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 December 5, 2008 (Friday)
Luncheon in honor of His Excellency Chief Ojo Maduekwe, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Nigerian Foreign Minister Chief Ojo Maduekwe will be visiting Atlanta as his only stop in the United States. We were honored to have him as our distinguished guest as he made a national address at this very special luncheon.

Watch the video or listen to the audio from this event online.
His Excellency Chief Ojo Maduekwe, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Location:  Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Ravinia
4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30346

 November 17, 2008 (Monday)
Evening Briefing: The United States, Pivotal Powers, and the New Global Reality
Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has enjoyed primacy in world affairs. Yet the 21st century promises to be characterized by multiple and competing sources of global power. As China, India, Russia, the European Union, Japan, and others gain strength across various dimensions of power—political, military, economic, and cultural, among others—shifting patterns of major power dynamics will become more critical to the future of the international system. Nina Hachigian and Mona Sutphen are authors of a new report from the Stanley Foundation that looks at these issues. They also have a new book out titled, “The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.” Both provided analysis of the dynamics driving the diffusion, redistribution and redefinition of power around the globe, and suggest policy options for how the United States can continue to play a global leadership role in an age of multiple major powers.

Biographical information about our featured speakers:

Nina Hachigian, Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress and a Visiting Scholar of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Earlier, she was the Director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Policy and a Senior Political Scientist at RAND. From 1998 to 1999, she was on the staff of the National Security Council.

Mona Sutphen, Managing Director at Stonebridge International LLC, a Washington - based international business strategy firm. A former diplomat, she served in Bangkok and Sarajevo. Later, she served as Special Assistant to U.S. National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger and as an advisor to United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson.

(L-R) Nina Hachigian, Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress and Mona Sutphen, Managing Director at Stonebridge International LLC

(L–R) Nina Hachigian, Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress and Mona Sutphen, Managing Director at Stonebridge International LLC
Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Presented With:  The Stanley Foundation logo

 October 30, 2008 (Thursday)
Luncheon Program: "Investing in Emerging Markets in Today’s Financial Environment"
The Southern Center for International Studies was pleased to present a luncheon program dedicated to better understanding several critical global business issues. The luncheon featured a moderated interactive panel of experienced global business leaders from the Atlanta community.

Featured panelists: Watch the video or listen to the audio from this event online.

Biographical information about our featured speakers:

Jeff Baker, Senior Vice President Corporate Development & Strategy, Global Payments

Jeffery B. Baker was appointed Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning for Global Payments, Inc. in 2003 with responsibility for defining Global’s direction, objectives and action plans for current and future growth strategies.

Prior to that appointment, Baker served as Principal and Senior Research Analyst, U. S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Corporation, where he performed comprehensive analysis of financial technology and service companies. Baker was also a Vice President and Senior Research Analyst with W. R. Hambrecht & Company and, in addition, served as a Director with SunTrust Equitable Securities, Inc. and as Assistant Vice President with Principal Financial Securities, Inc.

“Jeff’s knowledge of our industry and recognition of emerging opportunities is extraordinary and we welcome his expertise, energy and experience,” Garcia said.

Commenting on his new position, Baker said, “I am very impressed with Global’s success and progress in the payment delivery marketplace and look forward to working with Paul and his strong management team to help accomplish new strategic directions.”

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN) is a leading provider of electronic transaction processing services to merchants, Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), financial institutions, government agencies and multi-national corporations located throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Global Payments offers a comprehensive line of payment solutions, including credit and debit cards, business-to-business purchasing cards, gift cards, check guarantee, check verification and recovery, terminal management and money transfer services. For additional information about the company and its services, visit www.globalpaymentsinc.com.

S. Tamer Cavusgil, Ph. D, Fuller E. Callaway Professional Chair; Director, Institute of International Business, GSU Robinson College of Business

Tamer specializes in the internationalization of the firm, global strategy, emerging markets, and buyer-seller relationships in cross-border business. His professional career spans teaching, research and administrative responsibilities in international business at Michigan State University, Bradley University, University of Wisconsin, and the Middle East Technical University (Turkey). In addition, he served as Senior Fulbright Scholar to Australia and taught at Monash University. Recently, he was appointed a visiting Professor at Manchester Business School, and as Gianni and Joan Montezemolo Visiting Chair at the University of Cambridge, the United Kingdom.

At Michigan State University, he was the inaugural holder of the John W. Byington Endowed Chair in Global Marketing, and also held distinction of MSU Distinguished Faculty, the highest award given to a faculty member. He founded the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), a leading National Resource Center in 1989, and served as its Executive Director until 2008. At MSU-CIBER, he spearheaded the development of now leading international business knowledge portal, globalEDGE. In addition to building an exceptional CIBER team, he secured more than $15 million in external contracts and grants for MSU's international activities. Also serving as director of doctoral programs in international business, he mentored more than 20 doctoral students.

Tamer has authored more than a dozen books and over 180 refereed journal articles. His work is among the most cited contributions in international business. He is the founding editor of the Journal of International Marketing now published by the American Marketing Association, and Advances in International Marketing published by Elsevier/JAI Press. He serves on the editorial review boards of a dozen professional journals including the Journal of International Business Studies.

His books include: Internationalizing Business Education (1993, MSU Press), Internationalizing Doctoral Education in Business (1995, MSU Press), and Doing Business in the Emerging Markets (1992, Sage). He also edited reference books: Study Abroad for Business Schools and Emerging Frontiers in International Business Research and Theory. Most recently, he co-authored a textbook, International Business: Strategy, Management, and the New Realities, with Gary Knight and John Riesenberger (2008, Prentice-Hall).

Tamer also served as Vice President of the AIB, and on the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association. Michigan State University bestowed him with its highest recognition for contributions to the international mission: the Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies. He was named "International Trade Educator of the Year" in 1996 by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE). In 2007, he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge.

Tamer holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees in business from the University of Wisconsin.

Ransom James, Director Corporate Investment, Arcapita, Inc.

Ransom joined Arcapita in 2004 and has ten years of private equity, leveraged finance and corporate banking experience. He focuses on the business services, technology and consumer sectors. Ransom currently serves on the Boards of 3PD, Church’s Chicken, PODS, and Yakima, and he also works with Cypress Communications. Prior to joining Arcapita, Ransom spent six years in the Leveraged Finance group at Merrill Lynch in New York and in the Corporate Banking group at Wachovia in Charlotte. While at Merrill Lynch and Wachovia, Ransom focused on leveraged buyout, acquisition, and restructuring financings, as well as general strategic advisory work. Ransom holds a BS in Management from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

Trey Loughran, Senior Vice President Corporate Development, Equifax

Joseph M. ("Trey") Loughran leads Corporate Development at Equifax Inc. A member of the company’s Senior Leadership Team, he is responsible for the company's mergers and acquisitions and business development across key market sectors, including expansion into new international markets.

Mr. Loughran joined Equifax in 2006 after serving at BellSouth Corp., one of the leading U.S. telecommunications companies prior to its acquisition by AT&T. During his five year tenure at BellSouth, Mr. Loughran held a number of leadership positions, most recently as Managing Director of the company's Corporate Strategy and Planning department. Additionally, he served as Executive Director of Marketing in BellSouth's Interconnection Services unit where his thought leadership in the areas of pricing, product management and marketing earned him the 2004 Network Services Excellence Award. Before joining BellSouth, he helped launch Global Food Exchange, an Internet-based software company, as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Corporate Development. Prior to launching this venture, Mr. Loughran served nearly four years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining McKinsey, he served as an attorney with King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia and an investment banking analyst with Lazard Frères & Co. in New York.

Mr. Loughran holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and a law degree from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Location:  World Trade Center Atlanta
303 Peachtree Street NE
Lower Lobby Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30310

 October 29, 2008 (Wednesday)
Young Professionals Evening Briefing: Japan
Featuring: Mr. Takuji Hanatani, Consul General of Japan in Atlanta, Mr. Takeshi Saito, Chief Executive Director of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and the Secretary General of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (JCCG).

With approximately 128 million citizens, Japan has both the world's tenth largest population and Asia's largest economy. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents. Japan is one of the leading nations in the fields of scientific research, particularly technology, machinery, and biomedical research. Nearly 700,000 researchers share a $130 billion research and development budget, the third largest in the world. Japan also has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world, with the average person living for over 81 years as of 2006.

The Young Professionals were invited to meet our esteemed panelists to learn more about this fascinating land of Minajima and Mt. Fuji, ikebana and origami, geishas and gardens, and samurais and sumo wrestlers. Join us as we engage in a discussion on Japan’s political, economic, and investment climate, as well as its impact on local and international economies.

Additional topical details and information about the Briefing panel were available and hors d'oeuvres and drinks were served at the event.
Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 October 8, 2008 (Wednesday)
Breakfast Briefing: His Excellency Kürşad Tüzmen, State Minister of Foreign Trade of Turkey
Introduction by Mr. Muhtar Kent, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. Kürşad Tüzmen is a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Turkey and has been serving as the Minister of State in charge of Foreign Trade and Customs in the Turkish Government since 2002. In this capacity, he works to open and expand new markets for Turkish goods and services around the world. The Southern Center presented this Breakfast Briefing in cooperation with the Honorable Mona Diamond, Honorary Consul General of Turkey; the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce; the Istanbul Center; and Kennesaw State University’s Institute for Global Initiatives.

Watch the video or listen to the audio from this event online.
His Excellency Kürşad Tüzmen, State Minister of Foreign Trade of Turkey
Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
 

 September 11, 2008 (Thursday)
Lunch and Special Program: Russia and Georgia, Confrontation and Consequences
featured Meade Sutterfield, Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF), Facilitator, Central Eurasia Leadership Academy, Wayne Lord, President, Southern Center for International Studies, Lt. General David Poythress, former Adjutant General of Georgia, with Moderator Joel Cowan, SIBF.
Society of International Business Fellows logo
Location:  103 West Restaurant
103 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 August 28, 2008 (Thursday)
Breakfast Briefing: An Insider’s View of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China
featured Charles H. Battle, Jr., Chairman, SCIS Board of Trustees; Of Counsel, Miller & Martin PLLC; and Past Managing Director, International Relations, Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

Charles H. Battle has served as a key figure in the Olympic Movement for the past 20 years. Mr. Battle enjoyed a distinguished career as a municipal finance lawyer at King & Spalding before his profession took another path. In 1987 he volunteered as one of the “original nine” to secure for Atlanta the designation as the U.S. city to bid for the 1996 Olympic Games by the United States Olympic Committee. He served as Executive Vice President of the Atlanta Organizing Committee and took a leave of absence from law to travel around the world lobbying members of the International Olympic Committee and attending various Olympic meetings to promote Atlanta’s candidacy. He left King & Spalding to join The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) and served as its Managing Director for International Relations.

Mr. Battle was awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee for his outstanding contributions to the Olympic Movement. In 2004, Mr. Battle served on the IOC Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and was a part of the IOC Sports for All Commission. Thanks in part to his consultation, Beijing won the bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, Vancouver won the bid to host 2010 Winter Olympics, and Sochi, Russia won the 2014 Winter Olympics bid. He presently serves as Senior International Advisor for the Chicago 2016 Bid Committee.

In 1997 Mr. Battle became President of Central Atlanta Progress and in 1999, became Executive Director of both the WestPoint Stevens Foundation, a corporate foundation and the Holcombe and Nancy Green Foundation, a private foundation.

Mr. Battle received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964 and his J.D. with highest honors from Emory University School of Law in 1970. He remains active with both schools through many roles and was honored with Emory Law School’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.

He participated in Leadership Georgia and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Center for International Studies.

Watch the video or listen to the audio from this event online.
Charles H. Battle, Jr.
Location:   Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 August 19, 2008 (Tuesday)
Young Professionals Evening Briefing: Peru's Economic Revolution
Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, even long before the Inca Empire. It was the largest state in Pre-Columbian America, which was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821. In modern times, after a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent terrorism, followed by a period of economic stability during the 1990s (although accompanied by an institutional crisis that ended up with the fall of Fujimori in 2000). Since 2001, Peru has been undergoing a so-called "capitalist revolution" and is now considered to be South America's fastest-growing economy. How are Peruvians building this? Experts speculate that this performance is not only due to economic reasons but also to developments supporting the principles of democracy and good governance. A free-trade agreement with the United States was signed in 2007 and is about to come into effect, and Peru's debt has been awarded two investment-grade credit ratings in 2008.

Our featured speaker for this month’s YP briefing was Mr. Fernando Albareda, Trade Commissioner of Peru in Miami. Mr. Albareda, visiting Atlanta as a member of the Peruvian Official and Business delegation to the 2nd Americas' Competitiveness Forum, organized by The International Training Center for Government and Civil Society Leaders (CIFAL) of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). He generously agreed to give us some of his time and talk with us about the Peruvian experience and present economic process.
Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 August 14, 2008 (Thursday)
Step into Africa: Living with AIDS, a Personal Journey
The Southern Center for International Studies and World Vision hosted a discussion Step into Africa: Living with AIDS, a Personal Journey with Ms. Princess Kasune Zulu, World Vision AIDS Advocate.

Ms. Princess Kasune Zulu took a bold step when she saw how AIDS was devastating her native Zambia: she refused to stay silent. She started hitchhiking with truck drivers on the transcontinental highways. The men, who frequent prostitutes and then return home to their wives, are at high risk of getting and spreading the virus. As Princess rode in their cabs, she lectured them about preventing AIDS. She was orphaned by AIDS herself. By age 15, Princess had lost both parents and a baby sister to AIDS-related illness and was left to care for her three younger siblings.

Princess tested positive for HIV infection in 1997. At that time in Zambia, AIDS was rarely discussed and carried a heavy stigma, yet she went public with her diagnosis. She launched a campaign to educate other Zambians to protect themselves from infection. She says, “If we keep quiet, so many more people will die.”

She spoke to truckers, gave seminars to businesses and worked with churches and schools. She reached even more people by hosting her own national radio show, “Positive Living”. The program received honors from the U.S. Embassy in Zambia for excellence in broadcasting on HIV and AIDS. Princess now speaks around the world to encourage people to make a difference for children and families affected by the virus. She has taken her message to the United Nations and international AIDS conferences. In her push for more government resources to fight AIDS, she has met with President George W. Bush and other global leaders. Her story has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today and on ABC’s Good Morning America, FOX News and BBC News.

She also speaks on related issues such as education for girls, child protection, human rights, and gender and equality. Princess talks frankly about the pandemic, but offers hope through the work of organizations such as World Vision. “There is hope in the midst of all this,” she says. “We are not just numbers or statistics. We are real people with dreams and visions.”

Watch the video or listen to the audio from this event online.
World Vision logo

 

Princess Kasune Zulu, World Vision AIDS Advocate
Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 July 14, 2008 (Monday)
Breakfast Briefing: Prospects for Trade Agreements with Peru, Colombia and Panama
featuring Ambassador Charles S. Shapiro, Senior Coordinator, Western Hemisphere Trade Task Force, United States Department of State. Introduction by Commissioner Kenneth Stewart, Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Trade with Latin America is increasingly important and a hot topic of the election campaign. Ambassador Shapiro discussed how Georgia and the region can benefit from future Free Trade Agreements.

Ambassador Shapiro was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (2005-2007) and U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela (February 2002 until August 2004). Read more biographical information for Ambassador Shapiro.

Ambassador Charles Shapiro leads the Task Force working to secure congressional passage of the Free Trade Agreements with Peru, Colombia and Panama. Congress passed the Peru agreement in December 2007; the President sent the Colombia agreement to Congress in April 2008.

Shapiro was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (2005-2007) and U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela (February 2002 until August 2004).

Shapiro joined the Department of State in 1977. In addition to his posting as Ambassador to Venezuela, he has served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Santiago, Chile and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Other overseas postings include El Salvador and Denmark. His Washington assignments include Director of the Office of Cuban Affairs as well as various assignments in Public Affairs, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Ambassador Shapiro was the recipient of a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2005 and has received various Department of State performance and honor awards. In 2007 the Government of Chile decorated him with the “Orden al Mérito.” His foreign languages are Spanish and Danish.

A native of Atlanta, Shapiro is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Georgia State University, and the Department of State’s Senior Seminar.

The Southern Center presented this Breakfast Briefing in cooperation with CIFAL Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Global Commerce Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Watch the video or listen to the audio from this event online.
Ambassador Charles S. Shapiro, Senior Coordinator, Western Hemisphere Trade Task Force, United States Department of State
Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 June 30, 2008 (Monday)
In Dialogue Discussion and Booksigning: Petrostate: Putin, Power and the New Russia
The Southern Center for International Studies presented an In Dialogue program featuring Dr. Marshall I. Goldman, Kathryn W. Davis Professor of Russian Economics (Emeritus) at Wellesley College and Former Associate Director of the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University in dialogue with Dr. Wayne Lord, Professor of International Executive Business Education at Georgia State University and President-elect of the Southern Center.

Watch the video or listen to the audio from this event online.
portaits of Dr. Marshall I. Goldman and Dr. Wayne Lord with the bookcover for Petrostate
Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 June 25, 2008 (Wednesday)
Young Professionals Evening Briefing on Refugees and Asylum-Seekers
The Young Professionals global briefing for June highlighted Refugees and Asylum-Seekers: Geography of Conflict. The United Nations estimated in 2005 that 190 million people were living outside of their countries of origin, having crossed international borders at some point. Seven percent of these people are refugees or asylees. This month's briefing will examine the regions and conflicts that produce refugees, how people who flee their home country reach a place of refuge, and what happens to refugees once they arrive in a country that has agreed to resettle them. We will leave ample time for discussion with our speakers so that we can examine what the status of the world's refugees and asylees reveals about the world's conflicts.

Our featured speakers included Susan Pavlin. Ms. Pavlin spearheads the Refugee Family Services public policy and education initiative, and she coordinates and implements program design and development for the agency. Additionally, Pavlin has worked with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Refugee Health Program, and Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services providing policy guidance on emerging immigration issues and international foster care/unaccompanied minor programs, coordinating refugee youth needs assessments and providing Title VI trainings for Cultural Competency Workshops. Pavlin is a former Director of Multicultural and Refugee Services for Catholic Social Services, Georgia and Case Manager for the International Rescue Committee, Georgia, and is also the current Chair of the Georgia Advisory Committee on Refugee Resettlement. Pavlin is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Law, and Vanderbilt University.

Plentiful hors d'oeuvres and drinks reflecting the origins of one of Atlanta's refugee communities were served at the event.
Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 June 24, 2008 (Tuesday)
Celebrating the launch of Teach Africa in Georgia! A Reception and Orientation
The Southern Center for International Studies and The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa held an evening reception with members of the African Diplomatic Corps and representatives from the Africa Society and Discovery Communications. Receive information on innovative educational materials on Africa and enjoy an African drumming performance!

We thank our honorary co-chairs,
Ambassador Andrew Young, the Honorable Kathy Cox, Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Helene Gayle, President of CARE. Our keynote address will be Mr. John Donaldson, Acting Director for International Affairs, The World Bank.

The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa and Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership are partnering with SCIS in a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Africa-education orientation program for superintendents and principals, entitled Teach Africa. The program is designed to encourage an integrated approach to teaching about Africa and provide educators with the background and tools needed to raise student interest in Africa. It exposes school administrators, teachers, and students to the people, cultures, politics, economics, and history that make up the African continent. Watch the video or listen to the audio from this event online.

photo of African children and map of Africa

Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
 
Supported 
by SCIS 
and: 
U.S. AID logoDiscovery Channel Global Education Partnership logoThe Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa logo

 June 10, 2008 (Tuesday)
Breakfast Briefing on Europe
The Southern Center for International Studies with The Consulate of Greece in Atlanta hosted a Breakfast Briefing on Europe featuring The Honorable Anna Diamantopoulou, Member of Parliament in Greece, Panhellenic Socialist Movement Party (PASOK), and Former EU Commissioner, Employment and Social Affairs, Prodi Commission and Ambassador Angelos Pangratis, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S. in Washington D.C. Watch the video or listen to the audio from this event online.
portaits of Ambassador Angelos Pangratis, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S. in Washington D.C. and The Honorable Anna Diamantopoulou
Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 May 13, 2008 (Tuesday)
Future Foreign Policy for the U.S.
President Emeritus and founder of The Southern Center for International Studies Peter White delivers remarks on suggested next steps for the new White House administration in 2009. White has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Africa. His visits to Asia have included private meetings with a variety of leaders ranging from Chiang Kai-shek to Deng Xiaoping; and he has participated in a number of fact-finding missions to Indo China and the Peoples' Republic of China, including the first US foreign policy group to visit China after the Shanghai communique, led by former Secretary of Defense Cyrus Vance in 1974. This event was hosted by the Atlanta Council on International Relations. Watch the video or listen to the audio from this event online.
Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 May 8, 2008 (Thursday)
Evening Briefing: Expectations of the President—A View from Berlin
American Council on Germany logofeaturing Dr. John Hulsman, Alfred von Oppenheim Scholar in Residence, German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin; presented by the Atlanta Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany in cooperation with The Southern Center for International Studies. Watch the video or listen to the audio from this event online.

Dr. John C. Hulsman is the face of the Council on all aspects of transatlantic relations. His expertise is particularly centered on forging common transatlantic polices regarding Iran, Iraq, the War on Terror, and the Middle East Peace Process. Having given over 1250 interviews, Dr. Hulsman makes regular appearances with major media outlets such as ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, Comedy Central and the BBC. He also has written over 150 published articles for publications such as The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Policy Review, Newsweek, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Die Welt, and Le Monde. In addition, Dr. Hulsman serves as a contributing editor for the prestigious foreign policy journal, The National Interest.
portait of John Hulsman
Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 April 17, 2008 (Thursday)
The China Issue in the 2008 Congressional and Presidential Elections
The Southern Center in cooperation with the National Committee on United States-China Relations presented a LIVE WEBCAST moderated by Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.–China Relations and featuring Dr. Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute.

China Town Hall was a national day of programming on China. The live webcast with Dr. Norman Ornstein was held simultaneously in 40 cities throughout the U.S.

An Atlanta-based panel discussion took place following the live broadcast with Mr. William Zarit, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., and Dr. Penelope Prime, Director, China Research Center, Professor of Economics, Mercer University.

(L–R) Dr. Norman Ornstein, Willian Zarit, and Dr. Penelope Prime

(L–R) Dr. Norman Ornstein, and the Atlanta panel participants William Zarit, and Dr. Penelope Prime

Location:  Southern Center for International Studies
320 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Supported by:  National Association of Chinese-Americans
Chinese Research Center

 March 26 - 27, 2008 (Wednesday and Thursday)
VIP Dinner Honoring the Former U.S. Secretaries of State and Report of the Secretaries of State
In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Dean Rusk Center for International Law, the University of Georgia School of Law joined the Southern Center on March 27 in presenting the 16th Report of the Secretaries of State. Henry Kissinger, James Baker III, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell spoke at this unique forum moderated by newscaster Terence Smith of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. The conference will be videotaped for later broadcast on PBS stations around the country and through other outlets around the world. Watch the video and read the transcript online. [NOTE: Real Player is needed to view this program online.]

A reception and dinner for the Former U.S. Secretaries of State took place at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead on March 26.
portraits of former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, James Baker III, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell


 [ Albright portrait by Timothy Greenfield Sanders ]

Location:  Classic Center, The University of Georgia
300 North Thomas Street
Athens, GA 30601

 March 4, 2008 (Tuesday)
Address and Discussion: Quo Vadis Russia: A Business Perspective
An Address and Discussion on Russia, featuring E. Neville Isdell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company. Mr. Isdell has had extensive experience in Russia and currently serves as Chairman of the U.S.-Russia Business Council. Watch the video and read the text of his speech. Read the GlobalAtlanta.com article about this event.
portait of E. Neville Isdell
Location:  Atlanta History Center
McElreath Hall
130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 February 8, 2008 (Friday)
Luncheon Address: International Financial Markets and the National Economy
Special luncheon briefing featuring Dennis P. Lockhart, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Dennis P. Lockhart is president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, responsible for all the Bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve's chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).

Mr. Lockhart spoke about the recent turmoil in world capital markets and the impact on the U.S. economy. Read the text of his speech. Listen to the podcast of his speech.
portait of Dennis Lockhart
Location:  103 West
103 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

 January 30, 2008 (Wednesday)
Young Professionals Evening Briefing on Canada
Featured the following speakers:
  • Louis Fortin, Director, Trade Division Québec Government Office
  • Judith Costello, Political, Economic, and Academic Relations Officer at the Consulate General of Canada, and
  • Paul Haddad, a principal and CEO, Solusia

 January 29, 2008 (Tuesday)
Evening Briefing
An Evening Briefing with Dr. Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE.

 

 

 

portait of Dr. Helene Gayle

 January 24, 2008 (Thursday)
Breakfast Briefing: Hotspots Around the World: China Middle East, Russia and South Africa
A Breakfast Briefing featuring Peter White, President, SCIS, Cedric Suzman, VP and Director of Programming, and Wayne Lord, Former VP Governmental Affairs, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. Peter White offered his views on China. Cedric Suzman reported on the several weeks he spent in his native South Africa. Recent news on Iraq and the Middle East peace process were also discussed. Wayne Lord is SCIS Senior Fellow for Russian Studies, has a PhD in Russian Studies from Georgetown University, and has had extensive business dealings with Russia and the former Soviet Union.


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