Joint Senior College-Camden Conference Forum on Asia

By Camden Conference | Oct 29, 2010
Courtesy of: Camden Conference David Firestein, Director of Track 2 Diplomacy at the East-West Institute, New York, to speak in Belfast on Nov.19

The Belfast Senior College and the Camden Conference are pleased to announce a jointly sponsored forum on political themes related to the 2011 Camden Conference topic “The Challenges of Asia”.

The event begins with a presentation titled “The Politics of US-China Relations” by November’s Senior College Distinguished Speaker, David Firestein.  Firestein, who is Director of Track 2 Diplomacy at the East-West Institute in New York, gave a widely-praised talk on political dissidence in China at a previous Camden Conference Forum in 2005.  The second part of the Forum consists of a moderated discussion of the results of President Obama’s November 7-14 trip to three Asian countries (India, South Korea and Japan) during which he will participate in two important summits – the G-20 and APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation).  The moderators for the discussion will be Firestein and Senior College faculty member Bob Rackmales.

The Forum will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast. A light lunch will be provided for participants.  The event is free and open to the public.

About the speaker: David J. Firestein is EWI's Director of Track 2 Diplomacy; in this capacity, he leads EWI's China, Russia and United States initiatives, reporting to the president.  A career U.S. diplomat from 1992 to 2010, Firestein is an expert in China, Russia, public diplomacy and U.S. politics.  In his Foreign Service career, he served at the U.S. embassies in Beijing and Moscow.  Firestein speaks near native-level Chinese and fluent Russian and has interpreted for senior U.S. officials in both languages.  Firestein is the author or co-author of several books, articles and other publications.  Firestein is a frequent lecturer and speaker on U.S.-China relations, U.S.-Russia relations, public diplomacy, U.S. politics, and country music (especially, the political communication effect of American country music).  Firestein taught U.S.-China relations and U.S.-Russia at the University of Texas (Austin) and the Moscow State Institute for International Relations, Russia’s top university for foreign affairs and premier diplomatic training facility.  Firestein holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in international relations and master's degrees from the University of Texas in public affairs and Asian studies.  Firestein is a native of Austin, Texas.


Co-sponsored by The Belfast Senior College and the Camden Conference Community Events Committee in anticipation of the 24th Annual Camden Conference: “The Challenges of Asia” February 18-20, 2010.   For more information, please visit


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