The Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward's University provides a forum for global dialogue and exchange of diverse perspectives among the academic, policy and private-sector communities-

Examining Global Security

Examining Global Security

The Kozmetsky Center promotes comprehensive multi-disciplinary approaches to subjects that impact global security. Learn about how our conferences tackle critical issues, such as the religion-security nexus.


"Expert Perspective from Russia's Foreign and Defense Policy Community on the State of the U.S.-Russian Relationship"

On Wednesday, December 11, 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. Dr. Suslov's lecture will take place at 12:00 PM in Carter Auditorium.

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]] of the Kozmetsky Center staff for application information.   

Council on Foreign Relations Conference Call Series

The Kozmetsky Center will continue to offer the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Conference Call Series. Please click here to see the Fall 2019 CFR Conference Call Series Schedule. These conference calls are open to all students; please RSVP to Joseph Sadek [jsadek [at]] if you would like to attend.

Please check our website [] 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] or (512-233-1678) in the Kozmetsky Center, Main Building G-11 should you have questions regarding our events and programs. 

Director's Upcoming Speaking Activities​

-"Wilson Center/Kennan Conversations:  Russia-China Strategic Partnership," Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations, December 2019 

-Participating in the conference sponsored by the SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University, Cornell Emerging Markets Institute (EMI) Annual Conference: "Constructive Engagement," Bloomberg Center on Roosevelt Island, Cornell Tech Campus, New York, November 2019

-Chairing panel entitled "Russia’s Perspectives on World Order: Implications for Geopolitics Among Major Powers, Russia, China and the United States" 51st Annual Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies ASEEES Convention to be held at the San Francisco, November 23-26, 2019

-Speaking at the Delphi World Economic Forum V, Delphi Greece, March 5-8, 2020

-Chairing panel entitled “Major, Emerging and Small State Interactions in a Time of Shifting Global Geopolitics,” and presenting paper “Russia, China and Regional Security Flashpoints: Authoritarian Convergence Counterbalancing the United States and Challenging the Western Liberal Order,” Research Committee on Geopolitics, International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress, Lisbon Portugal, July 2020

Please click here to see past Director's Activities