On April 26, 2019, ACIR will host Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States. He will speak about Uzbekistan - United States relations and the future of economic ties between our two countries.
Strategically located, Uzbekistan sits in a volatile part of the world, astride the ancient Silk Route cities of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva. Today it remains an important cross roads for commerce. Since the death of President Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s second president since independence, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has embarked on a new course, described as a A Quiet Revolution and Revolution from Above. Among other things, he stated a gradual transition to a market economy. Uzbekistan’s currency is now fully convertible at market rates. It is a major producer and exporter of cotton and has become the largest electricity producer in Central Asia. Remarkably, renewable energy constitutes more than 23% of the country’s energy sector. Come and engage in a dialogue with Ambassador Vakhabov on the future of political, economic, and security relations between our two countries.
Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov presented his credentials to President Donald Trump on November 29, 2017. Since then he has emphasized his country's turn towards openness and reform since the death of former President Islam Karimov.
Born August 7, 1980, in Tashkent, Ambassador Vakhabov earned an undergraduate degree at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent and a graduate degree in international law at the same institution. He joined the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2001, serving early career assignments as an attache, 3rd secretary, and chief of division. In 2006 he was appointed to the Uzbek National Security Council before being promoted to deputy security of the Council in 2011. In 2013, Ambassador Vakhabov served as the Director of the Institute for Strategic and Inter-Regional Research, a government-funded think tank in Tashkent. He joined the leadership team at the Foreign Ministry in 2013 as one of four deputy ministers of foreign affairs. Finally, in July 2015, he was promoted to first deputy minister of foreign affairs, the title he held when he was appointed ambassador to the U.S.
On May 9th, 2019, ACIR will be hosting Joe Bankoff who will speak on the topic, "Fake News in the World Today."
During the Cold War we were exposed to what was then called “Disinformation.” It was a tool often used by the Soviet Union to seed the political environment abroad with credible but misleading and often false information with a deliberate attempt to deceive. In some ways, today what we call “Fake News” is similar in some ways and perhaps more pernicious in others. Come and engage in a dialogue with Joe Bankoff on “Fake News" in the World Today.”
Joe Bankoff was appointed chair of The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in spring 2012 following six years as president & CEO of The Woodruff Arts Center and 32 years as a senior partner at the Atlanta-based law firm of King & Spalding.
Mr. Bankoff's expertise ranges across law and policy, economic development, government legislation, fiscal planning, and global issues. In 1992, he took a sabbatical from his law firm to accept an appointment as a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property & Competition Law, Munich, Germany. There he became engaged in the analysis of multi-jurisdictional copyright claims arising from satellite television in Europe. He later represented German Television (ZDF) in a related dispute with Turner Broadcasting. He also served as counsel to Atlanta’s Olympic Organizing Committee negotiating the television rights agreements for Europe (EBU), Canada, Australia, Latin and South America, and the United States.
ACIR is honored to host Dr. Larry Berman who will speak on the topic, "A New Age in US-Vietnamese Relations."
Larry Berman is the Founding Dean of the Honors College at Georgia State University and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis. He completed his doctorate at Princeton University in 1977 and is an internationally recognized expert on US foreign policy and the war in Vietnam. He has written extensively on Vietnam War related topics and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and scholar in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Center in Bellagio, Italy. Since 2000, Berman has been a frequent visitor and speaker in Vietnam and the United States on all topics related to reconciliation between former enemies.
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