Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, left, talks with
University of Maine President Robert Kennedy at the start of a
two-day conference this spring in Washington, D.C., "Nuclear Weapons
and the Middle East Region: A New Round of Proliferation?" sponsored
by UMaine's William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and
Commerce, and the National Defense University.
A decade ago, the William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and
Commerce was established at the University of Maine to support scholarly
research and activities that contribute to finding solutions to
political, military, and economic challenges faced by the United States
in the 21st century.
Today, as a cornerstone of UMaine's new interdisciplinary School of
Policy and International Affairs (SPIA), the center named for the former
U.S. Senator and Secretary of Defense from Bangor, Maine, has the
potential to help the university achieve its goal of developing one of
the top international affairs and policy schools in the country.
The creation of SPIA improves UMaine's ability to apply its collective
expertise to helping define relevant issues and create timely solutions
in areas such as international policy, economic policy, environmental
policy and international relations.
An endowment for the support of the Cohen Center is managed by the
University of Maine Foundation.
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