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Paul Mayewski

Monday, December 16, 2019

Topic: Maine and Arctic Climate Change

Dr. Paul Andrew Mayewski is Director of the Climate Change Institute and Distinguished Professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, School of Marine Sciences, School of Policy and International Affairs, the Business School, and the Center for Ocean and Coastal Law (Law School) at the University of Maine. He has led more than 55 expeditions to some of the remotest polar and high altitude reaches of the planet (eg., Antarctica, Greenland, Himalayas, Tibet, Andes, sub-Antarctic Islands); has more than 430 scientific publications; received numerous honors including: the first internationally awarded Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Medal, honorary PhD from Stockholm University, honorary fellow in the American Polar Society, and fellow in the American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Explorers Club; developed and led major international and national climate change research programs in Antarctica, Greenland, Asia and New England; worked with outreach entities such as the American Museum of Natural History and Boston Museum of Science; released two popular books; and has appeared hundreds of times in the media including multiple CBS 60 Minutes broadcasts, several NOVA films, NPR pieces and the 2014 Emmy Award winner “Years of Living Dangerously”.

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Announcements

Coastal Maine Climate Futures

Posted on Thursday December 5

By Sean Birkel and Paul Mayewski Climate and weather exert a critical influence on the health of Maine’s people, ecosystems and economy. Across coastal communities, where fishing, forestry, tourism, and agriculture serve as the economic backbone, the changing climate poses near and long-term challenges. These challenges include warming ocean temperatures, a longer growing season and […]

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Winning the Peace in Iraq — Don’t Give Up on Baghdad’s Fragile Democracy

Posted on Tuesday October 29

By Linda Robinson For Americans who came of age near the turn of the current century, the war in Iraq was a generation-defining experience. When the United States invaded the country in 2003, toppling the government of Saddam Hussein in a matter of weeks, many saw the war as a necessary or even noble endeavor […]

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When Fighting Fake News Aids Censorship

Posted on Friday October 4

By Courtney C. Radsch Laws meant to curb “fake news” may be well intentioned, but their implementation has been sloppy, with few mechanisms to ensure accountability, transparency, or reversibility. Governments are outsourcing censorship to the private sector, where maximizing shareholder value, not upholding journalistic freedom, drives decision-making. To read the entire article, click here.

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Articles on Guatemalan Migration

Posted on Tuesday September 10

Recommended by David Stoll Guatemala is now the largest source of illegal immigrants headed to the U.S., with the emigration epicenter in Joyabaj, population 100,000 and falling … To read articles on Guatemalan Migration and its impact on both the United States and Guatemala click here:  Guatemalan Migration Articles

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Trump Wants New Nukes. We Can’t Let Him Have Them.

Posted on Tuesday September 10

By Andrew C. Weber The nuclear weapons posture of the United States of America can make the world safe, or lead us to Armageddon. It generally does not get the attention it deserves, as public concern about nuclear weapons issues declined after the Cold War ended. President Donald Trump is about to issue a radical […]

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The Trade Guys

Posted on Friday August 16

Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller Trade experts Bill Reinsch and Scott Miller break down the buzz around trade, how it affects policy, and how it impacts your day-to-day. The Trade Guys is hosted every week by H. Andrew Schwartz at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. […]

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U.S.-China Trade: If We Get to Yes, Will It Make Any Difference?

Posted on Monday July 29

By William Alan Reinsch The rapid rise of China to the status of economic powerhouse has roiled marketplaces all over the world and caused serious disruptions in the global trading system. Part of this was inevitable—in economics, as in many things, size matters, and China is the proverbial 800-pound gorilla. Once it emerged from its […]

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A Glimmer of Light in Venezuela’s Gloom

Posted on Wednesday July 24

Report of the International Crisis Group Principal Findings: What’s new? After a failed opposition uprising to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in April, a discreet diplomatic effort by Norway now offers the best prospect for finding a peaceful negotiated settlement to the country’s political crisis and averting more violence and instability. Why does it matter? […]

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What a Military Intervention in Venezuela Would Look Like: Getting In Would Be the Easy Part

Posted on Saturday July 20

By Frank O. Mora The United States has a clear objective in Venezuela: regime change and the restoration of democracy and the rule of law. Yet sanctions, international diplomatic isolation, and internal pressure have failed to deliver a breakthrough. Minds are turning to military intervention. U.S. President Donald Trump has said that “all options are […]

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Transatlantic Populism

Posted on Wednesday June 19

by John Shattuck The US and the European Union (EU) are confronted to-day by a surge of populist nationalism that presents multiple challenges to transatlantic democracy.   Populism is a form of grassroots rebellion against governing elites with a long history and complex relationship to democracy, as illustrated by two historical examples, the rebellions in colonial […]

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What We Know About Syria’s Secret Torture Prisons

Posted on Tuesday May 14

By Anne Barnard Nearly 128,000 people are missing inside a sprawling system of secret prisons run by the Syrian government. Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have passed through it since the Syrian uprising began in 2011, as the authorities used torture — and the fear of it — to crack down on […]

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Why the U.S. Should Stay Out of Saudi Politics – Let the Royal Family Do Its Job

Posted on Wednesday April 24

By F. Gregory Gause III In the May/June 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs, I wrote that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), had consolidated his position within the ruling family to such a degree that he was free of the constraints imposed by the collective leadership model that characterized the Saudi regime in the past. That freedom […]

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Democracy undone: the global rise of populist authoritarianism

Posted on Sunday February 10

by the GroundTruth Project   BOSTON — One third of the world’s people now live in countries that are becoming less democratic, including India, the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Thailand, Ukraine, Hungary and Poland.  According to the latest annual Freedom in the World report by the NGO Freedom House, global freedom has declined for […]

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“Putin wanted to interrogate me. Trump called it ‘an incredible offer.’ Why?”

Posted on Wednesday August 29

By Michael McFaul.          “I thought I was done worrying about Vladimir Putin. I left Moscow in 2014 as the departing U.S. ambassador, after Putin spent my two-year stint deploying state-controlled media outlets and their surrogates to propagate disinformation about me. He’d been received tepidly in his campaign to retake the presidency from his ally, Dmitry […]

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“The Magnitsky Affair”

Posted on Tuesday August 28

By Amy Knight (New York Review):       “Last May, a money-laundering suit brought by the United States against Prevezon Holdings Ltd., a Cyprus-based real estate corporation, was unexpectedly settled three days before it was set to go to trial. The case had been at the center of a major international political controversy. Prevezon, which is owned by a […]

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