Dinner Meeting Information


Member dinners are held the first Wednesday of each month, September through June.

They take place at:

Annapolis Doubletree Hotel
210 Holiday Court (where Forest Drive ends at Riva Road)
Annapolis MD

Meeting schedule:

6:00 pm Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm Buffet Dinner
8:00 pm Guest Speaker, usually including a question-and-answer period
9:00 pm Closing Remarks

Each meeting has a single invited guest speaker who represents a specific foreign country or is a representative of a major U.S. government organization, U.S. Congress or international-multilateral organization. Most often the speakers are Ambassadors who present major issues of interest and concern to them and the United States. In its almost 50 years of existence, the Club has enjoyed presentations by Ambassadors from more than 115 countries and regions throughout the world.

The guest presentation starts at approximately 8:00 pm and allows 15 to 20 minutes for questions and answers, usually ending at 9:00 pm. The audience submits questions on cards at the end of the presentation and most speakers answer all questions, without “boundaries”, as time allows.

The emphasis is always on informality, and each meeting is oriented toward casual and interesting dinner conversation. To further that objective, the Club also welcomes the guest speaker’s spouse, companion or associate at each dinner meeting.

  • Cost of dinner is $35 for members and $40 for non-members, not including a cash bar open before each dinner.
  • If you would like to come as a guest for a “trial membership”, contact the Membership or Reservation Chair.

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Wednesday, December 8th

Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan will tell us about Pakistan – a country at the physical and diplomatic border of Afghanistan, China, Iran and India. You can find a one-page fact sheet on Pakistan below. A copy of this will be at your table on 8 December.

Dr. Khan became Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States in January 2019.

As a career Pakistan Foreign Service Officer he had the following responsibilities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
              -1990-1993: Desk officer for US and India
              -2001-2004: Director Economic Coordination
              -2004: Director South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
-2010-2011: Director General for United Nations
-Additional Secretary Foreign Affairs
-2015-2016: Director General (West Asia)
-2016: Director General (Americas)

 Overseas, he held positions of increasing responsibility in:
1993-1996: Tokyo, Second Secretary
2004-2010 -Minister-Counsellor at Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to United Nations
2012-2015: Washington, Deputy Chief of Mission
2017-2019: Tokyo, Ambassador

Ambassador Khan earned his Doctorate in International Economic and Business Law (L.L.D.) from Kyushu Japan.

He is married and has two children.

Pakistan One Pager

 


Previous Speakers

See History for previous years’ speakers.


Wednesday, November 3rd

We will have a presentation on immigration: Where’s Everyone Going and Why? Our speaker will be Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Race and Ethnicity Research at the Pew Research Center.  Note: Unfortunately, procedural and technical issues preclude us from offering either live streamed or a prerecorded version of this talk.

Dr. Lopez is an expert on immigration globally and in the U.S., world demography, U.S. Hispanics and Asian Americans. He was previously the Center’s director of Hispanic Research, and before that served as the Associate Director. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, Dr. Lopez served as a research assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and as research director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

He is an author and co-author of reports about the Hispanic electorate, Hispanic identity and immigration. Some titles include:

Adjusting to a World in Motion:
Trends in Global Migration and Migration Policy
Future of the First Amendment
Who is Hispanic?
The Latino Vote in 2020
Changing US Unauthorized Immigrant Population
US Hispanic Population Surpassed 60m in 2019 but Growth has slowed
Nationalized Citizens Make up a Record of one-in-ten US Eligible Voters in 2020

Dr. Lopez received his doctorate in economics from Princeton University.
He frequently appears in national and international media in both Spanish and English.
Dr. Lopez is from Los Angeles.  He was born in a Mexican American family based in California for more than a century.

About Pew Research Center:

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank based in Washington, D.C., that informs the
public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion
polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research.
We do not take policy positions.

Our mission
We generate a foundation of facts that enriches the public dialogue and supports sound
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objectivity, accuracy, rigor, humility, transparency and innovation.

Our research
We study a wide range of topics including U.S. politics and policy; journalism and media;
internet and technology; science and society; race and ethnicity; religion and public life; global
attitudes and trends; and U.S. social and demographic trends.

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newest frontiers of research.

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teams. Our experts combine the observational and storytelling skills of journalists with the
analytical rigor of social scientists. Pew Research Center is stewarded by a nine-member
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Being inclusive, diverse and equitable is foundational to the Center’s mission and is integral to
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a subsidiary to house its information initiatives.

Post Presentation Notes:

Dr. Mark Lopez, Director of Race and Ethnicity Research at the Pew Research Center, Washington DC. –Immigration
Dr. Lopez shared his vast knowledge with us in a low-key, understandable, and amusing fashion. Key takeaways were: (1) Eighty percent of African immigration takes place within the African continent; (2) Germany does a better job of promoting immigrants than the US, but Germans envy the way immigrants rise to the highest levels in the US; (3) Although the US has the highest total number of immigrants, it has increasing competition from Europe in bringing them in; (4) A major problem for the US in the next decade will be a shortage of incoming immigrants.

See below for three appendices with information about and from Dr. Lopez.

Appendix 1. Contact info for Dr. Lopez:
Mark Hugo Lopez
Director of Race and Ethnicity Research
Pew Research Center
202.794.3377
202.419.3617 | mlopez@pewresearch.org | @mhugolopez
1615 L Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20036
http://www.pewresearch.org

Appendix 2. Report on U.S. soft power mentioned by Dr. Lopez in his talk:
What People Around the World Like – and Dislike – About American Society and Politics | Pew Research Center

Appendix 3. PDF of Dr. Lopez’s PowerPoint:

Lopez PowerPoint ICAnnapolis Nov2021

 

Wednesday October 6th – Update: In addition to the dinner meeting, we will be live streaming on Zoom, but not recording the meeting.

We will learn about Cuba, a neighboring island nation which is often in the press, yet little understood. Our presenter will be Ambassador Alejandro Garcia del Toro.

Ambassador Garcia took up the position of Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba to the United States in 2021.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude, from the Law Faculty at the University of Havana in 2001 and graduated from a Course of Diplomatic Attaches at the Highest Institute of International Relations (Havana) in 2003

Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he advanced from Official at the Legal Division (2005-2006) to Official at the United States General Division (2011-2015) to Director of Analysis and Legal Affairs of the United States General Division (2015-2019). His overseas career started when he was Diplomatic Attache at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C. (2001-2005).  He then advanced to Second Secretary at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C. (2001-2011). From 2019 to 2021 he was the Ambassador of Cuba to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

We will be meeting at the Doubletree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court Annapolis.  The event will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:00pm; dinner at 7:00pm and our speaker will begin at 8:00pm.  The Doubletree Hotel is very diligent in following health regulations as we emerge from the COVID 19 pandemic; as of time of issuing this invitation, service both during the cocktail hour and the dinner will be as normal. We are no longer taking reservations for specific groups, but if your group meets during the cocktail hour you should be able to join at a table. Please send in your reservations and check for the appropriate amount to the International Club of Annapolis Inc., P.O. Box 6742, MD 21401.  Alternatively…visit our website ICA Annapolis.org to reserve on line and pay through PayPal or by credit card.  The official deadline for receipt of reservations  is noon Monday October 4th, reservations made after that deadline will be accommodated as space allows. Cancellations made after noon Monday will not be refunded.

Cuba One-Pager

 

Wednesday, September 8th – Dinner at the Annapolis Doubletree Hotel

Presentation by the Deputy Chief of Mission of Japan, Ambassador Tamaki Tsukada. Also available via Zoom because of Covid concerns. 

For Zoom, 7:45 pm to 8:00 pm — you can speak and be seen. You have the option of turning off your video camera (at the bottom of the Zoom page) 8:00 pm — the host will mute all microphones except those of the speakers. 

Ambassador Tamaki Tsukada is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, a post he assumed in September 2020. He will discuss the nature and value of US-Japan relations as seen from Japan’s perspective, how the situation in the Indo-Pacific is evolving, and its impact on the US. 

Prior to his present position, he was Director General for Global Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as Sous Sherpa for G20 and G7, Chief Negotiator for Climate Change, and board member of several key international organizations. He joined the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987 and worked in the areas of trade and overseas development assistance, among others. Foreign postings include London 1990-1992; Moscow 1999-2001; Geneva 2001-2004; New Delhi 2011-2014; and most recently Washington D.C. 2014-2017.

Ambassador Tsukada has a law degree from Tokyo University and a master’s degree in History from Oxford University. Born on November 23, 1964; he is an amateur flutist and a lover of chess, contract bridge, and math problem solving.

We will be meeting at the Doubletree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court Annapolis.  The event will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:00pm; dinner at 7:00pm and our speaker will begin at 8:00pm.  The Doubletree Hotel is very diligent in following health regulations as we emerge from the COVID 19 pandemic; as of time of issuing this invitation, service both during the cocktail hour and the dinner will be as normal. We are no longer taking reservations for specific groups, but if your group meets during the cocktail hour you should be able to join at a table. Please send in your reservations and check for the appropriate amount to the International Club of Annapolis Inc., P.O. Box 6742, MD 21401.  Alternatively…visit our website ICA Annapolis.org to reserve on line and pay through PayPal or by credit card.  The official deadline for receipt of reservations  is noon Monday September 6th, reservations made after that deadline will be accommodated as space allows. Cancellations made after noon Monday will not be refunded.

Japan One-Pager

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