Recent Events
7th Malaysian-German Security Dialogue
7th Malaysian-German Security Dialogue

Event status: Closed-door, by invitation only

Date: 29-30 August 2018
Venue : Majestic Kuala Lumpur

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Visit by Prospect Foundation of Taiwan

Date: 6 August 2018
Time: 10.00am
Venue : ISIS Malaysia

Visit by Prospect Foundation of Taiwan

Overview

ISIS Malaysia hosted a delegation from the Prospect Foundation, a Taipei-based think tank and the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Malaysia to discuss matters concerning US-China trade war, cross-strait relations and its implication on Taiwanese diplomacy, Malaysian threat perceptions, and ASEAN relations with Taiwan and China.

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Visit by Capstone National Defence University, US

Date: 2 August 2018
Time: 3.00pm
Venue : ISIS Malaysia

Capstone National Defence University, US

Overview

ISIS Malaysia recently hosted a delegation of newly promoted flag officers across the four services of the US military who were on a Capstone visit to Malaysia. Issues discussed included views on major power competition and US military presence in Southeast Asia, CVE, cybersecurity & Malaysian/regional threat perceptions.

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Visit International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee

Date: 31 July 2018
Time: 10.00am
Venue : ISIS Malaysia

Visit International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee

Overview

Discussion today on the Malaysia China bilateral and views on ASEAN when ISIS Malaysia hosted a visiting delegation from the International Department of the Communist Party of China. The delegation was led by Vice Minister Guo Yezhou.

 
ISIS International Affairs Forum on "The Southern Thailand Conflict: Complexities, Obstacles, and Opportunities"

by:
DR CHANINTIRA NA THALANG
Associate Professor of International Relations
Thammasat University, Thailand

Event status: By Invitation only

Date: 30 July 2018
Time: 10.00am
Venue : ISIS Malaysia

IIAF The Southern Thailand Conflict: Complexities, Obstacles, and Opportunities

Overview

Over the past 14 years, the conflict in Thailand’s southern provinces has claimed 7,000 lives, caused numerous injuries, hindered economic and social development and created an atmosphere of mistrust among the population. While there have been several attempts at peace talks which have continued under the current Prayuth Chan-ocha administration, various factors, such as disunity among the insurgents and the closing down of political space at the national level have posed significant challenges to any initiative to resolve the conflict. Dr Chanintira na Thalang will present an overview of the current situation, dissect the complexities of the conflict and highlight the main obstacles and opportunities for pursuing a peaceful resolution. She will also examine the impact of the conflict on inter-ethnic relations at the communal level.

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ISIS International Affairs Forum on "Child Marriage Study: Analysis, Drivers and Recommendations"

a collaboration of UNICEF & ISIS Malaysia

Event status: By Invitation only

Date: 19 July 2018
Time: 11.00am
Venue : ISIS Malaysia

IIAF Child Marriage

Overview

Whilst the Child Act 2001 defines a child as 18 and above, this definition is not applied to provisions on the minimum age of marriage for non-Muslims under the LRA or the Islamic family laws of the 13 States in Malaysia or native customary laws. The establishment of a clear minimum age for marriage at 18 in line with international standards that applies to all existing legal frameworks is therefore a key first step to ending child marriage in Malaysia.

The data available is also irregular, inconsistent, limited, and at times contradictory. This is a significant barrier to effective advocacy on this issue because, to the average Malaysian, child marriage is not an issue plaguing this country.

The proposed forum will be based on discussions arising from findings of the study that was commissioned by UNICEF Malaysia and authored by Dato’ Noor Aziah Mohd Awal and Mohd Al Adib Samuri from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The study examines child marriage within Malaysia’s Muslims, non-Muslims, indigenous and refugee communities. Drivers of child marriage, recommendations and strategies towards ending child marriage will be discussed as well during the forum. The audience will consist of civil society organisations, parliamentarians, policy-makers, amongst others.

It is also noteworthy that this is an opportune moment as the Harapan Manifesto in ‘Commitment 4: Ensuring the legal system protects women's rights and dignity’ includes the promise to introduce a law that sets 18 as the minimum age of marriage.

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Forum on "Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare – International Developments and Opportunities For Malaysia"

Presentation by
Dr Dhesi Baha Raja
Public Health Medicine Specialist
Ministry of Health, Malaysia

Discussant
Dr Mohd Ibrahim bin Shapiai
Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIRO)
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

IIAF on AI

Overview
Technological advancement and the increasing adoption of Artificial Intelligence (A.I) in healthcare are giving various solutions to the problems in the healthcare industry, benefiting patients, health care practitioners and hospitals. Opportunities brought by AI technologies allow identification of subtle signs of disease in medical images more rapid and more accurate than humans can, as well as the impact on clinical decision making, in particular disease diagnosis, leveraging on big data. For instance, recent developments include A.I being used in emergency rooms to help doctors detect intracranial bleeding resulting from head trauma and stroke, as well as creating personalised implant solutions through intelligent strategic decisions for surgery. However, technology adoption typically comes with risks, which may compromise clinical settings that require the highest level of accuracy, reliability, security and privacy of healthcare provision and patient data

The presentation aims to unfold the divergence of technology and healthcare: the benefits, opportunities and risks faced by the healthcare industry due to technology advancement. Further, it aims to discover what is on the horizon for the healthcare industry in Malaysia in the near and distant future considering Malaysia’s challenges and opportunities in enhancing health innovations

Event status: By Invitation only
Date: 11 July 2018
Time: 10am
Venue : ISIS Malaysia

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ISIS International Affairs Forum on "The United States and China in Southeast Asia: Power Shift or Competitive Coexistence?"

By
Professor David Shambaugh
George Washington University, USA

IIAF

Overview
US-China comprehensive competition is currently playing out on an increasingly global scale. The competition’s primary locus is the vast Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and it is centred in Southeast Asia. The two powers are increasingly locked in a classic strategic competition, but the pervasive media narrative in the region holds that China is gaining the upper hand. In this ISIS International Affairs Forum, Professor David Shambaugh will explore whether this popular narrative is empirically accurate, and what strengths and weaknesses each power bring to the region. Finally, he will be explore how the two powers can manage their tensions, limit their rivalry, and “practice competitive coexistence” – from which ASEAN can benefit.

Date: 9 July 2018
Time: 10.00am
Venue : ISIS Malaysia

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