Upcoming Events and Projects 2016

October 25: The U.S. Presidential Election Process in an International Comparative Context

Videoconference Agenda PDF File

On Tuesday October 25, the Kozmetsky Center will feature the next 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. On October 25, the students of the three universities will gather via our global classroom in Munday Library on the St. Edward’s University campus for the Austin, USA-Moscow, Russia-Jena, Germany seminar session to exchange perspectives after viewing the series of scheduled U.S. Presidential debates. Students will discuss the American election process in an international comparative context, and the importance of the issues raised in the U.S. Presidential debate sessions. Professor Brian Smith, specialist on American and Texas politics and Associate Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at St. Edward’s University, Professor Tatyana Shakleina, expert on American Foreign Policy at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and Professor Michael Dreyer, specialist in Political Theory and Comparative Politics of Friedrich-Schiller University will also attend and offer their thoughts on the discussion among the students. One of the major topics will be assessing the impact of the internet and social media in changing the features of campaigns and elections in the United States and other nations. The session will be held on Tuesday October 25 beginning at 8:30-11:00 AM and open to the campus audience Munday Library GDC 141 and 143.


October 26, 2016: Nostra Aetate Lecture with Dr. John Esposito


November 1-2, 2016: Exploring the Religious-Policy/Security Nexus in Responding to Critical Contemporary Regional/Global Security Challenges 

On Tuesday and Wednesday November 1-2, the Kozmetsky Center will co-sponsor an international conference with NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, Brussels on the topic “Exploring the Religious-Policy/Security Nexus in Responding to Critical Contemporary Regional/Global Security Challenges.”  The conference represents the second session in our series of the Kozmetsky Center-Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University project on religion and international security. Building on recommendations generated from our prior inaugural project session held at NATO HQ in January 2016, this second conference gathering will focus on defining and discussing the challenges that policy officials confront in attempting to engage productively with religious communities in addressing contemporary critical security challenges and threats. 

The sessions will feature 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.  Conference organizers are approaching the topic with the assumption that the international community faces challenges that can only be addressed by a comprehensive cooperative approach.  We hope that by facilitating the exchanges among academic experts, policy officials, security and defense practitioners and religious leaders representing different nations and regions, we can strengthen networks of collaboration for addressing our most important security challenges.  Dr. Andrew A. Natsios, former Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and current Director of the Scowcroft Institute of Texas A & M University will deliver the keynote lecture for the conference. 

The conference panel sessions will be held throughout the day in Jones Auditorium November 1-2 with opportunities for students and members of the community to participate. Please see our conference page for the agenda, featured speaker profiles and session times.


Monday, December 5: Native American Perspectives on Science, Spirituality, Nature, and the Environment

Finally, on Monday December 5, the Kozmetsky Center will feature a lecture offered by Dr. Dianne Barton who is currently responsible for managing water quality, environmental toxics, and regulatory processes at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC). CRITFC works to restore fish in the ancestral homeland of the CRITFC tribes which covers one-fourth of the entire Columbia River Basin. Salmon, water, and other natural and cultural resources are critical to tribal culture, religion, and economy but are threatened by the production and discharge of toxic contaminants and other pollutants into the environment. Dr. Barton also serves as Chair of the National Tribal Toxics Council (NTTC) which is an EPA Tribal partnership group that advocates for tribal interests in toxic policy decisions. Key issues for the NTTC include advocacy for programs to minimize the disproportionate exposure of tribal members to toxic chemicals, increasing tribal capacity to monitor and assess foods and resources for toxic chemicals, and enhancing tribal consultation and coordination on national chemical risk management and pollution prevention policies. Previously, Dr. Barton was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico and worked in their Environmental Restoration Technologies Department and in the Infrastructure Surety Department. She holds a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Arizona. Her lecture entitled “Native American Perspectives on Science, Spirituality, Nature, and the Environment” is scheduled for 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM in Mabee Ballroom A.

Kozmetsky Center to host Visiting Fulbright Scholar Volodymyr Dubovyk

Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk, Associate Professor of International Relations & Director of the Center for International Studies at Odessa National University in Ukraine, Awarded Fulbright Senior Scholar Appointment at

St. Edward’s University for 2016-2017


The Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University is pleased to announce that Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk of Odessa National University in Odessa Ukraine was awarded the Senior Fulbright Visiting Research and Faculty appointment for academic year 2016-2017 at St. Edward's University in Austin. The Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University will serve as the primary administrative U.S. host for this visiting faculty appointment. Professor Dubovyk was introduced to the St. Edward’s community when he participated in the Kozmetsky Center forum on “International Policy and Academic Perspectives on the Impact of the Ukrainian Conflict” held in October 2014.

Dr. Dubovyk earned his Ph.D. in political science/international relations from Odessa State University (now ONU - Odessa National University) in 1996, where he currently serves as Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies.  Among his teaching and research interests are U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-Ukraine relations, theory of international relations, Black Sea regional security, international conflict studies, and foreign policy of Ukraine. He has held prior fellowships at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1997 and 2006-2007 and Center for International and Security Studies at University of Maryland in 2002. Dr. Dubovyk was a visiting scholar at the University of Washington in 2013.

Dr. Dubovyk can be reached at volodymyrdubovyk@gmail.com. For further information about the Kozmetsky Center or to request a lecture from Dr. Dubovyk, please visit think.stedwards.edu/kozmetsky, reach us by phone at (512) 233-1678, or email David Mowry, Executive Assistant to the Director, at dmowry@stedwards.edu


Fall 2016 Council on Foreign Relations Academic Conference Call Schedule

These conference calls are open to all students, but you must RSVP to dmowry@stedwards.edu or (512) 233-1678


Wednesday, September 14th
11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m., Lucas Room RAGS 301
Political Corruption and Instability in Brazil
Matthew M. Taylor, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Assistant Professor, American University
Thursday, September 29th
1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m., Lucas Room RAGS 301
Women, Peace, and Security
Jamille Bigio, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
Wednesday, October 12th
11:00 a.m. —12:00 p.m., Lucas Room RAGS 301
Foreign Policy in Campaign 2016
James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Council on Foreign Relations
Thursday, October 27th
1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m., Lucas Room RAGS 301
Nuclear North Korea
Adam Mount, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Wednesday, November 9th
11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m., Lucas Room RAGS 301
U.S.-Russia Relations
Angela E. Stent, Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University
Thursday, November 17th
1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m., Lucas Room RAGS 301
The Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations
Susan Kaufman Purcell, Former Director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy, University of Miami