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Global Forum

Responding to new and pressing global issues
Bringing together diverse international participants the Global Forum responds rapidly, critically and reflexively to new and pressing global security issues.

The COVID Crisis: Lessons Learned, What Next?

  • May - September 2020

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.

  • Is this a ‘war’? If so, how does it compare to traditional notions of warfare? 
  • How does a pandemic strengthen or weaken security regimes?
  • Is this a ‘Chinese virus’? Are we entering a ‘new cold war’?
  • What is the appeal of conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
  • What kind of permanent security effects will COVID leave behind?
  • How does the issue of lives vs livelihood play out differently in the Global North/South?
  • What other security crises are being neglected because of COVID?

The COVID Crisis: Lessons Learned, What Next?

The COVID Crisis: China On The March?

Future Insecurity

  • 12 February - 14 March 2019

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:

Tracking Digital Espionage

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.

The Perfect Weapon

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.

Peace and security under uncertainty

  • 27-28 April, 2017

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: