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It gives us great pleasure to welcome you, whether you are a student, staff, faculty or visitor, and to invite you to browse our web site for programs and offerings of our School.  This website aims to give you an overview of activities sponsored and initiated by SPIA, including conference programs and special events.  SPIA also brings together faculty across campus in interdisciplinary mode to advance research and education on issues of critical importance in today’s global society.


UMaine Signs MOU with Universidad Anáhuac México Norte

Dr. Jessica De Alba Ulloa and Capt. Jim Settele sign Memorandum of Understanding between UMaine and Universidad Anáhuac México Norte on October 3, 2014.

Dr. Jessica De Alba Ulloa and Capt. Jim Settele sign Memorandum of Understanding between UMaine and Universidad Anáhuac México Norte on October 3, 2014.

Student Internship Blog:
For updates from students participating in internships or traveling abroad, please check out their blog, SPIA ABROAD.

This summer, SPIA students will intern, among other places, in:

Upcoming Events

January 26, 2015
Walking the Iran Tightrope
Talk by Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Research Scholar at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Iran’s former Ambassador to Germany (1990-1997)
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Bangor Room, Memorial Union

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Recent Events

October 27, 2014
The Middle East and (What's Left of) Syria
Talk by Shibley Telhami, The Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution

October 14-15, 2014
Climate Change and the Future of Water
Co-Sponsored by SPIA and the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research
Program (pdf)

September 22, 2014
Syria and Washington Politics - Hard to Agree
Talk by Ambassador Robert S. Ford, Former US Ambassador to Syria and Senior Fellow at The Middle East Institute