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Upcoming events

    • 09/29/2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Ansley Golf Club
    • 1

    Mexico, a representative, democratic and federal republic, is the 5th largest country in the Americas and the 14th largest and 10th most populous nation in the world. It is geographically located in North America, but its language, historical roots and culture make it part of Latin America.

     The Mexican economy is the 15th largest in the world in terms of nominal GDP.    It shares a 3,142 km border with the United States, across which an average of over one million people, 230 thousand vehicles and 70,000 trucks transit daily through 56 international crossings. Indeed, 24% of Mexico’s GDP is generated in the border region, while the economic activity of the ten border states of both countries would represent the third largest economy worldwide.

    With a population of over 130 inhabitants, Mexico is one of the largest markets in the world. The countries with largest investments in Mexico were its partners in USMCA (United States and Canada), followed by a significant number of European countries (Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Luxemburg and Switzerland), and Asian countries (Japan).

    Mexico and Georgia have a significant economic relationship, with over 75 Mexican facilities operating in Georgia, of which at least 45 are manufacturing locations. These Mexican affiliated companies employ more than 2,500 Georgians.      

    Consul General Javier Díaz de León received his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a Masters of Arts in International Conflict Analysis by the University of Kent, England.

    He has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1991 and has held the rank of Ambassador since April 28th, 2017.  His distinguished diplomatic career has included positions as Deputy Consul General in San Diego, Deputy Consul General in New York, Head of the Office for Migration and Hispanic Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, and Executive Director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City.

    He served as Consul General of Mexico in Raleigh, North Carolina from June 2013 to May 2016 and has been the Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta since June 18th, 2016.

    The Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta oversees the states of Georgia, Alabama and most of Tennessee.


    For your safety and the safety of others,

    ACIR requests that only fully vaccinated people attend.



    • 10/04/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Webinar with Dr. Velizar Shalamanov

    Former Bulgarian Defense Minister and Member of Parliament

    Monday,  October 4 at 11:00 a.m.

    Join us for an exciting meeting with a Bulgarian Defense Minister and current Member of Parliament in a time of turmoil in Eastern Europe.

    The Iron Curtain has lifted, but the loss of Crimea, hybrid war in Ukraine, and continued cyberattacks signal Russia’s discontent with Eastern European nationss seeking to maintain their independence on freedom’s forge.

    Will Bulgaria’s increased trade and defense links to the West, its NATO membership, and its purchase of American F16s guarantee its freedom? A former Defense Minister, Velizar Shalamanov, a Member of Parliament and head of the Bulgarian delegation to the Parliamentarian Assembly of NATO offers his perspective regarding the future of this geostrategic region.

    About Velizar Shalamanov

    After 19 years in military, followed by an academic career in the Academy of Sciences, Dr. Shalamanov has had several tours of public service: Deputy Minister of Defense (1998-2001), Minister of Defense (2014), Director Demand Management in the NATO’s IT and Cyber Agency (2009-2017), member of the 45th and 46th Parliaments of Bulgaria (Vice Chair of the Defense Committee).

    In 2019 he was elected as a Chair of the NATO Communications and Information Agency Supervisory Board facilitating the consensus among 30 nations. Since 2018 Velizar has been the deputy director of the Institute of Information and Communications Technologies, focusing on consolidation of the academic cyber capacity in Bulgaria and EU (under H2020 project) and study of best practices for effectiveness, efficiency and cyber resilience of IT organizations, the role of IT in institutional change management. The IT and change management / innovation-related research work of Dr. Shalamanov started in 1984 as a project manager, head of section and sector in defense institute, leading intelligent planning and assessment systems development, followed by some projects in space research, institutional change management, integrated command and control / emergency management systems, and computer assisted exercises. He defended his PhD thesis in Kiev (1991) and became Associated Professor in 1998. Since 1993 Dr. Shalamanov is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA Int.) with a HQ in Washington (member of the Board and Executive Committee for 5 years) and as a deputy minister represented Bulgaria in co-founding of the PfP Consortium (1999) and Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF, 2000), where he served 12 years as a member of the International Advisory Board.

    • 10/14/2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Buckhead Club
    • 100

    In-Person Event, October 14 at 11:30 a.m., the Buckhead Club

    For your safety and the safety of others,

    ACIR requests that only fully vaccinated people attend.

    All-too-often, the national security community fails to balance the vital equation governing how we go about investing to secure our broad security interests. Admiral Winnefeld will walk the audience through this balance, how we are currently falling short in maintaining it, and how we might go about restoring it.

    Venue: Buckhead Club

    3344 Peachtree Road N.E.

    Suite 2600

    Atlanta, GA 30326

    About Admiral James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr.

    Admiral Winnefeld graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and served for 37 years in the United States Navy. He instructed at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as Topgun, and served as senior aide-decamp to General Colin L. Powell. He commanded a fighter squadron, the amphibious ship USS CLEVELAND, and the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE. As a flag officer, he commanded a carrier strike group, two NATO commands, the United States SIXTH Fleet, United States NORTHERN Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD. He retired after serving as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States’ number two ranking military officer.

    Admiral Winnefeld is a frequently published author and a director or advisory board member for companies operating in a broad spectrum of business sectors. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech where he is a former Chair of the Advisory Board, a member of the Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame, and an emeritus member of the Georgia Tech Foundation. He is a senior non-resident fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Admiral Winnefeld and his wife, Mary, are Co-Chairs of SAFEProject.US, a national nonprofit committed to helping reverse the epidemic of drug overdose fatalities in the United States.


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.