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October 2018

America’s Enormous Debt – Symptom of a Broken Political System

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to feature Paul Stebbins, of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Campaign to Fix the Debt.   Mr. Stebbins is a founder and former CEO of World Fuel Services, a Fortune 100 Company. Mr. Stebbins’ commentary will focus on the fiscal and political environment and how it has never been more perilous.  Trillion dollar deficits are set to return within the next two years with our already record high national…

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November 2018

Distinguished Speaker: Diplomat-in-Residence Julie Kavanagh

GlobalAustin and World Affairs Council of Austin are proud to host Julie Kavanagh, our Diplomat in Residence for Texas for the U.S. Department of State, for a special two-part Distinguished Speakers Series. This event is tailored for Central Texas high school students, college students, young professionals, and career changers who aspire to join the U.S. Foreign Service. In this first of two sessions, Julie will share her reflections on her career, lessons learned, challenges, and the elements of fulfillment during…

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  • 12th November 2018 - Monday
  • St. Edwards University, Jones Auditorium
  • 3001 South Congress, Austin, TX.
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Safeguarding Nuclear Security

The World Affairs Council of Austin, in collaboration with the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University, is  pleased to present “Safeguarding Nuclear Security”.  This forum will bring together U.S. military leadership & academic/policy subject experts for a broad ranging exchange of perspectives on issues including nuclear non-proliferation, arms control/deterrence, and terrorism. Speakers: –U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Christopher Coffelt, Deputy Director Nuclear Operations, US Strategic Command –Miles Pomper, Senior Research Associate, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the Middlebury…

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International Business Coalition Meeting on Cybersecurity

The World Affairs Council of Austin’s Central Texas International Business Coalition’s networking agenda will include a presentation on cybersecurity and its impact on global business operations by Umesh Verma, CEO, Blue Lance. Privacy & Cybersecurity are top concerns in today’s boardrooms — with good reason.  Regulations have proliferated, cyberattacks are commonplace, and companies are being fined millions of dollars for poor data handling practices. As a global provider of cybersecurity governance solutions, Blue Lance helps companies with the safekeeping of…

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Strengths and Opportunities in the UK and US Healthcare Markets

Dell Medical School and the Association of British HealthTech Industries, in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Austin,  will provide insights and approaches to innovation pathways and market access in the UK, as well as exploring what lessons can be taken from both sides of the Atlantic to improve patient outcomes.  After the discussion, there will also be an informal networking session. Speaker line up Dr Rick Peters, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Dell Medical School (Chair) Gail Page, Managing…

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  • 27th November 2018 - Tuesday
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Conversation with H.E. Ivan Korčok, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States of America

The World Affairs Council of Austin, in partnership with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, is honored to present an exclusive briefing featuring H.E. Ivan Korčok, the Slovak Republic’s Ambassador to the United States of America.    Please join us for this special conversation with H.E. Ivan Korčok and learn about the state of the Slovak economy and its success story in the 25 years of its independence. H.E. Ivan Korčok will be joined by Katarína Králiková, Economic Diplomat for the Slovak…

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Member Holiday Social

We appreciate your support of our programs throughout 2018.  Please join your fellow World Affairs Council of Austin members for a celebratory toast, snacks, and camaraderie  on Wednesday, November 28th from 5PM-7PM! Members have received their invitations in the November newsletter. If you would like to become a member and receive an exclusive invitation, subscribe here. Please follow and like us:

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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

Sweden: Lessons for America?


Join Whole Planet Foundation and The Great Listening, with partners The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and the World Affairs Council of Austin, for a special screening of Johan Norberg’s “Sweden: Lessons for America?” The documentary film, presented in partnership with Free to Choose Media, examines Sweden’s historical and economic evolution from one of the poorest to one of the most prosperous countries in the world. The film questions Americans’ misconceptions about Sweden’s “socialist” economy and explains the connection between Sweden’s enhanced quality of life and its…

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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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