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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.

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:


View locations of recent SPIA Internships:

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Recent Events

May 20-21, 2014
Leadership in the High North: A Political, Military, Economic and Environmental Symposium of the Arctic Opening
Co-Sponsored By: Maine Army National Guard and the United States Coast Guard

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
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