Upcoming Events

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

    ACIR is honored to host retired General Phil Breedlove who will speak on the topic, "Contemporary National Security Challenges and Opportunities."

    It can be said that many factors have combined to make warfare in the 21st Century different from war in previous centuries. Certainly age-old "kinetic" means -- from sticks and stones to nuclear weapons -- are still available for use. However, in many ways, modern warfare differs from what many of us observed in the 20th Century.

    Technological developments have made for more rapid, efficient, and effective communication on the battlefield. They also have brought the battlefield to the living room. The global media, the Internet, and social media often add instantly to our awareness of conflicts around the globe, while "fake news" complicates our ability to understand. Drones, operated far from the battlefield, are replacing aircraft as a means of reconnaissance and attack. While precision weaponry, arguably, has reduced collateral damage and non-combatant deaths, the battlefield itself has become less opaque and thus a more deadly place. It is harder to hide and death comes from nowhere.

    Moreover, a new lexicon is upon us. Such terms as hybrid warfare, gray zone strategies, active measures, and cyber warfare define a broad range of subversive instruments, many of which are non-military, yet designed to influence political, as well as military outcomes. Information operations and the use of cyber technologies have become critical to success, both on the battlefield, in the halls of government, and in the minds of each of us. 

    Perhaps equally as troubling, if not more so, more of the new technologies are available to non-state actors and terrorists. Come listen to former Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, General Philip Breedlove, discuss what the United States now confronts as it attempts to secure the nation and its people.

    General Breedlove joined the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Tech Institute of Technology after retiring as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and the U.S. European Command Commander.  In these capacities he commanded all U.S. and Allied troops in Afghanistan, Kosovo as well as all NATO operations across Europe and the Mediterranean.  As a Distinguished Professor, a title he shared with Sam Nunn, he works with faculty, staff and students on security issues and policy.  Further, he facilitates a number of projects, classes and presentations to advance these same thoughts.  General Breedlove brings a wealth of deep and recent experience in our world's toughest security and policy issues as well as leadership in situations spanning both peace and conflict.

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

    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 the first 20 registrants, so ensure your seat by signing up now.

    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.

    • 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.

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

    The Mid-Winter Gala is a black tie dinner and dance for both ACIR members and non-member friends. It is an opportunity to share an evening together with those members of the Atlanta community who share a strong desire to be 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 special event which will include a delicious meal, a featured speaker, and a live band for your enjoyment.

    • 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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