Upcoming Events

    • 05/29/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Capital City Club

    On May 29th, 2019, ACIR will be hosting Lt. General In-Bum Chun (Retired), Army of the Republic of Korea who will provide an "Update on Efforts to Eliminate North Korea's Nuclear Weapons."

    The recent failed summit between North Korea Supreme Leader Kim, Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump, Kim's now refusal to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and his defiance of sanctions imposed by the international community in an effort to end North Korea's illicit activities associated with its nuclear weapons development threatens the United States, South Korea and the world community with the potential for a devastating nuclear conflict.

    Come listen and engage in a discussion with General Chun, who is fresh back from South Korea and greatly concerned about the recent turn of events.

    About General Chun

    LT General Chun has served nearly forty years in uniform. Born in 1958, he moved to New York City at the age of seven with his mother, who was serving as a South Korean diplomat. He returned to Korea in 1969 to finish high school. In 1981 Chun graduated from the Korea Military Academy and was commissioned as an infantry officer.

     Following graduation, Chun was selected as an aide to Lieutenant General Lee Ki-Baek. In 1983 General Lee was nearly killed in a North Korean terrorist bombing in Rangoon. Lt. Chun was credited with saving Lee’s life following attack and awarded the National Security Medal.

     Chun has commanded from Platoon to Division. He has served with the U.S. military and attended the U.S. Army War College. He served in Iraq with coalition forces and helped direct elections in Iraq in 2005. For his service in Iraq, he became the first Korean officer since the Vietnam War to be awarded the U.S. Bronze Star.

     He was promoted to lieutenant general in 2013 and assigned to head the ROK Special Warfare Command. He retired from active duty in 2016. LTG Chun has eleven citations, including a US Bronze Star, US Legion of Merit (3X) and the first Korean & third Asian to receive the U.S. Special Operations Command Medal. Chun has a PhD in Political Science and two Masters in Policy and Military Strategy.

     After his retirement he briefly worked for Moon Jae-in’s presidential campaign, before stepping down to conduct fellowships with Brookings Institution, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. LTG Chun is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech.

    • 06/12/2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Capital City Club

    ACIR is honored to host Dr. Larry Berman who will speak on the topic, "A New Age in US-Vietnamese Relations."

    Larry Berman is the Founding Dean of the Honors College at Georgia State University and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis. He completed his doctorate at Princeton University in 1977 and is an internationally recognized expert on US foreign policy and the war in Vietnam. He has written extensively on Vietnam War related topics and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and scholar in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Center in Bellagio, Italy. Since 2000, Berman has been a frequent visitor and speaker in Vietnam and the United States on all topics related to reconciliation between former enemies. 

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