Australian Cyber Conference 2018
October 9-11, 2018
Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman, IPAG moderating a session on “Building a Cyber Security Strategy that Works” during the Australian Cyber Security Conference 2018 organized by the Australian Information Security Association (AISA)
International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress
July 22 -25
IPSA is one of the largest politics conferences in the world, with around 2400 attendees from government, industry, and academia. A variety of important topics were covered throughout the conference, with keynote speakers addressing the growing problems being experienced in democratic states around the world.
IPAG was represented at the IPSA world congress in Brisbane by Jeremiah Brown, Senior Research Associate, IPAG. Jeremiah presented two separate papers at IPSA. One paper titled ‘Disadvantage and Democracy: Why Income and Education Matter for Attitudes Towards Democracy’ was presented with a co-author, Dr. Andrew Klassen, from Charles Darwin University. The other paper was titled ‘Democracy as Citizen Agency: The Capability Approach as a Theory of Democracy’
Conference on Sustainable Peace and Development in a Polarising World: Perspectives and Contributions from the Commonwealth of Nations
April 9-11, 2018
Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman, IPAG was the moderator in the session “Challenges to Peace and Development in the Commonwealth” during the conference on “Sustainable Peace and Development in a Polarising World: Perspectives and Contributions from the Commonwealth of Nations” organized by the Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University; on April 09-11, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. He was also a panelist during the sessions “Contextualising Sustainable Peace and Development in the Commonwealth”, “Reconciliation Across the Commonwealth” and “Muslims Building Peace and Security in the Commonwealth”.
Int’l Conference on Changing Geopolitical Landscape in the Asia Pacific: Strategic Challenges for an Australia in the New Era
IPAG, in collaboration with the Institute for Regional Security (IFRS), Australia, will jointly organize a conference titled Changing Geopolitical Landscape in the Asia Pacific: Strategic Challenges for an Australia in the New Era in August, 2019 in Canberra, Australia
Among others, the event will have discussions and deliberations on the following themes:
- Australia in the Asia-Pacific
- China in the Asia-Pacific
- Strengthening Democracy in the Asia-Pacific
- Reimagining Australia in the Asia Pacific
The IPAG Asia Pacific Election Series: Key Policy Dialogue
Australia is a key power in the Asia Pacific region. It plays an important role in the diplomatic and economic relations of the region, and is an important human rights defender in the region. Given the significant role that the governing party plays in shaping the direction of the nation, the upcoming election will be an important one not just for the Australian people, but also for the Asia Pacific region.
With Australia seeing a significant turnover of party leaders through the last decade, it is more important than ever to get the issues which the public see as important, and which will determine the success of the incoming government’s leader. It is only by discussing these policies in depth, and in advance of the election, that the parties can be said to win a mandate for their policy platform.
On that note, IPAG will organize an Election Series Dialogue in each of the Australian states, leading up to the election.
The topics to be discussed include:
- National Energy Policy
- Housing Policy
- National Immigration and Asylum Seeker Policy
- National Health Policy
- Online and Automated Government Policy
- National Regional Strategic Policy
Research Project on
Forced Migration impacting the 2030 aspirations of developing first-asylum countries: The case of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Migration is a persistent global issue, with one in every 113 people on the planet now a refugee. One of the longest running refugee crises, the current Rohingya crisis is understood as a major regional crisis placing economic and social pressure on countries throughout the South Asian region. Bangladesh has borne the brunt of the cost to date, and this cost will have a significant impact on the ability of Bangladesh to achieve its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets, however, the precise extent of this is currently unknown. More research is needed on how a host nation’s national and local development plans, national budget, and overall economic agenda, are hampered when it has to redirect resources towards hosting the refugees.
The study will examine the potential cost burdens arising from a variety of different potential outcomes from the Rohingya crisis. Specifically, we will evaluate the increased cost-burden associated with achieving the SDG targets which Bangladesh has outlined as their core goal in the coming years. Understanding these implications will in turn ensure that we are effectively able to understand the cost associated with the failure to resolve the Rohingya crisis, and to more accurately evaluate the cost-burden of future forced-migration events.
Research and Knowledge Dissemination Project on
Towards Sustainable Development: Best Practices in Renewable Technologies
The population growth rate and per capita income are crucial drivers behind the growing global energy demand. The energy consumption in the world has already increased by 43% in 2015 compared to 2000. By 2035, the world’s population is projected to grow from current 7.44 to 8.8 billion which means that an additional 1.5 billion people will need electricity adding to growing concerns on the security of energy supply. The current system of energy production relying on the three main sources (oil, coal, and natural gas) is becoming a problem due to risks associated with climate change, pollution, and increasing energy demands in developing regions. There is an ever-increasing need to meet energy demand in a clean and sustainable way. Along with meeting a regional energy crisis, the adoption of renewable energy technologies and best practices can be translated into a deeper flow of engagement and integration towards unshackled economic growth and sustainable development.
To address these problems, an establishment of a joint research platform can be a key step in an accumulation of data on existing renewable energy technologies from around the world, enabling sectorial key stakeholders, policymakers and energy practitioners in the energy sector to understand better the replicable renewable energy technologies.
The project intends to conduct research on the best practices of renewable and clean energy and disseminate major findings to the key stakeholders for adoption of “smarter” renewable energy technologies around the world. It will help to create a knowledge and resource hub, to encourage data-driven decision making and effective resource mobilization and will assist in a move towards a 100% renewable and clean energy dependent world.