GlobalAustin to Hold First-Ever Texas Global Diplomacy Summit in September


​​​​September 19, 2017 is the date chosen for the first-ever Global Diplomacy Summit sponsored by Austin-based GlobalAustin and a number of well-known partners. The nonprofit hopes to use the annual summit to foster better international relations by creating a more positive image of the U.S., beginning at the local level.

GlobalAustin is partnering with the San Antonio Council for International Visitors, the Dallas World Affairs Council, the El Paso Council for International Visitors, Global North Texas, and Global South Texas to host the one-day event at the Texas State Capital Building. U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro, from Texas' 20th district, will both open the summit and speak during the event.

Topics for the summit include:

  • Current and emerging U.S. foreign policy priorities and their impact on Texas;
  • International journalism in the era of 'fake news';
  • The growing role of sports in creating international goodwill;
  • Trade and international businesses strategy; and,
  • Contributions of immigrants to entrepreneurship and cultural diversity.

In addition to the main speakers, the summit will also feature a designated Youth Track geared toward high school and college students interested in careers in foreign-policy. Event organizers are asking interested students along with both high school teachers and college and university faculty to sign up in advance to participate in the track. Youth Track activities will include a diplomacy simulation activity designed to give students an introduction to international diplomacy.

Event organizers have designated Monday, September 18 as the date of a VIP reception to get things started. The reception will include business and education leaders, legislative sponsors, event supporters, and representatives from the U.S. Department of State. Following the main portion of the summit on September 19, the event will officially close with a Musical Diplomacy Celebration at one of Austin’s premier music venues.

Early registration for the summit is suggested as space is limited. Interested parties may register by visiting the GlobalAustin website at For more information about the summit, contact GlobalAustin via the telephone number or e-mail address listed below.

About GlobalAustin

GlobalAustin is a nonprofit organization established in 1960 to welcome international students to the University of Texas. In the more than 50 years since, the organization has evolved into one that plays a key role in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. GlobalAustin's primary mission is to "connect Austin to the world" by fostering productive, long-term relationships between international visitors and local leaders in business, education, and government.


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Source: GlobalAustin

About Global Austin

GlobalAustin is a non-profit with over 50 years of leadership in citizen diplomacy. We are a group of internationally minded Austinites who welcome leaders from around the world through the design and implementation of professional exchange programs.

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