ACIR is honored to host High Representative Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, the sitting Under Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations, on June 25, 2018 as she speaks about "Securing Our Common Future: an Agenda for Disarmament." In light of a deteriorating international security environment, including a return to Cold War tensions, and the seeming neglect of arms control as a means for building trust, mitigating risk and ensuring sustainable peace and security is front and center on Ms. Nakamitzu's agenda. During her address, she will present hers and the UN's thoughts on issues surrounding weapons of mass destruction and other strategic weapons, conventional weapons and their impacts on civilians, and on future technologies and weapons systems. Come listen to Ms. Nakamitsu as she provides analysis of the current international security situation and provides more detail on specific policies.
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.
ACIR is honored to host Ambassador Charles Shaprio who will speak on the topic, "Contemporary Issues with Venezuela."
Ambassador Shaprio became President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta in September 2014. Prior to his recent position, he served as a senior foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department where he held numerous senior positions including Ambassador to Venezuela and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere. His other foreign positing include Chile, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, and Denmark, in addition to a variety of Washington assignments including Coordinator for Cuban Affairs.
From 2011 to 2013, Ambassador Shapiro was the President of the Institute of the Americas, a think tank at the University of California San Diego.
At the State Department, Ambassador Shapiro educated and informed U.S. audiences about the potential benefits of free trade agreements with Central America, Peru, Panama, Colombia and South Korea. He is convinced that the three nations of North America must recognize that there is one North American economy and that we must reduce impediments to cross border supply chains.
Ambassador Shapiro has worked with governments, businesses, and development agencies to increase access to credit for marginalized groups, foster entrepreneurship and small business growth, and encourage job creation to reduce poverty and strengthen stable democracies.
ACIR is honored to host Ms. Peri Lynne Johnson, Legal Advisor and Director of the IAEA Office of Legal Affairs.
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, "Will Elections in Colombia Derail the Peace Accords that Ended a 52-year Civil War."
In 2010, she retired as principal research associate at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Her research interests focus on uses of information technology to improve democratic initiatives and civil-military relations. She has been an international election observer in 13 elections, including two with the Organization of American States (Ecuador in 2013 and Bolivia in 2014).
In the Summer of 2012 and 2013, she taught "Threats, Technology, and the Information Society" for the master's program in security and defense for the National Institute of Higher Studies in Quito, Ecuador. In May 2014, she was invited by the U.S. Embassy in Equatorial Guinea to conduct workshops and speak with government officials, non-governmental organizations, the press, and the private sector on election administration and models of domestic and international observation.
Dr. Lincoln also has a long, distinguished record of consulting for the U.S. government, non-governmental organizations, and private sector companies. She served as a consultant on a variety of cross-cultural initiatives, training, and project design and evaluation for the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Frost and Sullivan Political Risk Analysts, and HansaOne, Inc. She has managed projects for Management Systems International, Development Associates, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Namibia and Mozambique.
Dr. Lincoln received her Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University and has taught at Miami University in Ohio. She was a Fulbright professor in Costa Rica from 1984 to 1986, and then she served as associate director of the Latin American and Caribbean Program at The Carter Center before going to Georgia Tech in 1991. She has been a policy advisor for the U.S. Southern Command J3/J5 exercises and is adjunct faculty for the U.S. Department of Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
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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