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Support SPIA

To all our alumni and friends:

The School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Maine relies on private support for scholarships, student group support, and outreach activities.  These gifts help to grow the quality of students and programs on policy and international affairs.  Your support of SPIA makes a difference in the lives of our students and in the ability of the School to pursue opportunities in international arenas.  Each gift, regardless of size, is leveraged by all of the gifts that are received each year.  Student demand for policy and international affairs continues to grow, and we strive to offer students internships and international opportunities that challenge and diversify their experiences and lead to better, more informed citizens.  Faculty and staff are needed to support these programs and to serve student interest.  Private giving is more important than ever to UMaine, providing resources that enable SPIA to continue to improve its reputation regionally, nationally and internationally.

It is also possible to give to the SPIA through the University’s Annual Appeal. It can be found by clicking here.  You select a specific designation for your gift, it is shown as SPIA School of Policy & International Affairs in the giving options brochure and on the form.

Jim Settele, Director
School of Policy and International Affairs

Upcoming Events

September 14, 2015
Was the Iran Nuclear Crisis Necessary?
- Presentation by Gareth Porter, an American historian, investigative journalist, author and policy analyst specializing in U.S. national security policy
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: TBD

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Recent Events

April 16, 2015
Careers in the US Foreign Service
- Presentation by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, New England Diplomat in Residence
- Sponsored by the UMaine Career Center

April 6, 2015
South Korea’s Role in the U.S. Pivot to Asia
Panel Co-Sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute of America

February 16, 2015
Dealing with Stubborn Poverty
Talk by Ms. Pamela Cox, International Finance and Economic Development Leader, World Bank Group

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