Explore ACIR's distinguished list of Past Speakers.  


ACIR appreciates all of the distinguished speakers, visitors, and guests it has hosted over the years. Explore our Past Events below. View the videos from our webinars, or take a look at pictures from our in-person past events.


Lieutenant General Anthony J. Cotton, Deputy Commander for Air Force Global Strike Command

"Air Force Global Strike Command's Role in the Changing Strategic Landscape: Maintaining Our Competitive Edge in Global Power Competition" 

August 6th, 2020

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Laura Lane, UPS President of Global Public Affairs

"Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Supply Chain in the Era of COVID-19" 

June 22nd, 2020

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Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to the US

"Strengthening the India-U.S. Strategic Partnership" 

June 18th, 2020

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Dr. Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of East Asian Politics at Davidson College

"Beijing’s Tightening Squeeze on Taiwan and Hong Kong" 

June 4th, 2020

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John E. Parkerson, Jr.Honorary Consul General of Hungary in Atlanta; Foreign Economic Counselor, Hungary

"US Relations with Hungary (Virtual Event)"

May 13th, 2020

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Dr. Jennie Lincoln, Special Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, The Carter Center

"Crisis in the Andes: Venezuela, Colombia, and Bolivia"

February 18th, 2020

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Anat Sultan-DadonConsul General of Israel in Atlanta

An "Off-the-Record" Conversation 

January 23rd, 2020

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Fuat KeymanProfessor of International Relations, Sabanci University, Turkey

"Turkey-US Relations Amid Global Turmoil" 

January 13th, 2020

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Heike FullerConsul General of Germany in Atlanta;

Shane Stephens, Consul General of Ireland in Atlanta; and

Dr. Alasdair Young, Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Brexit: Where To From Here?"

December 13th, 2019

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Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Consul General of India in Atlanta

An "Off-the-Record" Conversation 

December 3rd, 2019

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Chang Jae-bokDeputy Foreign Minister, Republic of Korea

"Moon Jae-in Government's Vision for the Korean Peninsula Peace Process - Transforming the DMZ into an International Peace Zone"

November 19th, 2019

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Francisco SantosColombian Ambassador to the U.S.

"Colombia - U.S. Relations: Today and Tomorrow"

November 13th, 2019

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Jorge Lopez MenardiConsul General of Argentina in Atlanta

An "Off-the-Record" Conversation

October 29th, 2019

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Dr. Penny PrimeProfessor of International Business, Georgia State University; Founding Director and Board Member, China Research Center

"U.S.-China Relations: What Are the Moving Parts?"

October 17th, 2019

Dr. Robert Kennedy, President, Atlanta Council on International Relations

"The Demands of Smart Power"

September 20th, 2019

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Hrair BalianDirector, Conflict Resolution Program, The Carter Center

"The Future of Syria"

September 5th, 2019

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Dr. Larry BermanFounding Dean, Honors College, Georgia State University

"A New Age in US-Vietnamese Relations"

June 12th, 2019

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Lieutenant General (Ret.) In-Bum ChunRepublic of Korea

"Update on Efforts to Eliminate North Korea's Nuclear Weapons"

May 29th, 2019

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Carlos De Abreu e SilvaConsul General of Brazil in Atlanta

An "Off-the-Record" Conversation

May 17th, 2019

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Joe Bankoff, Professor of the Practice and Former Chair, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Fake News in the World Today"

May 9th, 2019

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Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the U.S.

"Uzbekistan - United States Relations"

April 26th, 2019

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Robinson Njeru Githae, (now former) Ambassador of Kenya to the U.S.

"Contemporary Issues in Kenya and the African Union"

April 4th, 2019

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William De Baets, Consul General of Belgium in Atlanta

An "Off-the-Record" Conversation

March 22nd, 2019

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Jack Barsky, Former Soviet KGB Sleeper Agent

"A Conversation with a Former Soviet KGB Sleeper Agent"

March 7th, 2019

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Jonatan Vseviov, Ambassador of Estonia to the U.S.

"Estonia, Russia, and the United States"

February 28th, 2019

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Andrew StauntonConsul General of the United Kingdom in Atlanta

An "Off-the-Record" Conversation

February 27th, 2019

Colonel John W. Clark, (Ret.) U.S. Air Force

"Six Years in a North Vietnam Prison Camp"

February 7th, 2019

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Harsh Vardhan Shringla, (now former) Ambassador of India to the U.S.

"U.S.-Indian Relations Featuring the New Indian Ambassador to the U.S."

January 30th, 2019

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Dr. Kenneth Stein, Director, Middle East Research Program, Emory University 

"The U.S. and the Middle East: Policies Amidst a Fragmenting Region"

January 23rd, 2019

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Lieutenant General (Ret.) In-Bum Chun, Republic of Korea

"North Korea and the Future of Security on the Korean Peninsula"

January 11th, 2019

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Louis de Corail, Consul General of France in Atlanta

An "Off-the-Record" Conversation

December 14th, 2018

Dr. Mariel Borowitz, Assistant Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

"U.S. Space Policy and National Security"

December 5th, 2018

Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta

An "Off-the-Record" Conversation

November 16th, 2018

General (Ret.) Phil Breedlove, Former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO; Distinguished Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

"21st Century Warfare"

November 5th, 2018

Peri Lynne Johnson, Legal Advisor and Director, Office of Legal Affairs, International Atomic Energy Agency

"Nuclear Safeguards and Nuclear Security: Keeping the Genie in the Bottle"

October 5th, 2018

Charles Shapiro, President, World Affairs Council of Atlanta; Former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela

"Venezuela: From Bad to Worse"

September 12th, 2018

Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations

"Securing Our Common Future: an Agenda for Disarmament"

June 25th, 2018

Dr. Mona Tajali, Assistant Professor of International Relations and Women's Studies, Agnes Scott College

"The Rise of Islamic Politics in Turkey"

May 31st, 2018

Javier Díaz de León, Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta

An "Off-the-Record" Conversation

May 18th, 2018

Johnny Isakson, (now former) U.S. Senator from Georgia

"Global Issues & Challenges Facing the United States"

May 2nd, 2018

Major General Mari K. Eder, Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Joint and Special Troops Support Command

"The Information Apocalypse: factors degrading the effectiveness of mass communication in reaching influencers audiences"

April 18th, 2018

Conference: "A Changing Europe in an Uncertain World," co-sponsored with Georgia Tech's Center for European and Transatlantic Studies

April 13th, 2018

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Peter Swire, Senior Council, Alston & Bird; Elizabeth and Tommy Holder Chair of Law and Ethics, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology

"The Clash of the U.S and the E.U on Privacy and National Security"

March 22nd, 2018

Alan Elsner, Special Advisor to the President of J Street

"J Street and the Fight for the Two-State Solution"

March 6th, 2018

Sunny Park, CEO, General Building Maintenance

"Addressing the North Korea Dilemma: An American Perspective"

February 15th, 2018

Dr. Polina Sinovets, Associate Professor of International Relations, Odessa I. Mechnikov National University, Ukraine

"Russian Strategic Culture and Nuclear Weapons"

January 30th, 2018

Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta

"The North American Partnership: Looking Ahead"

December 10th, 2017

Dr. John W. Garver, Emeritus Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

"The Rise of China and Iran"

November 16th, 2017

Judith Varnai Shorer, (now former) Consul General of Israel in Atlanta

"Recent Developments in the Middle East"

October 19th, 2017

Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernandez, (now former) Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S.

"Current Assessment of the Mexican-American Bilateral Relationship"

October 5th, 2017