Heads up: Camden Conference

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Want to get the low down on what’s happening in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India? That challenging region is the focus of Crossroads of Conflict, the 2o10 Camden Conference, slated Feb. 19-21, in Camden and streamlined to venues in Rockland and Belfast.

This year’s program features experts discussing the area’s history, culture, current unsettled situation, and future prospects. It will offer both specific and overview presentations devoted to the broad array of issues raised within this turbulent region as well as the role of U.S. policies and programs.

This year’s keynote speaker is Ahmed Rashid, journalist, author, and noted commentator on the Taliban, the Afghan war, and the increasingly unsettled state of his native Pakistan.

Other confirmed speakers include:

G. Whitney Azoy, National Geographic film maker and 40-year student of Afghanistan and the Muslim world

Paul Pillar, former chief National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia

Samina Quareshi, award-winning designer, artist,  educator, and  author of the upcoming book “Pirates and Princes,” tales of travelers from Italy to India.

Nicholas Burns, under-secretary of state for political affairs in the administration of George W. Bush, with authority for U.S. negotiations with Iran and India, and currently professor of diplomacy and international politics at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, will preside.

If you want to be assured of a seat in the Camden Opera House, become a member and you can purchase tickets now. Otherwise, tix go on sale to the public on Nov. 30.  Tickets for the Opera House (general public) are $220 this year, while attending at the satellite venues costs $150. Special student rates of $40 are available at satellite venues.