In 2020, the Global Forum will explore the unprecedented challenges and changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bringing together our research program leaders and international experts, the Global Forum will discuss the security implications of the the COVID crisis and explore how it impacts biosecurity, ecosecurity, gender, geopolitics, infosecurity and regional security.
In 2019, the Global Forum explored the theme of 'Future Insecurity' through a series of public lectures and seminars across the months of February and March. These events were linked by a special focus on how states and new global actors, seeking asymmetrical advantages through cyber, social media and other forms of digital manipulation, are producing a new precariousness in global politics. International experts included:
Professor Ron Deibert, digital detective and founder of the Citizen Lab, reveals the hidden censorship and surveillance systems underpinning digital espionage campaigns against human rights organisations, journalists, activists, and opposition groups around the world.
New York Times national security correspondent David E. Sanger outlines why cyber is the perfect weapon. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes, cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists.
The first CISS Global Forum was held on Thursday 27 April 2017 with an evening public forum at the University of Sydney. The event continued on Friday 28 April with a one-day workshop at the historic Quarantine Station in Sydney Harbour.
The Forum featured a diverse group of leading international security scholars, who addressed the topic from their own unique perspectives and research areas. The event was moderated by James Der Derian (Director, Centre for International Security Studies) and featured: