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October 2017

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Why What You Buy May Not Reflect Your Moral Values


The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, is proud to present the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series. Looking at the world, it’s easy to see that people — in general — are ethical. They give to charity, help their neighbors, love their children. And if you ask them if they’re comfortable with sweatshops, child labor, or animal testing, it’s no surprise that most will say they are not. For…

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Hot Topic: China’s Increasing Role in the Middle East

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to have David Oualaalou (pronounced Walalou, known also as Dr. O) discuss China’s growing influence in the Middle East.  Dr. O is a global-affairs consultant, analyst, blogger, author, educator, and former international security analyst in Washington, DC. His 15 years of experience in support of the US government’s foreign policy initiatives have given him a valuable perspective. His duties included providing regional orientation, mediating cultural differences among the U.S. and its allies,…

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November 2017

Business Briefing on New Zealand and Australia

Please join the Camino Real District Export Council, the U.S. Commercial Service–Austin, and the World Affairs Council of Austin for a special event highlighting business opportunities in Australia and New Zealand. The event will feature the following guest speaker: Duncan Archibald has over 10 years’ experience working with the U.S. Government’s pre-eminent trade and marketing agency under U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service.   Duncan is a professional and creative business development and relationship builder with comprehensive experience assisting…

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  • 8th November 2017 - Wednesday
  • St. Edwards University, Jones Auditorium
  • 3001 South Congress, Austin, TX.
  • https://noRSVPsRequired

Perspectives on Cuba’s Future: Exploring Policy Options & Paths for the U.S.-Cuba Bilateral Relationship

Held in collaboration with the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University, this session will feature leading specialists of the academic and business communities on various aspects of Cuban society, economy and foreign policy offering a diversity of perspectives on Cuba and the United States-Cuba bilateral relationship.  Our objectives for this evening event are to heighten student and public awareness of political and economic circumstances in contemporary Cuba, and to explore various policy options for achieving long-term desired end-states in the…

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Texas Venture Labs, How it Works, and How You Can Get Involved


The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, is proud to present the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series. Ever think about starting a business? Ever think about helping a startup get off the ground? Texas Venture Labs has a number of programs to help both happen. Come hear about our innovative entrepreneurship programs, the process we follow, the kinds of companies getting started, and the results we are producing. Learn…

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Carlos González Gutiérrez
  • 29th November 2017 - Wednesday
  • Consulate General of México in Austin
  • 5202 E. Ben White Blvd, Suite 150, Austin, .

A Conversation with Mexico’s Cónsul General Carlos González Gutiérrez

Ambassador Carlos González Gutiérrez was appointed Consul General of Mexico in Austin during 2015.  His previous postings include: Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Consul for Community Affairs (1989-1995); Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico Director of Community Affairs of the Program for the Mexican Communities Abroad (1995-1999); Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D. C., Counselor for Hispanic Affairs (1999-2003); Institute for Mexicans Abroad, Executive Director (2003-2009). Ambassador González holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Relations from…

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December 2017
  • 5th December 2017 - Tuesday
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Hot Topic: How to Fix Trade & Save U.S. Jobs Featuring Jeremy Haft

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to offer a presentation by Jeremy Haft.  Mr. Haft will outline the protectionist policies currently being advocated by both sides of the political spectrum.  These protectionist efforts would have the opposite of their intended effect: they’d destroy more jobs than they save, especially in the manufacturing and agricultural Rust Belt.  Mr. Haft will present alternative ways to “fix” trade, ways that would safeguard jobs, health, and safety without saving some jobs at…

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  • 7th December 2017 - Thursday
  • ACC Eastview Campus MultiPurpose Room 8500
  • 3401 Webberville Road, Austin, TX.
  • http://COMING SOON

A Conversation on Iran with Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Please join us for a special program featuring Ambassador Thomas Pickering representing The Iran Project. Ambassador Pickering will be presenting the position of the Obama administration on the Iran deal. The program will be conducted in an interview style with an opportunity for questions from the audience.   Ambassador Thomas Pickering is vice chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm providing advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies.…

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  • 7th December 2017 - Thursday
  • St. Edwards University, Carter Auditorium
  • 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX.

Invisible: Surviving the Cambodian Genocide

In collaboration with the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University, we will offer a lecture by Dr. Fran Pilch, Professor Emeritus of the United States Air Force Academy.  Dr. Pilch’s lecture will incorporate insights from the course she developed for the Air Force Academy entitled “War Crimes, Genocide, and Human Rights,” and extensive research included in her book released on this topic in 2017. Dr. Pilch served as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in South Africa and a Fulbright Scholar in Mongolia,…

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