ACIR welcomes U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson on May 2 as he will share his insights on the challenges and seismic shifts in global power distribution that are facing the United States today. He will address the economic, political, and military rise of China, the re-emergence of Russia as a political and military competitor, a fracturing of the European Union, the rise of authoritarian governments, unending conflicts in the Middle East coupled with a growing assertive Iran, the rise of nuclear weapons in North Korea, and other things that have placed pressure on U.S. world leadership.
Senator Isakson is a successful businessman with 40-plus years in the real estate industry who has built a respected record of public service to Georgia and the nation. He also holds the distinction of being the only Georgian ever to have been elected to the state House, state Senate, U.S. House and U.S. Senate. In 2016 he became the first Georgia Republican ever to be elected to a third term in the U.S. Senate. He is the chairman of two Senate committees, the Ethics and Veterans' Affairs Committees, and serves on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Join Mexican Consul General Javier Diaz de Leon for an "Off-the-Record" breakfast. This new 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.
Mr. de Leon holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He also earned a Master of Arts in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent at Canterbury in England. Since 1991, he is a member of the Mexican Foreign Service and holds the rank of Ambassador since April 28, 2017. During his professional career, he has served as: Deputy Consul General in San Diego; Deputy Consul General in New York; Head of the Office for Migration and Hispanic Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in the United States; and Executive Director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From June 2013 to May 2016 he served as Consul General of Mexico in Raleigh, North Carolina. In May 2016, he was appointed by President Enrique Pena Nieto to serve as the Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, where he has served in this position since June 18, 2016.
This "Off-the-Record" breakfast will be held at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center located at 750 Ferst Drive in Atlanta. Visitor parking is located nearby at 355 Ferst Drive.
ACIR welcomes Dr. Mona Tajali who will speak on "The Rise of Islam and Erdogan and the Polarization of Secularists and Religious Groups in Turkey Today." This will be an enlightening luncheon that will illuminate the audience on the internal politics and headwinds affecting Turkey today. Sitting at the intersection of the Middle East and the European continent, Turkey's influence can be felt in both geographic areas. A clear understanding of the issues facing Turkey today, both internally and externally, are key to shaping the lens with which one views the entire region.
Dr. Tajali is an Assistant Professor of International Relations and Women's Studies at Agnes Scott College. Her research and teaching interests fall in the fields of Comparative Politics, Middle East Studies, and Women's Studies. Coming from an interdisciplinary background, she teaches courses in women and politics, Middle East politics and society, human rights, and international relations. Her current book project focuses on the intersections of political and institutional structures, religious and cultural norms and values, and voter behavior in terms of women's political representation and the quality of democracy in Muslim contexts.
Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu assumed her position as Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs on 1 May 2017. Prior to taking on this post, Ms. Nakamitsu served as Assistant Administrator of the Crisis Response Unit at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 2014.
The President's Breakfast is the ACIR's opening program for the 2018 - 2019 year. ACIR President Bob Kennedy to host and speak to the membership about the upcoming year.
The Mid-Winter Gala is a black tie dinner and dance for ACIR members and friends.
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