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September 2017

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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Truth Stranger Than Fiction? How Thrillers are a Window into how U.S. Foreign Policy Really Works

In collaboration with the Austin School Lecture Series, the World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to feature a presentation by Todd Moss, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 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…

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October 2017
  • 25th October 2017 - Wednesday
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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
  • 8th November 2017 - Wednesday
  • St. Edwards University, Jones Auditorium
  • 3001 South Congress, Austin, TX.

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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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.
  • http://COMING SOON

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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  • 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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