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    • 09/20/2019
    • 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Ansley Golf Club
    • 1

    ACIR President Bob Kennedy will speak at the President's Annual Breakfast on "The Demands of Smart Power." Seating is limited to 20 attendees.

    Smart Power has been defined as the use of both hard power (often military force) and soft power (non-military) to achieve objectives in the international arena. Often missing from such formulations is an explicit delineation of the elements of "Smart Power." In a brief talk before discussions commence, Bob Kennedy will identify what he considers to be the key elements  of "Smart Power" that hold promise of effective foreign policy.

    A former senior government official, Bob is a professor emeritus at Georgia Tech's the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. Prior positions include: director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Germany; Deputy Commandant, NATO Defense College, Italy; Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of National Security Studies and Senior Researcher, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College; Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; an enlisted man in the U.S. Army; and command pilot on active duty with the U.S. Air Force.

    Bob holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Georgetown University and a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and was a Fulbright Scholar in Peru. He is recipient of the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Chairman, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Doctorate Honoris Cause from the Bulgarian National Defense College; has been elected a permanent member of the Academy of Security, Defense, and Law Enforcement, Russian Federation with the title of Professor, and was awarded the title of Commander by the President of Romania.

    Bob has lectured and published widely and has served as a consultant in the fields of international security and defense affairs. His most recent books are Of Knowledge and Power: the Complexities of National Intelligence and The Road to War: Congress’ Historic Abdication of Responsibility.



    • 10/17/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Capital City Club - Downtown

    In this 2019 autumn ACIR cycle, we find both the U.S. and China in a trade war. We have an American president determined to stop the long-standing Chinese theft of American intellectual property and protection of state-owned enterprises from competitive markets, and a powerful Chinese leader who recently visited the site of the Long March in Jiangxi Province to symbolically gird the Chinese people for what may be a prolonged trade war. China’s recent implicit threat to cut off its rare earth minerals, critical to the U.S. manufacture of electronic devices, reflects the seriousness of this economic contest. Where is it going, and at what cost to both sides?

    ACIR is honored to host Dr. Penny Prime who will discuss the topic, "U.S.-China Relations: What Are the Moving Parts?"

    Dr. Penny Prime is Clinical Professor of International Business in the Institute of International Business at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, and Founding Director and Board Member of the China Research Center.

    Dr. Prime has over 40 years of experience studying Mandarin and working in China, and was one of the first American graduate students to visit China for dissertation research after U.S.-China normalization. She has analyzed China’s economy for the U.S. Bureau of Census, advised companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations, and culture.

    Dr. Prime is the author of several books on China’s economic development, as well as books on Taiwan and India. She has also authored numerous articles on the Chinese economy and culture. She serves on the editorial Boards of China Economic Review and Eurasia Geography & Economics. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Dr. Prime launched the China Research Center, a non-profit organization designed to promote research and education about greater China. She is also on the Research Board of the ICA Institute and is a member of the National Committee for U.S. – China Relations.

    Lunch is provided with registration.

Atlanta Council on International Relations

4780 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Ste 540-165

Atlanta, GA 30338


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