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2014 Camden Conference Course

2014 Camd Conf Image“The Global Politics of Food and Water”

Course Description: This course accompanies the 2014 Camden Conference of the same theme. Food and water are essential for human life and thus for national security. Because they are not equally available to all peoples and all regions, shortages in these resources can cause disease, starvation, emigration, internal strife, and even wars between rival nations. Global climate change is now making this situation worse for many countries, as temperatures rise, ice melts, deserts expand, and weather becomes more unstable. The world seems to have entered an era of rising resource prices, which will cause a food crisis for some of the poorest countries, especially in Africa. At the opposite extreme, the great powers—i.e., the United States, China, Russia, Europe, and Japan—have the wealth to exploit new sources of food, water, energy, and minerals that were not previously available. This course will explore these issues from several different perspectives and consider a wide range of case studies.

04For those interested in obtaining university academic credit, the Camden Conference serves as a centerpiece around this three credit hour University of Maine course. Class sessions will occur within a compressed time frame consisting of three Saturdays: January 25, March 22, and April 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Hill Auditorium (Room 165 Engineering and Science Research Building/Barrows Hall) on the University of Maine campus. Students are required to attend all class sessions and the three-day Camden Conference in Camden, Maine on February 21 – 23. Students may also attend the Camden Conference at the satellite broadcast venues at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast or the Strand Theatre in Rockland. The conference fee is included in the cost of the course. Lunch on Saturday in Camden with other students and a principal speaker is also included.

03The course goal is for students to gain an appreciation of the dynamics of the global system in the contemporary period and an understanding of the constraints and opportunities facing U.S. foreign policy. There are no pre-requisites and instructor permission is not required for the undergraduate courses.

Students seeking graduate credit should register for POS 596, SPI 590, EES 590 or PSE 597 and consult with Paul Holman, or tel: 207-236-7087 regarding course requirements.

Course Designators
EES 397, PSE 305, POS 369, HON 338, HTY 398, INA 201, PAX 398, UST 400
Graduate Level: POS 596, SPI 590, EES 590, PSE 597

G. Paul Holman, Libra Professor of International Relations
Timothy Cole, CLAS Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Capt. James D. Settele, USN (Ret.) Director, School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA)

Guest Lecturers:
Seth Singleton, Libra Professor in International Relations
Susan Erich, Director, School of Food and Agriculture
Mark W. Anderson, Senior Instructor in Resource Economics and Policy School of Economics & Sustainability Solutions Initiative