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November 2018

Yemen: Failed State and Dire Tragedy

Yemen is another front that openly exhibits Iran-Saudi Arabia geopolitical rivalry. History has come full circle: Yemen has become to Saudi Arabia what Vietnam was to the United States. How did Yemen get to this point? The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to have David Oualaalou (pronounced Walalou, known also as Dr. O) discuss the situation in Yemen and its impact on the Middle East. Dr. David Oualaalou is an international geopolitical consultant, global speaker, award winning educator,…

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February 2019

Security and Economic Priorities for Africa: Assessments and Recommendations for Developing United States-Africa Policy

The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence at St. Edward’s University, is pleased to present Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars based in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Muyangwa, among the leading experts on the diverse continent of Africa, has visited more than 30 African countries and leveraged her experience to address the continent’s most critical issues, as well as U.S.-Africa relations. Previously the longtime Academic…

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March 2019

Belgian Cafe at SXSW

Meet the Belgian delegation’s innovative, creative companies & startups and discover promising music talent from Belgium, such as Tamino, Buscemi, and Le Motel. Event partners include Flanders Invest & Trade Agency, VisitFlanders, hub.brussels, Wallonia Export-Investment Agency, Wallonia-Brussels International, and startups.be. Please follow and like us:

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  • 12th March 2019 - Tuesday
  • Mort Subite
  • 308 Congress Avenue, Austin, .

Networking with Flanders Business Delegation

Meet with the corporate executives from Flanders visiting SXSW to make business connections in Texas.  Texas companies may find counterparts in 5 industry sectors: life sciences & health, food, solution-driven engineering & technology, smart logistics, sustainable resources, and materials & chemistry. This networking event is pursuant to the internationalization strategy ‘Flanders accelerates! As a region that specializes in R&D and innovation, Flanders attracts companies from around the globe. In 2017, foreign companies initiated 215 projects, involving 5,377 jobs. These figures…

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United States of America and Republic of Korea Dinner

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to present a discussion on trade and security featuring the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Harry Harris; The Republic of Korea Ambassador to the USA, Yoon-je Cho; and President of the Korea Institute of America and former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Kathleen Stephens. Ambassador Harry Harris was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 28, 2018 as…

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April 2019

Mexico as a Nearshore Base

Tech Startups and other companies looking to build out their teams or those interested in a nearshore option should attend this event. Agenda 5:00 Registration 5:30 Welcome remarks 5:35 Overview of Jalisco & Austin environments 6:00 Panel Using Mexico as a Nearshore Base 6:30 Networking Please follow and like us:

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World Spins Series: Thinking About Doing Business in China?

On your way to China to do business?  “Do your homework,” advises Tyler Johnson, an international business consultant and author of The Way of The Laowai: The Importance of International Self-Awareness for Businesses.   “Laowai” (pronounced  “laaw wye”) is Mandarin for “old foreigner,” a reminder that culture always trumps business. Johnson should know.  He spent 10 years in Shanghai running Dell’s sales and ultimately the company’s Asia Pacific professional services organization.  His tenure, from 2005-2015, coincided with China’s ramp up as…

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May 2019

Invest in Pomerania

Join our next Central Texas International Business Coalition meeting and hear from Invest in Pomerania as they discuss the benefits of investing in this dynamic and ultra-modern, business friendly and ready, region of Poland. A country strategically located in the heart of Europe and the birth place of Solidarity movement led by former president of Poland and Nobel-prize winner, Mr. Lech Walesa. This region offers: • A highly educated workforce, with an English proficiency that rivals Germany, France, and Scandinavia…

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Eighth Annual Texas-EU Business Summit

In its 8th year, the Texas-EU Business Summit is the premier event for Texas businesses, entrepreneurs and economic development professionals seeking to expand their footprint in Europe. Texas is already the largest exporting state to the European Union. The summit builds on that footprint, focusing on promoting the international trade capacity of Texas businesses and economic development organizations while creating greater awareness regarding the benefits of exporting. The Texas-EU Business Summit sessions are led by business leaders, trade and investment…

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World Spins Series: An Assessment of U.S.-China Relations Midway in the Trump Administration

Two years into the Trump Administration, what is the current state of the U.S.-China relationship?  The U.S.-China “trade war” has dominated headlines in both the United States and globally throughout 2018 and into 2019. But in what ways is the U.S.-China relationship of today different from that of early 2017?  In addition, to trade and investment issues, the United States and China have engaged on topics ranging from North Korea, the South China Sea, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, sometimes…

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