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ISIS International Affairs Forum on ‘Where Is the Moderate Muslim?’
His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash 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.

ISIS International Affairs Forum on ‘US Mid-Term Election and Implications for the Asia-Pacific and Malaysia’
Marc Mealy 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 ‘Waste Management in Japan and Malaysia - Centralise or De-centralise?’
Dr Kohei Watanabe

By Dr Kohei Watanabe, Associate Professor, Teikyo University, Tokyo, Japan

Date: 11 September 2014
Venue: ISIS Conference Room, Kuala Lumpur

Historically, waste was dealt with on site where it had been generated. When it became difficult to treat waste on site, the responsibility for municipal waste management was generally allocated to local authorities. However, more stringent requirements for advanced treatment necessitate the population and financial base beyond that of a single local authority. Thus many local authorities form joint waste authorities to provide for waste facilities, or nationalise the waste management. This has led to scenarios where joint waste authorities are criticised for lack of citizen representation and accountability. This presentation will be based on the case of Japan, but lessons learnt can be applied to different localities, including Malaysia. The presentation seeks for ways to reconcile the efficiency achieved by larger scale operations, and equity derived through local democracy and participation in general.

ISIS International Affairs Forum: Latin America and Asia Pacific: Realities that Define the Agenda
Ignacio Bartesaghi

By Dr Ignacio Bartesaghi, Coordinator of Latin America-Pacific Observatory, Latin America Integration Association (ALADI)

Date: 2 October 2014
Venue: ISIS Conference Room, Kuala Lumpur

The past few years have witnessed a significant growth in the trade and investment relations between Latin America and Asia Pacific, contributed by structural and economic transformations in Asian countries as well as the steady economic growth and performance in Latin America.

For bi-regional cooperation to be successful and further strengthened, a holistic understanding and analysis of key issues and stakeholders surrounding the fast-growing relationship between Latin America and Asia Pacific is essential. This is especially pertinent for those involved in policy formulation and decision making processes.

The Coordinator of the Latin America – Asia Pacific Observatory will seek to identify some realities and key areas for the agenda between the two regions.

ISIS International Affairs Forum: ‘Beyond GDP:Towards an Inclusive Measure of Wealth’
Professor Anantha Duraiappah

By Professor Anantha Duraiappah, Executive Director, International Human Dimension Programme(IHDP) On Global Environmental Change

[By invitation only]

Date: 25 April 2014
Venue: Kuala Lumpur

Professor Anantha Duraiappah is an experienced environmental economist whose work largely focuses on the equity of access and use of ecosystem services. Prof Duraiappah received his PhD in economics from the University of Texas in Austin, USA and currently holds a visiting professorship at Beijing Normal University, China. He has published widely and is presently an associate editor for ‘The Journal of Human Development and Capacity’. In his previous post as Chief of the Ecosystem Services and Economics Unit of UNEP, Prof Duraiappah was involved in the initiation of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and has since then played, a pivotal role in its approval process. He initiated the Inclusive Wealth Report and continues to successfully incorporate his expertise in fields related to the Green Economy, science-policy interaction, economics, development and ecosystem services into his work at IHDP.

ISIS International Affairs Forum - ‘The Fed’s Tapering: Economic and Strategic Impact from Advanced Economies to Emerging Asia’
Dr Dan Steinbock

By Dr Dan Steinbock, Research Director of International Business, India, China and America Institute, USA; Visiting Fellow, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, China, and Visiting Fellow, EU Center, Singapore

Date: 11 April 2014
Venue: ISIS Conference Room, Kuala Lumpur

Dr Dan Steinbock is a recognized expert of the nascent multipolar world. He focuses on international business, international relations, investment and risk among the major advanced economies (G7) and large emerging economies (BRICS and beyond). Although he monitors some 40 major world economies and a dozen small-and-medium sized strategic nations, including Malaysia, he is also an expert of US-EU-China-India-ASEAN relations. He has consulted for international financial institutions, multinational companies, competitiveness institutes and NGOs. He serves on media advisory boards (Fortune, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, McKinsey, etc). he gives economic and policy briefs for trade associations, government agencies and international think-tanks, chambers of commerce and financial intermediaries across the world.

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