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"The Way of the Laowai: The Importance of International Self Awareness for Business"

The Kozmetsky Center & World Affairs Council Austin launched our Forum on Global Investment, Finance, Emerging Markets & Political Risk on February 4, 2020 featuring a lecture event hosted at the BBVA conference center in Austin with the support of Senior Vice President Relationship Manager at BBVA, Martin Morales. We were delighted to join World Affairs Council President Mortada Mohamed, Vice President Ben Ramirez & their team to host Tyler Johnson, CSO of iQuate, Inc. & author of "The Way of the Laowai: The Importance of International Self Awareness for Business," 2019 to speak on "lessons learned" doing business in China as our featured speaker. The forum serves as a resource for knowledge exchange & sharing best practices among the Austin based private sector, government & St. Edward's University students & faculty working in global business, finance, investment, economic development & international policy--

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Kozmetsky Forum featuring Rodger Baker, Senior VP for Strategic Analysis at Stratfor

The World Affairs Council of Austin has partnered with the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s University to offer a series of Forums on Global Investment, Finance, Emerging Markets and Geopolitical Risk. On October 6, 2020 Rodger Baker, Senior Vice President for Strategic Analysis at Stratfor spoke for the Kozmetsky Center-World Affairs Council Forum on security and economic developments in the Indo-Pacific region. Rodger Baker leads Stratfor’s strategic thinking on global issues and future trends. As Stratfor’s senior analyst, Mr. Baker guides the company’s analytical process, to include the development of international analyst teams to refine their understanding and application of Stratfor’s proprietary methodology grounded in the study of applied geopolitics and intelligence analysis.

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Country Brief: Brazil

On November 3, 2020, the Kozmetsky Center joined the World Affairs Council Austin for our speaker forum series on Global Investment, Finance, Emerging Markets & Geopolitical Risk bringing an outstanding program focused on Brazil to the SEU student & Austin community. The country team of the US Embassy in Brazil offered a series of briefings on Brazil's short- & long-term economic prospects, US-Brazilian trade & investment & professional employment & internship opportunities available to SEU students with the U.S. State Department.

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The Kozmetsky Center-World Affairs Council Austin Forum on Global Investment, Finance, Emerging Markets & Political Risk hosted an excellent session on China (February 2, 2021) with David J. Firestein, President & CEO of the George H.W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations; Discussion focused on the role of China as simultaneously the "greatest competitor" & "indispensable partner" for the United States; Firestein anticipates a transition away from the prevalent focus on China as an "enemy" during the Trump era toward increasingly approaching China as a "formidable competitor" among the Biden foreign policy team; Firestein called for placing priority on crafting measures to enhance reciprocity in the US-China bilateral relationship #china #investment #globalbusiness #unitedstateschinarelationship #uschina #uschinatrade #chinatexas