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Upcoming events

    • 05/25/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Capital City Club
    • 31

    Nigeria - US Relations: A Strategic Partnership

    Guest:  Dr. (Mrs.) Uzoma Emenike

    Nigerian Ambassador to the US

    Nigeria is often thought of as a bellwether for the continent of Africa. Its population is the largest on the continent, a demographic that has approximately 70 % of its population below the age of 30. Blessed with many natural resources, it is the largest oil and gas producer in Africa. With a diverse population numbering over 250 ethnic groups, it strives to meet the challenges of economic growth and guaranteed democratic principles.

    At this event, the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. (Mrs.) Uzoma Emenike will speak about the Strategic Partnership between Nigeria and the U.S. as well as the many investment opportunities available. 

    Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    Time: 11:30 a.m - 1.30 p.m.

    Venue: Capital City Club

    7 John Portman Boulevard

    Atlanta, GA 30303

    Complimentary valet parking is available

    For your safety and the safety of others, ACIR requests that only fully vaccinated people or those immune from a previous COVID Infection  attend.

    Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, please do so no later than 48 hours before the event. ACIR is charged for your meal, so no refund can be provided after that.

    About Dr. (Mrs.) Uzoma Emenike

    H.E Dr. (Mrs.) Uzoma Emenike was Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ireland with concurrent accreditation to Iceland, between the 30th of August 2017 and the 17th of May 2021.

    Following her historic appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s first female Ambassador to the United States of America, Ambassador Emenike arrived in Washington DC on the 18th of May 2021 to assume duty.

    Dr. Emenike joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in January 1987. She served variously in the Protocol, Africa, and Training departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For six years, between 1992 and 1998, she was posted to the Nigerian Embassy in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire. Upon her return to headquarters in Nigeria in 1998, she was variously deployed to other departments of the Ministry, during which she represented Nigeria in numerous bilateral and multilateral missions, both at home and abroad.

    In 2002, Dr. Emenike voluntarily left the Foreign Service for the private sector where, amongst others, she worked as a Management Consultant.

    Ambassador Emenike has two Bachelor’s degrees, three Master’s Degrees, and a Doctorate Degree. She earned a B.Sc. Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, and an LL.B from the University of Reading in the U.K. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Diplomacy from the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy as well as a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Dr. Emenike subsequently earned another Master’s in International Management from the University of Reading in the U.K. She capped her academic pursuit with a Doctorate degree in International Relations, also from the University of Reading in the U.K.

    Her major areas of interest remain Africa and her people. Among her published articles are: “The AFRICA We Envisage in 50 Years’ Time” and “Europe Needs Africa”. She is also the author of the book — “Africa: The Centre-Piece of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy.”

    Ambassador Emenike is a quiet philanthropist. She has, through her family’s Emenike Foundation, empowered numerous women and youths. Many citizens have benefitted from her scholarship scheme for brilliant but indigent youngsters while scores of women, particularly widows and the elderly, continue to enjoy her support in varied forms.

    Happily married to Chief Ikechi Emenike, the couple is blessed with four wonderful children.

    • 06/02/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Peachtree Hills Place
    • 3

    Russia's Ukraine Invasion: Implications for the Arctic

    (Open to members Only)

    Guest:  Dr. Thomas Rotnem

    Professor of Political Science and Associate Director,

    School of Government and International Affairs,

    Kennesaw State University

    Russia, with 1/5th of its land mass north of the Arctic Circle, and two million Russians of a four million population inhabiting the region, has forced its Arctic neighbors to re-assess an angry Russia, stung by its Ukrainian experience. Does this experience convince Russia not to engage in any changes in its current Arctic policy --- or, will increasing economic sanctions force Russia to think anew about the vast resources in the Arctic seabed? Russia's Arctic neighbors face the necessity of an accurate assessment in these extremely troubled times.

    At this event, Dr. Thomas Rotnem will speak extensively about the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine and its effects on the Arctic.

    Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022

    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Venue: Peachtree Hills Place

    2245 Virginia Place NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

    For your safety and the safety of others, ACIR requests that only fully vaccinated people or those immune from a previous COVID Infection attend.

    Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, please do so not later than 48 hours before the event. ACIR is charged for your meal, so no refund can be provided.

    About Dr. Thomas Rotnem

    Dr. Rotnem is a professor of political science in Kennesaw State University's Department of Political Science & International Affairs. Having come to the department in Fall 2015, he teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations.

    At his previous university, he received the Teacher of the Year award (2011-2012); before that, he received the Outstanding Faculty Award twice (in 2001 and 2010), was nominated for the award in 2005, and was awarded the Student Government Association’s Faculty of the Year award in 2007.

    Dr. Rotnem earned dual B.A. degrees in Political Science and International Studies and an M.A. in Political Science from Ohio University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University, as well as a Graduate Certificate as Specialist in Russian Area Studies. In addition, since coming to Georgia, he has earned a M.B.A. (in Finance) from Georgia State University.

    His concentrations within political science are in comparative politics and international political economy, with a specialization in Russian domestic and foreign politics. His research has focused special attention upon the democratization and “resource curse” literatures in comparative politics and international political economy. He has published papers and articles on a variety of subjects, including social welfare policies in transitioning economies, foreign direct investment in emerging markets, and the politics of oil and natural gas in resource-rich petro-states. Dr. Rotnem has most recently published a chapter in an edited volume on Sino-Russian engagement in Northeast Asia, a region of particular and on-going interest in his work.

    Receiving grants from a variety of sources has enabled Dr. Rotnem to carry on much of the aforementioned scholarly work. In the past, he has received grants and/or fellowships from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, the Social Science Research Council, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), the American Council for Collaboration in Education and Language Study/American Council for Teachers of Russian (ACCELS/ACTR), and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

    Dr. Rotnem has presented his research at conferences and symposia in the United States and abroad. Two of particular formative significance for him were week-long symposia under the auspices of the Salzburg Seminar that focused upon U.S. foreign policy in Northeast Asia and Russia’s future political development. Another exceptionally formative experience for him was that as a Fulbright Lecturing Award recipient in 2010, an experience that allowed him to engage and interact with international students and scholars in Eastern Europe.

    Beyond his teaching and research interests, Dr. Rotnem has recently served as the President of the Georgia Political Science Association (GPSA), the second-largest statewide political science organization in the United States. Dr. Rotnem also serves as one of two Editors-in-Chief of Questions in Politics, a refereed publication of the GPSA.

Frequent Venues

the capital city club

The ACIR frequently meets at the Capital City Club located at 7 John Portman Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30303. Please note that the venue is subject to change and will be announced accordingly. Complimentary valet parking is available.

Directions from I-75/I-85 Northbound

Exit at International Boulevard (Exit 249C). Go west four blocks and turn right on Spring Street. Go north one block. Turn right onto John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street. The Capital City Club is on the left. 

Directions from I-75/I-85 Southbound

Exit at Williams Street (Exit 249C). Turn left on John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street. Go east one (1) block, crossing Spring Street. The Capital City Club is on the left. 



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