For decades the Middle East has been an area of turmoil. But now, with fighting between Arab factions, the situation has become much more complex. All this is unfolding as world powers look on. Powerless?

On Friday, Nov. 6, at Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Seth Singleton will share his views and insights on the situation and the United States’ policy. The talk will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Singleton, adjunct professor of International Relations at the University of Maine, Orono, is a popular speaker in Midcoast Maine. He teaches U.S. foreign policy and internations security. The expanse and depth of his knowledge served up with his passion for the subject promise a stimulating evening.

Singleton studied Russian history and literature at Harvard and political science at Yale. He has lived and worked at universities in Tanzania, Russia, Ecuador and Vietnam, and consulted in China, Mongolia and Bolivia. Along with teaching, which has always been his passion and focus, he has been faculty research associate at Harvard and academic dean in universities in the U.S. and overseas.

Singleton and his wife Charlotte live year-round in Mount Desert, where he enjoys sailing, hiking, splitting wood, shoveling snow and serving on the town Warrant Committee.