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-


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

On Thursday September 27, the Kozmetsky Center will feature 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, scheduled for 3:30-5:00 PM in the Carter Auditorium in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center, supports the Global Understanding Workshop devoted to the theme "Unraveling Global Terrorism” and is open to the campus community. 

internet social media

Global Emerging Markets: Challenges & Opportunities

On Tuesday October 23, the Kozmetsky Center will host an evening lecture event session in the Jones Global Event Center at 7:00 PM-8:30 PM with Dr. Lourdes Casanova, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Center for Emerging Markets Institute (EMI), S. C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Dr. Casanova specializes in international business with a focus on emerging market multinationals.  She earned her MA degree as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Southern California and holds a PhD from the University of Barcelona. Dr. Casanova previously taught and directed executive programs for senior managers at INSEAD, one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools with campuses in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Her major publications include Entrepreneurship and the Finance of Innovation in Emerging Markets, Elsevier, 2017,  Emerging Market Multinationals Report 2016: The China SurgeThe Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In Search of the Brazil Dream, Palgrave Macmillan 2014, Global Latinas: Latin America’s Emerging Multinationals, Palgrave Macmillan 2009, Innovalatino, Fostering Innovation in Latin America, Ariel 2011 as well as articles in leading journals including Beijing Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Business and Politics and Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica.  Dr. Casanova is a regular contributor on global business issues to CNN en español, member of the Latin America Global Agenda Council, Competitiveness in Latin America taskforce of World Economic Forum, B20 Task Force on ICT and Innovation in G20 summit, Los Cabos (2012), and led the Goldman Sachs 10,000 women initiative at INSEAD.  She was previously a Faculty Fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Visiting Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge,  Latin American Centre, University of Oxford, University of Zurich, and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Consultant Inter-American Development Bank. In 2014 and 2015, Professor Casanova was recognized by Esglobal as one of  the 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals and in 2017 one of the 30 most influential Iberoamerican women intellectuals. Her lecture entitled “Global Emerging Markets: Challenges and Opportunities” will provide an introductory overview of regional opportunities and priority new investment areas throughout the world and identify prerequisites for successfully investing and conducting business projects among emerging markets. She will offer her perspective on the potential contributions of the private sector to fostering sustainable development, enhanced living standards, peace and prosperity through financial engagement among emerging markets spanning the world community. Finally, she will speak about educational and professional preparations and opportunities for students interested in international business and particularly emerging markets throughout the world community.  

global emerging markets

Director's Upcoming Speaking Activities

  • Speaking on "Trump-Putin, US-Russia and World Order," World Affairs Council Austin, September 5, 2018
  • Delivering lectures on US/NATO-Russia Relations and Sino-Russia Strategic Partnership and World Order for the U.S. Army Strategic Broadening Seminar hosted by the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, September 2018
  • Please click here to see past Director's Activities

Council on Foreign Relations Conference Call Series

Please click here to see the Fall 2018 Council of Foreign Relations Conference Call Series.

These conference calls are open to all students; please RSVP to Alesondra Cruz [acruz9 [at]] and Theresa Zelazny [theresab [at]] if you would like to attend.