The Kozmetsky Center of Excellence at St. Edward's University and the Center for European Studies and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin will co-sponsor our seventh annual “Transatlantic Security Forum” entitled "NATO, Russia, China:  World Order and 21st Century Global Security Challenges” on November 15-17, 2021 with support of the United States Department of Education Title VI National Resource Program. We are delighted to hold this seventh annual session in cooperation with the Public Diplomacy Engagement Division of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO, Research Committee on Geopolitics of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and World Affairs Council Austin.

The forum will provide expert perspectives on implications of shifting global relationships and world order for transatlantic and broader global security. Among major topics, speakers will assess the impact of COVID19 to include discussion of political systems, values and responsiveness to the pandemic, lessons of the withdrawal from the twenty-year war in Afghanistan, consequences of climate change, weapons proliferation and terrorism, regional clashes and conflicts, cyber and information security, competing visions of world order, geopolitical and security implications of shifting relationships among major powers and other topics of critical relevance to transatlantic and global security.  We are especially interested in facilitating dialogue among a diversity of national and regional experts exploring the most pressing security challenges facing the global community at this critical juncture contributing to deepening understanding of opportunities and obstacles to advancing security cooperation among nations.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021 / 9:30 AM-12:00 PM CT



Dr. Andrew A. Michta, Dean, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dr. Hao Su, Distinguished Professor, Department of Diplomacy and founding Director of Center for Strategic and Peace Studies, China Foreign Affairs University

Dr. Igor A.  Zevelev, Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and Global Policy Scholar, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Dr. Jamie Shea, Professor of Strategy and Security, Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter and former Assistant Secretary General NATO, Emerging Security Challenges

Dr. Dmitry Suslov, Deputy Director at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2021/ 9:00 AM-12:00 PM CT

9:00 AM Perspective on NATO’s Strategic Concept and Security Priorities

Ambassador Baiba Braže, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy



Dr. Mark N. Katz, Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government

Dr. Minghao Zhao, Senior Fellow, Institute of International Studies/Center for American Studies, Fudan University

Dr. Julian Lindley French, Senior Fellow, Institute for Statecraft in London, Director of Europa Analytica, Netherlands, Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, founder of The Alphen Group, Strategic Advisor to Chiefs of the British Defence Staff, NATO, EU and UN

Dr. Tatyana Shakleina, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Applied Research of International Problems of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Dr./Ambassador (Ret.) Daniel B. Smith, former U.S. Ambassador to Greece and Director Foreign Affairs Institute, Washington DC


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021/ 9:00 AM-12:00 PM CT



Dr. Celin Pajon, Director, Japan Research at the Center for Asian Studies of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and International Research Fellow, Canon Institute of Global Studies (Tokyo)

Ms.  Hayley Channer, Senior Policy Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre, The University of Western Australia

Dr. Nivedita Das Kundu, Senior Foreign Policy Research Analyst, United Service Institution of New Delhi and Research Fellow Ministry of External Affairs Indian Council for World Affairs

Dr. Henrik Stalhane Hiim, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Dr. Savo Kentera, President, Atlantic Council of Montenegro

Dr. Barbora Maronkova, Communications Advisor on Strategic Concept, Policy Planning Unit, Office of the Secretary General, former Director of NATO Information Office in Kiev, Ukraine and former Acting Director of NATO Information Office in Moscow, Russia

Dr. Sharyl Cross, Director, Kozmetsky Center of Excellence, Conference Moderator

In addition, academics of the Geopolitics section of the International Political Science Association representing North America, Europe, Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific (Dr. Igor Okunev, Professor and Director, Center for Spatial Analysis in International Relations, Moscow State Institute of International Relations MGIMO; Dr. Heidi Lane, Associate Professor, Strategy and Policy Department, US Naval War College; Dr. Teodor Moga, Lecturer EU Foreign Affairs, Center for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University; Dr. Alan Henrikson, Lee E. Dirks Professor of Diplomatic History Emeritus, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Dr. Deepika Saraswat, Research Fellow, India Council of World Affairs and Dr. Rouben Elamiryan, Chair of World Politics and International Relations, Russia-Armenian University) will participate in the sessions as discussants

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Kozmetsky Center Director Dr. Sharyl Cross hosts session with NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Ambassador Baiba Braze speaking to conference participants and students from NATO HQ Brussels


Future War and the Defence of Europe
John R Allen, F. Ben Hodges and Julian Lindley-French

The China-US superpower rivalry: Implications for Norway
Henrik Stålhane Hiim
Associate Professor, The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies

An Australian perspective on the world order, rules of behaviour, and AUKUS
Hayley Channer
Senior Policy Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre, Canberra, Australia