The Kozmetsky Center of Excellence seeks to deepen understanding of the complex challenges of an increasingly integrated world-
The Kozmetsky Center aims to enrich the intellectual life of St. Edward's University and to serve as a resource for informing the broader public on critical global issues. We facilitate discussions among experts, students, faculty and the broader public in a variety of forums. Past speakers have included American and foreign diplomats, policy makers, university scholars, and leaders of the business, non-profit and cultural communities. We also periodically host short-term resident visiting scholars and practitioners from the United States and around the world to share their expertise and diverse perspectives with the St. Edward’s University community.
The Kozmetsky Center contributes to advancing the mission of St. Edward’s University to educate students from all walks of life and prepare graduates with the tools needed to contribute to a more just world.
Dr. Sharyl Cross was appointed director of the Kozmetsky Center and distinguished professor at St. Edward’s University in 2013.
Dr. Cross' interests and expertise are in global security studies, international relations and comparative politics. Previously, Cross was professor in the College of International & Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. She was director of academics for both the Program in Advanced Security Studies and Senior Executive Seminar, and served in key leadership capacities for the Marshall Center’s strategic outreach engagement initiatives in Russia/Eurasia and South East Europe. Prior to the Marshall Center, Cross was at the United States Air Force Academy where she had been appointed distinguished professor of political science.
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On Tuesday February 13, the Kozmetsky Center will feature a panel of expert scholars devoting their research agendas to exploring the intersection of religion and domestic and global societies. The first featured panel speaker Dr. Jodok Troy is recipient of the Erwin Schrodinger Fellowship and Visiting Scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Jodok Troy is among the leading experts in religion and ethics and international relations and security in Austria and teaches and conducts research at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. Dr. Troy held a prior research fellowship at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University, and was an affiliate scholar of the Swedish National Defence College. He is the author of Christian Approaches to International Affairs, Palgrave Macmillan and his articles have appeared in Politics, Religion & Ideology, Diplomacy & Statecraft, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and Cambridge Review of International Affairs. Troy holds a PhD from the University of Innsbruck. Dr. Troy will discuss his current research project at Stanford University focused on examining international moral leadership in the examples of the Catholic Popes and those serving as Secretary General of the United Nations.
The second speaker Dr. Rebecca Glazier is Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs specializing in Political Science, International Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Glazier has published extensively on topics of religion and politics/society including most recently “Providentiality: A New Measure of Religious Belief,”Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 2017, “For God and Country: Comparing Sources of anti-American and anti-Muslim Attitudes,” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 2016, and “America’s Missions: Religion and Foreign Policy in the 21st Century and Beyond,” Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. She is currently completing a study entitled “How Religion Influences Peacemaking.” Dr. Glazier has been the recipient of several awards for outstanding teaching and competitive grants in support of her research including the Malone Fellowship, National Council on US-Arab Relations, STEM Faculty Development Grant, University of New Mexico for a research project entitled “Experimental Analysis of Framing Effects on Blame Attributions and Attitudes Towards Muslim Americans,” and Presidential Studies Center Research Grant to study foreign policy agenda setting in presidential debates particularly with respect to religious issues. She earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Glazier serves as primary investigator of the Little Rock Congregations Study, a community based research project that engages students in learning about religious organizations in the local community. Dr. Glazier will discuss the research methods and conclusions of this study which seeks to understand how community engagement of religious organizations in the local city of Little Rock impact the actions of congregants in politics and society.
Finally, Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou is Professor of Conflict Resolution at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Dr. Prodromou is a non-resident Senior Fellow in National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress (Washington, DC) and a non-resident Fellow at The Hedayah International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (Abu Dhabi). Before coming to Fletcher, Dr. Prodromou served a diplomatic appointment as Vice Chair and Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2004-2012), and she was a member of the US Secretary of State’s Religion & Foreign Policy Working Group (2011-2015). Published widely in scholarly and policy journals and media, she has been involved in advisory work for international and non-governmental organizations on religion and security, interfaith cooperation, and international religious freedom. She holds a Ph.D. and an S. M. in political science from MIT. Prodromou is co-editor of and contributor to Eastern Orthodox Christianity and American Higher Education (2016) and Thinking Through Faith: New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars (2008). Professor Prodromou will discuss her current research focused on migration, religion, and security in Europe and Eurasia. The panel session entitled “Research Issues and Methods: Religion and the Domestic and Global Societies” will take place from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM in the Carter Auditorium.
On Tuesday March 20, the Kozmetsky Center will convene a forum of leading international experts entitled “Managing Challenges in Cyber Security.” Panel speakers will explore security challenges of the cyber arena and assess both public and private sector measures to address these threats. Our first speaker, Professor Sean S. Costigan serves on the faculty at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and directs ITL Security, a consulting firm on cybersecurity and technological risk. Professor Costigan’s current research and teaching focuses on the nexus of cybersecurity, crime and terrorism. His most recent work is on cryptocurrencies and encryption. Costigan led the team that developed the NATO/Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) Cybersecurity Reference Curriculum published in four languages in 2017. Costigan previously served as a member of the Private Sector Program at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, examining the risks associated with 3D printing. He served as Chief Information Officer of The MIT Press; Associate Professor at The New School Graduate Program in International Affairs; Director for Strategic Initiatives, Center for Security Studies ETH Zurich; Visiting Fellow at the University of Calcutta's Institute of Foreign Policy Studies; Executive Editor at Columbia International Affairs Online; Research Associate for Science, Technology and Defense Industrial Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations; and on the staff of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. He is also presently serving as a Senior Adviser to the NATO/Geneva Center for Security Policy/Partnership for Peace Consortium Emerging Security Challenges study group where he leads a team on cybersecurity. He also serves as Senior Associate at the Security Governance Group and Associate at i-Intelligence.
Dr. Marios Efthymiopoulos is an Associate Professor of International Security and Strategy at American University in the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Efthymiopoulos was previously Dean and Director of the Security Studies program at UAE. He earned a PhD from the University of Crete in Greece, specializing in International Security and Strategy. He also holds an MA from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna Austria in Advanced International Studies. Dr. Efthymiopoulos has held prior research appointments at Columbia University's Harriman Institute, the Center for Transatlantic Relations, at the Johns Hopkins, University, SAIS, George Washington European Center for Excellence & the Business School, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is also the Founder and CEO of Strategy International, a leading European -based think tank specializing in contemporary international security issues. He has served as an advisor and consultant to the governments of Cyprus and Greece. Dr. Efthymiopoulos has published extensively most recently including a major edited book entitled Cyber-Democracy, Development and Defense, Springer, 2015 and subsequent Handbook Cyber-Democracy, Cyber-Development & Cyber-Defense, Springer, forthcoming.
Finally, Dr. Maura Conway is Professor at Dublin City University in Dublin Ireland where she currently works with colleagues in Computer Science tracing extremist networks on Twitter and developing methods for analyzing violent online political extremist material. She is the Principal Investigator for the European Union Framework Programme Network of Excellence in violent online political extremism, entitled VOX-Pol, launched in January 2014. Based on the strength of her research and publications in the areas of terrorism and the Internet, a topic on which she has published over 25 papers, Dr. Conway has participated widely as a highly sought after international speaker on the topic of terrorist exploitation of the internet including at the United Nations, the Commission of the European Union in Brussels, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, the Irish Military College at the Curragh, and the Danish Institute of International Affairs in Copenhagen. Dr. Conway serves as an editorial board member for the journals Media, War, & Conflict and Irish Studies in International Affairs. In addition to her position as Vice-Chair of the International Affairs Committee of the Royal Irish Academy, she is a past-Chair (2011 – 2012) of the International Studies Association’s (ISA) International Communication Section. Prior to assuming her current faculty position at Dublin City University, Dr. Conway was a Teaching Fellow in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and she has also been Visiting Professor in the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. The forum will take place in Carter Auditorium at 1:00-2:30 PM. Additional Information
On Tuesday April 17, the Kozmetsky Center will convene an evening forum entitled "Challenges to the Western Liberal Order" in the Jones Global Events Center at 7:00-9:30 featuring leading policy officials and academics representing nations of the transatlantic community, Russia and China to discuss challenges to the rules and traditions and values of the existing Western liberal order. Forum participants will explore the pressures on domestic and international political and financial institutions and communities to adapt to the changing global power configuration and rapidly evolving international security, economic, financial and social developments. Invited speakers include Dr. Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Dr. Savo Kentera, President of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, Dr. Dmitri Suslov, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club and Deputy Director at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Dr. Gao Fei, Professor at China Foreign Affairs University, and others. This will be the fourth conference event on transatlantic security funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Program grant in cooperation with the Center for European Studies and Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at University of Texas, Austin. Please watch our website and promotional venues for the agenda and speaker biographical profiles as the date approaches.
On Tuesday January 23, the Kozmetsky Center held another session in our ongoing international seminar exchanges on contemporary global issues among students of St. Edward’s University with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MGIMO) and Friedrich Schiller University in Jena Germany. The students of the three universities met via our global classroom in Munday Library on the St. Edward’s University campus for the Austin, USA-Moscow, Russia-Jena, Germany seminar session to exchange perspectives on the impact of “fake news” (topic suggested by colleagues in Germany for this session). The discussion among students at the three campus sites focused on consequences and concerns regarding the impact of “fake news” on elections, economic performance, culture and society. The collaborative student seminar exchanges on contemporary global issues represent a US-Russia-Germany university partnership series ongoing since 2014. St. Edward’s students interested in participating in future sessions should contact Alfonso Lucio (SEU Graduate, International Business, 2017), (Interim) Executive Assistant, Kozmetsky Center for additional information.