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GlobalAustin Distinguished Speaker Series Presents:
Russia at a Crossroads: A Foreign Policy Challenge for the U.S. and Europe

presented by: Ambassador William Courtney

As the Biden administration assumes office, one of its key challenges is how to react to what seems to be a looming crisis in Russian domestic politics, perhaps indicating the beginning of the end of the era of Putin's unchallenged leadership. What might President Biden and his team be able to accomplish in concert with the European members of NATO and the EU that would preserve security in Europe and Eurasia while defending human rights?

William Courtney is an adjunct senior fellow at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum, and he chairs the board of trustees of Eurasia Foundation. A corporate executive from 2000 to 2014, he retired from Computer Sciences Corporation as senior principal for federal policy strategy. From 1972 to 1999 he was a foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State, and served as ambassador to Kazakhstan, Georgia, and the U.S.-Soviet Commission to implement the Threshold Test Ban Treaty. He served abroad in Brasilia, Moscow, Geneva, Almaty, and Tbilisi. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Cosmos Club. He graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. and Brown University with a Ph.D. in economics. He is married and has two adult children.

4:00 - 5:30pm

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Global Learning Innovation:
Networking Reception & Discussion

The U.S. Embassy in Japan has invited alumni of the U.S. Department of State programs to apply and participate in a unique 6-day virtual event discussing Japan-U.S. relations and encouraging Japanese students to return to U.S. institutions of education. 

GlobalAustin is hosting a networking event to connect area Texans to members of the Japanese delegation. This 90 minute event will provide an opportunity for local residents to bridge communications between Japan and the U.S.

Space for this virtual event is limited.

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