Liechtenstein: More Than a Tax Haven
GlobalAtlanta, October 23
On October 19, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosted a special briefing on Liechtenstein featuring Liechtenstein’s foreign minister, Dr. Aurelia Flick, as well as the country’s ambassador to the U.S., Claudia Fritsche, who were in Atlanta promoting their country’s connectivity with the rest of the world. They were in Atlanta to encourage more ties with the South.
Argentine Ambassador to Strengthen Bilateral Trade, Educational Ties
GlobalAtlanta, October 19
Jorge Arguello, Argentina’s ambassador to the United States, told a luncheon gathering of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta on October 16 that his top objective is to help achieve a better trade balance between the two countries. He noted that when former President Nestor Kirchner took office in 2003, Argentina had a positive trade balance with the U.S. of $1 billion. “Now the figures have changed,” he added. “In 2011 we’re talking about $4.7 billion in favor of the United States.”
The Russians are coming — and that’s a good thing
Atlanta Business Chronicle, October 19
Wayne Lord, President of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, outlines the growing business relations between the United States and Russia in his op-ed piece. He noted that this relationship is to be highlighted in the U.S.-Russia Business Council conference in Atlanta, Oct. 22 - 24th. Dr. Lord, who has had extensive business relations with Russia through his executive career in the poultry business, has high expectations for the meetings given that they will include “most powerful and influential American and Russian companies.”
New Dean of the Atlanta Consular Corps Joins Board of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta
Robinson press release, October 17
The new Dean of the Atlanta Consular Corps, Swiss Consul General Claudio Leoncavallo, has joined the board of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. Leoncavallo is the third dean of the Consular Corps to sit on the council board. Consul General Reda Mansour served on the council’s founding board when the organization was launched in 2010, followed by Consul General Lutz Görgens of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts the Argentinean Ambassador to the U.S.
Robinson press release, October 4
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta will host His Excellency Jose Argüello, Argentina's Ambassador to the U.S., at a luncheon on October 16 focusing on the Argentina-U.S. bilateral relationship.
World Affairs Council and CARE USA launch “Stories from the Edge” briefing series; First event will feature Susan Davis of BRAC USA
Robinson press release, September 24
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta in partnership with CARE USA is launching “Stories from the Edge” - a series of practitioner narratives on the cutting edge of international service and leadership.
AJC International's Success Inspires Young Leaders
GlobalAtlanta, September 3
Members of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta’s Young Leaders recently got a lesson in the rewards and hard knocks that an international business career can deliver. On Aug. 29, Eric Joiner, co-founder of AJC International Inc., an Atlanta-based global trading and logistics company, hosted the group’s quarterly Executive Dialogue Series meeting at his firm’s headquarters.
Atlanta Fed's Lockhart: World Can Learn From Latin America
GlobalAtlanta, August 29
During an event cosponsored by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Bank’s President and CEO, Dennis Lockhart, expressed that through prudent economic and fiscal policies, marked by loosened trade barriers and modest budget deficits, countries in Latin America have set upon a path to be modeled by the rest of the world.
Local Roles in Global Health
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 8
The recent Atlanta Summit on Sustaining American Leadership in Global Health & Water organized by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta in cooperation with the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies and CARE highlighted Atlanta’s governmental, NGO, and corporate involvement in global health.
Isakson: Global Health Efforts Need 'All Hands on Deck'
GlobalAtlanta, May 22
Senator Johnny Isakson opened the council’s Global Health and Water Summit recounting experiences in Africa witnessing the power of partnerships in the quest to bring clean drinking waters to millions on the continent. The theme of partnerships in delivering aid continued throughout the day-long conference.
Summit on Global Health and Water Showcases Atlanta’s Institutions
Saporta Report, May 21
The Atlanta Summit, cosponsored by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, CARE USA, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was marked by the establishment of “The Atlanta Declaration: U.S. Leadership in Improving the World’s Health.” The declaration outlined a four-pronged strategy for the next four years: accelerating host-country self-reliance in managing and financing the health sector; working with others wherever possible on problems too great to solve on our own; convincing emerging powers to bring their full potential to the fight against infectious diseases, maternal and neonatal mortality, and chronic diseases; and integrating safe water, sanitation, and hygiene into every aspect of U.S. global health policy.
The Atlanta Summit on Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Global Health & Water
Center for Strategic and International Studies, May 21
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta, CARE USA, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to host a major conference on the capability of the United States to advance global health standards and clean water accessibility. Senator Johnny Isakson and other prominent figures in government and global health will keynote the event and will lay out concisely the principles and policies that will be needed, as the next administration comes into office in 2013, to sustain America's leadership role in improving the health of people worldwide.
World Affairs Council of Atlanta to host Europe Day luncheon with Ambassador Paula Dobriansky
Robinson press release, May 7
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta, in cooperation with the European members of the Atlanta Consular Corps, will host a Europe Day Celebration on May 9 featuring the Honorable Paula Dobriansky. She is former U.S. Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs; Special Envoy to Northern Ireland; and senior fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Ambassador Dobriansky will be introduced by Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and chairman of the board of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.
World Affairs Council of Atlanta to host luncheon with Prime Minister of Kenya
Robinson press release, April 18
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta will host a luncheon with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga on Thursday, April 26 at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. The Prime Minister will be introduced by Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA.
North Korea’s Proposed Satellite Launch “Bad News”
GlobalAtlanta, April 4
Charles “Jack” Pritchard, president of the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, spoke to the World Affairs Council of Atlanta on March 22, saying that U.S and South Korean officials consider the satellite launch as a cover for a ballistic missile test. The Macon native, who served as a special envoy for negotiations with North Korea 2001-03, added that North Korea was going through “a transitional period” as Kim Jong Un assumes the leadership following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, on Dec. 17, 2011.
World Affairs Council of Atlanta sets stage for engaging and promoting global issues
Georgia State University Foundation, March 26
Since its formation two years ago as a nonpartisan nonprofit funded through gifts made to the GSU Foundation, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta has gathered worldwide leaders in government, business, academia and nonprofit organizations to share their concerns and knowledge about issues that affect everyone.
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta and Korea Economic Institute Present Luncheon Discussion on the 'Future of Korea: U.S. Security & Trade'
Robinson press release, March 18
On Thursday, March 22 the World Affairs Council of Atlanta will host a luncheon and discussion on the “Future of Korea: U.S. Security and Trade” with presentations by Ambassador Charles L. Pritchard, president of the Korea Economic Institute; Mr. Joshua Huck, U.S. Department of State; and Mr. Sangmin Lee, Embassy of the Republic of Korea. The program will be moderated by Ms. Jeong-Hwa Lee Towery, of Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough, LLC.
International Women's Day Event on Empowering Women
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 6
To celebrate International Women's Day, CARE and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta's Young Leaders are hosting a panel discussion on empowering women at CARE’s headquarters.
The Role and Relevance of Multilateral Engagement in U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. State Department, February 16
Esther Brimmer, assistant secretary with the Bureau of International Organization Affairs in the U.S. State Departments, after being introduced by World Affairs Council of Atlanta executive vice president Cedric Suzman, spoke to an audience in mid-February regarding the growing importance of international cooperation in regards to security and other global issues.
Georgia State Offers Executive Program on Emerging Markets
GlobalAtlanta, January 6
The Robinson College of Business is partnering with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta to equip businesses looking to these promising countries for growth as much of the developed world stalls.
Ambassador Says Turkey No Longer “Sick Man of Europe”
GlobalAtlanta, November 15
During a World Affairs Council of Atlanta event November 10 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Namik Tan, Turkish Ambassador to the United States named Turkey the healthiest in all of Europe and pointed to his country’s 11.6 percent growth rate for the first quarter of this year as proof.
World Affairs Council of Atlanta Receives $200,000 Grant
GlobalAtlanta, November 15
The Lettie Pate Evans Foundation has awarded the World Affairs Council of Atlanta a $200,000 grant to support strategic initiatives, including building the membership base and supporting its Young Leaders division.
Coca-Cola’s Muhtar Kent tells a ‘love story’ about Atlanta
Saporta Report, November 11
Kent was the keynote speaker at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta Friday at the Commerce Club where he shared both super-global and super-local thoughts on the current state of affairs. However, Kent devoted much of his talk to reiterating the company’s devotion and appreciation of its hometown.
Coke leader speaks to World Affairs Council of Atlanta, saying that investment, business leadership key to solving economic woes
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 11
Speaking to the World Affairs Council of Atlanta on Thursday, Kent told the audience not to believe naysayers who preach that America has peaked. The nation, he said, is still the destination of choice for immigrants, is on track to outpace population growth of many competitors and produces more patents and inventions than the rest of the world combined.
Georgia State Dean’s New Book Focused on Global Health Issues
GlobalAtlanta, June 23
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library are to host Dr. Long on June 29 for a lecture and book signing at the Carter Center. The book, entitled Pandemics and Peace, focuses on areas that have experienced interstate cooperation to combat diseases despite regional histories of conflict.
Secure America: America’s defense spending priorities
Mike Klein Online, June 1
At an evening briefing held at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, Dr. Lawrence Korb, Dr. Daniel S. Papp and Dr. Robert Kennedy tackled questions such as: is this defenses budget actually increasing America’s Security and does the government have the ability to maintain this budget?
Qaddafi Must Go, NATO Chief Says in Atlanta
GlobalAtlanta, May 12
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addressed the World Affairs Council of Atlanta on Monday, May 9 and was interviewed by GlobalAtlanta publisher Phil Bolton.
NATO chief visits Atlanta, talks Libya, defense spending
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 10
NATO Secretary General Rasmussen also was interviewed by Kyle Wingfield.
NATO Head Speaks in Atlanta
WABE-FM, May 9
After his remarks to the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, NATO Secretary General Rasmussen was interviewed by Charles Edwards of WABE-FM.
West must back Pakistan against militants: NATO chief
Reuters, May 9
The revelation that Osama bin Laden apparently had been hiding in Pakistan for several years raised "a lot of questions that have to be answered," Secretary General Rasmussen told the luncheon attendees.
NATO chief pledges in Atlanta to 'stay the course'
Atlanta Business Chronicle, May 9
Secretary General Rasmussen said that the death of Osama bin Laden will not alter NATO plans to train Afghanistan's military to eventually take over the country's security.
Air strikes alone can't protect Libyan civilians
Morris News Service, May 9
NATO air strikes "have significantly degraded Gadhafi's war machine," Secretary General Rasmussen said.
NATO Top Diplomat in Atlanta: Washington and Pakistan Need Each Other
Mike Klein Online, May 9
"There is no alternative to a positive engagement with Pakistan," Secretary General Rasmussen told the guests at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta luncheon. "We should support those forces in Pakistan that realize the real threats against the Pakistani society come from terrorists and extremists."
NATO Sec. Gen. Rasmussen visiting Atlanta
Atlanta Business Chronicle, May 2
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will visit Atlanta next week as part of a four-city tour of the United States and will speak at a May 9 luncheon hosted by World Affairs Council of Atlanta.
NATO’s Secretary General to Visit Atlanta May 9
GlobalAtlanta, April 26
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, will speak at a luncheon hosted by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta on May 9.
Isdell: Atlanta Fertile Ground for 'Connected Capitalism'
GlobalAtlanta, April 26
Speaking at a breakfast hosted by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, former Coca-Cola CEO Neville Isdell said many Atlanta multinationals have built connected capitalism into their corporate philosophies.
Is capitalism broken? (Photo gallery)
Atlanta Business Chronicle, April 22
Former presidential adviser Lawrence Summers, CARE CEO Dr. Helene Gayle and former Coca-Cola Company Chairman Neville Isdell discussed “connected capitalism” yesterday at a breakfast hosted by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.
Fed Officials: Oil Prices Threaten Growth
Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 18
Federal Reserve CEOs Dennis Lockhart of Atlanta and Richard Fisher of Dallas spoke at an event hosted by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and held at the Georgia State University Student Center.
Fisher, Lockhart Say Rising Oil Prices Threaten U.S. Economic Growth
Bloomberg, April 18
Rising oil prices threaten U.S. growth. U.S. central bankers are debating how to address rising inflation and when to start tightening policy after the Fed ends its purchases of $600 billion of Treasuries in June.
Fed officials see softer Q1, inflation risks
Reuters, April 18
Speaking at a Council event, Federal Reserve officials offered clashing views on whether soft U.S. growth or inflation pose a greater risk to the economy, but the face-off looked unlikely to alter the Fed's ultra-loose stance for now.
Fed's Fisher says end of easing could help lower rates
Reuters, April 18
Richard Fisher, speaking at a Council event, says a halt to Federal Reserve support for the economy could lower interest rates as fears about inflation subside.
Fed's Fisher expects to advocate tightening later
Reuters, April 18
The President of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Richard Fisher said in front of a World Affairs Council audience, he expected to be at the front of the pack in pressing for monetary policy tightening at an appropriate time.
Japan crisis impact seen short or mid-term: Fisher
Reuters, April 18
While speaking at a World Affairs Council of Atlanta event, Richard Fisher said that Japan will likely see short term and mid-term economic impact from the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in March, but will not likely see a long term impact.
'Connected Capitalism': the View from the Top
GlobalAtlanta, April 14
Former presidential adviser Lawrence Summers, Dr. Helene Gayle of CARE USA and former Coca-Cola Chairman Neville Isdell will discuss connected capitalism at an April 21 breakfast presented by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.
Ireland Includes New Atlanta Consulate in Recovery Plan
GlobalAtlanta, February 17, 2011
The Irish economy and Irish historical ties to the United States were important topics at the council's February 17th luncheon featuring the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, His Excellency Michael Collins. The event featured a dialogue between Dennis Lockhart, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Council Chairman, and the Ambassador.
Ambassador: “Ireland will bounce back”
Atlanta Business Chronicle, February 17, 2011
In her blog, Julie Bryant Fisher recounts that at the Council’s luncheon featuring the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, His Excellency Michael Collins, the Ambassador declared that “Ireland will bounce back… it is bouncing back.” In addition to discussing the economy, the Ambassador had encouraging words about the U.S.-Ireland relationship.
Ireland Includes New Atlanta Consulate in Recovery Plan
GlobalAtlanta, February 17, 2011
The Irish economy and Irish historical ties to the United States were important topics at the Council’s February 17th luncheon featuring the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, His Excellency Michael Collins. The event featured a dialogue between Dennis Lockhart, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Council Chairman, and the Ambassador.
Irish Envoy to Speak on Debt Crisis
GlobalAtlanta, February 1, 2011
Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, His Excellency Michael Collins, to visit Atlanta on February 17 and will speak at a luncheon hosted by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.
Ambassador: "Ireland will bounce back"
Atlanta Business Chronicle, January 17, 2011
In her blog, Julie Bryant Fisher recounts that at the council's luncheon featuring the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, His Excellency Michael Collins, the Ambassador declared that "Ireland will bounce back… it is bouncing back." In addition to discussing the economy, the Ambassador had encouraging words about the U.S.-Ireland relationship.
Despite Skirmish With North, South Korea Still Open for Business
GlobalAtlanta, December 14, 2010
The U.S.- South Korea free trade agreement was a major topic of conversation at the council's December 9th luncheon featuring the South Korean Ambassador to the U.S., Han Duk-soo, as well as a business panel consisting of Song Jung, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge; Mark Sobolewski, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, UPS; and John Anderson, Director, Government Affairs, Kia Motor Corporation. The program was moderated by Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, former U.S. Ambassador to Korea.
Georgia Welcomes Revised Korea FTA
GlobalAtlanta, December 5, 2010
Dr. Cedric Suzman, Council Executive VP and Director of Programming, comments on the importance of the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement.
RCB Sponsors Young Leaders Conference
The Signal, November 30, 2010
The Young Leaders Conference, held on November 13 at the Commerce Club, focused on leadership in the new world economy. Featured speakers included Afzaal Malik, Vice President for International Government Relations at The Coca-Cola Company; Steven Olson, Associate Director of GSU's Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility; Linda DiSantos, General Counsel at CARE USA; Terrence Williamson, Diplomat-in-Residence at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, among others.
Korean Ambassador to Visit Atlanta
GlobalAtlanta, November 22, 2010
With negotiations for a pending free-trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea ongoing, the South Korean Ambassador to the United States is scheduled to speak at a December 9 luncheon sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the Korea Society.
South Africa: Tolerance Paved the Way for Prosperity
GlobalAtlanta, November 11, 2010
At the opening of the Helen Suzman exhibit at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, Dr. Suzman of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta praised his aunt who spent 36 years in the South African parliament, working from within to reform the political system.
Robinson College launches World Affairs Council: WAC of Atlanta brings together leaders, businesses and NGOs
The Signal, October 26, 2010
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta launched in March continues to receive local, national and international attention as it builds a forum in Atlanta for international issues facing a broad constituency.
U.S.-China trade explored at China Town Hall Meeting
The Signal, October 26, 2010
The fourth Annual China Town Hall meeting organized by the council and held at GSU's Buckhead Center featured a webcast of Ambassador Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to China, and Dr. Ira Kasoff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia; Dr. Fei-Ling Wang, Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and Dr. Penny Prime, Director, China Research Center.
Experts: Stronger Chinese Yuan Won't Cure Trade Gap
GlobalAtlanta, October 25, 2010
At the council's China Town Hall experts discussed U.S. politicians calls for China to let its currency appreciate, but say that a stronger yuan alone won't correct the trade deficit with China.
Robinson Programs Win Governor's International Award
Robinson press release, October 8, 2010
World Affairs Council of Atlanta and CIBER recognized for contributions to globalization of Atlanta.
World Affairs Council Tackles Broad Global Issues
Atlanta Business Chronicle, October 8, 2010
Wayne Lord, president of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, points to the need for breaking down "silos" in Atlanta's international community and the council's goal to serve as a nexus for Atlanta business, government and NGO leaders to come together to address global business and policy issues.
China's Local Governments Woo Foreign Investors
Global Atlanta, October 6, 2010
At the World Affairs Council of Atlanta's China Town Hall event, Dr. Fei-ling Wang and Ira Kasoff discuss investing in China and the increasing authority that Chinese provinces, cities and districts have over their own economic development.
Kenyan Ambassador to Discuss Country's New Constitution
GlobalAtlanta, October 6, 2010
The Honorable Elkanah Odembo, the Kenyan Ambassador to the United States will discuss Kenya's new constitution at a luncheon hosted by the council at the 191 Club.
Steward of the Economy
State of Business, Fall 2010
Dennis Lockhart, Atlanta Federal Reserve President and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta Chairman, is profiled in this article on his local, as well as national role, in the economy. The article includes a sidebar on the council.
U.K. Ambassador Motivates British Group to Oppose 'Buy American'
GlobalAtlanta, September 15, 2010
At the council's luncheon featuring Sir Nigel Sheinwald in conversation with Dennis Lockhart, Amb. Sheinwald addressed the economy as well as other pressing issues of concern to both America and the U.K.
U.K. Ambassador to Discuss Economic Policy at Sept. 13 Lunch
GlobalAtlanta, September 4, 2010
Council luncheon at the Commerce Club to feature a dialogue between Sir Nigel Sheinwald, British Ambassador to the United States, and Dennis Lockhart, Atlanta Federal Reserve President and World Affairs Council of Atlanta Chairman.
U.S. Policy Should Spur Private Investment in Africa
GlobalAtlanta, August 2, 2010
After speaking at the council's South Africa Briefing on July 27, Stephen Hayes, president and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa gives a one-on-one interview with Global Atlanta.
Atlanta's Consular Corps Dean Joins World Affairs Council Board
GlobalAtlanta, August 31, 2010
Lutz Görgens, dean of the Atlanta Consular Corps and German Consul General, joins the board of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.
South Africa's Investment Prospects After the World Cup
GlobalAtlanta, July 28, 2010
Alexander Cummings, Stephen Hayes, and Toni Castel address an audience of more than a hundred during the council's panel discussion looking at issues facing South Africa after the World Cup.
Atlanta Fed's Lockhart Chairs World Affairs Council
GlobalAtlanta, June 2, 2010
Dennis Lockhart, president of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, is named chairman of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta's Board of Directors.
Georgia State launches Atlanta World Affairs Council
Atlanta Business Chronicle, May 28, 2010
As the World Affairs Council of Atlanta officially launches, Clyde Tuggle, a member of the council's board and senior vice president of Global Public Affairs and Communications at The Coca-Cola Company, says, "Not only will this council help us stay connected to broader issues, but it also will give companies, government organizations and NGOs in Atlanta a better understanding of matters of international importance."