Peter Rough about the U.S. and the Middle East

Peter Rough, Senior Fellow at the Washington-based Hudson Institute shared his expertise on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East at a packed Amerika Haus. The event was co-hosted by the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), whose director Velina Tchakarova moderated the Q&A. Rough, a native of Iowa, is a native German ...
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Grand Opening of the Austrian-American Society

  “And this is what the Austro-American Society is all about: friendship at every level of society.” In his remarks at the grand opening of the Austrian-American Society refurbished club quarters in Vienna last night, Ambassador Traina pointed out the significance of bilateral relationships on the personal level, and the important role of the AAS: “The close ...
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Ambassador Traina’s Trip to Tyrol

Ambassador Traina had a busy schedule for his trip to Tyrol. He had his inaugural visit with Governor Günther Platter . Topic of conversation were u.a. the economic relationships between the USA and Tirol. With more than 300,000 overnight stays guests from the U.S. play an important role in tourism. Ambassador Traina received a box of Tyrolean Schnapps ...
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Ambassador Traina hosts Entrepreneurship Breakfast

A beautiful autumn day for entrepreneurship and coffee. Thanks to Google Austria, Country Director Christine Antlanger-Winter for joining us today at the Entrepreneurship Breakfast and sharing Google’s view of the Austrian digital economy. Hosted in cooperation with the Austrian Wirtschaftskammer at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Hietzing, the entrepreneurship breakfast is a great chance for all members ...
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Fulbright Reception and Farewell to Dr. Lonnie Johnson

A welcome – and a goodbye: Ambassador Traina hosted a reception for incoming U.S. and returning Austrian Fulbright students & scholars and alumni & friends of Fulbright Austria . Every year, dozens of Austrians and Americans participate in Fulbright exchange program which includes the 4th largest Fulbright US scholar program in the world. As students, teachers, and ...
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Ambassador Traina visits Vorarlberg

Ambassador Trevor Traina greatly enjoyed his first visit to Vorarlberg. In his meeting with Markus Linhart, Mayor of the province’s capital Bregenz, they discussed strengthening trade between Vorarlberg and the U.S. At Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Ambassador met with Director Thomas Trummer and visited Miriam Cahn’s upcoming exhibition. In Stadt Hohenems, Director Hanno Loewy welcomed the Ambassador ...
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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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Legion of Merit Award for Austrian Military Officer

Ambassador Traina presented the Legion of Merit award to Austrian Bundesheer’s Brigadier General Harald Göllinger, former Defense Attaché to the United States. The Legion of Merit is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. It is one of ...
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Theodore R. Bromund about Transatlantic Relations

Expert speaker Theodore R. Bromund from The Heritage Foundation discussed changes and continuities in U.S. economic policy under the administration of President Trump. A few hours before he gave a joint interview for the Austria Presse Agentur and the newspaper Kurier.
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Go Silicon Valley Departure Workshop 2019

The U.S. Embassy hosted the kick-off event for participants in this year’s GoSiliconValley accelerator program administered by the Wirtschaftskammer. In his welcome remarks Ambassador Trevor Traina emphasized the importance of networking. About 80 Austrian start-ups had applied for the program. The lucky 16 winners will get the opportunity to go to the U.S., work on ...
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Ambassador Traina visits Vienna Business School

Ambassador Traina visited the Vienna Business School this week and gave a talk about his experiences as an entrepreneur. Later the Ambassador met with the students in charge of the school’s practice company Arte Fakt. Ambassador Traina thanked the students for the demonstration of the functions and departments of the company. “I was very impressed ...
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Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Vienna

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Vienna: He expressed the United States’ gratitude for Austria’s contributions to security cooperation in Afghanistan and the Western Balkans, and emphasized the need to counter Iranian and Russian malign activities. He met with Secretary General for Foreign Affairs Johannes  Peterlik  to discuss the continued bilateral cooperation.
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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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“Thank Fulbright – Thanksgiving” Dinner

The annual “Thank Fulbright – Thanksgiving” event took place at Glacis Beisl in Vienna’s 7th district on November 27, also known as “Giving Tuesday.”  More than 100 alumni, friends and associates of the Fulbright Program joined together to celebrate the idea of mutual understanding in the spirit of Senator J. William Fulbright, the founder and namesake ...
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Fulbright Reception 2018

Ambassador Trevor Traina hosted a reception for the newly arrived American Fulbright grantees. The reception brought together American grantees with newly returned Austrian Fulbrighters and a host of alumni. Since 1950/51, Fulbright Austria has brought over 2,500 scholars and professors to Austria and 3,650 Austrians to the United States. Additionally, each year Fulbright manages 140 American teaching ...
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Gala Dinner for Ambassador Traina

The American Chamber of Commerce in Austria hosted a gala dinner to welcome Ambassador Trevor Traina and his wife Alexis. In his remarks, Ambassador Traina emphasized the strong bilateral relations between Austria and the United States, particularly also regarding the economic sector. “I want to speak with people and entrepreneurs in Austria and listen to them and learn, how ...
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Ambassador hosted Go Silicon Valley alumni

Ambassador Traina hosted a group of ‘Go Silicon Valley’ alumni at the residence for a discussion on mentorship and support for Austrian entrepreneurs, tips on breaking into the U.S. market, and his experience as a serial entrepreneur. Go Silicon Valley is an initiative run by Austrian Trade within the Austrian Economic Chambers and Open Austria. ...
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Marshall Plan Exhibit – Austrian Ministry of Economics

The finissage of the handsome exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan that has been on display at the Austrian Ministry of Economics for the past month, provided an opportunity to review the impact of this landmark economic initiative for the benefit of European recovery following WWII.  Twelve panels outline the beginnings of ...
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Beethoven’s Apartment in Heiligenstadt is Reopened

At an opening ceremony on November 20, Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young highlighted the essential role of American philanthropy and expertise in supporting the Wien Museum’s efforts to reopen the Beethoven Wohnung on Probusgasse 6 in Heiligenstadt, in Vienna’s 19th district. Thanks to generous support from the American Friends of the Vienna Museum, a Chicago-based organization, ...
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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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Political Economic Counselor Stephen Hubler’s trip to Salzburg and Styria

Last week Political Economic Counselor Stephen Hubler, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, went to Salzburg and Graz, where he spoke about key aspects and targets of the Trump Administration.  On November 6 Mr. Hubler was invited to the Austro-American Society Salzburg (AAS) by AAS President Dr. Maria Ganauser and spoke ...
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Chargé d’Affaires in Vorarlberg

On November 2 and 3 Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young visited the Western-most Austrian province Vorarlberg.  He visited the Jewish Museum in Hohenems and met with the museum’s director Dr. Hanno Loewy. During the talks in Bregenz with Landesstatthalter Mag. Karlheinz Rüdisser and Landtagspräsident Mag. Harald Sonderegger the importance of intensifying the already close economic ties ...
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American Foreign Policy under President Trump

Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to do things differently in foreign policy and to do different things. With his commitment to putting America first, President Trump is changing how the United States operates overseas, creating new challenges for many of its long-time allies. To address these issues, on September 12, the U.S. Embassy ...
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