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Global Forum

Responding to new and pressing global issues
Bringing together a diverse group of international participants to address key security topics from the perspective of their unique research areas and interests.

Supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Social and Political Sciences and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, our Global Forums are designed to respond rapidly, critically and reflexively to new and pressing global issues.

Future Insecurity

  • 12 February - 14 March 2019

In 2019, the Global Forum explores the theme of 'Future Insecurity' through a series of public lectures and seminars across the months of February and March. These events are 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. Joining us in 2019 is the following a stellar line up of international experts:

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: