March 16, 2024: 

Josef “Joe” Kurlanski presenting on cyber security. 2:00 p.m.

Kennebunk High School, Economos Lecture Hall

April 20, 2024: 

Speaker: Foreign Service Officer (Ret.) Louis Sell.

May 18, 2024:  International Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie.

June 15, 2024: 

Speaker: Ambassador R. Cekuta


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        AFIO Maine:  April 20, 2024 Meeting

Conflict in the Ukraine

The next public meeting of AFIO (Association of Former Intelligence Officers) will be on Saturday, April 20th, at 2:00 Kennebunk High School's Economos Lecture Hall, 89 Fletcher Street. The speaker, Mr. Louis Sell, will address some of the current situations in the Ukraine as impacted by Vladimer Putin and the Russians.

Mr. Snell is a retired Foreign Service Officer who worked six years in the US Embassy in Moscow and eight years in parts of Yugoslavia. He has an extensive background in other areas including serving as a member the Bosnian Peace Conference and helping found the American University in Kosovo in 2003. He speaks Serbo-Croatian and Russian.

His presentation will address the long and complicated relationship between Russia and the Ukraine and what this conflict means for the US and the world. Also there will be information about phases of the war, casualties, foreign assistance and what needs to be done. Lastly Mr. Snell will look at the possibility of nuclear war.

The AFIO meeting is open to the public and will begin at 2 p.m. in the Economos Lecture Hall at Kennebunk High School, 89 Fletcher Street. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.