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.


Caoimhe Ni Chonchuir, Consul General of Ireland, Atlanta

"Breakfast Diplomatic Dialogue"

April 29, 2022

Joe R. Bankoff, Professor of the Practice and Former Chair, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

"China at the Crossroads: Economy, Population, and Geopolitics"

April 27, 2022

Adam N. Stulberg, School Chair, Sam Nunn Professor

"Russia & US: Bracing for Long Term Competition"

March 23, 2022

Yoonjoo Park, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta.

"Diplomatic Dialogue with Yoonjoo Park"

February 24, 2022

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Colonel Leon Perkowski, USAF, Army War College

"Navigating "Gray Zone" Competition & Conflict." A panel discussion featuring Col. Jason Groat, Australian Army; Mr. Mike Rossman, USAID; and Lt. Col. Pat Walsh, US Army Reserve.

February 16, 2022

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Dr. Alasdair Young, Co-Director of the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, Jean Monnet and Center for International Technology, and Policy, Georgia Tech University

"Is the European Union Disunited by Diversity?"

January 27, 2022

Peter Zimmerli, Consul General, Switzerlamd

"Breakfast Diplomatic Dialogue"

January 20, 2022

Scott Bray, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence

"A New Era in Strategic Competition"

December 7, 2021

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Michael Gerebtzoff, Consul General of Belgium

"Diplomatic Dialogue Breakfast Series"

November 9, 2021

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Nestor Forster, Jr., Ambassador of Brazil to the USA

"Brazil & The USA"

November 7, 2021

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Ambassador Taranjit Singh SandhuIndian Ambassador to the U.S.

"India-US Strategic Partnership of Global Significance"

July 7th, 2021

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Shaima Gargash,

 Deputy Chief of Mission at the UAE Embassy in Washington D.C.

"Advancements of the UAE in the Middle East"

April 7th, 2021

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Dmitri Trenin, Director of Carnegie Moscow Center

"Next Move? Considerations In The Troubled US-Russia Relationship"

March 5th, 2021

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Bruce Roth, Founder of the Daisy Alliance

Holly Lindamood, Former Program Director at Daisy Alliance

Kevely Dumay, Student of International Relations

Emma Goldsby, President of Daisy Alliance at the University of Kentucky

"Time Is Not on Our Side: Confronting the Ever-Growing Nuclear Threat" 

February 18th, 2021

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Igor Zevelev

"Russian National Identity and Foreign Policy" 

January 21th, 2021

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James Story, U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela

"Venezuela: A Path to Democracy to Preserve Regional Security" 

December 8th, 2020

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Vic Reynolds, Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Tracy Gilbert, Community Affairs Manager, Department of Aviation Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Dr. Sharon Cooper, Pediatrician and Founder/CEO of Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics, P. A.

Lisa Williams, Advocate for Victims of Human Trafficking

"Human Trafficking: A View From Georgia On an International Challenge"

November 18th, 2020

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Thomas Finan, Cyber Growth Leader, Willis Towers Watson’s FINEX Cyber/E&O Practice

"After COVID-19: Cyber and the Coming Remote Work Revolution" 

October 15th, 2020

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Joseph Wu, Foreign Minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

"Towards a Better, Stronger Economic Partnership Between Taiwan and the U.S."

September 10th, 2020

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Dr. Thomas Rotnem, Associate Director & Professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State University

"Thrills, Chills and Spills: Developments in the Russian Arctic" 

August 26th, 2020

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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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