor of International Relations at the University of Maine. He received his B.A. at Harvard, in Russian History and Literature, and his Ph.D. at Yale, in Political Science.  He won the American Political Science Association prize for best dissertation in international relations and has held grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Council on Soviet and East European Research, the Fulbright program, and the Open Society Institute.  He has lived and worked at universities in Tanzania, Russia, Ecuador, and Vietnam, and consulted in China, Mongolia, and Bolivia.  Along with teaching, he has been faculty research associate at Harvard and academic dean in universities in the US and overseas, most recently Associate Provost in charge of curriculum and faculty at the new Tan Tao University in Vietnam.  Seth and Charlotte Singleton live in Mount Desert.

This presentation is hosted by the Belfast Free 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, featuring Bill Richardson as keynote.

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, email or call 207-236-1034.

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