Perspectives of Global Leaders
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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.
Fall 2019 Preview of Events
On Tuesday, September 17, the Kozmetsky Center will feature our first event for the 2019-2020 academic year entitled “Trade, Technology, and the New Global Political Order” with Demosthenes James Peterson, PhD, President of Longview Global Advisors. In 2013, Dr. D.J. Peterson founded Longview Global Advisors, a consulting group working with clients throughout the world on strategic planning, market intelligence and other topics relevant for global business and investment. Dr. Peterson has advised firms across a range of sectors, including financial services, consumer goods, automotive, industrial products, energy and mining, life sciences, technology and telecommunications. From 2006 to 2012, he led the Corporate Advisory Services practice at Eurasia Group, where he and his team of 13 business developers and client-relationship managers served large-cap clients in North America, Europe, and Japan. Dr. Peterson also founded and led the firm’s Operating Committee driving growth in areas such as business development, client services, product innovation, business planning, project management, and human capital. From 1998 to 2006, he served on the staff at the RAND Corporation where he directed major research projects in technology futures, natural resources management, homeland security, and other global security policy topic areas. In addition, Dr. Peterson organized and led RAND’s Environment, Energy and Economic Development Program. Dr. Peterson received his BA from Duke University and PhD in Political Science from UCLA. He is a frequent contributor to major news networks on global business issues including Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CNN and CNBC. Dr. Peterson will share his perspective on the looming U.S.-China trade war; U.S-Mexico/Latin America business and trade relations in the context of hardened border policies; the use of tariffs to achieve American global strategic priorities in the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America; and Brexit’s impact on the European Union’s cohesion and prospects for a bilateral U.S.-U.K. trade agreement. We have also asked Dr. Peterson to offer advice on courses and professional internship opportunities for students considering careers in international business, economics and finance. Dr. Peterson’s lecture, sponsored in cooperation with World Affairs Council Austin, will be held in the Jones Global Events Center on the St. Edward’s University campus from 7:00-9:00 PM.
On Wednesday, October 30, the Kozmetsky Center will host a lecture event session in the Jones Global Event Center from 7:00-8:30 PM with U.S. Army Major General (Ret.) Mari K. Eder on the topic “Information Apocalypse: Issues of Reliability and Manipulation of the Public Information Space on Institutions and Leadership” assessing the erosion in confidence regarding public information and suggesting ways that we might safeguard society from disinformation. Major General Eder served as the Army’s Deputy Chief of Public Affairs, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Joint and Special Troops Support Command, Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve, leader of the Army Reserve Ambassador Program, Director of Public Affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, and professor and lecturer in communications and public diplomacy at the NATO School in Germany and Sweden’s International Training Command. She was inducted into the Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame in 2017 and received the Joe Galloway Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in strategic communication. In addition to numerous military awards and recognition, Maj. Gen. Eder received the Vatican award of the Knight, Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great from Pope Benedict XVI in 2011. Maj. Gen. Eder’s book, Leading the Narrative: The Case for Strategic Communication, is used in university communication courses, and she is the author of numerous case studies and articles on strategic communication topics. She holds a PhD from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and has spoken for the World Affairs Council, Atlantic Council and at major universities throughout the country on issues of national security, communication (including cyber and artificial intelligence), ethics and leadership. We have asked Maj. Gen. Eder to share her perspective on the media and information in influencing perceptions of institutions, public leaders and elections. The lecture will analyze developments in the information space for national security and the future of warfare. Maj. Gen. Eder will offer suggestions on how policymakers and society might respond to challenges in obtaining credible information or limiting vulnerability to deliberate attempts on the part of domestic and foreign sources or adversaries to shape perceptions with non-factual information.
On Thursday evening November 21, the Kozmetsky Center will host a session with Dmitry Suslov, PhD, Program 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, Russia. Dr. Dmitry Suslov conducts research and teaches courses on U.S. Domestic and Foreign Policy, Russian Foreign Policy, International Relations, Global Governance, U.S.−Russia Relations, and Russia−EU Relations. He regularly consults for Russian government institutions and business enterprises on global security topics. Dr. Suslov has also been a senior lecturer at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the National Research University Higher School of Economics since 2006, as well as Deputy Director for Research at the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy since 2004. Dr. Suslov has co-authored several books: The U.S. Policy in Asia Pacific (2014), Non-Military Instruments of the Russian Foreign Policy: Regional and Global Mechanisms (2012); Russia: A Strategy for the New World (2011); Russia vs. Europe. Confrontation or Alliance? (2009); Russia and the World, A New Epoch (2008); The World Politics (2008); The World Around Russia: 2017 (2007). He has lectured widely throughout the United States at major think tanks, policy centers and universities on issues in the U.S.-Russian relations. Dr. Suslov will join Kozmetsky Center Director Dr. Sharyl Cross for a moderated discussion with the St. Edward’s University and Austin community on the current state of the U.S.-Russian relationship. The event will be held from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM in Carter Auditorium.
Following Dr. Suslov’s visit, on December 4, the Kozmetsky Center will join the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and Friedrich Schiller University (Jena, Germany) for our next three-country student videoconference seminar session featuring an exchange of perspectives among students from St. Edward’s University, Russia and Germany. The session discussion will focus on Werner Herzog’s recent documentary film “Meeting Gorbachev” reflecting on Gorbachev’s experience as the last leader of the U.S.S.R., German reunification, consequences of the end to the Cold War and its possible resurgence, and the nuclear arms race and proliferation. SEU Seniors interested in representing St. Edward’s in the three nation video seminar sessions should contact Joseph Sadek [jsadek [at] stedwards.edu] of the Kozmetsky Center staff for application information.
Our final lecture event for Fall 2019 semester has been confirmed featuring Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, PhD, Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) (date/time/location/pending). Among those leading experts emphasizing the urgency of the climate change threat, Schellnuber was quoted in a BBC article of July 2019 stating that "The climate math is brutally clear: While the world can't be healed within the next few years, it may be fatally wounded by negligence until 2020.” Hans Joachim (“John”) Schellnhuber studied Physics and Mathematics and completed his PhD in Theoretical Physics (Summa Cum Laude) at the University of Regensburg. After a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, he held professorships at the Universities of Oldenburg and Potsdam, University of East Anglia, Norwich, University of California, Santa Cruz, Oxford University, and the Santa Fe Institute. He has authored many articles in leading peer reviewed journals and books on climate change, global warming and security topics at the intersection of science and earth systems and space. Professor Schellnhuber served as founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany from 1991 - 2018 and was research director at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in Great Britain from 2001-2005. Dr. Schellnhuber is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy Leopoldina, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the Academia Europaea. He is the recipient of the German Environment Prize (2007), Volvo Environment Prize (2011) and Blue Planet Prize (2017). Dr. Schellnhuber served as scientific advisor to a number of eminent political and religious leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Pope Francis. He has been a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) since its establishment in 1992 and contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Dr. Schellnhuber’s lecture will explain sources of climate change and the threat posed to earth systems by global warming. He will discuss his perspective on the IPCC Special Report on climate change and suggest additional global critical initiatives necessary to address the climate challenge. Please check our website and announcements regarding scheduling for this event later in the semester.
In addition to our guest lecture events, on Tuesday October 15, the Kozmetsky Center will host a screening of the award winning documentary "The Invisible City [KAKUMA]," a penetrating and humanistic exposé of one of the world's largest refugee camps, focusing experiences of its children. Winner of the Docs Without Borders IFF, Impact Docs Awards “Award of Excellence,” Ischia Film Festival “Best Documentary” and Docville International Film Festival competition, Kakuma offers insights into the human consequences of recent and ongoing political conflicts in East Africa. This documentary film is centered on the lives and stories of the refugee camp's remarkable children, many of whom have known no life beyond its borders. Kakuma UNHCR refugee camp, built in the middle of the Turkana desert in Kenya, has become the region's fastest growing city. It is now home to over 185,000 refugees from South Sudan, Somalia, Congo (DRC), and other areas in the region. We have invited St. Edward’s University Professors Dr. James Puglisi (Campus Ministry) and Dr. Selin Guner (Global Studies) to offer their impressions at the conclusion of the film leading an open audience discussion to share reactions to the documentary. The documentary film event will be held in the Jones Global Events Center from 7:00-9:30 PM.
In addition, the Kozmetsky Center will continue to offer the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) conference call series. Please see the attached list of Fall 2019 conference calls.
Please check our website [https://www.stedwards.edu/kozmetsky-center-excellence] for additional details on these events, and other activities supported by the Kozmetsky Center throughout Fall 2019. Kozmetsky Center events are free and open to the community. Please contact Joseph Sadek, Executive Assistant (jsadek [at] stedwards.edu) or (512-233-1678) in the Kozmetsky Center, Main Building G-111 should you have questions regarding our events and programs.