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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.
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BREXIT is looming. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is dead. What does the future hold for the United Kingdom. America's closest ally. Please join us for an "off the record" conversation with British Consul General Andrew Staunton. Seating is limited to 20 attendees.
Andrew Staunton took up his appointment in Atlanta as Her Majesty's Consul General in June 2018. Andrew is the senior UK government representative in the Southeast United States responsible for relations with the states of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama.
Before taking up his posting in Atlanta, Andrew served four years as Deputy Head of Mission and Economic Counsellor at the British Embassy in Athens. He was also Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Dublin from 2009 to 2013. Throughout both of these postings, Andrew's main focus was on the economic crises in Greece and Ireland, boosting bilateral relations, promoting the UK's interests, and working on a range of issues linked to the European Union. Prior to this, Andrew worked in the Foreign Office as Deputy Director responsible for security.
Andrew joined the UK's diplomatic service in 1987. He has also served overseas in China, France, Romania and Canada. Andrew was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He is accompanied in Atlanta by his wife, Rebecca. They have two adult children, both living in the UK.
ACIR is honored to host Estonian Ambassador Jonatan Vseviov in Atlanta. Vseviov will speak on the topic, "Estonia, Russia, and the United States."
A devastating Russian cyber attack in 2007 crippled Estonia’s commercial, financial, and civilian infrastructure, a Russian buildup of land, sea, and air forces in the Baltic region, increased Russian military activity, including “snap’ military exercises near Estonia’s borders, the deployment of new nuclear capabilities, live fire exercises, and missile tests by Russia in the Baltic region, intrusions into Estonian airspace by Russian aircraft, and on-going cyber threats as a possible prelude to a Russian military adventure into Estonia. They all mark Estonia as a front-line state in a new war of nerves. Some call it the new Cold War.
Come and listen to Estonia’s Ambassador address the challenges his nation, in partnership with the United States and its other NATO allies, now confronts in countering threats from its eastern neighbor, including those emanating from a new form of warfare – the cyberwar, as well as current and future bilateral US-Estonia relations.
Ambassador Vseviov became Estonia's Ambassador to the United States in August of 2018, marking his third diplomatic appointment in the US. Before assuming his current duties, Vseviov worked at the Estonian Ministry of Defense, rising to the post of Permanent Secretary. During his tenure at the Defense Ministry, Vseviov had a leading role in shaping Estonia´s defense policy both domestically as well as internationally. He is the author of the Concept for Comprehensive Approach to Defense (2009) and the National Defense Strategy of 2010 – documents that led to significant conceptual change in organizing defense in Estonia. He has also been involved with the preparation and implementation of NATO’s present deterrence and defense posture, including the execution of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic States and Poland.
ACIR is honored to host Former KGB Sleeper Agent Jack Barsky in Atlanta. Barsky will speak on the topic, "A 'Conversation' with a Former Soviet KGB Sleeper Agent."
What role did American life play in the conversion of a Marxist-Leninist atheist, turning this spy against his former paymasters? What are his perspectives and insights about recent American presidents, the American system, its most cherished documents, and America’s deadliest threat in 2019?
About Former KGB Sleeper Agent Jack Barksky
Jack Barsky is a retired Information Technology executive with over thirty years of experience. Jack graduated as valedictorian with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, New York. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena Germany.
What makes Jack unique is the fact that he was born and raised in East Germany where he was recruited by the KGB. During the 1980s he spent ten years as an undercover agent in the United States spying for the Soviet Union. Today he is a United States citizen whose life story was featured in May of 2015 on CBS 60 Minutes. His memoir “Deep Undercover” was released on March 21, 2017. The book has been translated into German, Swedish and Polish. Jack’s story has received international attention with features on British, French, German, Polish, Turkish and Japanese TV. In the United States Jack has appeared on, among others, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, The Daily Show, A&E, and the Glenn Beck Program.
Rather than retiring to the golf course, Jack has embarked on his sixth (!) career as an author, public speaker and blogger. He lives with his wife and eight-year-old daughter in Covington, Georgia.
ACIR is honored to host Ambassador Njeru Githae of Kenya to Atlanta. Amb. Githae will speak on the topic, "Contemporary Issues in Kenya and the African Union."
Ambassador Githae'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. Ambassador Githae served as Kenya's Finance Minister 2012 to 2013 and was appointed to be the Kenyan Ambassador to the United States in August 2014. Ambassador Githae 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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