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Upcoming Events

Exclusive Invitation for GlobalAustin Members

NATO’s Critical Importance for United States and Global Security:

Security Challenges to the East and South?

You are invited to a roundtable discussion with Despina Afentouli, Program Officer for Partnerships, Cooperative Security and Open Door Policies, Regional Coordinator for South Caucasus & Central Asia, and Program Officer for Greece at NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. This discussion will offer an overview of assessment of NATO’s major contemporary regional challenges followed by a roundtable exchange with attendees.

When: Thursday, November 3, 5:30 p.m.

Where: For location and to reserve seating, contact Mr. David

Mowry;; 512-233-1678

SEATING IS LIMITED – Please Reserve Your Seat Before Oct. 10

Before joining NATO, from 1986 to 2001, Despina Afentouli had extensive experience as a foreign policy and European affairs journalist and columnist including serving as European Affairs Editor at the Athens News Agency (1997-2001), editor-in-chief of the Greek edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit reports (1996-1999), diplomatic correspondent for STAR Channel (1995-1996) and Messimvrini Daily, (1995-1996), political correspondent at Kathimerini Daily (1989-199) and Foreign Affairs editor, Atens Municipal Radio (1986-1989). Ms. Afentouli studied Law at Athens University (BA) and earned an MA degree in Political Communication at the University of Paris-l (Sorbonne). She was a member of the European Association of Journalists and served as Secretary General of the European Network of Women Journalists (1994-98). She is the author of four books (“A Journey in Greek Foreign Policy”, “The Day After”, “The Europe We Want”, and “Twenty Years After” and of numerous articles on international relations and foreign policy.

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A Conversation with Faculty from Universities in Lebanon

August 24, 2016

Speaker Series: US Ambassador (retired) Richard LaBaron

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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International Peace Day

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Great Decisions 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Speaker Series: Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, Consul General of Mexico: Immigration from the Mexican Perspective

Saturday, October 16, 2016

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United Nations Anniversary Dinner

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Great Decisions 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Registration for this event is closed. Those who are interested in attending are welcome to sign up on our waitlist. In order to request to be on the waitlist please contact Margie Kidd at with "Great Decisions" as the subject.

For more information about this event click here.

Past Events

Citizen Diplomacy Reception: Young European Leaders


Our guests will be fourteen visitors from Europe who are focusing on “Current U.S. Social, Political, and Economic Issues”.

These visitors are participants in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program – the Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.

“Salam Neighbor” Documentary Film on Syrian Refugees


Two Americans head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 85,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan's Za'atari camp.

As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis. From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

Great Decisions 2016


Registration for this event is closed. Those who are interested in attending are welcome to sign up on our waitlist. In order to request to be on the waitlist please contact Margie Kidd at with "Great Decisions" as the subject.

For more information about this event click here.

A Project for Egypt

3/31 – 4/1/16

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

Austin will welcome five entrepreneurs from Egypt will be examining the social, economic, and political factors that influence and support entrepreneurship in the United States. They will explore topics such as access to capital, training and mentorship, markets, and finance. Professional networking opportunities in their particular areas of expertise and interest will be provided, and participants will be introduced to resources offered to entrepreneurs by business incubators and accelerators, financial institutions, educational institutions, and professional associations.

A Multi-Regional Project

3/30 – 4/2/16

U.S. Judicial System

Visitors from around the globe will be in Austin to examine the U.S. judicial system within the framework of the federalist model and the separation of powers. These twenty visitors will have an opportunity to observe the U.S. trial process, court management systems, alternate dispute resolutions and mediation, and judicial training opportunities as well as explore civil and criminal justice systems operating at the federal, state, and municipal levels. Their program is designed to promote an appreciation for the rule of law and the advancement of fair, transparent, accessible, and independent judiciaries around the world.

A Project for Argentina

3/30 - 4/2/16

Administration of Justice and Combating Organized Crime

While in the U.S., four visitors from Argentina will have an opportunity to analyze the structure of the U.S. criminal justice system. They will explore U.S. responses to a range of international criminal challenges such as organized crime, drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, money laundering, and international terrorism. They will study the administration of courts, case management, trial by jury process, and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms as well as explore the concern of balancing law enforcement and security with protecting civil liberties

Home Hospitality Required

A Project for France

3/22 – 3/25/16

Low-Carbon Energy Technology: Advanced and Alternative Technologies for Energy Generation and Energy Efficiency

Three visitors from France will focus on the electric grid, micro and smart grids, and transmission of low carbon power.

Home Hospitality Required

A Project for Israel

3/20 – 3/24/16

Understanding the U.S. Legislative System

Austin welcomes six visitors from Israel who will be looking at the roles of the governor, congressional representatives, and state legislators. They will explore the ways in which youth are engaged in politics and entrepreneurship and have an opportunity to participate in interfaith dialogue.

2016 International Women's Day

Join us for the United Nations theme, “ Planet 50-50 by 2030:

Step It Up for Gender Equality”

Venue: Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio St. Austin, Texas

From: 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Ticket Prices:

UNA Friend (includes membership) - $65

Guest Tickets - $55

UNA Members - $40


Purchase tickets via Paypal at: http://

Contact: Judy Sadegh @ or call 512-496-5771 for further details.

Reservations Required – Seating is Limited


More Events on International Austin Calendar

Visit for information about other international/intercultural events in Austin. The International Austin Events Calendar is developed in partnership with the City of Austin. Eighty organizations have become calendar members. View their profiles on the web site.


All donations are tax deductible. GlobalAustin is a 501(c) 3 corporation.

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