Recent Events
ISIS International Affairs Forum on ‘Where is the Moderate Muslim?’
By His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash, Ambassador of United Arab Emirates to Russia

Date: 12 December 2014
Venue: ISIS Conference Room


His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia, will discuss the conflict within Islam and offer an unorthodox perspective on some of the developments of the modern Arab world. Is ISIS a true expression of Islam or is it what extremists bring to Islam that causes it to be so violent? If Islamic religious authorities were responsive to the modern needs of individual Muslims, what might the religion look like?

A growing number of Muslims, affected by the current public presentation of Islam, wants to know how they can be moderate Muslims and good Muslims. This lecture will attempt to outline possible approaches to resolving this identity crisis; less concerned with the rituals that have no ethical content. Ambassador Ghobash will address certain moral/ethical principles that can and should provide guidance in everyday life. The traditional institutions of Islam produce norms that serve small minorities – both radical and moderate. Non-traditional thinkers must enter this battle of ideas and knives by responding to the 21st century crises faced by Arab and Muslim youth and by enunciating and clarifying the ideas and rights of Islam’s moderate population.

42nd CSCAP Steering Committee Meeting

Date: 9-10 December 2014
Venue: New Delhi, India

ISIS International Affairs Forum on ‘US Mid-Term Election and Implications for the Asia-Pacific and Malaysia’
By Mr Marc Mealy, Vice President-Policy, US-ASEAN Business Council

Date: 5 December 2014
Venue: ISIS Conference Room


Mr Marc Mealy will discuss the impact of the recent US Congressional elections and what It means for trade and investment arrangements in the Asia Pacific. He will also touch on Malaysia’s ‘people-centred’ priority in closing development gaps, boosting incomes, and empowering communities.

ISIS International Affairs Forum on ‘The Globalisation of Conflict: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses’
By Mr Yves Daccord, Director General, ICRC

[By invitation only]

Date: 2 December 2014
Venue: ISIS Conference Room


Armed conflicts have become more complex and often pose transnational security challenges. In an age of global polarisation, radicalisation and spillovers of security concerns, the world order is also rapidly changing and solutions to conflict have become more elusive. The way wars are fought is also changing, the number of parties to conflict has increased, and more people, organisations and countries seek to influence situations beyond their own boundaries. The number and needs of the victims thus grow beyond belief and all adequate responses. To meet these new challenges, humanitarian actors need to be more creative and less dogmatic while maintaining core humanitarian principles. For a neutral, independent and impartial organisation like the ICRC, upholding the value of its approach is critical to winning acceptance and trust from all stakeholders, both globally and locally. In this ISIS International Affairs Forum, Yves Daccord, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), addresses the nature of modern conflict, its reverberations around the world, the needs it creates and the effects on humanitarian action. He also offers an update on how the ICRC adapts to local environments while remaining true to its principles.

Public Lecture on “Group Binding, Moral Balance and Nama: Themes and Origins of Malaysian Foreign Policy”
By Prof Anthony Milner, Holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies at ISIS Malaysia

Date: 1 December 2014
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Visit by 101st National Management Course (NMC) Participants from National School of Public Policy Pakistan
Date: 28 November 2014
Venue: ISIS Malaysia
7th ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand (AANZ) Dialogue
[By Invitation Only]

Date: 18-20 November 2014
Venue: Kuala Lumpur

KF-ASEAN Policy Seminar
[By Invitation Only]

Date: 17 November 2014
Venue: Kuala Lumpur

Jointly organized by ISIS Malaysia and Korea Foundation (KF)
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