Introduction

The study of International Relations explores and addresses the complex role between states and international organisations in areas such as global politics and diplomacy, international law and security, international trade and economics, terrorism as well as climate change. Global issues are often challenging and solving them requires inter and multidisciplinary approach to draw up effective policy on the international level. Many universities are now providing the local and global market with scientific analysis and strategies for governmental and economic institutions.


CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CIS)

VISION  

To be a centre of excellence that promotes quality research in the area of international studies. 

  OBJECTIVES  

To promote understanding among the UTAR campus community and  society-at-large of critical contemporary international issues affecting the nation, the region and the world; and to promote constructive response to the problems and challenges.

To provide opportunities for greater information exchange and discussion  about contemporary regional and global issues, and on Malaysian foreign policy and relations with the international community.

To undertake research on selected critical socio-economic issues and contemporary regional problems and challenges that impact on the peace, stability and security of the nation, the region and the world.


Areas of Interest

International Relations


ASEAN and the Superpowers


International Trade & Economics


Malaysia and China Relations


US-China Relations


Indo-pacific and Global Security




UPCOMING EVENT

UTAR GLOBAL AFFAIRS TALK 

"China's multi-layered diplomacy towards ASEAN in regional economic cooperation: the case of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region"


Date: November 10, 2021 (Wednesday)

Time: 2pm - 3pm / 14.00hrs to 15.00hrs (MY time)

Language: English

Delivery method: Zoom and Facebook live

FREE ADMISSION

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr. Lee Chee Leong (Karl) is currently Senior Lecturer at the Institute of China Studies (ICS), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya. Prior to his appointment in ICS, he was the Taiwan Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), National Chengchi University (NCCU) (Jan - December 2020), Chinese Government Scholar at the School of Politics and Public Administration, Guangxi University for Nationalities (GXUN) (Sept 2018 - July 2019) and Associate Fellow for ICS (July 2016 - June 2019). His primary interests are China's sub-national diplomacy in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Having worked in different Think-Tanks for most of his research career, he has been the author for numerous opinion pieces in East Asia Forum, Global Policy, The Diplomat, Taiwan Insight and other international media. His recent academic works include "Malaysia's response to Covid-19 and its impacts on Malaysia-China relations", "A Malaysian perspective on Malaysia-China relations (1974 - 2020)", "Guangxi's International Roles in China-ASEAN cooperation" and "Malaysia's political contestation in the Covid-19 era and their economic impacts" - which have either been published in 2021 or expected to be published in 2022.


Moderator: Ms Tan Wooi Yee (Chairperson, Centre for International Studies)

Registration link: Click here

(A separate link to join the webinar will be given upon registration)

UTAR Students who completed the virtual talk with sign in and sign out will be awarded 5 points under Lifelong Learning & Information Management.
UTAR Staff who completed the virtual talk with sign in and sign out will be awarded with CPD point.



UPCOMING EVENT

UTAR GLOBAL AFFAIRS FORUM

"US-China Trade War and Its Implications for ASEAN"


Date: November 16, 2021 (Tuesday)

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm (MY time)

Language: English

Delivery method: Zoom

FREE ADMISSION

FORUM SYNOPSIS

In 2018, former US President Donald Trump launched a trade war against China. Despite Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned that a trade war will produce "no winners", the war continues even after Joe Biden took over the US presidency in January 2021. This forum will provide an overview of the trade war and discuss the implications of the US-China trade war for ASEAN as an organisation and Southeast Asian countries as individual countries.

FORUM PENALISTS

Prof. K.S. Nathan, President of the Malaysian Association for American Studies.

Prof. Cheng Ming Yu, Chairperson of Belt and Road Strategic Research Centre, UTAR.

Dr. Ngeow Chow Bing, Director of Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya. 


Moderator: Ms Tan Wooi Yee (Chairperson, Centre for International Studies)

Registration Link: Click here

(A separate link to join the webinar will be given upon registration)

USSDC points
UTAR Students who completed the forum with sign in and sign out will be awarded 
7 core - 5 points under Lifelong Learning & Information Management.
10 core - 5 points under Lifelong Learning & Information Management.
*Maximum for the forum would be 15 points regardless of any core components

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