Saturday, July 28 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, with conversations focusing on national security, trade disputes, cyber warfare, terrorism, democracy, civil wars, Russia, North Korea, and more.

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 but registration is required. Register here.  

2018 guests include Ambassador Susan Rice, the National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama, Senator George Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Political Science Sarah Daly, Admiral Jon Greenert, national security expert Karen J. Greenberg, Carnegie Fellow Ted Widmer, journalist and poet Eliza Griswold, Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jim Lowenstein, Ambassador William Eacho, Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama Antony Blinken, and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal Katyal.

2018 Champlain Institute Schedule

National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama Susan Rice speaks at the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama Susan Rice speaks at the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Ambassador Susan E. Rice served as the National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama. In this role, she oversaw the National Security Council Staff, chaired the Cabinet-level National Security Principals Committee, provided the President’s daily national security briefing, and was responsible for the coordination and integration of the Administration’s foreign policy, intelligence, and military efforts.

From January 2009 until assuming the role of National Security Advisor in July 2013, Ambassador Rice served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet. Prior to her role with the UN, Ambassador Rice served as Senior Advisor for National Security Affairs on the Obama for America Campaign. She later served on the Advisory Board of the Obama-Biden Transition and as co-chair of its policy working group on national security. From 2002-2009, she was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she focused on U.S. foreign policy, transnational security threats, weak states, global poverty and development. From 1997 to 2001, Ambassador Rice was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. 

From 1995-1997, Ambassador Rice served as Special Assistant to President William J. Clinton and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House. From 1993-1995, she served as the Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping on the National Security Council staff. Previously, Ambassador Rice was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company and also served on numerous boards, including the National Democratic Institute and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Ambassador Rice received her M.Phil (Master’s degree) and D.Phil. (Ph.D) in International Relations from New College, Oxford University, England, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She was awarded the Chatham House-British International Studies Association Prize for the most distinguished doctoral dissertation in the United Kingdom in the field of International Relations. Ambassador Rice received her B.A. in History with honors from Stanford University, where she graduated junior Phi Beta Kappa and was a Truman Scholar. Ambassador Rice is married to Ian Cameron and has two children.

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.

World-renowned journalist and poet Eliza Griswold speaks at the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.World-renowned journalist and poet Eliza Griswold speaks at the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Eliza Griswold is an American journalist and poet. Griswold is a fellow at the New America Foundation, received a 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Her journalism has appeared inThe AtlanticThe New YorkerThe New York Times Magazine, and Harper’s Magazine, among others. A 2007 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, she was awarded the first Robert I. Friedman Award for investigative reporting. 

Griswold published “Wideawake Field”, a book of poetry, on May 17, 2007. A second book, The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, is a travelogue about the regions of the world along the line of latitude where Christianity and Islam clash. In 2011 Griswold was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for The Tenth Parallel. She was a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow.

In 2011 in the New York Times Magazine, she published an investigative report, The Fracturing of Pennsylvania, which investigated the environmentally-questionable practices of fracking companies such as Range Resources. In 2015, for the NYTimes Magazine she wrote about the demise of Christianity in the Mideast.

Griswold was a 2014 Ferris Professor at Princeton University and currently teaches at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University as a Distinguished Writer in Residence.

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Jim Lowenstein speaks at the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Jim Lowenstein speaks at the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Jim Lowenstein is vice chairman and co-founder of the French-American Foundation in New York and Paris, chairman of the Advisory Council of the American Library in Paris, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the French Institute of International Relations, and a Legion of Honour officer. Lowenstein is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and Ambassador to Luxembourg.

Lowenstein began public service at Marshall Plan European Headquarters in Paris 1950-51. He was detailed to the U. S. Special Mission to Yugoslavia (resident in Sarajevo) and the Temporary Council Committee of NATO. He was a naval officer Sixth Fleet and Staff Naval War College 1952-55, was commissioned Foreign Service Officer in 1956 and served successively at the State Department’s Office of European Regional Affairs, the American Embassies in Colombo and Belgrade (under Ambassador George Kennan), the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (under Chairman Senator Fulbright), as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (under Secretary Kissinger) and as Ambassador to Luxembourg.

Since his retirement from public service in 1982, Lowenstein has worked as a consultant to Continental Grain and Marsh and McLennan, boards of various investment funds, Chairman the Ukraine Fund, OSCE election adviser Bosnia-Herzegovina 1986-7, board of directors Refugees International, Madeira school, School of Advanced International Studies.

Lowenstein received a B.A. in 1949 from Yale College.

Sarah Daly shares her research on civil wars and peace building at the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Sarah Daly shares her research on civil wars and peace building at the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs. Credit: Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

Sarah Daly  is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on civil wars and peace-building, international security, and ethnic politics with a primary regional focus on Latin America. Her book, Organized Violence after Civil War: The Geography of Recruitment in Latin America (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series, Cambridge University Press, 2016) explores why armed organizations remilitarize or demilitarize in the aftermath of peace accords. Sarah holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT, a MSc in Development Studies from London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations from Stanford University. She has conducted field research in Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, and Israel, is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has spent time at the World Bank, Organization of American States, and Peace Research Institute of Oslo. Sarah has also served as a fellow in the Political Science Department and at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, at the Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies at Columbia University, and at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. 

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: Erika NizborskiAdmiral Jonathan W. Greenert, the son of Patrick and Aline Greenert, is a native of the steel town of Butler, Pennsylvania. After graduation from Butler Area Senior High School, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy, majored in Ocean Engineering, and was graduated and commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in June 1975. Admiral Greenert completed studies in nuclear engineering and entered the nuclear submarine force. His service in submarines culminated in command of the USS HONOLULU (SSN 718) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His Navy career has given him the opportunity to serve as: Commander, U.S. Forces Micronesia; Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet; Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Chief Financial Officer of the Navy (N8); Vice Chief of Naval Operations; and Chief of Naval Operations (2011-2015).

Admiral Greenert has been recognized for his leadership and distinguished performance with various awards and citations, including recognition from international navies. He considers his greatest reward to be the privilege of serving with and leading the hundreds of thousands of Sailors and civilians from around the U.S. who volunteer to protect and serve their nation. Admiral Greenert and his family have enjoyed living in many different locations including Japan, Guam, Hawaii, Seattle, San Diego, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. He retired from military service in October 2015 and currently serves as a consultant, adviser and director on corporate boards. He and his wife Darleen have been married for over 37 years, and are blessed with three adult (all married) children, Jonathan, Brian and Sarah; three grandchildren; and a Golden Retriever, Maggie.

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. 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.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.

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.

Ted Widmer, former advisor to President Bill Clinton, joins the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Ted Widmer, former advisor to President Bill Clinton, joins the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.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 former 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.

Presidential Citizens Award Medal recipient C. Boyden Gray takes part in the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Presidential Citizens Award Medal recipient C. Boyden Gray takes part in the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Clayland Boyden Gray is an attorney in private practice, formerly with Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, then Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, and now a founding partner of the D.C.-based law firm, Boyden Gray & Associates LLP. He is also a former American diplomat and public servant.

C. Boyden Gray attended St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard University in 1964. He also served as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1965–1970. Gray later received a J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina law school, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the UNC law review. He graduated in 1968. After graduation, Gray clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. In 1968 he joined the firm of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, and become a partner in 1976. Grey took a leave of absence from the firm in 1981 to serve as legal counsel for Vice President George Bush. He also served as Counsel to the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief, chaired by Vice President Bush. Gray later served as Director of the Office of Transition Counsel for the Bush transition team, and as Counsel to President Bush from 1989–1993. During this time, Gray became one of the main architects of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments that suggested market solutions for environmental problems. 

Gray’s most recent government position was as Special Envoy for European Affairs and Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy at the Mission of the United States to the European Union, having been nominated by United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on January 11, 2008. On March 31, the White House announced his appointment to the additional post of Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy. President H. W. Bush in 1993 awarded him the Presidential Citizens Medal.

Ambassador William Eacho III weighs in on the world political situation during the 2018 COA Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Ambassador William Eacho III weighs in on the world political situation during the 2018 COA Champlain Institute: International Affairs.William Carlton Eacho III is the former United States Ambassador to Austria. Eacho was nominated by President Barack Obama in June 2009. He was confirmed by the US Senate and sworn in during August 2009. He succeeded David F. Girard-diCarlo as ambassador in 2009 and was succeeded by Alexa Wesner in September 2013. Eacho presently is a co-founder of The Partnership For Responsible Growth, a bipartisan organization advocating for US legislation for revenue-neutral fees on carbon.

In 2014, Eacho became a Visiting Professor of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. In 2013, Ambassador Eacho joined the Center for Transatlantic Relations as a Distinguished Fellow, as well as Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, with an expertise in global energy, environment, and security issues. He formerly served on the Energy and Security Task Force of the International Peace Institute].

Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama Antony J. Blinken is part of the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama Antony J. Blinken is part of the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Antony J. Blinken is a co-founder and managing director of WestExec Advisors, a strategic consultancy.

Blinken has held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations – including Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama Administration, the nation’s number two diplomat. Blinken helped to lead diplomacy in the fight against ISIL, the rebalance to Asia, and the global refugee crisis, while building bridges to the innovation community. 

Before that, Blinken served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. He chaired the Deputies Committee, the administration’s principal forum for deliberating foreign policy. During the first Obama term, he was National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden.

From 2002 to 2008, Blinken served as Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. From 1994 to 2001, he was a member of President Clinton’s National Security Council staff.

Blinken is a contributing opinion writer for TheNew York Times and a global affairs analyst for CNN. He is the author of Ally Versus Ally:  America, Europe and the Siberian Pipeline Crisis. He also serves as a managing director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and a distinguished scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. 

Blinken received a French Baccalaureat degree in Paris. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School.

Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal Katyal is part of the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal Katyal is part of the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Neal Katyal is the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, focuses on appellate and complex litigation. At the age of 47, he has also already argued more Supreme Court cases in U.S. history than has any minority attorney, recently breaking the record held by Thurgood Marshall.

As Acting Solicitor General of the United States, Katyal argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against eight states who sued the nation’s leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a variety of other matters.

Katyal served as a law professor for over two decades at Georgetown University Law Center, where he was one of the youngest professors to have received tenure and a chaired professorship in the university’s history. He has also served as a visiting professor at both Harvard and Yale law schools.

After graduating from Yale Law School, Neal clerked for The Honorable Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as well as for The Honorable Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served in the Deputy Attorney General’s Office at the Justice Department as National Security Advisor and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General during 1998-1999. Neal has published dozens of scholarly articles in law journals, as well as many op-ed articles in such publications as the New York Times and the Washington Post, and has testified numerous times before various committees of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. 

Nick Dowling brings his international security acumen to the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Nick Dowling brings his international security acumen to the 2018 College of the Atlantic Champlain Institute: International Affairs.Nick Dowling has been working in national security for three decades in both public and private sector roles. In the Clinton Administration, he served in the Pentagon and the White House, including as Director for European Affairs on the NSC Staff. His government work focused heavily on peace processes, notably helping coordinate US policy to end the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. Over the past fifteen years, Dowling has been the CEO of IDS International, a firm that helps the U.S. government deal with conflict and complexity in the 21st century. IDS trains and supports US military and diplomatic efforts around the world on issues ranging from cyber warfare to security assistance.

In addition to his work at IDS, Dowling is active in policy circles through government and think tank advisory boards, including membership in the Atlantic Council Strategy Consortium, the Army Education Advisory Committee, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He also remains active in politics, supporting Democratic candidates for national office with fundraising and policy advice.  Eventually, he hopes to return to public service in the cause of peace, working directly once again to end or prevent a war.

Dowling has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a Master’s in National Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

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