The 31st Camden Conference
New World Disorder and America’s Future
February 16, 17, 18, 2018
Chas W. Freeman, Jr. is an American diplomat and author. For more than 30 years he served in the State and Defense Departments, beginning in 1965 with assignments in India and Taiwan and on the State Department’s China desk. He was the principal interpreter during President Richard Nixon’s first visit to the People’s Republic of China in 1972. He was later appointed deputy director for Republic of China (Taiwan) affairs. After assignments in Washington, he became deputy chief of mission in Beijing, China and then in Bangkok, Thailand. In 1986 he was selected as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs. He became United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in November 1989, serving during Operation Desert Storm.
Ambassador Freeman was a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (1992-93); assistant secretary of defense, International Security Affairs (1993-94); and a Distinguished Fellow, United States Institute of Peace (1994-95). In 1995 he became chairman of the board of Projects International, Inc. in Washington, a business development firm arranging international joint ventures. He serves on the boards of several diplomatic institutes, corporations and non-profit advisory groups.
Ambassador Freeman is a past president of the Middle East Policy Council, co-chair of the U.S. China Policy Foundation, and vice-chair of the Atlantic Council. He has been honored with two Distinguished Public Service Awards, three Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, and a Distinguished Honor Award. He speaks fluent Chinese, French, Spanish and Arabic.
The 2018 Camden Conference explored shifts in global power and the ramifications for major players, particularly China, the US and the nations of Europe, in pursuing their national interests. Our speakers addressed the impact of globalization, the rise of nationalism, transformations in global economies, and the management of a range of future threats such as climate change, population growth, and cyber insecurity. How can the United States remain competitive economically, preserve national security, safeguard American values, and meet dangerous challenges from unstable countries? What role in the world do Americans want for their country?