The Kozmetsky Center brings together experts, students, faculty and the broader public in a variety of forums-

Past speakers have included American and foreign diplomats, policymakers, 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.

 

  • Major Conference Events

  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

  • 2014

Major Conference Events

Challenges to the Western Liberal Order

April 17, 2018

The Kozmetsky Center convened a forum in the Jones Global Events Center entitled "Challenges to the Western Liberal Order" 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 explored 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. 

Russia & the West: Significance, Challenges, and Potential

April 25-26, 2017

During this conference, panelists shared perspectives on the importance of Russia’s bilateral and multilateral relationships with Western nations, immediate and longer-term strategic interests and priorities, economic and security aspects of Russia’s relationships with Western countries, significance that should be assigned to values in defining these relationships, and overall implications of Russia’s relationships with Western nations for the contemporary and potential emerging geopolitical world order. 

Exploring the Religious-Policy/Security Nexus in Responding to Critical Contemporary Regional/Global Security Challenges (with the support of NATO Public Diplomacy Division)

November 1-2, 2016

The sessions featured leading international experts on religion-security with current and former senior policy officials and religious clerics to exchange perspectives on a range of issues including violent extremism and terrorism, religious drivers in contemporary geopolitical divisions, and religious contributions to conflict resolution, economic development and other areas of human security. 

Comparative Global/Regional Migration and Displacement Challenges: Exploring Security & Moral Dimensions in Forming Policy & Civic Responses 

April 13, 2016

This session included panels considering the academic and policy dimensions of contemporary migration challenges from a comparative perspective, focusing particularly on issues and case studies in Europe, Eurasia, and U.S.-Mexico/Central America.  Experts presented research findings from these regions and considered the moral and security dimensions of migration management. 

Conference on Countering Violent Extremism for the Transatlantic Community

April 20-21, 2015

The Kozmetsky Center partnered with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas, Austin to host a working seminar devoted to analyzing sources of violent extremism and methods for countering the threat. The session explored U.S., European, and Eurasian national perspectives on sources of violent extremism, and assessed the success of methods employed to delegitimize extremist narratives and recruitment. 

2018

Visit of Pjer Šimunović, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States

October 9, 2018

On October 9, 2018, the Kozmetsky Center hosted the visit of Pjer Šimunović, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States in cooperation with the World Affairs Council Austin.  The discussion included developing US-Croatia educational exchange opportunities, US (and Texas) investment in Croatia and South Eastern Europe, regional power competition in South East Europe and security challenges for Croatia, wider Europe and beyond. 

Understanding Exploitation of the Internet and Social Media in Promoting Violent Extremism and Terrorism

September 27, 2018

On Thursday September 27, the Kozmetsky Center featured our first event for the 2018-2019 AY entitled “Understanding Exploitation of the Internet and Social Media in Promoting Violent Extremism and Terrorism”  presented by Dr. Maura Conway, Professor at Dublin City University in Ireland and Director of the European Union Framework Programme Network of Excellence in Violent Online Political Extremism, entitled VOX-Pol, launched in January 2014. The VOX-Pol project supports a consortium of universities funded by the European Union to promote research and collaboration toward bettering understanding the vulnerabilities of the cyber sphere to exploitation by terrorist and violent extremist networks. Professor Conway currently collaborates with a network of colleagues in Computer Science tracing extremist networks on Twitter and developing methods for analyzing violent online political extremist material. Dr. Conway has participated widely as a leading international expert 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, the Danish Institute of International Affairs in Copenhagen, and elsewhere. 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. Dr. Conway’s lecture supports the Global Understanding Workshop devoted to the theme "Unraveling Global Terrorism” and is open to the campus community.  Dr. Conway's visit included a roundtable session held with representatives of Austin's academic, policy and private sector communities working in digital/technology security and global strategy sponsored by the Irish Consulate in Austin and Global Austin. 

Human Flow Screening and Discussion

April 24, 2018

On Tuesday April 24, the Kozmetsky Center hosted a screening of Ai Weiwei’s award-winning documentary film: “Human Flow." With over 65 million people around the world being forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II,  this documentary features interviews with immigrant refugees providing first-person insights into their experiences. Viewers of the film will explore a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Following the broadcast of the film, students will had the opportunity to discuss and refine their current understanding of the true scale of the international refugee crisis in the twenty-first century. St. Edward's University faculty Dr. Rodrigo Nunez and Fr Louis Brusatti participated in a forum following the session offering reactions to the film and sharing perspectives with students.

Challenges to the Western Liberal Order

April 17, 2018

The Kozmetsky Center convened a forum in the Jones Global Events Center entitled "Challenges to the Western Liberal Order" 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 explored 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. 

Managing Challenges in Cyber Security

March 20, 2018

On Tuesday March 20, the Kozmetsky Center convened a forum of leading international experts entitled “Managing Challenges in Cyber Security.”  Panel speakers explored security challenges of the cyber arena and assess both public and private sector measures to address these threats.  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 PPC 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.   

Exploring the Intersection of Religion & the Domestic & Global Societies: Research Issues & Methods

February 13, 2018

On February 13, the Kozmetsky Center featured 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 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 Ph.D. from the University of Innsbruck.  Dr. Troy discussed his current research project at Stanford University focused on examining international moral leadership in the examples of the Popes and those serving as Secretary General of the United Nations. 

2017

Invisible: Surviving the Cambodian Genocide

December 7, 2017

The Kozmetsky center held a lecture entitled “Invisible:  Surviving the Cambodian Genocide” offered by Dr. Fran Pilch, Professor Emeritus of the United States Air Force Academy.   Dr. Pilch’s lecture incorporated insights from the course she developed for the Air Force Academy entitled “War Crimes, Genocide, and Human Rights,” and extensive research included in her book released on this topic in 2017.  Dr. Pilch served as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in South Africa and a Fulbright Scholar in Mongolia, where she taught International Law at the School of Diplomacy, National University of Mongolia, in Ulaanbaatar. In 2011-12, she was named the Case Carnegie Colorado Professor of the Year.  She was awarded her B.A. from the University of Connecticut and her M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations from Yale University.  Dr. Pilch’s lecture concentrated on the actual accounts of survivors of Pol Pot’s genocide which claimed the lives of an estimated two million people—more than one-fourth of the total Cambodian population. 

Perspectives on Cuba’s Future:  Exploring Policy Options & Paths for the U.S.-Cuba Bilateral Relationship 

November 8, 2017

On Wednesday evening November 8, the Kozmetsky Center featured a forum concerning Cuba's future; the session featured leading specialists of the academic and business communities on various aspects of Cuban society, economy and foreign policy offering a diversity of perspectives on Cuba and the United States-Cuba bilateral relationship.   The objectives for this event were to heighten student and public awareness of political and economic circumstances in contemporary Cuba, and to explore various policy options for achieving long-term desired end-states in the United States relationship with our geographically close neighboring nation of Cuba.  The session devoted significant focus to assessing the state of Cuba’s economy, investment opportunities and potential contributions of the American and Texas private sector and civic engagement to Cuba’s future and the development of the United States relationship with the island of Cuba.     

Visiting Scholar

November 2017

The Kozmetsky Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Igor Okunev of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Russia has been awarded a visiting scholar appointment for November 4-18, 2017 at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He is the recipient of a competitive grant provided by his university to support short-term visiting faculty positions throughout the world. Professor Okunev was introduced to the St. Edward’s community when he participated in the Kozmetsky Center forum “International Policy and Academic Perspectives on the Impact of the Ukrainian Conflict” held in October 2014, followed by his April 2017 visit to St. Edward’s for the conference “Russia & the West: Significance, Challenges, Potential.”

Dr. Okunev earned his Ph.D. from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 2011, where he currently serves as Vice Dean for Research in the School of Political Affairs and Associate Professor of Political Geography and Geopolitics.  Among his teaching and research interests are political geography, geopolitics, comparative politics, and federalism. Dr. Okunev is the author of two books, Geopolitics of Microstates and Capital Cities as a Critical Geopolitics Mirror, and co-author of the textbooks Comparative Politics and World Regional Studies. He currently serves as executive secretary of the journal Comparative Politics Russia.

Dr. Okunev will be offering lectures and participating in seminar visits for courses at St.Edward's as well as providing a series of guest lectures on various aspects of Russia's foreign policy and world geopolitics sponsored by Global Austin and other community organizations.

Equipping American Society for a Global Community: Relevance of Study Abroad and International Education

September 18, 2017

The Kozmetsky Center hosted Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, Chief Executive Officer of The Carter Center to share her perspective on the importance of international education and study abroad with St. Edward's University students.  

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters joined The Carter Center as its Chief Executive Officer Sept. 2, 2014. As CEO, Ambassador Peters provides vision and leadership for The Carter Center and oversees all program implementation and operations. 

Previously, Ambassador Peters was Provost of the U.S. Naval War College from September 2008 to July 2014. Prior to joining the Naval War College, she was Dean of Academics at the College of International and Security Studies and Associate Director of International Liaison at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Ambassador Peters spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. From 2000 to 2003, she was U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, leading the mission's efforts in support of the war on terrorism and other key U.S. foreign policy goals. She received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2003 for her work there. 

Prior to her posting in Dhaka, Ambassador Peters was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, responsible for the management of the embassy and supervision of the six U.S. consulates general in Canada. 

From 1995 to 1997, Ambassador Peters served in the White House as Director for European and Canadian affairs at the National Security Council. Among other portfolios in this position, Ambassador Peters worked on the diplomatic and security aspects of the search for peace in Northern Ireland. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State with oversight responsibility for U.S. relations with 19 Western European countries and Canada, as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sofia, Bulgaria, as Economic Counselor in Moscow during the Soviet era, and as the last U.S. Consul in Mandalay, Burma. From 1988 to 1990, Ambassador Peters was the Deputy Director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs in the State Department. 

Ambassador Peters completed her undergraduate study at Santa Clara University in California and holds an advanced graduate degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Her formal education also included courses at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Women in International Security.

Russia & the West: Significance, Challenges, and Potential

April 25-26, 2017

During this conference, panelists shared perspectives on the importance of Russia’s bilateral and multilateral relationships with Western nations, immediate and longer-term strategic interests and priorities, economic and security aspects of Russia’s relationships with Western countries, significance that should be assigned to values in defining these relationships, and overall implications of Russia’s relationships with Western nations for the contemporary and potential emerging geopolitical world order. 

Austin Global Business Forum

March 29, 2017

The Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance, The Bill Munday School of Business, World Affairs Council - Austin hosted the Austin Global Business Forum to discuss Austin’s expanding international business engagement, featuring representatives from the Office of the Governor of Texas, Austin Business Journal, and other professionals based in the local community with extensive experience in business and finance throughout various regions of the world.

Challenges and Opportunities in United States-Mexico Relations 

February 8, 2017

On February 8, the Kozmetsky Center featured a lecture "Challenges and Opportunities in United States-Mexico Relations" by Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Associate Professor at the Department of Public Affairs and Security Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and residential fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. 

2016

Native American Perspectives on Science, Spirituality, Nature, and the Environment 

December 5, 2016

On December 5, the Kozmetsky Center hosted a visit with Dr. Dianne Barton, Water Quality Coordinator at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), for a lecture on “Native American Perspectives on Science, Spirituality, Nature, and the Environment.” View the presentation from this event.

Exploring the Religious-Policy/Security Nexus in Responding to Critical Contemporary Regional/Global Security Challenges (with the support of NATO Public Diplomacy Division)

November 1-2, 2016

The sessions featured leading international experts on religion-security with current and former senior policy officials and religious clerics to exchange perspectives on a range of issues including violent extremism and terrorism, religious drivers in contemporary geopolitical divisions, and religious contributions to conflict resolution, economic development and other areas of human security. 

The U.S. Presidential Election Process in an International Comparative Context 

October 25, 2016

The Kozmetsky Center featured a 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. 

Atifete Jahjaga, President of the Republic of Kosovo (2011-2016) 

October 11, 2016

President Atifete Jahjaga is the first woman president of the Republic of Kosovo and fourth to be elected in the international community, approved by the Parliament of Kosovo on April 7, 2011. President Jahjaga was also the youngest woman to be elected to serve in the presidency or top leadership post among nations in the world community. President Jahjaga spoke on "Leadership, Public Service, National and Global Security Challenges and Opportunities: Perspective of the President of the Republic of Kosovo 2011-2016."

The Climate Change Challenge and Implications for National Security

October 4, 2016

On October 4, the Kozmetsky Center hosted a lecture with U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.) David W. Titley, Ph.D., Professor of Practice in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Titley is an internationally recognized expert in the field of climate, the Arctic, and National Security, and founding Director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk.

Ukraine's Future Political and Economic Challenges: National & International Prospects 

September 12, 2016

The Kozmetsky Center is hosting Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk, Visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar at St. Edward’s University for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Dr. Dubovyk spoke at on September 12 on "Ukraine's Future Political and Economic Challenges: National & International Prospects."

Comparative Global/Regional Migration and Displacement Challenges: Exploring Security & Moral Dimensions in Forming Policy & Civic Responses 

April 13, 2016

This session included panels considering the academic and policy dimensions of contemporary migration challenges from a comparative perspective, focusing particularly on issues and case studies in Europe, Eurasia, and U.S.-Mexico/Central America.  Experts presented research findings from these regions and considered the moral and security dimensions of migration management. 

Religion and International Security

March 21, 2016

Dr. Jeffrey Haynes is Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict, and Cooperation at London Metropolitan University, Convener of the European Consortium for Political Research’s Religion and Politics Standing Group, and chair of the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on Religion and Politics. He spoke at St. Edward's University on "The Role of Religion in International Affairs."

Russia, China, and the United States 

February 8, 2016

On February 8th, 2016, the Kozmetsky Center hosted a forum with leading experts and scholars from Russia, China, NATO, and the United States to discuss the rise of China and Russia and the implications of their rise for changing geopolitics and security. The panelists represented leading academic and policy organizations, including: Dr. Artyom Lukin, Professor, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok; Dr. Gao Fei, Professor, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing; Dr. Igor Zevelev, Director, MacArthur Foundation, Moscow; Dr. Alexei Voskressenski, Dean, Moscow State Institute of International Relations; Dr. Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center; Dr. Paul Bolt, Professor, United States Air Force Academy; and Dr. Detlef Puhl, Senior Advisor, North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO. 

2015

Legal Aspects of Global Poverty and Food Insecurity 

November 23, 2015

Dr. Carmen Gonzalez is Professor of Law at Seattle University and works at the nexus of policy and law to identify legal and societal challenges that exacerbate issues in food security. She discussed opportunities and challenges to creating a more enabling global environment for food security considering human rights, environmental law, and international trade law. 

Russia's Competition for Influence in Central and Eastern Europe 

November 16, 2015

This event featured Dr. Kiril Avramov, an assistant professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is researching the effect of conspiracy theories on the political discourse in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Greek Economic Crisis and the Future of the European Union 

November 4, 2015

This event featured former U.S. Ambassador to Greece (2011-2013) Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research Daniel B. Smith, Senior Associate Fellow of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom Dr. Julian Lindley-French, Chair of the Department of International and European Economic Studies (DIEES) at Athens University of Economics and Business Dr. Panos Tsakloglou, and other speakers offering diverse European national perspectives on the issue. 

Public and Private Dimensions of Global Cyber Security 

October 13, 2015

On October 13, 2015, the Kozmetsky Center hosted a visit with cyber security expert Dr. Kenneth Geers, Professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Ambassador for the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence in Estonia. Dr. Geers spoke on Public and Private Dimensions of Global Cyber Security, including the impact of cyber security on international affairs and global security. 

George Kozmetsky Emerging Leaders in Global Finance Panel

April 23, 2015

This event featured Jovica Palashevski and Pavel Iliev, two emerging leaders in global finance with worldwide experience in the public and private sectors, who offered perspectives to students of St. Edward’s University on preparing for careers in global business, finance, and economics. 

Conference on Countering Violent Extremism for the Transatlantic Community

April 20-21, 2015

The Kozmetsky Center partnered with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas, Austin to host a working seminar devoted to analyzing sources of violent extremism and methods for countering the threat. The session explored U.S., European, and Eurasian national perspectives on sources of violent extremism, and assessed the success of methods employed to delegitimize extremist narratives and recruitment. 

Jewish, Islamic, & Christian Views on Contemporary Security in the Middle East & Beyond: International Strategic & Religious/Cultural Perspectives

February 25, 2015 

On February 25, 2015, the Kozmetsky Center hosted a visit from leading scholars to discuss religious perspectives on the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, and how interfaith dialogue may contribute to conflict resolution efforts in the Middle East and globally. The forum explored the security priorities, vision, and suggestions for conflict resolution from the traditions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

Secessions in International Order  

February 23, 2015

The Kozmetsky Center hosted the visit of Dr. Rafael Biermann, professor of International Relations and Director of the Department of Political Science at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena Germany to discuss "Secessions in International Order". Dr. Biermann also met with campus administrators & faculty to discuss academic partnership opportunities in Germany.  

2014

Visit of Dr. Anastasia Mitrofanova, Russian Orthodox University, Moscow

November 19, 2014

Dr. Mitrofanova participated in a roundtable discussion with St. Edward's faculty and leadership on issues including exploring possible collaboration on curriculum development and courses, student and faculty exchanges, research and joint service projects. 

The Borderlands: Crisis, Conflict, Cooperation, and Comfort

November 17, 2014

Dr. Edward J. Williams, professor emeritus of the University of Arizona, spoke on “The Borderlands: Conflict, Crisis, Cooperation, and Comfort,” focusing on socio-economic issues for migrants and refugees, especially relating to challenges for families and children.

International Policy & Academic Perspectives on the Impact of the Ukrainian Conflict: A New Cold or Hot War?

October 28, 2014

This event featured an exchange of perspectives among academic and policy experts of Ukraine, Russian Federation, European Union/NATO, United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States to discuss the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and to identify potential opportunities for cooperation and de-escalation of the conflict. 

Rachel Carson: Environment, Science, and Faith?

September 23, 2014

The Kozmetsky Center hosted Visiting Woodrow Wilson Scholar, Dr. Robert Musil, who is a leading authority on climate change, environmental health, energy, and national security policy. He offered a lecture on the topic of his book Rachel Carson: Environment, Science, and Faith (Rutgers 2014).   

Women, Global, Security, Conflict & Peace

March 26, 2014

The Kozmetsky Center hosted a visit with Mari Skaare, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representation for Women, Peace and Security, for a lecture on the role of women in global security, conflict and peace.

Visit of Delegation from South East Europe

February 25-27, 2014

The purpose of the visit was to share perspectives on security and economic circumstances in South Eastern Europe, and to explore opportunities for building academic cooperation in the region with St. Edward’s University and associations with the wider Austin community. 

Student Videoconference Project

The Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University has developed a videoconference project with partners at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany and Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MGIMO) in Moscow, Russia to connect students in regularly scheduled direct video teleconference sessions (VTC) with the goal of sharing perspectives and developing better understanding of international issues among students across the globe. During these sessions, students from each university have the opportunity to discuss critical issues in international affairs, with sessions moderated by Dr. Sharyl Cross, Director, Kozmetsky Center of Excellence at St. Edward’s University and co-moderated by faculty at Friedrich-Schiller University, MGIMO, and St. Edward’s University.

The inaugural session took place on October 30, 2014, with students discussing the conflict in Ukraine from the perspective of the United States, Germany, and Russia, with exchange students from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy hosted at the Jena location.

The second event took place on November 5, 2015, focusing on the security, geopolitical, economic, and financial dimensions of the Greek economic crisis and the future of the European Union. Each event was preceded by a panel at St. Edward’s University with experts from leading academic and policy institutions in the United States, Europe, and Eurasia discussing the various global perspectives on the issues.  We continue to organize ongoing videoconference sessions on an annual basis so that students may continue to develop strong transnational connections, share diverse perspectives, and provide policy suggestions to the foreign policy networks of their nations.

The third event took place on October 25, 2016 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 gathered to exchange perspectives after viewing the series of U.S. Presidential debates.  Students discussed the American election process in an international comparative context, and the importance of the issues raised in the U.S. Presidential debate sessions.  Professor Brian Smith, specialist on American and Texas politics and Associate Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at St. Edward’s University, Professor Tatyana Shakleina, expert on American Foreign Policy at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and Professor Michael Dreyer, specialist in Political Theory and Comparative Politics of Friedrich-Schiller University attended and offered their thoughts on the discussion among the students.  One of the major topics included assessing the impact of the internet and social media in changing the features of campaigns and elections in the United States and other nations. 

On On Tuesday January 23, 2018 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. 

Contributors to Kozmetsky Center Programs 2016-2017

Contributors to Kozmetsky Center Programs 2016-2017

2016-2017 Annual Review

  • Metropolitan of France Emmanuel Adamakis, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
  • Despina Afentouli, Program Manager for Partnerships and Cooperative Security, NATO
  • Dianne Barton, PhD, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
  • Father Louis Brusatti, DMin, Professor and Director, Center for Religion and Culture, St. Edward’s University
  • Andy Chang, Director, Product Marketing Americas, KUKA North America
  • Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, PhD, Associate Professor at the Department of Public Affairs and Security Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Residential Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Volodymyr Dubovyk, PhD, Professor of International Relations, Odessa National University
  • Douglas M. Johnston, PhD, President, International Center for Religion & Diplomacy
  • W. Cole Durham, PhD, Professor and Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University
  • Isabelle Facon, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Chercheur, Fondation pour la Recherche strategique
  • Frances Flannery, PhD, Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace and Associate Professor of Religion, Department of Philosophy and Religion, James Madison University
  • James Galbraith, PhD, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
  • Valerii Garbuzov, PhD,  Professor and Director, Institute of USA and Canada Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Nikolas Gvosdev, PhD, Professor, National Security Studies, U.S. Naval War College
  • Jeffrey Haynes, PhD, Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation, London Metropolitan University
  • Atifete Jahjaga, President of the Republic of Kosovo (2011-2016)
  • Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, PhD, President, Women in International Security
  • David Kirkham, PhD, Associate Professor and Senior Fellow, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University
  • Sandeep Kumar, PhD, Vice President for Worldwide Operations, Silicon Labs
  • Lucian Leustean, PhD, Professor, Ashton University and Fellow, Westminster Abbey Institute Parliament Square
  • Sonja Licht, President, Belgrade Security Forum
  • Professor Julian Lindley-French, PhD, Vice President, Atlantic Treaty Association and Co-Chair, GLOBEC NATO Adaptation Project
  • Alexander Lukin, PhD, Department Head, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University of Higher Economics and Director, Center for East Asian and SCO Studies, MGIMO
  • Imam Mohamed Magid, Executive Director of the Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) and Chairman of the International Interfaith Corps (IIPC) 
  • Ying McGuire, Vice President, Technology Integration Group
  • Anastasia Mitrofanova, PhD,  Director, Center for Religious and Ethnic Studies and Chair of Political Science, Russian Orthodox University
  • Andrew S. Natsios, PhD, former Director, USAID and Director of the Scowcroft Institute, Bush School of Government, Texas A & M University
  • Igor Okunev, PhD, Lecturer, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
  • Deborah Palmieri, PhD, Honorary Consul General of the Russian Federation in Colorado and Founder & President, Deb Palmieri Russia LLC
  • Colin Pope, Editor, Austin Business Journal
  • Elizabeth Prodromou, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Father Ivica Raguz, PhD, Dean of the Catholic Theological Faculty at Dakovo Croatia
  • Marie Richards, PhD, Deputy Counterterrorism Coordinator for Regional and Multilateral Affairs, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. State Department
  • Colonel Gottfried Salchner, Austrian Chair, College of International Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
  • Admiral Dragan Samardzic, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Montenegro and Representative of Montenegro to the OSCE
  • Tatiana Shakleina, PhD, Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Research of International Problems, Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MGIMO)
  • Jamie Shea, PhD, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.)
  • David W. Titley, Ph.D., Professor of Practice in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Pennsylvania State University
  • Michael Treyger, Manager, Office of Business Development, Office of the Governor of Texas
  • Andrey Tsygankov, PhD, Professor of International Politics, San Francisco State University 

Contributors to Kozmetsky Center Programs 2015-2016

Contributors to Kozmetsky Center Programs 2015-2016

2015-2016 Annual Review

  • Kiril Avramov, PhD, Fulbright Visiting Scholar and Professor, New Bulgarian University
  • Doug Biow, PhD, Director, Center for European Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • Paul Bolt, PhD, Professor, United States Air Force Academy
  • Father Louis Brusatti, DMin, Professor and Director, Center for Religion and Culture, St. Edward’s University
  • Katrina Burgess, PhD, Assistant Professor of Political Economy, Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Gao Fei, PhD, Professor, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing
  • Kenneth Geers, PhD, Visiting Professor, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Ambassador for the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Carmen G. Gonzalez, JD, Professor, Seattle University School of Law
  • Jeffrey Haynes, PhD, Director, Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation, London Metropolitan University
  • James Hollifield, PhD, Professor and Director, Tower Center, Southern Methodist University and Global Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Magdalena Lesinska, PhD, Assistant Professor, Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw
  • Julian Lindley-French, PhD, Vice-President, Atlantic Treaty Association; Senior Fellow, Institute of Statecraft; Director, Europa Analytica; Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, United States National Defense University; Fellow, Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute; Visiting Programme Director, Wilton Park; Honorary Fellow, Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter; Member, Strategic Advisory Panel, United Kingdom Chief of Defence Staff
  • Amy Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin
  • Artyom Lukin, PhD, Professor, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok
  • Mary Neuburger, PhD, Director, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • Mario Nicolini, Director, Parliament of the World’s Religions – Slovakia
  • Ioannis Papageorgiou, PhD, Professor, School of Political Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and President, Greek Council for Refugees
  • Charles Porter, PhD, Professor, St. Edward’s University
  • Detlef Puhl, PhD, Senior Advisor, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • Marko Savkovic, Program Coordinator, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence
  • Ambassador Daniel B. Smith, PhD, Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State
  • Peter Sparding, Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund
  • Panos Tsakloglou, PhD, Chair, Department of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Alexei Voskressenski, PhD, Dean, School of Political Affairs and World Politics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)
  • Petra Weyland, PhD, Professor, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
  • Edward Williams, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Politics, University of Arizona
  • Igor Zevelev, PhD, Director, MacArthur Foundation Moscow

Contributors to Kozmetsky Center Programs 2014-2015

Contributors to Kozmetsky Center Programs 2014-2015

2014-2015 Annual Review

  • Despina-Ino Afentouli, PhD, Regional Coordinator for Caucasus & Central Asia and Program Officer for Partnerships and Cooperative Security, NATO Public Diplomacy Division
  • Ioannis Armakolas, PhD, Professor, New Macedonian University and Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
  • Vladimir Ateljevic, Adviser to the Minister for European Integration, Government of Serbia
  • Mustafa Aydin, PhD, President, Kadir Has University and President, International Affairs Council of Turkey
  • Rafael Biermann, PhD, Chair, Department of International Relations, Friedrich-Schiller University
  • Doug Biow, PhD, Director, Center for European Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • Father Louis Brusatti, PhD, Director, Center for Religion and Culture, St. Edward’s University
  • Maura Conway, PhD, Professor, Dublin City University
  • Vlatko Cvrtila, PhD, Dean, VERN University of Applied Sciences, Zagreb, and Adjunct Professor, University of Zagreb
  • Adam Dolnik, PhD, Professor, University of Wollongong and Counterterrorism Negotiation Advisor, United States Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Volodymyr Dubovyk, PhD, Professor of International Relations, Odessa National University
  • Andre Hartel, PhD, Professor of International Relations, Friedrich-Schiller University
  • Pavel Iliev, Principal, Three Keys Capital Advisors
  • Savo Kentera, PhD, President, Atlantic Council Montenegro
  • Aharon Klieman, PhD, Professor, Tel Aviv University
  • Anna Krasteva, PhD, Director, Center for Refugees, Migration, & Ethnic Studies, New Bulgarian University
  • Tonci Matulic, PhD, Dean and Professor, Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Zagreb
  • Anastasia Mitrofanova, PhD, Director, Center for Ethnic and Religious Studies and Chair, Department of Political Science, Orthodox University in Moscow
  • Robert K. Musil, PhD, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and author of Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment
  • Craig Nation, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Director, Russian and Eurasian Studies, U.S. Army War College
  • Mary Neuburger, PhD, Director, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • Igor Okunev, PhD, Vice-Dean and Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Politics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MGIMO)
  • Jovica Palashevski, Deputy Director of Economic Diplomacy, Republic of Macedonia
  • Elizabeth Prodromou, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
  • Scott Roenicke, Senior Politico-Military Advisor for Russia, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Mostafa-Elwi Saif, PhD, Professor, Cairo University
  • Tatyana Shakleina, PhD, Head of the Department of Applied Analysis of International Problems, Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MGIMO)
  • Mari Skaare, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representation for Women, Peace and Security
  • Ekaterina Stepanova, PhD, Senior Research Scholar, Institute for World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Sonja Tomovic Sundic, PhD, Dean and Professor, University of Montenegro
  • Radovan Vukadinovic, PhD, President, Atlantic Council of Croatia
  • Amadeo Watkins, PhD, Senior Visiting Lecturer and Co-Founder, Centre For Military Educational Outreach, Defence Studies Department, King's College London
  • Petra Weyland, PhD, Professor, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
  • Edward J. Williams, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Latin American Studies, University of Arizona
  • Valbona Zeneli, PhD, Professor, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies