Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3, 2018

College of the Atlantic’s week-long forum of ideas and exchange turns toward hotspots around the globe as seasoned experts explore the intricacies of international affairs.

The Champlain Institute hosts leaders every summer from around the country and the world to share their expertise on pressing issues of our time. All events are free and open to the public.

2018 guests include Senator George Mitchell, Carnegie Fellow Ted Widmer, national security expert Karen J. Greenberg and Admiral Jon Greenert.


Maine Senator George Mitchell brings his foreign policy expertise to the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Maine Senator George Mitchell brings his foreign policy expertise to the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Senator George Mitchell was appointed to the United States Senate in 1980 to complete the unexpired term of Maine Senator Edmund S. Muskie, who resigned to become Secretary of State. He was elected to a full term in the Senate in 1982 in a stunning come-from-behind victory. After trailing in public opinion polls by 36 points, Senator Mitchell rallied to win the election, receiving 61 percent of the votes cast. Senator Mitchell went on to an illustrious career in the Senate spanning 15 years.

In 1988, he was reelected with 81 percent of the vote, the largest margin in Maine history. He left the Senate in 1995 as the Senate majority leader, a position he had held since January 1989.

In 1995, Mitchell served as a Special Advisor to President William J. Clinton on Ireland, and from 1996 to 2000 he served as the Independent Chairman of the Northern Ireland Peace Talks. Under his leadership, the Good Friday Agreement, an historic accord ending decades of conflict, was agreed to by the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom and the political parties of Northern Ireland. 

In 2000 and 2001, at the request of President Clinton, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Chairman Yasser Arafat, Senator Mitchell served as Chairman of an International Fact-Finding Committee on violence in the Middle East. The Committee’s recommendation, widely known as The Mitchell Report, was endorsed by the Bush Administration, the European Union and by many other governments.

Clinton senior adviser Ted Widmer, the director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, shares his astute political perspective at the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute.Clinton senior adviser Ted Widmer, the director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, shares his astute political perspective at the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute.Ted Widmer served as a speechwriter and senior advisor to former President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001 and as a senior advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2012 to 2013.

Widmer is currently director of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. He is a senior fellow at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Previously, Widmer was the director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. From 2001 to 2006, he was the inaugural director of the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College.

Prior to his time in the Clinton White House, Widmer taught at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D., AM and AB degrees.

His books include Martin Van Buren (2005); Campaigns: A Century of Presidential Races (with Alan Brinkley, 2001); and Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City (1999). He also edited the two volumes of American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton published by the Library of America (2006).

Widmer is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New York Observer, Politico, The Boston Globe, and The American Scholar.

Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, Retired, speaks at COA as part of the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, Retired, speaks at COA as part of the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs. Credit: DIGITALAdmiral Jonathan W. Greenert i s a former United States Navy admiral who served as the 30th Chief of Naval Operations from 2011 to 2015.

Greenert served as the 36th Vice Chief of Naval Operations from 2009 to 2011. Prior to  that, he served as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command from 2007 to 2009, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources from 2006 to 2007 and Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet from 2004 to 2006. He retired from the Navy after over 40 years of service.

On April 19, 2016, retired Admiral Greenert was appointed to the board of directors for BAE Systems for a three-year term.  He is the recipient of various awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.

Karen J. Greenberg, a noted expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties, is Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law. She is the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days (Oxford University Press, 2009), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and Slate.com.

National security expert, author, and historian Karen Greenberg joins the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.National security expert, author, and historian Karen Greenberg joins the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Her newest book, Rogue Justice:The Making of the Security State (Crown, 2016), explores the War on Terror’s impact on justice and law in America. She is co-editor with Joshua L. Dratel of The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge University Press, 2005); editor of the books The Torture Debate in America (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Al Qaeda Now (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and editor of the Terrorist Trial Report Card, 2001–2011.

Greenberg’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, TomDispatch.com,and on major news channels. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.