Colloquy Downeast Blue Hill Maine

Colloquy Downeast

Spirited Conversations in Great Company

FacilitatorsCourt Haight and Bob Sargent
Date & TimeTuesdays - October 3, 10, 17, 24
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
LocationHoward Room, Blue Hill Public Library

There is little doubt that China’s military expansion and island building in the South China Sea will continue. China has a long history of sea exploration and trading which began in the 15th Century, long before Colombus. China’s historical claim to these territorial waters, also claimed by the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and other Asian nations, may well affect the free flow of international trade and maritime navigation in this vital region.

What should the U.S. response be?  This is what will be explored during our discussion, along with some historical background on Chinese motivations.

Court Haight, a retired international banker and currently operator of Haight Farm in South Blue Hill has a long held interest in history and international affairs.

Bob Sargent, a retired diplomat, born in China of missionary parents, lives in Sargentville. Bob is one of the founders of Colloquy Downeast.

  ▼ Syllabus


The facilitators will supply a syllabus to registered participants closer to the colloquy start date.

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  ▼ Reading


The facilitators hope that the participants will choose one or two of the selections and report on their readings to the group during our discussions.


The China Mirage–James Bradley, Little Brown 2015
Asia’s Cauldron–Robert D. Kaplan, Random House 2014
Western Power in Asia–Arthur Cotterell, Wiley 2010
Prisoners of Geography (pp.37-61)–Tim Marshall, Simon and Schuster 2015

Periodicals Articles

Foreign Affairs Mar-April 2017 pp. 19-27
Foreign Affairs Nov-Dec 2016 pp. 65-75 also pp 101-109
Foreign Affairs Sep-Oct 2016 pp. 68-82
Foreign Affairs May-Jun 2016 pp. 91-104
Foreign Affairs Mar-Apr 2016 pp. 86- 98
Foreign Affairs Mar-Apr 2015 pp. 78-86
Foreign Affairs May-Jun 2015 pp. 2-47 also 145-153
Foreign Affairs Nov-Dec 2014 pp. 70-91
The Atlantic December 2016 pp. 50-65
Time Magazine June 16, 2016 pp. 43-51

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  ▼ Registration


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