CAMDEN, Maine — Tickets for this winter’s 22nd annual Camden Conference will go on sale Oct. 6 at the Camden Opera House.

Billed as one of the high points of the winter season in midcoast Maine, the event, which will be held Feb. 20-22, 2009, will feature the topic, “Global Leadership and the U.S. Role in World Affairs.”

Speakers include MIT professor John Deutch, a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and deputy secretary of defense; and Morton Abramowitz, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and senior fellow at the Century Foundation. The speakers will help conference-goers evaluate the military and security trends and challenges confronting the new administration in Washington.

Complementing their presentations will be a talk by Nayan Chanda of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization on the U.S. reputation abroad.

Eileen Clausen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and Strategies for the Global Environment and a former assistant secretary of state for environmental and scientific affairs, will talk about global warming and other environmental issues.

Other speakers will discuss where the global economy is headed and how far measures being adopted to stabilize Wall Street will have restored confidence in the United States and the wider financial establishment.

Some of the other questions to be touched upon are whether the United States can and should aspire to be the leader of the world, and whether a central theme or “grand design” should guide U.S. foreign policy in the coming era.

While the event itself will take place at the Camden Opera House, the proceedings also will be live-streamed to large screens at the Hannaford Auditorium in Portland, the Strand Theatre in Rockland, and the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. As with attendees in Camden, those viewing the conference at satellite locations will have opportunities to submit questions.

Numerous community events are taking place up and down the coast from Brunswick to Bar Harbor in association with the conference. These include senior college courses in Belfast and Rockland, a discussion group in Bangor, and talks by residents on such topics as restorative justice, the American presidency and can free trade be fair, according to a conference press release.

Details on these events and how to buy tickets to attend the Camden Conference are available at the conference Web site,, or telephone, 236-1034 or 877-214-8579. The Web site also contains a list of recommended reading material related to the topic of global leadership.