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March 2018

  • 29th March 2018 - Thursday
  • Neill-Cochran House Museum
  • 2310 San Gabriel Street, Austin, TX.

World Spins Series: Will Blockchain Disrupt World Trade?

The World Economic Forum estimates that 10% of the world’s GDP will be recorded in blockchains by 2027. So it’s something that everyone in business needs to know about! But what is blockchain, why is it so special, and what is its real promise for global business? This presentation will cut through the considerable hype and FUD that is associated with this transformational technology, provide a plain English overview of its architecture and its benefits, and explain some of the…

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April 2018

World Spins Series: National Security and Climate Change

    The second in a two-part series on the impact how changing weather patterns and public policy Despite President Trump’s stated intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, there is a consensus among U.S. military leaders included Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and even Chief of Staff John Kelly, that climate change poses a serious threat to national security. What are the implications — and who’s leading the charge? Dr. Josh Busby is an internationally-recognized expert on climate change…

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May 2018

World Spins Series: China, Innovation and Us

Join us for China, Innovation and Us featuring David Firestein, founding director, China Public Policy Center.  Throughout his career, Firestein has played an active role advancing U.S.-China and U.S.-Asia trade. He has also produced path-breaking thought leadership, scholarship and Capitol Hill testimony on a range of topics, including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, U.S.-China infrastructure investment cooperation, and the role of national exceptionalism as a driver of major international conflict today. Firestein is native Austinite who speaks Mandarin at near-native…

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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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April 2019

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

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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July 2019

World Spins Series: Venezuela Humanitarian Crisis Briefing

Over the last three years, approximately 3.4 million people have fled Venezuela for other countries around the world. It is estimated that of these, approximately 2.7 million have fled to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with the total number expected to exceed 5 million people by the end of 2019. This migration is the largest to affect the Western Hemisphere in modern history, creating an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.  Access to health care, education, food and nutrition, and safety…

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August 2019

The European Union – Turmoil or Transition? BREXIT vs. Regionalism

Are you curious about the state of the European Union?  Reserve your seat now for our next World Spins Series event:  The European Union – Turmoil or Transition? BREXIT vs. Regionalism   Our guest speaker, Mr. Yves Dubus, Belgian Trade Commissioner in Houston, will help us understand what is taking place in Europe.  As you read in the news headlines, the United Kingdom is still trying to resolve Brexit.  Italy’s left-right coalition government struggles to maintain its commitment to the…

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March 2020

  • 27th March 2020 - Friday
  • , , TX.

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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September 2020

State of the Middle East

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to welcome back distinguished author and professor of Government at Austin Community College, Roy E. Casagranda, PhD  for a discussion on the State of the Middle East. Attendees will obtain answers to these questions: What has three and of half years of Trump brought the Middle East? What does the Middle East look like post US-hegemony? How do Trump’s NATO positions impact the Middle East? Afghanistan-Iraq-Syria-Yemen, how has invasion and civil war…

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