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Upcoming events

    • 08/26/2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 74

    Dr. Thomas Rotnem, Associate Directory & Professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State University, will present a  webinar on:

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

    The continued warming of the Far North brings with it numerous problems and opportunities for Arctic Ocean littoral states. Russia’s concerns in the Arctic are long-standing and perhaps most developed among those countries. This webinar will focus upon Russia’s most recent endeavors and investments there, while also discussing some of the unique challenges that the warming climate and Covid-19 have posed for Russia’s Arctic regions

    About Dr. 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 served as one of two Editors-in-Chief of Questions in Politics, a refereed publication of the GPSA.

    • 10/15/2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 97

    Cyber Growth Leader Thomas Finan  will present a  webinar on:


    About the Webinar

    In the wake of COVID-19, the percentage of full-time employees working permanently from home will expand 733% over pre-pandemic levels. Cybercriminals are shifting their tactics accordingly, targeting often less-than-secure remote worksites to gain quick access to corporate systems. To protect themselves, organizations must squarely address the human element of cyber risk. Tom Finan of Willis Towers Watson will discuss how CISOs and HR leaders can collaborate to address four key aspects of employee experience that are the foundation of more effective cyber risk cultures. In so doing, they can help ensure their organizations not only survive a cyber incident but also thrive in its aftermath.

    About Thomas Finan

    Tom Finan is a Cyber Growth Leader within Willis Towers Watson’s FINEX Cyber/E&O Practice. In this role, Tom advances the company’s integrated approach to cybersecurity across all aspects of people, capital, and technology risk. Tom previously worked as the Chief Strategy Officer of Ark Network Security Solutions. He also served as Senior Cybersecurity Strategist and Counsel with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate. While at DHS, Tom established and led the agency’s cybersecurity insurance initiative in support of implementation of Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” To advance that effort, he created DHS’ Cyber Incident Data and Analysis Working Group (CIDAWG), a private-public engagement forum that examined how a cyber incident data repository could help meet the information and analysis requirements of the insurance industry and technical cybersecurity professionals.

    Tom previously served as the Staff Director and Counsel for the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment with the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. During his time with the Committee, he authored two major reports that informed many of the statutory provisions that he helped develop for Title V of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-53) and the Reducing Over-Classification Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-258). Tom is a former Assistant General Counsel at the FBI. He has also worked in private litigation practice.

    Tom earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and B.A. from the University of Virginia.

    • 10/29/2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 86

    Bruce Zagaris will present a  webinar on:


    About the Webinar

    Today companies and individuals face a host of white collar crime threats from all over the world. Transnational criminals are taking advantage of the pandemic to develop new frauds in PPE and medicines and acquire businesses. Using encrypted phone networks, they have anonymity to engage in drug and human trafficking. Increasingly, criminals network with each other and converge their crimes. The range of criminals more frequently includes state actors, such as China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. Governments and companies are challenged to develop their own enforcement networks and regimes to prevent these new crimes, dismantle the criminal networks, and prosecute the criminals.

    About Bruce Zagaris

    Bruce Zagaris is a partner with the law firm of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP, Washington, D.C. His criminal work has included counseling businesses on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering and preparing due diligence programs. He regularly testifies as an expert in international criminal cases involving evidence gathering, extradition, prisoner transfers, money laundering and tax crimes, and counseling of witnesses for grand jury investigations. Since 1985, he has edited the INTERNATIONAL ENFORCEMENT LAW REPORTER. He has been an adjunct professor of law at several law schools. He has authored and edited several books, including INTERNATIONAL WHITE COLLAR CRIME: CASES AND MATERIALS (2d ed. Cambridge U. Press, 2015), INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW with Jordan Paust et al (4th ed. Carolina Academic Press, 2013) and hundreds of articles on international law.

    He has represented various governments and international organizations on international financial services, transparency, and financial regulatory issues. For several governments he has advised on and participated in negotiations with respect to income tax treaties, tax information exchange agreements, and mutual assistance in criminal matters treaties. Since 1981, he has registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. He has testified several times in Congress on international tax, financial services, and international evidence gathering issues. He has authored FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN U.S. REAL ESTATE (Praeger Press 1979).


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.