ACIR is honored to host Ambassador Charles Shapiro, President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, who will speak on the topic, "Venezuela: From Bad to Worse."
In a sham election in May 2018, Nicolas Maduro manufactured a "victory" to give himself another six-year term in office. Mainstream opposition parties boycotted the election. Except for Russia, Syria, and Cuba, the international community denounced the election as fraudulent. The 14-nation Lima Group of Latin American countries plus Canada issued a statement saying it did not recognize the legitimacy of Venezuela's presidential election.
Reynaldo Trombetta reported in The Guardian that "we are not dealing with an authoritarian government that, like Chavez's, still managed to loosely color between the lines of democracy and the rule of law. This is a textbook dictatorship, with assassinations, torture and sexual abuse of political prisoners, violent censorship of the press, and a sociopathic strategy to use the hunger of its own citizens as a tool for political control."
Today Venezuela is in political turmoil. Its economy has collapsed and four million Venezuelans have fled the country in the past two years. As Venezuela goes from bad to worse, the question is what will the international democratic community do to alleviate the humanitarian crisis and hasten the return of democracy?
Come listen to Charles Shapiro discuss Venezuela's recent past and probable future as it affects U.S. policy toward Venezuela and the broader Latin American region.
ACIR is honored to host Ms. Peri Lynne Johnson, Legal Advisor and Director of the IAEA Office of Legal Affairs, who will speak on the topic, "Nuclear Safeguards and Nuclear Security: Keeping the Genie in the Bottle."
Ms. Johnson joined the Office of Legal Affairs of the IAEA in January 2011. Previously, Ms. Johnson served as the Director of the Legal Support Office, Bureau of Management, of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In this capacity, Ms. Johnson provided legal advice to the UNDP Administrator, Associate Administrator, Senior Managers at headquarters and Resident Representatives in field offices around the globe, as well as to the UNDP-Affiliated Funds of the Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM now UN Women) and the UN Volunteers Programme (UNV).
Ms. Johnson earned her B.A. in French Literature (with a focus in Government and International Relations), with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA in 1988, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 1991.
ACIR is honored to host Dr. Jennie Lincoln, Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Program at the Carter Center and Professor at the Sam Nunn School International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she teaches Latin American politics and U.S.-Latin American relations. Dr. Lincoln will speak on the topic, "How Will Elections in Colombia Impact the Peace Accords that Ended a 52-year Civil War?"
In 2016, after five decades of war, the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace accord bringing to an end the last major war in the Americas. The war had cost an estimated 220,000 lives and tore at the social fabric of Colombia. Then President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
Yet the agreement faced stiff criticism from many of those who led efforts to hold FARC accountable for the atrocities that occurred during the insurgency, including most notably, Mr. Santos’ predecessor as president, Alvaro Uribe.
On June 17, 2018 Colombians elected Iván Duque Márquez. World leaders were quick to congratulate him on his victory. However, Iván Duque, a hardline conservative, has been a fierce critic of the peace accord. Come hear Professor Jennie Lincoln discuss the future of peace in Colombia and its implications for the United States.
ACIR is honored to host retired General Phil Breedlove who will speak on the topic, "Contemporary National Security Challenges and Opportunities."
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.
ACIR is honored to host Dr. Mariel Borowtiz who will speak on the topic, "U.S. Space Policy and 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.
The Mid-Winter Gala is a black tie dinner and dance for ACIR members and friends.
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