Visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Austria

During his visit last week to Vienna, Austria, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Minister of Finance Gernot Blümel, and Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg to discuss various topics, including trade and investment ties with Austria, the fight against COVID 19, economic recovery after the pandemic, ...
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“China, Europe, and the Post-COVID-19 World”

The Embassy hosted a virtual live talk and discussion with Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow for Asian Studies at The Heritage Foundation , where he specializes in China’s military and foreign policy, in particular the communist regime’s relationship with its Asian neighbors and the United States. Mr. Cheng discussed China’s foreign policy priorities and efforts to reshape the ...
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Dean Cheng on China and the Power of Information

“China’s view of the world differs from that held by Western democracies and their rule of law.” Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and an expert in China’s military and foreign policy, was in Austria this week at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy for a series of program events in Vienna and Linz. Mr. ...
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Breaking Hate with Christian Picciolini

The U.S. Embassy invited activist and reformed white supremacist Christian Picciolini to Vienna to talk with stakeholders about his work in extremism intervention, prevention, and disengagement. Christian Picciolini runs the NGO Free Radicals , which works on outreach to communities vulnerable to radicalization. Mr. Picciolini has trained government and law enforcement agencies and given talks around the world on ...
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Disinformation, Cybersecurity, and Online Influence

Nina Jankowicz studies the intersection of democracy and technology at the Wilson Center . She is a frequent commentator on disinformation and Russian and Eastern European affairs. Last week, while she stayed in Vienna, Mrs. Jankowicz talked to OSCE staff members at the Hofburg and gave an interview to Radio FM4. In a panel discussion with Alexander Schatten ...
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Ambassador Traina at the European Forum Alpbach 2019

Ambassador Traina traveled to the European Forum Alpbach this week – his second visit to the Tyrolean village. His busy schedule included meetings with Austrian government officials, politicians, business leaders, and students. The Ambassador attended several networking events, gave interviews to Austrian media, hosted a group of Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation fellows for breakfast, and ...
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Ambassador Traina at UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School

Last week, Ambassador Traina travelled to Innsbruck to engage with students and faculty at the 44th UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. He joined the course “Game of Thrones: Habsburg History” (one of close to forty offered this year), and met with hundred students for “A Conversation with Ambassador Traina.” Afterwards he attended a reception hosted by ...
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Richard Fontaine on the Transatlantic Partnership

The Embassy invited Richard Fontaine, CEO of the think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS), to Austria for discussions of the transatlantic partnership in an era of great power competition. Mr. Fontaine gave interviews to Die Presse and Tiroler Tageszeitung and talked at the Management Center Innsbruck and the Amerika Haus in Vienna. ...
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Ambassador Traina at the University of Vienna

Ambassador Traina visited the oldest university in the German-speaking world, the University of Vienna, to talk with American Studies students about American culture, politics, and foreign policy. In his introductory remarks the Ambassador emphasized the good relations between Austria and the United States. Afterwards he fielded questions from the students, covering a very wide range ...
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Ambassador Traina meets with Uni Management Club

Ambassador Traina met with members of the Uni Management Club Vienna, a network of business students, to talk about his experiences as an entrepreneur as well as Austrian-American relations. During the Q&A, the students were particularly interested in Ambassador Traina’s career as technology entrepreneur and philanthropist in San Francisco, as well as his ambitions to ...
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Science Fundraising: The Role of the Alumni

Expert speaker Kevin Lobdell, Director of Alumni Engagement at the College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado Boulder, delivered a talk about “Science Fundraising: The Role of Alumni” at Amerika Haus on October 23. In his remarks, Lobdell underlined the importance of early relationship-building, in particular, when cultivating future donors.
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New Approaches to U.S. Foreign Policy

On November 16, foreign policy expert Kim Holmes spoke at the Amerika Haus in Vienna about the outlook and implications for U.S.-European Relations in the Trump Administration. The lively discussion was moderated by Cengiz Günay. Kim R. Holmes is acting senior vice president for research at The Heritage Foundation. He oversaw the think tank’s defense and ...
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