Georgia State’s Emerging Global Issues Forum To Examine Forced Migration, Immigration and Security

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Georgia State University’s Global Studies Institute, in collaboration with the Office of International Initiatives, will hold the first Emerging Global Issues Forum to examine issues related to forced migration, immigration and security on Thursday, March 30.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Centennial Hall auditorium, 100 Auburn Ave. N.E. Check-in for the event will begin at 8 a.m.

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The keynote speakers include Dr. Heval Kelli, M.D., a cardiologist who grew up in Clarkston, Ga., after his family fled Syria, and Cécile Riallant, manager of the United Nations Joint Migration and Development Initiative.

Scheduled panelists include Javier Diaz de Leon, consul general of Mexico in Atlanta; Haris Lalacos, ambassador of Greece to the United States; and Ted Terry, mayor of Clarkston, Ga., which is a major center of refugee resettlement in the United States, along with other noted  researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

The event is sponsored by the Global Studies Institute, the university’s Office of International Initiatives, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, CIFAL Atlanta, and the Thalia and Michael Carlos Foundation.

For more about the forum, including registration, event schedule and speaker biographies, visit

The Office of International Initiatives at Georgia State University is responsible for the strategic integration and coordination of the University’s international initiatives, partnerships, grants, program development and management, events and activities, study abroad programs, and the Confucius Institute.