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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

April 18, 2014
Careers in Diplomacy and International Affairs
A Discussion With Ambassador William M. Bellamy (ret.), Former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Career Center, Memorial Union

In The News

- SPIA Director a Regular Guest on Two Greater Bangor Area Radio Shows

- SPIA profiled in CLAS Newsletter

- BDN op-ed by Kenneth Hillas, SPIA Professor of International Affairs, on Nelson Mandela's legacy

- Op-Ed in the BDN by MA Global Policy student, Charles Hastings, on public-private partnerships

Bangor Daily News Interviews Bruce Riedel, Member of SPIA’s Advisory Board
- “CIA officer, al-Qaida expert to discuss hunt for bin Laden, violence overseas at UMaine”
Article Here

Recent Events

February 17, 2014
U.S.-Russian Relations
A talk by Mr. Paul J. Saunders, Executive Director of the Center for the National Interest

January 27, 2014
The Iran Nuclear Negotiations: What’s a Realistic Outcome?
A talk by Mr. Greg Thielmann, Senior Fellow, The Arms Control Association

November 20, 2013
CAREERS IN THE FOREIGN SERVICE
A conversation with Ms. Evyenia Sidereas, Diplomat in Residence New England

October 28, 2013
Beyond Hugo Chavez: Venezuela and its Neighbors Confront New Challenges
A talk by Dr. Diana Villiers Negroponte, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Latin America Initiative, Brookings Institution