Dialogue promotes peace and prosperity through knowledge and understanding. 

Today our world with all of its promise also confronts unprecedented challenges. If not properly addressed, many of these challenges devolve into conflict. Dialogue with foreign leaders, understanding the international business goals of the US and other countries, and recognizing the role that each country plays in both international affairs and international business, is at the heart of what ACIR offers those who are interested in international relations, international business, world affairs, and U.S. foreign and security challenges. Involvement and support of ACIR provides each of us an opportunity to make a contribution to the advancement of peace and prosperity through knowledge and understanding.

The ACIR was founded in the 1950s as the Atlanta sub-chapter of the Council of Foreign Relations. It later developed into an independent organization and quickly became known as a premier Atlanta institution. The organization has a near 70-year history of stimulating interest in, and fostering discussion and debate through public discussion groups, forums, panels, lectures, and other similar programs. ACIR is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and therefore all contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowable under the law.

How can I support ACIR?

Attending programs

Meeting together is a way we can all contribute to ACIR, and it is integral to the success of the organization. Whether you are a member or non-member, we invite and encourage you to attend our meetings and conferences.

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ACIR membership allows you to attend ACIR events, and many ACIR co-sponsored events, at member rates, attend "Member Only" functions, receive regular notification of ACIR events, and contribute to the support of ACIR interns. ACIR membership dues also permit ACIR to bring you a wider variety of programs with highly regarded national and international speakers.

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One of the best ways to support the work of the ACIR is through volunteering.  ACIR seeks volunteers in such areas as as program development, administration, outreach programs to academia, business, the military, as well as in technology, website support, and funding. If you would like to support ACIR as a volunteer, please contact Bob Kennedy at


ACIR relies on individual donations and corporate sponsorships to support our mission. Your tax deductible donation enables us to create outstanding programs featuring experts to address the complex issues that confront the United States and the world community. Your financial help also allows us to support interns from local universities who assist us in the development and execution of our programs. Without your financial support, ACIR would not be the vibrant organization that it is today.

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Atlanta Council on International Relations

4780 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Suite 540-165

Atlanta, Georgia 30338