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Roundtable Discussion with RSIS

28 Feb 2019 - A roundtable discussion with delegate from IDSS, RSIS headed by Mr Adrian Tan, Deputy Head of Coordinator of Malaysia Programme was held in MiDAS  on 28 February 2019. A discussion was carried out on contemporary issues of mutual interest including counter violent extremism and terrorism as well as exchange of best practices in addressing such issues by both countries.



AHIBS Global Dialogue by Her Excellency The Ambassador of Turkey to Malaysia Dr. Merve Safa Kavakci

26 Feb 2019 | Nor Aini Mohd Nordin

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Kuala Lumpur on 18th February 2019 organised for H.E. Dr Merve Safa Kavakci, the Ambassador of Republic of Turkey to Malaysia to give a lecture titled “ Paradigm Shift in Foreign Policy: Humanitarian Approach”. MiDAS was represented by Assistant Director of Non-Traditional Military Affair, Ms Nor Aini binti Mohd Nordin. The lecture title and its speaker have garnered interest among those in the foreign affair fora including the Ambassador of Egypt, Ukraine and Qatar as well as diplomatic officers from the embassies of France, Kenya, Indonesia, Italy and Iraq. Before her appointment as an ambassador HE Dr Kavakci is already internationally recognised for her work on humanitarian work and her legendary entrance into Turkish political fora.

Therefore it was apt that the lecture given focussed on Turkey Foreign Policy post-cold war to this date. According to Dr Kavakci the word shift may seem simple and speedy to some but in the world of international relation and foreign policy it means a work in progress and does not happen overnight. The lecture started with a statement that Turkey is now trying to move from a realist perspective towards humanitarian approach. During its realist perspective Turkey used Westernisation through power approach meaning that whatever is good or produced by Europe is accepted without question and replicated. Through this approach and being a secular country it has allowed Turkey to receive special treatment by the western world such as being a member of NATO. Not only that every action it has ever taken in order to maximise its power. Despite its realist perspective the Turkish militaries have been presence in Turkey politics, not only that every 20 years the militaries would intervene in its political sphere. These are among the reasons Turkish decided to move from realism to idealism and therefore humanitarian approach.

According to Dr Kavakci it is not to say that realism approach has not been effective for Turkey, in fact one example that the Turkish is proud of is being successful in democratising the Turkish minds. Through their existing approach and prudent policies in a world that has become a global village that is supported by multilateralism Turkey has now been ranked the 13th largest economic in the world. Obviously such achievement did not come without its own challenges, H.E. shared that back in 2002 when the Islamic Party won the election and came into power the secular sect becomes very jittery and there was even an intellectual discourse discussing on whether Turkey would eventually become Malaysia as at that point of time Tun Mahathir was one of the most influential figure on economic reform among the Moslem world.

Nevertheless Turkey has managed to pave its own way forward and today it has its own defence industry and established 70% of its own defence product with 5th generation aircraft manufactured. Healthcare system is also something that the Turkish people take pride in as it is rank first in Europe and third in the world. Dr Kavakci expressed that they are looking forward to work with Malaysia in this sector. She also informed the lecture that Turkey has been ranked as the top humanitarian donor in the world in 2017 with fund up to USD 8.07 billion, followed by the USA 6.5 billion, and Germany 3 billion in the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2018. She remarked that the Turks have been, for the past centuries, emulating and upholding the familial relationships between Ansar-Mujahirun in the Islamic tradition, in which humanitarian victims are treated as ‘guests’ rather than as ‘refugees’. She ends her lecture by quoting the Turkey President "To recognise problem you have to contextualise the problem and understand that in this world each one of us matter. Therefore in international realms this world matters more than the five”. The five in which the President was referring to are the members of UN Security Council.

The entire lecture has provided information to create opportunity for Malaysia to think of a way in which cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief can be establish between Turkey Armed Forces and Malaysia Armed Forces. Not only that we should extend it beyond the military fora as the situation Malaysia currently facing is oddly similar to that faced by Turkey especially in the context of refugees as well as other issues such as Palestine. These steps will support what our Prime Minister has said in his speech during the United Nation General Assembly 2018 and Malaysia Foreign Policy.

MiDAS Executive Dialogue 1/2019

13 Feb 2019 - MiDAS Executive Dialogue Serial 1 in 2019 titled “Realising Malaysia's Defence White Paper : Sharing of Australia's Experience” was successfully organised by the Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security (MiDAS) on 13rd Feb 2019 at MiDAS Auditorium, Ministry of Defence, Kuala Lumpur. The presentation was delivered by Mr Peter Jennings PSM, Executive Director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Australia. It generated a healthy discussion with participants posing numerous questions that require in-depth and detailed information from the speakers.

Inaugural Perwira Dialogue

22 Jan 19 - A series of Perwira Dialogues was inaugurated by the Deputy Defence Minister on the 22nd January 2019. This dialogue was held in conjunction with the government intent to produce a Defence White Paper. Three session of discussions was held in this one day event. The Chief Executive of MiDAS, Vice Admiral Dato' Ganesh Navaratnam was involved in the third or final session for the day titled "Malaysia's Relations With The Major Powers: Next Steps". He gave his perspective and point of view in realizing the the Defence White Paper.

Courtesy Call By MMEA Senior Principal Assistant Directors

17 Jan 2019- First Admiral (M) Christopher Ravindran and First Admiral (M) Mohd Sabri bin Mohamed, Senior Principal Assistant Director from Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) made a courtesy call to MiDAS.  The delegation were received by Vice Admiral Dato' Ganesh Navaratnam, Chief Executive of MiDAS.  The delegation were given an insight into MiDAS organization, activities and its function as a think tank for MinDef.

Handing / Taking Over Ceremony Chief Executive of MiDAS

9 Jan 2019 -  The handing over ceremony of MiDAS Chief Executive was held at Dewan Perkasa, Wisma Perwira ATM. The ceremony took place between the outgoing MiDAS Chief Executive, Lt Gen Dato' Suhaimi bin Mohd Zuki who is handing over duty to the new MiDAS Chief Executive, Vice Admiral Dato' Ganesh Navaratnam. The handing over of duty ceremony attended by Chief of Armed Forces, General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Haji Zulkifli bin Haji Zainal Abidin, Secretary General Ministry Of Defence, Dato' Halimi bin Abd Manaf, the army and civil senior Officers.

MiDAS Executive Dialogue 7-2018

21 Dec 2018 - MiDAS Executive Dialogue Serial 7 in 2018 titled “US-China-Europe Relations: Impact to Regional Peace and Security” was successfully organised by the Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security (MiDAS) on 21st Dec 2018 at MiDAS Auditorium, Ministry of Defence, Kuala Lumpur. The presentation was delivered by Prof Klaus W. Larres,University of North Carolina,Chapel Hill,NC. It generated a healthy discussion with participants posing numerous questions that require in-depth and detailed information from the speakers. The program ended with exchange of mementos.

8th ASEAN Maritime Forum: Track II Academic and Stakeholder Workshop

The 8th ASEAN Maritime Forum (AMF) on 6th Dec 2018 and the 6th Extended ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF) on 7th Dec 2018 kicked off with the Track II Academic and Stakeholder Workshop on 4th December 2018 followed by the Track 1.5 AMF Organisational and Functional Workshop on 5th December 2018. The discussions in the first workshop on maritime security was diverse ranging from biodiversity to unmanned vessels. The second workshop focus more on AMF in term of organisation and its function whether it is still relevant as well as its effectiveness in the context of ASEAN. During both workshop MiDAS, Miss Nor Aini binti Mohd Nordin was invited as a speaker to talk about ASEAN Military Ready Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief in the first and moderator in the later. The workshops shed light that there is a need for coordination and more frequent information sharing among the Track II and Track 1.5 members on ASEAN activities and initiatives across sectoral. The outcome of both workshop was brought forth to be discussed at the 8th AMF and 6th EAMF respectively.