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





Kozmetsky Center Director Dr. Sharyl Cross meeting with President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga in June 2015

Dr. Bobbie Gottschalk, Executive Vice-President, Seeds of Peace empowering young people from conflict regions with skills to seek reconciliation & coexistence, lectures on campus.

Kozmetsky Center hosts forum on Religion and Security in the Middle East


Enriching the intellectual life of St. Edward's University
and the broader community

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 2016 Events:

On Monday, February 8, the Kozmetsky Center hosted a distinguished panel of specialists representing China, Russia, the United States and Europe to discuss Shifting Geopolitics and Security among Major PowersChina, Russia, and the United States. The panel featured the following participants: Dr. Artyom Lukin, Professor, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok; Dr. Gao Fei, ProfessorChina 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. 

On Monday, March 21, we hosted Dr. Jeffrey Haynes to present a lecture on Religion and International Security. Dr. 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. 

On Wednesday, April 13, we hosted a conference on Comparative Global/Regional Migration and Displacement Challenges: Exploring Security & Moral Dimensions in Forming Policy & Civic Responses, with 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. Speakers included St. Edward’s and University of Texas, Austin faculty as well as other distinguished experts of the United States, Europe, and Eurasia. This was the second 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. 

Please check back for announcements on our Fall 2016 events.

             "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

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 questions regarding our activities or upcoming events.

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.