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    • 09/28/2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Consulate General of the Netherlands, Atlanta, GA 30309
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    Diplomatic Dialogue reception with Jacob Veerman, Consul General of the Netherlands in Atlanta

    Join us for a Diplomatic Dialogue reception with Jacob Veerman, Consul General of the Netherlands in Atlanta.     After an hour of networking, Consul General Veerman will discuss the work of the Netherlands Consulate, his experiences during his career postings and his observations on global affairs with Mark Pierson, ACIR's Director of Diplomatic Outreach and Strategic Development. The reception attendees (limited to 30) will then have the opportunity to ask the Consul General questions. Remarks are strictly off-the-record and not recorded.

    Date: WednesdaySeptember 28, 2022

    Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.

    Venue: Consulate General of the Netherlands

    1075 Peachtree Street,

    Suite 1550,

    Atlanta, GA 30309

    Parking: 1075 Peachtree Street NE parking garage with entrances on 11th and 12th Street.

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

    About Consul General Jacob Veerman

    Jacob is the senior Netherlands government representative in the Southeast United States responsible for relations with the states of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. He leads a team that works to promote NL-US trade and investment, support Dutch nationals, conduct public diplomacy on key issues, and build scientific and research co-operation.

    Consul General Veerman is an internationally experienced diplomat specializing in economic diplomacy, business development, change and project management. He has broad knowledge and experience in the field of water management, agriculture, horticulture, life sciences and health, infrastructure and logistics. He has a master’s degree in social economic history from Amsterdam University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and began his career as a geography teacher at a Dutch High School in Hoorn, the Netherlands.

    For the past 30 years he has held various positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most recently as the Dutch representative to the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines. His diverse postings include Sr. Policy Advisor at the Dutch Embassy in Paramaribo (Surinam), Dutch Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Deputy Ambassador at the Dutch Embassy in Mexico City and Director of the Documentary Information Systems Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Jacob was born in Volendam, the Netherlands. He and his wife Petra have two children, Sandra and Thomas who are both in University in the Netherlands. He and Petra love to travel, visit museums and galleries and are passionate collectors of Chinese antique porcelain and Dutch Design.

    About United States – Netherlands Relations

    The U.S. partnership with the Netherlands dates to the American Revolution, with the “First Salute” of the USS Andrew Doria at Fort Oranje on Sint Eustatius.

    The United States established formal diplomatic relations with the Netherlands in 1782; one of the U.S.’ oldest, continuous bilateral relationships. These excellent ties are based on close historical and cultural bonds as well as a common dedication to individual freedom, democratic principles, and human rights. The United States and the Netherlands share similar positions on many important issues and work together bilaterally and multilaterally in such institutions as the United Nations (UN) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

    The United States and the Netherlands work together closely on international security, the international legal order, counterterrorism, non-proliferation, international free trade, sustainable development and protecting human rights.

    The Netherlands is a major partner with the US on water and climate adaptation issues. We also work together in the field of economic sustainability, including on green greenhouses, offshore and urban wind energy, green construction, and cycling policy.

    Netherlands – U.S. Economic Relationship

    The Netherlands is a fixture in the top five of largest foreign investors in the US, and The Netherlands ranks No. 1 as the country with which the US maintains a trade surplus. The economic ties between our countries support 928,721 American jobs.

    With its favorable business climate, highly trained workforce, and strategic position in Europe, the Netherlands attracts a lot of American business too. The US is the #1 foreign investor in the Netherlands, and Netherlands is the 2nd destination for US FDI after the UK. In 2019, US enterprises based in the Netherlands supported 259,000 jobs and $304.2 billion in sales.

    The 2021 Global Innovation Index rated the Netherlands as the second most innovative country in the EU and sixth in the world. The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index ranks the Netherlands as the most competitive economy in Europe.

    Netherlands – Georgia Bilateral Trade and Investment:

    EXPORTS: In 2020, Georgia exports to the Netherlands totaled $1.02 billion. The Netherlands is the 8th largest export market for Georgia. Top exports from Georgia to the Netherlands include apparatus for telephone transmissions, aircraft, tractors, wood fuel, and computers. Georgia leads the nation in the export of the following goods to the Netherlands: tractors, peanuts, and reaction initiators.

    IMPORTS: In 2020, Georgia imports from the Netherlands totaled $927 million. The Netherlands ranks 22nd among Georgia’s importer nations. Top imports from the Netherlands to Georgia include computers, beer, motor vehicles, machinery for food and beverage production, and synthetic yarn.

    There are at least 43 Georgia companies with operations in The Netherlands, including Georgia-Pacific, InComm, Interface, The Coca-Cola Company, Travelport, and WestRock. There are at least 293 Dutch facilities operating in Georgia. These facilities employ more than 10,700 Georgians. Leading Dutch companies in Georgia based on investment include DSM Engineering Plastics, Inalfa, Randstad, VDL Groep and CSM Bakery Solutions.

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      • 10/06/2022
      • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
      • Capital City Club
      • 73

      Challenges of Satellite Security in the Age of Rising Tensions

      The United States heavily depends on satellites during peacetime for communications, navigation, and other essential functions. During wars, satellites play a crucial role in such functions as command and control, reconnaissance, intelligence gathering and targeting. However, satellites are becoming increasingly vulnerable to anti-satellite actions by potential adversaries.

       Please join us as Dr. Mariel Borowitz, who has worked with the National Security Agency on such issues, explores the challenges the United States confronts in protecting American satellites from the actions of potential adversaries, imperiling our civilian grid system and neutralizing our military communications and targeting satellites.

      Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022

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

      Venue: Capital City Club

      7 John Portman Boulevard

      Atlanta, GA 30303

      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. Mariel Borowitz

      Mariel Borowitz is an Associate Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and head of the Nunn School Program on International Affairs, Science, and Technology. Dr. Borowitz completed a detail as a policy analyst for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC from 2016 to 2018. In 2022, she testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics in a hearing titled, "Space Situational Awareness: Guiding the Transition to a Civil Capability."

      Her research deals with international space policy issues, focusing particularly on global developments related to remote sensing satellites and challenges to space security and sustainability. Her book, “Open Space: The Global Effort for Open Access to Environmental Satellite Data," published by MIT Press, examines trends in the development of data sharing policies governing Earth observing satellites, as well as interactions with the growing commercial remote sensing sector. Her work has been published in Science, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Space Policy, Astropolitics, and New Space. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

      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 George Washington University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    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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