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February 2019

Preventing Conflict – The Role of Diplomacy and Development in Reducing Insecurity

The world is experiencing a 25-year peak in violent conflict, trapping millions of innocent men, women and children in cycles of poverty and displacement. More than 550,000 people die from violence every year in places like Syria, Yemen and South Sudan, while the annual humanitarian need globally has increased from $3.5 billion to over $20 billion since 2004. In 2016, only 2 percent of official development assistance to fragile countries was dedicated to conflict prevention. Yet, we know these programs…

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Central Texas Academic WorldQuest™ Competition

REGISTER before February 15th if your high school team is ready to compete in the Central Texas Academic WorldQuest™ (AWQ) competition on Saturday February 23, 2019. Each year, Academic WorldQuest™ seeks to inform and engage high school teens and their teachers across the country in global affairs. More than 4,000 students participate and test their knowledge of international affairs, global current events, and foreign policy. The winning high school teams at each local competition is invited to participate at the national…

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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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Houston Cyber Summit

February 27 @ 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX, 77010, United States. + Google Map

The World Affairs Council of Austin, a state partner with Cyber Houston, BLUE LANCE and several other organizations, is pleased to announce the Third Annual Houston Cyber Summit.  This cyber security conference features industry experts and opportunities to network with over 200 business professionals.  Click here to learn specific details about the Summit. For busy executives, keeping up with cyber threats is a daunting task.  Knowing which questions to ask, establishing the right policies, and providing the appropriate oversight to…

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March 2019

International Women’s Day Celebration

The World Affairs Council of Austin is a partner with the United Nations Austin Chapter for the annual observance on 6th March.  This year’s celebration theme is #BalanceforBetter, building a gender-balanced world.   Event Details Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm (Networking from 6:00 to 7:00pm) Dinner will be served at 7pm. Venue: Austin Woman’s Club – Chateau Bellevue Address: 708 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701   Please follow and like us:

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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,, Wallonia Export-Investment Agency, Wallonia-Brussels International, and Please follow and like us:

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  • 12th March 2019 - Tuesday
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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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  • 18th March 2019 - Monday
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America’s Role in the World: Why Leading Globally Matters for Texas

Join us for a dynamic lunch discussion featuring Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, President of the American Foreign Service Association, Bill Lane, Executive Director of Trade for America, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul on the positive impact of global affairs programs in Texas. The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, is pleased to provide members with a special off-the-record briefing on America’s Role in the World by the ranking member of the U.S. House Committee…

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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

Challenges in Transatlantic Security: Borders & Geopolitics in Europe & Eurasia

The issues of borders and border security stand at the center of both United States and global policy relevance.  The World Affairs Council of Austin in partnership with the Kozmetsky Center will offer two days of discussion on the geopolitics of border security featuring participation of distinguished expert speakers and subject area academics.  Featured speakers will represent a broad range of international perspectives and approaches to the study of borders and border security. On Monday April 8, an evening forum…

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