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March 2019

  • 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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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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Cultural Heritage Series: Dabke Night


Join our first annual Dabke Night! If you are interested in learning about Dabke, or you just want to come and dance, then this is the event for you to explore this wonderful Levantine cultural folk dance. As part of the Cultural Heritage Series, we will be having a short Dabke performance, a lesson for beginners, and of course the chance to practice and have fun! Come ready to dance!   We will also have a Henna artist painting beautiful…

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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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June 2019

Paving the Way for the Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Collaboration

In collaboration with the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), a binational advisory panel to the governments of Japan and the United States, the World Affairs Council of Austin invites you to a symposium for industry leaders, educators, government officials and citizen diplomats to examine developments in science, technology and business. Please join us for a discussion of how Americans and Japanese can work together to solve shared challenges, and how to nurture the next generation of U.S.-Japan…

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