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October 2019

Business Briefing Featuring H.E. David Bakradze, the Republic of Georgia’s Ambassador to the USA

In recent years, Georgia has been working to strengthen their own technology and innovation ecosystem with the help of the U.S. technology industry. The government of Georgia supported the establishment of entrepreneurial programs StartUp Grind Tbilisi and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency. H.E. David Bakradze, Ambassador of Georgia to the USA, and his delegation, will provide an overview of specific opportunities available to central Texas businesses. Georgia is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Georgia is recognized…

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Populism and Nationalism on the Rise: A German Perspective

October 24, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel Street, Austin, TX, 78705, United States. + Google Map

       2019 is Deutschlandjahr USA.  To commemorate the Year of German-American Friendship, please join us for dinner and a special presentation on 'Populism and Nationalism on the Rise: A German Perspective." Our guest speaker, Dr. Stefan Schlüter, will provide special insight on contemporary Germany in the context of its history, German-Israeli relations, Jewish life in Germany, and the rise of anti-Semitism and populism in Europe. Dr. Schlüter joined the German Foreign Office in 1979 and draws upon his impressive foreign service…

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U.S. Army Major General (Ret.) Mari K. Eder Discusses the “Information Apocalypse”

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to partner with the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University in welcoming U.S. Army Major General (Ret.) Mari K. Eder, PhD to Austin.  Dr. Eder will assess the erosion in confidence regarding public information and suggesting ways that we might safeguard society from disinformation. Maj. Gen. Eder will share her perspective on the media and information in influencing perceptions of institutions, public leaders and elections.  The lecture will analyze developments in the…

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January 2020

Texas Global Food Security Summit

Join the Eleanor Crook Foundation, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the World Affairs Council of Austin, and UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs for the inaugural Texas Global Food Security Summit. The summit will provide a platform to discuss and promote the unique leadership of the state of Texas in advancing global food security and nutrition. Summit speakers will include members of the Texas congressional delegation, state government officials, and leaders from the university, agriculture, business, and civil…

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February 2020

  • 12th February 2020 - Wednesday
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Ireland Briefing

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to feature at our next members-only meeting an evening with Ireland’s Consul General Claire McCarthy and Vice Consul Paul Breen.  During this special meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about current events in Ireland as well as Ireland’s inititiatives in Austin, America and the world. Join us and meet your fellow members and hear how to become more engaged in Central Texas’ international community. Please RSVP via your emailed invitation.…

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  • 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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March 2020

  • 27th March 2020 - Friday
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America’s Air Force: An Overview Featuring Lt. Gen. Marshall B. Webb

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED   The World Affairs Council of Austin is honored to have Lt. Gen. Marshall B. “Brad” Webb provide an update on U.S. Air Force operations.   Lt. Gen. Webb is the Commander, Air Education and Training Command, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. He is responsible for the recruitment, training and education of Air Force personnel.  This presentation will provide attendees with a review of U.S. Air Force efforts to meet current and emerging challenges on…

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April 2020

  • 22nd April 2020 - Wednesday
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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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May 2020

  • 7th May 2020 - Thursday
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CxC Amplified Week of Global Issues Webinar Programming

World Affairs Council of Austin members have access to several daily webinars during the week of May 4th including: 4th Ambassador (ret.) Bill Taylor, EVP, U.S. Institute of Peace, and Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine 5th Global Leadership in Crisis featuring General (ret.) David Petraeus, Chairman, KKR Global Institute 5th Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking featuring Lynn Sanchez, The Life Link 6th UN Women Global Champion for Innovation featuring Dr. Nina Ansary,  Visiting Fellow, The London School of Economics Center…

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