Dr. Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Austria from 2004 to 2016, will deliver the Annual Botstiber Lecture, "Austria 1918 - 2018," at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, on June 2, 2017.
The Austrian Federal Minister of the Interior, Wolfgang Sobotka, visited Washington, DC from May 2 to 3, 2017, where he held bilateral meetings with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to discuss the fight against terrorism, illegal immigration, and cybersecurity. In addition, Sobotka visited the Austrian Embassy to view artwork by Austrian painter and police officer Christoph Palaschke, who was on site to guide the minister through the exhibit.
Austrian Minister of Finance, Hans Joerg Schelling, and Austrian Central Bank Governor Ewald Nowotny, represented Austria at the 2017 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, which took place on April 21-23, 2017.
Produced by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the ceremony “In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace” took place at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
On March 22, 2017, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted members of the "Global Coalition to defeat ISIS" at the State Department in Washington, DC. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz represented Austria at this partners' meeting to review and accelerate the campaign for the lasting defeat of ISIS.
Today, 200 Special Olympics USA athletes travel to Austria for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. The Games will run from March 14- 25 in Graz, Schladming, and Ramsau in the state of Styria.
From March 16-18, 2017, Harvard University will host the conference "The Transformation of Intractable Conflicts III – Perspectives and Challenges for Interactive Problem Solving.”