Read more about our November 2016 conference on the Religion-Policy/Security Nexus

President Atifete Jahjaga of the Republic of Kosovo visited St. Edward's University on October 11, 2016. Read more about her visit in the article "Lessons from a World Leader"

United States Ambassador Daniel B. Smith speaks at the Kozmetsky Center forum on the economic crisis in Greece emphasizing the importance of Greece as a NATO and EU member to European regional stability
Speaking at the recent Kozmetsky Center forum on the shifting geopolitical relationships among the United States, Russia, and China, Dr. Igor Zevelev, Director of the MacArthur Foundation Moscow, made the point that the United States should respect diversity on the world stage the way it strives to do so at home






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About UsLearn more about the work of the Kozmetsky Center in engaging the world community and promoting enhanced understanding of critical global issues.  Learn more about our mission and vision; See our program objectives; Meet our staff; Review our recent events   

Spring 2017 events and projects: 

On Wednesday, February 8th, the Kozmetsky Center will feature a lecture 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.   A native of Mexico (born in Texcoco de Mora), Dr. Correa-Cabrera’s areas of expertise include Mexico-U.S. relations, energy policy, border security, immigration, and organized crime. Her most recent book is entitled Democracy in “Two Mexicos”: Political Institutions in Oaxaca and Nuevo León (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and she just completed her second book entitled “Los Zetas Inc.”: Criminal Corporation, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico (UT Press – forthcoming, August 8, 2017).  Dr. Correa-Cabrera is also co-editing a volume titled North American Borders in Comparative Perspective: Re-Bordering Canada, The United States of America and Mexico in the 21st Century, and was recently the Principal Investigator of a research grant to study organized crime and trafficking in persons in Central America and along Mexico’s eastern migration routes supported by the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.  Professor Correa-Cabrera currently serves as President-elect of the Association for Borderlands Studies. Her lecture entitled "Challenges and Opportunities in United States-Mexico Relations" will take place in the Carter Auditorium from 12:00-1:45 PM.

On Wednesday, March 29th, the Kozmetsky Center will host an evening Austin Global Business Forum to discuss Austin’s expanding international business engagement.  Speakers will assess growth in Austin’s global business presence, regional concentrations, and potential for future expansion and development in specific industries and sectors.  Leaders from industry will share their perspectives on how students can best prepare for careers in an increasingly globalized business environment. We will feature 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.  This event, co-sponsored with the Bill Munday School of Business and World Affairs Council – Austin, is scheduled for March 29th from 6:30-9:00pm in Jones AuditoriumConfirmed panelists include:

  • Colin Pope, Editor, Austin Business Journal
  • Michael Treyger, Manager, Office of Business Development, Office of the Governor of Texas
  • Ying McGuire, Vice President, Technology Integration Group
  • Sandeep Kumar, Vice President, Silicon Labs
  • Andy Chang, Director, Product Marketing Americas, KUKA North America

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25-26, the Kozmetsky Center will co-sponsor a conference on Russia & the West: Significance, Challenges, and Potential. Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks including distinguished experts of the United States, European, and Eurasian academic, policy and private sector communities to assess contemporary and future security and economic relations between Russia and the West. Speakers will share 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. This will be the third conference event on transatlantic security funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Program grant in cooperation with the Center for European Studies and Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at University of Texas, Austin. The conference panel sessions will be held in Jones Auditorium from 7:00pm-9:30pm on Tuesday, April 25th and from 12:00pm-5:00pm on Wednesday, April 26th with opportunities for students and members of the community to participate.   Please watch our website and promotional venues for the agenda and speaker biographical profiles as the date approaches. 

Finally, during the spring 2017 semester, the Kozmetsky Center plans to host a lecture with Dr. Geoff Dabelko, Professor and Director of the Department of Environmental Studies at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University and Senior Advisor for the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.  Dr. Dabelko teaches and conducts research on natural resources, conflict, and peacebuilding, global environmental politics, climate change and security, and environmental leadership.  Please refer to our website and announcements for final confirmation on the dates, time, location for this upcoming event.    

The Kozmetsky Center will be hosting Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk, Visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar at St. Edward’s University for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Dr. Dubovyk is Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies at Odessa National University in Odessa Ukraine.  Dr. Dubovyk will be offering a senior seminar course for Global Studies and Political Science in Spring 2017.

In addition, the Kozmetsky Center will continue to offer the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) conference call series.  Please see the list of spring 2017 conference calls attached and in the “upcoming activities” section of our website [http://think.stedwards.edu/kozmetsky].   

Please check our website [http://think.stedwards.edu/kozmetsky] often for additional details on these major events, and other activities supported by the Kozmetsky Center throughout spring 2017. Kozmetsky Center events are free and open to the community.  Please contact Mr. David Mowry (512-233-1678 or dmowry@stedwards.edu) in the Kozmetsky Center should you have any additional questions regarding our events and programs.

Contact Us. To learn more about events and activities sponsored by the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence at St. Edward's University, contact us at 512-233-1678.

 "The son and daughter of Russian immigrants who fled during the period of the 1917 communist revolution, George & Ronya Kozmetsky epitomized the spirit of first generation Americans that were able to manifest countless significant accomplishments.   Perhaps most important, they offered visionary leadership & exceptional talent in cultivating productive partnerships across academic institutions & disciplines, governments, & the private sector creating opportunities & solving problems aimed toward the betterment of the local Austin community & the world.  George & Ronya Kozmetsky were tirelessly devoted throughout  their lives to the service of others & society.  It is an honor & inspiration for all of us working with the Kozmetsky Center to contribute to carry on the legacy of this family in promoting constructive collaboration & knowledge sharing in our communities & cultures of the 21st century. "

Sharyl N. Cross, PhD, Director, Kozmetsky Center