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."
Since the “Arab Spring” the Middle East has been in political turmoil. Among other things, we have seen a rise sectarian and tribal formations, as well a resurgence of Iranian efforts to influence events in the region. For Israel, such changes pose a significant challenge. In the absence of an evident path to stability and security in the region, the recent decision of the United States to end its military commitment in Syria, further limit its military commitments in Afghanistan, and the resultant perceived U.S. declining interest in the region, Israel is increasingly looking to work with others in the region to enhance its security. Come listen to Professor Kenneth Stein address the policy issues confronting the United States and the region as they attempt to deal with the increasing fragmentation and political turmoil in the Middle East.
About Dr. Kenneth W. Stein
For over 40 years, Professor Ken Stein has taught Middle Eastern History & Politics at Emory University. Hisscholarship focuses on the politics of modern Arab world, American foreign policy toward the Middle East, modern Israel & the Arab-Israeli negotiating process. His scholarly publications include: History Politics and Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, A Documentary Source Compilation (2017), an e-book; Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin, and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace (1999);Making Peace Among Arabs & Israelis: Lessons from Fifty Years of Negotiating Experience (1991); The Land Question in Palestine, 1917 (1984); & The June 1967 War: How it Changed Jewish, Israeli & Middle Eastern History (2017 Recently, he published, an article, “What if the Palestinian Arab Elite Had Chosen Compromise Rather than Boycotts in Confronting Zionism?”
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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