Upcoming Events

    • 11/16/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Ansley Golf Club, 196 Montgomery Ferry Drive, Atlanta 30309

    Registration for this event is now closed.  Thank you for your overwhelming support of the ACIR, and we look forward to seeing you at a future event.

    Join Canadian Consul General Nadia Theodore for an "Off-the-Record" breakfast. This program offering by the ACIR is designed to bring members and non-members alike into a more intimate setting with Atlanta's resident Consul Generals where relationships can be made and strengthened for mutual benefit. Seating is limited to 25 registrants.

    Mrs. Theodore has made her career in the Trade Agreement and Negotiations Branch of Global Affairs, holding leadership positions in several recent and major trade initiatives of Global Affairs Canada.  Most recently, she served in Ottawa as Chief of Staff and Executive Director to Canada's Deputy Prime Minister for International Trade.  She was named Consul General for the U.S. Southeast in August 2017.

    With over 10 years of trade policy experience, Mrs. Theodore's appointment comes as Canada, Mexico, and the United States have launched negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  As part of Canada's international trade negotiating team, she has built a reputation for forging strong partnerships with government and business leaders and managing complex, priority trade initiatives.  Beyond trade negotiations, she helped Canada's Trade and Investment Strategy, which is focused on ways to continue to help Canadian companies connect, compete and grow internationally.  

    Mrs. Theodore holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London and an M.A. in Political Science from Carleton University.  She is married and has one child.

    • 12/05/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Capital City Club

    ACIR is honored to host Dr. Mariel Borowtiz who will speak on the topic, "U.S. Space Policy and National Security."

    At present the United States is reliant on Russian rocket engines to launch our reconnaissance satellites. Not only does this reliance have direct implications for our national security launch capabilities, it also means we are funding Russian space and missile technology, while we could be investing in U.S.-based jobs and the defense industrial base. The U.S. needs an innovate, resilient, and economical way to assure space access, particularly for military and government launch programs.

    America's Global Positioning System, secure communications and surveillance satellites are lynch pins of the country's armed forces. Beyond these government assets, the U.S. military already relies heavily on the private sector's space-based capabilities. According to a 2013 Defense Business Board report, the U.S. spends about $640 million on commercial satellite services for 40 percent of its communications.

    All of these satellites make easy targets, representing a potential and growing vulnerability. For an adversary who seeks to rob U.S. forces of their ability to precisely target in an urban area, know the location of friendly forces, or disrupt sharing of up-to-the minute intelligence gleaned during an on-going operation, there is no better weak link than space assets.

    Come listen to Professor Mariel Borowitz discuss the future of U.S. space policy and its implications for national security.

    Mariel Borowtiz is an Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Her research deals with international space policy issues, primarily international cooperation in Earth observing satellites, and satellite data sharing policies.  She also looks at international trends in commercial remote sensing and civil-military interactions in remote sensing technology and data.  Her research interests extend to human space exploration strategy and developments in space security and space situational awareness.

    Dr. Borowitz earned a PhD in public policy at the University of Maryland and a master's degree in international science and technology policy from the George Washington University.  She has a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she also earned a minor in Applied International Studies.  Dr. Borowitz is currently on detail at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC through the Fall of 2018.

    • 12/14/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Georgia Tech Wardlaw Building, Poole Board Room

    Join French Consul General Louis de Corail for an "Off-the-Record" breakfast. This program offering by the ACIR is designed to bring members and non-members alike into a more intimate setting with Atlanta's resident Consul Generals where relationships can be made and strengthened for mutual benefit. Seating is limited to the first 25 registrants, so ensure your seat by signing up now.

    Mr. de Corail took over as Consul General of France in Atlanta on August 15, 2016. He began his career within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in 1990 after two years of national and civil service as an international volunteer in Monrovia, Liberia. De Corail previously held various positions including Secretary and Counselor at the French embassies in Suva (1990 to 1993), Zagreb (1999 to 2002), Dublin (2005 to 2008), and Oslo (2008 to 2012). He also served as Press Counselor in Ottawa. At the Central Headquarters in Paris, he worked in Protocol (1993 to 1996) as well as in the Office of European Cooperation (1999 to 2002). From 2012 to 2016, he was seconded to the City Hall of Bordeaux as the Director of International Relations. Louis de Corail holds an MA in literature and was a PhD student in the Department of French at New York University in the 1980s. Born in 1960 in the Gers region of France, he is married with three children.

    This "Off-the-Record" breakfast will be held in the Poole Board Room at the Georgia Tech Wardlaw Building. Located at 117 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA.  30313.

    Directions to the Georgia Tech Wardlaw Building and Parking will be sent to your registration confirmation email. 
    We are looking forward to seeing you at the event.

    • 01/23/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Capital City Club

    ACIR is honored to host Dr. Kenneth Stein, Director of Emory University's Middle East Research Program, who will speak on the topic, "The U.S. and the Middle East: Policies Amidst a Fragmenting Region."

    Dr. Stein has taught at Emory University since 1977. Founding Director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, Stein holds a joint appointment within the History and Political Science Departments and was a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Brown University in 2006. His primary responsibilities focus on undergraduate teaching. Dr. Stein earned two masters degrees and a PhD in Near East history, literature and languages.

    • 02/07/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Capital City Club

    ACIR is honored to host Col (USAF. Ret.) John W. Clark, former RF-4 pilot and Vietnam War prisoner, who will speak on the topic, "Six Years in a North Vietnam Prison Camp."

    About Colonel John W. Clark
    (Ret.) U.S. Air Force

    Colonel John Clark is a native and current resident of Columbia, Missouri. He Graduated from Hickman High School, the College of Engineering and Air Force ROTC at the University of Missouri. 

    After pilot training, he flew C-131 aeromedical evacuation aircraft out of McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. and then rotated overseas to RAF Alconbury, England flying tactical reconnaissance missions over Europe in the RF-4C.

    During the Vietnam war Col. Clark was shot down while on a tactical reconnaissance flight over North Vietnam. He was captured, spent six years as a Prisoner of War (POW) in North Vietnam and was released on February 18, 1973.

    Upon repatriation Captain Clark joined his family in Columbia. After obtaining an MBA from the University of Missouri he went back to the cockpit as an instructor in the T-38.

    In 1977, he separated from active duty and joined the reserves and in 1979 the Missouri Air National Guard. While in the Air National Guard he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and has held the positions of Commander of the 131 Civil Engineering Squadron, State Director of Operations for Air, State Plans and Programs Officer and for two years prior to his retirement from the Air National Guard in January of 1992 he commanded the 231st Civil Engineering Flight, an elite United States Air Forces in Europe gained Command Staff Augmentation Unit. 

    Col. Clark is a retired registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri and also retired in January of 2000 as the Water Engineer for Columbia where he and his wife Anne now enjoy retirement. 

    Colonel Clark's decorations and awards include among others the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Purple Hearts, the Meritorious Service Medal, six Air Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal and two Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses.

    • 02/23/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Capital City Club

    The Mid-Winter Gala is a black tie optional* dinner and dance for both ACIR and International Club of Atlanta (ICA) members and non-member friends. It is an opportunity to spend an evening together with those members of the Atlanta community who share a strong desire to remain aware of international events shaping our world today and learning how we collectively can live with one another to accomplish our shared aspirations of peace and understanding for all humanity. Please join us for this very special event which will include a cocktail hour, a delicious meal, a 16-piece live orchestra, and dancing.

    Music to be provided by Lanier Jazz, www.lanierjazz.com.

    Dinner menu includes iced tea and coffee service, house-made breads, CCC crackers and butter.  Also included is a mixed greens and romaine salad with dried cranberries, candied pecans, and a honey balsamic vinaigrette (gluten free).  Entrees, selected during the event registration process, include one of the following four options:  (1) slow braised beef short rib, cabernet glaze, cheddar mashed potatoes, asparagus and baby carrots (gluten free), (2) grilled filet of salmon, tomato-herb beurre blanc, roasted garlic smashed new potatoes, sauteed spinach (gluten free), (3) grilled breast of organic chicken a la diable, mustard-peppercorn-brandy demi-glaze, roasted garlic new potatoes, asparagus and baby carrots (gluten free), or (4) stuffed butternut squash, cranberries, kale, caramelized onion, cinnamon glaze (vegetarian/vegan/gluten free/dairy free).  Dessert will consist of a gluten free almond sponge cake with brandied cherries, chocolate cake, and macerated berries.

    All attendees will receive a couple of complementary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, and a cash bar will be available for those wanting even more.

    Registration closes at midnight on February 19, 2019 or after the 200th person registers, whichever comes first.

    * We define "black tie optional" as being where a tuxedo/dinner jacket (black tie) is requested, but guests have the option to wear a dark business suit if they choose.

    • 04/04/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Capital City Club

    ACIR is honored to host Ambassador Njeru Gathae of Kenya to Atlanta. Amb. Gathae will speak on the topic, "Contemporary Issues in Kenya and the African Union."

    Amb. Gathae's career spans across both the private and public sectors. In his earlier years, he held leadership roles in both banks and insurance companies before turning his attention to government service. Amb. Gathae served as Kenya's Finance Minister 2012 to 2013 and was appointed to be the Kenyan Ambassador to the United States in August 2014. Amb. Gathae holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Nairobi and did his graduate studies at the Kenya School of Law.

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