The Kozmetsky Center seeks to deepen understanding of the complex
challenges of an increasingly integrated world community—

Providing a Forum for Analysis & Dialogue on Critical Global Issues Fostering Educational & Professional Networks Among the St. Edward’s University Community, Austin & the World

Featuring Contributions of Leading Academic Experts & Practitioners

Supporting the mission of St. Edwards University in promoting global engagement & understanding, peace & social justice—


The Kozmetsky Center will continue to hold all Spring 2021 programs virtually utilizing ZOOM Webinar and Meeting platforms. Although we look forward to returning to in-person programming hosting our speakers on campus post-pandemic, we are committed during the coming months to strengthening our virtual capabilities allowing for enhanced global expert contributions and international participation in our sessions. We hope to serve as a resource for providing a diversity of local and global academic and professional perspectives and networks in support of the educational experience of St. Edward’s University students during the challenging global pandemic period.

We are pleased to continue our initiative on Global Investment, Finance, Emerging Markets and Geopolitical Risk in cooperation with the World Affairs Council Austin. On Tuesday February 2, 12:00 noon (Central Time) we will host our first monthly session with Mr. David J. Firestein, President and CEO of the George H.W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations on the topic “U.S.-China Relations: What are the Near and Mid-Term Prospects in 2021 and Beyond?” Prior to joining the Bush China Foundation, Mr. Firestein was the founding Executive Director of the China Public Policy Center and a Clinical Professor at Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Firestein served as Senior Vice President at the New York City-based East-West Institute. He was a career U.S. diplomat from 1992–2010 and has authored three books as well as a large number policy reports and articles on China and other global issues. Mr. Firestein currently serves on the boards of directors or advisors of over a dozen foreign affairs-focused, business-focused, China-focused and Texas-focused U.S. non-profit organizations. A native of Austin, Mr. Firestein holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and two master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as various advanced training certifications from the National Foreign Affairs Training Center of the U.S. Department of State.

On Thursday February 25, 8:00 AM (CT) (please note: early start time to accommodate speakers based in Asia) we will hold the second session in our series entitled "COVID19 Global Pandemic: Comparing Perspectives on National Responses, Geopolitical, Economic & Security Consequences." These sessions provide contributions from global professionals affiliated with the Kozmetsky Center speakers network to offer country-specific views on the COVID19 pandemic including lessons learned and assessment regarding national and world security, economic and societal conditions. Confirmed panelists for the February 25 session include Dr. Su Changhe, Vice Dean of the School of International and Diplomatic Affairs (SIDA), Fudan University [Shanghai, China]; Dr. Deepika Saraswat, Research Fellow, India Council of World Affairs [New Dehli, India]; Dr. Dmitry Suslov, Professor Higher School of Economics & Valdai Group [Moscow, Russia]; Ms. Despina Afentouli, NATO Public Diplomacy [Brussels, Belgium & Athens, Greece]; Dr. Marios Efthymiopoulos, Dean, College of Security and Global Studies [Dubai, United Arab Emirates]; Dr. Mary Ulrich, Distinguished Professor, U.S. Air Force Academy [Colorado Springs, USA] and Dr. Ted Karasik Senior Analyst, Gulf Analytics & former U.S. Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (AMIC)/Pandemics [Washington DC, USA].

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