Centre for International Security Studies Global Forum 2017

Inaugural CISS Global Forum: Peace and Security under Uncertainty

Co-presented with the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney

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A spectre is haunting the world - the spectre of uncertainty - and it is not difficult to locate the origins. A Google search of ‘Trump and Uncertainty’ produces over 40,000,000 results clustered around the themes of economy, trade, politics and security. Simultaneously - and not coincidently - there has been a spike in uncertainty about what constitutes the truth. Many blame ‘fake news’, ‘alternative facts’ or 'scare quotes' for creating a ‘post-truth’ era. Some shoot the technology, finding the internet and new media to be at fault.

Uncertainty, like insecurity, is as much a subjective state of mind as it is an objective condition of reality, raising new and troubling questions for those trying to assess its global impact. Are uncertainty, volatility and precarity actually on the rise? Do repeated efforts to measure, record and represent uncertainty only amplify the condition? Is uncertainty the result of a single person or state, or more of a global trend in politics and the media? Who benefits from and who is harmed by the spread of uncertainty?

The Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) at the University of Sydney responds to these complex challenges with the inaugural CISS Global Forum, ‘Peace and Security under Uncertainty’. Supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with the School of Social and Political Science, and Carnegie Corporation of New York, Global Forums are designed as a rapid-response to new and pressing global issues. The public forum takes an interview format followed by debate and questions from the audience.

The Forum features a diverse group of leading international security scholars, who will address the topic from their own unique perspectives and research areas. The event will be moderated by [[b||Professor James Der Derian, Director, CISS and feature:

  • Professor Rita Abrahamsen, University of Ottawa
  • Professor Thomas Biersteker, Graduate Institute of Geneva
  • Professor Lene Hansen, University of Copenhagem
  • Professor Michael Williams, University of Ottawa


See this page for speakers' biographies.