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, 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 UnitedStates and around the world to share their expertise and diverse perspectives with the St. Edward’s University community.

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

  • 2014


Challenges and Opportunities in United States-Mexico Relations 

February 8, 2017

Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera is an 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, D.C. 


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

December 5, 2016

Dr. Dianne  Barton is currently responsible for managing water quality, environmental toxics, and regulatory processes at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC). View the presentation from this event.


Exploring the Religious-Policy/Security Nexus in Responding to Critical Contemporary Regional/Global Security Challenges 

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

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. She had previously been the Deputy General Director of the Police of Kosovo from February 2009. 


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.  


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. 


Russia, China, and the United States 

February 8, 2016

The panel featured the following participants: 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. 


Legal Aspects of Global Poverty and Food Insecurity 

November 23, 2015

Dr. Carmen Gonzalez is a 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. This discussed opportunities and challenges to creating a more enabling global environment for food security considering human rights, environmental, 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.


Greece and 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 differing European national perspectives on the issue. 


Public and Private Dimensions of Global Cyber Security 

October 13, 2015

Dr. Kenneth Geers is recognized as a leading international authority on cyber issues.  He served as a professor at University of Kiev, a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Ambassador for the NATO Cyber Center in Estonia, and a Senior Research Analyst at ZeroFOX. He discussed new challenges in global cyber security including ethics and IT, cyber-crime, cyber espionage and defense, public-private collaboration in cyber development and security, and global internet governance. 


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. 


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

February 25, 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 held on the St. Edward’s University campus 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. 


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. Dr. Biermann also met with campus administrators & faculty to discuss academic partnership opportunities in Germany.  


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, focused specifically on the 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

The crisis in Ukraine is likely to result in long-term consequences for regional European/Eurasian and global security.  This evening 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.  


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 global warming, environmental health, energy, and national security policy. He offered a lecture on the topic of his book (Rutgers 2014) Rachel Carson: Environment, Science, and Faith.   


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 about women, global security, conflict and peace.


Visit of Delegation of 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.