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September 2017
Carlos González Gutiérrez

Annual Fiesta de El Grito de Independencia

In collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico, the Fiesta de Independencia Foundation,  the City of Austin, Univision, the State Preservation Board, and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Austin’s annual Fiesta de El Grito de Independencia is a musical celebration and historical re-enactment of Mexico’s call for independence from Spain.  The event takes place each year on the South Steps of the State Capitol. The Fiesta de El Grito was relocated to the grounds of the State Capitol and taken…

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  • 21st September 2017 - Thursday
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Member Social

To end the year and thank you for your membership, we’re hosting a member social.  At the event, you will get the opportunity to meet other members from across the community. Please RSVP via your emailed invitation. Your presence is greatly appreciated. If you are not yet a member, please visit our membership page to sign up and receive your invitation.   Please follow and like us:

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Navigating Business Overseas—Without Falling on Your Assumptions


Intercultural communication can complicate business practices. Here’s your chance to practice and learn to recognize your own cultural orientation; notice and identify cultural tendencies in any environment; predict problems culture-based difference will cause in the workplace; and develop management strategies. McCombs School of Business faculty members Deirdre Mendez, Orlando Kelm, and John N. Doggett will use real-world examples and audience feedback to show you how to recognize and manage cultural differences on international partnerships, teams, and projects of all kinds. Parking…

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  • 26th September 2017 - Tuesday
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Truth Stranger Than Fiction? How Thrillers are a Window into how U.S. Foreign Policy Really Works

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to feature a presentation by Todd Moss, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, is now senior fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC and a nonresident scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute in Houston.  Todd’s work focuses on US-Africa relations, energy policy, and private investment. Previously, he has been a professor at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Georgetown University and has worked at the…

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October 2017
  • 18th October 2017 - Wednesday
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Second Annual Texas-Latin America Business Summit

Texas – Latin America Business Summit Helps Texas Companies Access Nearshore Expanding Markets The World Affairs Council of Austin will present the Texas-Latin America Business Summit.  The Summit brings trade promotion experts and business decision-makers together for panels and meetings.  The event is a unique face-to-face opportunity for Austin corporate representatives to make connections and learn about current inbound and outbound business opportunities with Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and other nations. Highlights of the 2016 Summit included a LATAM market overview…

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  • 24th October 2017 - Tuesday
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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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December 2017
  • 5th December 2017 - Tuesday
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Hot Topic: How to Fix Trade & Save U.S. Jobs Featuring Jeremy Haft

Due to an unexpected event, our speaker will not be able join us on Tuesday.  As a result, this program has been cancelled. Jeremy Haft looks forward to rescheduling his visit to Austin.  Thanks for your understanding.    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…

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  • 7th December 2017 - Thursday
  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • 535 E. Fifth Street, Austin, TX.
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A Conversation on Iran with Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Please join us for a luncheon program featuring Ambassador Thomas Pickering representing The Iran Project. Ambassador Pickering will be presenting the position of the Obama administration on the Iran deal. We will be presenting the program 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…

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