The Mid-Maine Global Forum contributes to the local community’s understanding of issues of global significance by organizing and disseminating informed public presentations and discussion. To become a member or be put on our mailing list, email Global Forum  

Our Next Events:

  March 5, 2015

12:00 Rem Center

Andrew Goodrich

Assistent Special Agent

Naval Criminal Investigative Service

The Soft Power of American Law Enforcement

         A conversation on American law enforcement as a diplomacy tool. Andrew
Goodridge will share personal observations and experiences regarding
international law enforcement and business community partnerships during
his five years living in the Middle East.

      Andrew Goodridge is a Maine native and resident employed as a federal criminal investigator for the past 22 years working domestically and internationally. He began his law enforcement career with the United States Marshals Service shortly after graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington. His career progressed over several agencies working primarily within the National Capital Region to international assignments and postings predominantly in the Middle East to include a two year assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). He lived five years in the Middle East with his wife and children. Returning to the United States in the summer of 2013 for a twelve month tour at the NCIS headquarters, Andrew is now assigned as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the NCIS Northeast Field Office in Newport, Rhode Island. Andrew holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Geography. Presently, Andrew is writing his Master’s thesis to complete his program in Intelligence Studies at American Military University (AMU).

Please Register by Email: Bonnie Sammons or by telephone: Bonnie Sammons at 716-1022

Lunch catered by Jorgensen’s for $10 – Please pay at the door.

Please register for this Thursday lunch program no later than Wednesday, March 4

  Please indicate your lunch choiceWraps:       1.“Summer Special”:  Turkey, avocado, bacon, LTC, Havarti      2. Chicken Pesto      3.Hummus/Veggie/Cheddar. Lunch includes sandwich, soup, cookie, coffee or tea, water.

Please note: Registrants who request lunch are responsible for lunch fees.  If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please notify us so that lunch orders can be adjusted.


          April 15     

12 noon Rem Center

                                            Eric Hooglund

“Civil War in Syria: Domestic, regional and international repercussions” – Syria’s “Arab spring” of March 2011 had transformed into a tragic sectarian civil conflict within six months, fracturing the ‘glue’ that for centuries had held together the mosaic of diverse Christian and Muslim communities that comprised Syria. Since 2012 thousands of militant foreign Islamist fighters—often called Jihadis and determined to rid Syria of what they consider to be an anti-Muslim regime, have overrun the country, thanks to tacit support they received from Saudi Arabia and Turkey.  Al-Qaeda in Syria was the most infamous of these groups during 2012 and 2013, but in 2014 a new group entered Syria from Iraq, proclaiming itself to be the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and later the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  The presentation will examine the role—both intentional and unintentional–of Jihadi intervention in fostering religious strife in Syria and assess the prospects for Syria’s multiple Christian and Muslim communities to return to confessional harmony.

Eric Hooglund, a Waterville native, is professor emeritus of Middle East Studies at Lund University in Sweden, an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Iran, and editor of the journal Middle East Critique. During a 40-year academic career, he has taught about the culture, international relations, and politics of the Middle East at colleges in Asia, Europe and the United States, including Oxford University and both Bates and Bowdoin in Maine. He is the author or editor of 7 books and more than 100 scholarly articles. He currently resides in Belgrade Lakes.

Lunch and registration details will be published closer to the date.

May 20

Erskine Academy

Yvonne Davis

Yvonne Davis is an international relations expert specializing in politics and world affairs around the globe. She has worked in dozens of countries in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe studying and reporting on critical economic and socio-political issues.

Davis was a Presidential Appointee of George W. Bush, and serves as a guest lecturer and speaker for the U.S. Department of State and Universities worldwide.

Davis holds a M.S. in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University, and a M.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory from the University of Connecticut. She completed graduate leadership studies in Belgium, and completed “The Art and Practice of Leadership,” at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University.

Details and the time of this school program will be posted asap.


June 3, 2015

12 noon Rem Center

Lady Borton

“Legacies of the War, the Lingering Human Cost”

Lady Borton lives in Hanoi and spends her time working on helping the people of Vietnam with the legacy of the war.

Details will be published closer to this event.

Annual Program!!

Colby College

August 6, 2015

Senator George Mitchell

The Forum’s annual program will have former Senator George Mitchell speak on “The Future of Democracy.” This is a dinner program held at Colby College. 

Details and registration information to be published in the summer.