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February 2020

  • 19th February 2020 - Wednesday
  • St. Edwards University, Carter Auditorium
  • 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX.

Strategic Security Challenges in the Middle East: Perspectives on a ‘Second Arab Spring’ and the U.S.-Iran Confrontation

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to partner with the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University in offering a presentation by Theodore “Ted” Karasik, PhD, Senior Advisor at Gulf State Analytics.  Dr. Karasik will share his perspective on the security challenges in the Middle East, the potential of a Second “Arab Spring” and the recent diplomatic and military confrontation between the United States and Iran. For the past 30 years, Dr. Karasik worked for several U.S. agencies involved…

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The Shifting Role and Impact of Diplomacy in a World in Disarray

The World Affairs Council of Austin welcomes Nicholas Kralev, Executive Director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, who will discuss the shifting role and impact of diplomacy in a world in disarray. Nicholas Kralev is an author, journalist and entrepreneur specializing in diplomacy and international affairs, whose work of more than 20 years has taken him to almost 100 countries. He is the founding executive director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, an independent organization that provides practical professional training…

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April 2020

  • 22nd April 2020 - Wednesday
  • , , TX.

The Firebird: The Elusive Fate of Russian Democracy

EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO EUROPEAN TRAVEL LIMITATIONS   The World Affairs Council of Austin, the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence at St Edwards University, and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Sudies at the University of Texas are pleased to present the Kennan Conversation with Andrei Kozyrev.  Mr. Kozyrev will provide attendees with an eyewitness account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the struggle to create a democratic Russia in its place, and how…

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June 2020

US and Iran: Sanctions, Oil and the Global Pandemic

The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and the World Affairs Council of South Texas, invite you to a conversation on the current situation in Iran.  This program will feature Dr. Paul Pilar, Iran Project and Dr. Sussan Siavoshi, Trinity University.  

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July 2020

  • 31st July 2020 - Friday
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H.E. Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the USA among featured speakers in July

July — 13th at 3:15pm Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert featuring Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations // 16th at 10am Intelligent Manufacturing in Europe Series featuring Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Czech Republic // 16th at 1pm Qatar and the Gulf Crisis featuring Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House’s…

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September 2020

  • 9th September 2020 - Wednesday
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The Honorable Rachel McCormick, Consul General of Canada, and Brian Haley, Honorary Consul of Canada

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to host this discussion with the Honorable Rachel McCormick, Consul General of Canada and Brian Haley, Honorary Consul of Canada.  Abdallah Mahmoud, Emerging Markets Program Specialist with the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department, will serve as moderator for this special event. Rachel McCormick is Consul General of Canada to the state of Texas.  She was head of the Energy and Environment Section at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC from 2014…

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November 2020

Conversation with Jordan Price, Honorary Consul General of Malawi

Malawi’s Honorary Consul General Jordan Price will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about events and opportunities in Malawi, as well initiatives in Austin and Texas.  This program will be moderated by Abdallah Mahmoud, the City of Austin’s Emerging Markets Program Specialist.    

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America and the World: U.S. Ambassadors’ Perspectives on Diplomacy in Foreign Policy

On November 23, 12:00-2:00 PM, the World Affairs Council of Austin and the Kozmetsky Center will offer a panel discussion with U.S. Ambassadors assessing the importance of the diplomatic tool in American foreign policy with reference to professional experience and U.S. global interests. The session will be moderated by Kozmetsky Center Director, Dr. Sharyl Cross and will feature Mary Ann Peters, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh 2000-2003; Ken Yalowitz U.S. Ambassador to Belarus 1994-1997 and Georgia 1998-2001; and Roger Harrison U.S.…

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December 2020

Conversation between Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin and David Langner, Lord Mayor of Koblenz

Join the World Affairs Council of Austin together with the City of Austin and the City of Koblenz,  Austin-Koblenz Sister Cities Committee, and the Partnerschaft Koblenz-Austin, for the First (virtual) Town Hall between Austin and Koblenz.  This is a project of the American Council on Germany (ACG) Transatlantic Town Halls:  German-American Mayors Forum held under the auspices of WunderbarTogether USA 2020, a comprehensive and collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Goethe-Institut. David Langner,…

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February 2021

UK Fireside Chat Series: The Honorable Richard Hyde, Consul General, and Chad Costello, General Counsel for WP Engine

The World Affairs Council of Austin, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) will be hosting a series of fireside chats. Learn from successful entrepreneurs who have successfully expanded their business to the UK. Find out what worked well as they share their lessons and tips on how to make global expansion work for your business. The Fireside chat series is live and interactive; attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. The series will be…

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