Hosting meaningful discussions on current affairs

International Insights

At the World Affairs Council of Maine, we are dedicated to offering a platform for highlighting and discussing the global affairs that impact our State and its people. Our programs are open to Council members as well as the general public. Our goal is not only to inform Mainers about what is happening around the world, but also to engage them in conversation about it. Each of our events features a Q+A session during which attendees can ask the expert and share their own insights. 

 

Lunchtime Series

Our monthly lunchtime presentations feature Maine and New England-based experts on a variety of international subjects. They are hosted at the CIEE headquarters in downtown Portland and are always free and open to the public. Discussions at these series are particularly dynamic as attendees include CIEE employees, local young professionals, retirees, and local student groups. Past Lunchtime Series topics include:

  • Asia-Pacific Views of the U.S. and Why They Matter

  • Media and Foreign Policy

  • The Brexit Vote and What Comes Next

  • Global Migration and Refugees

  • The South China Sea

  • Changing South African Politics

After Hours Series

These evening gatherings feature a national or international expert on a topic of global importance and follow a theme for each program year. They are hosted by a variety of Portland-area businesses who partner with us to support our mission of promoting global citizenship in Maine and to increase their global business profile. Special thanks to our 2018-19 After Hours Series sponsors:

 

Our 2018-19 series theme is "America + the World: Managing the Critical Relationships." We focus on America's effort to manage the critical relationships that affect the lives of its citizens and the well-being of Maine residents. These relationships determine our security, impact our economy, shape our society, and influence our politics. Past After Hours topics and speakers include:

  • “U.S. Leadership in a Changing Arctic,” Ambassador David Balton

  • “Prospects for U.S-Southeast Asia Relations,” Singaporean Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri

  • “National Security Impacts of Climate Change,” Senator Angus King

  • “Bulgaria: Crisis on Two Fronts - the Middle East and Russia,” Bulgarian Ambassador Elena Poptodorova

  • “Syria, the Middle East and the New Cold War,” Ribal Al-Assad

  • “Women's Roles in Peace and Security,” Ambassador Swanee Hunt

Member Coffee + Discussion Group

The WACM Coffee and Discussion Group is an informal monthly gathering to chat about global topics of current interest in a small group setting. No quizzes, no competitions of knowledge - participate or just listen! This event is designed to engage everyone from the world affairs expert to the foreign affairs greenhorn. The event is always held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10am. Past Member Coffee + Discussion Group topics include:

  • International Trade + Davos

  • Whither Democracy in Eastern Europe

  • North Korea-U.S. Summit: Dancing to Kim's Tune

  • The Spread of Nationalist Governments

Global Drinks Group

The WACM Global Drinks Group grew out of interest to have an informal monthly gathering in the evening, particularly to allow working professionals and students to attend. Just like the coffee group, we chat about global topics of current interest in a small group setting. No quizzes, no competitions of knowledge - participate or just listen! This event is designed to engage everyone from the world affairs expert to the foreign affairs greenhorn. The event is always held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm.​

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