Radisson Hotel, Moscow, 23-25 April 2019

Fig 1: A Group Photo before the Plenary

The Defence Minister, Yang Berhormat  Hj. Mohd bin Sabu was invited to speak at the VII MCIS. He spoke at the Plenary Session 1- Security in Modern World: Regional and Global Factors and Trends. In his talk, he touched on the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria better known as ISIS and the effort by Malaysia to stem the spread of this terrorist group. He mentioned on the counter terrorists efforts and the deradicalization process and the national level. On the regional and international levels, Malaysia will continue the efforts with these communities in the various foras to address this issue comprehensively.

Fig 2: The Defence Minister addressing the Plenary

Capt. Martin, Centre Head and Senior Fellow was invited to speak on UN Peacekeeping. Prior to joining MIMA, Capt. Martin has spent a year in a UN Field Mission and three years in the UN Headquarters New York. He held the position of Deputy Chief Operations and Africa Division 2 Strategic Planning Team Leader respectively during his tour of duty with the United Nations.  


Fig 3: A privilege to meet the UN Military Adviser at the Office of Military Affairs, Lt Gen Carlos Humberto Loitey and speaking on the same panel during the Round Table

During the Session on Round Table 2 – Military to Military Peacekeeping Engagements, Capt. Martin took the opportunity to mention Malaysia’s role in UN Peacekeeping and peace efforts around the world. He   shared his experience in UN Peace Operations and his efforts in the Office of Military Affairs (OMA) in setting up a maritime planning cell. He also shared on his efforts in the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). Capt. Martin founded and led a Study Group to publish a policy memorandum to CSCAP Members. The CSCAP Memorandum can be accessed through the link below. Memorandum No.32-- Enhancing Contributions from AP Counctries to UNPKO.pdf

During the Roundtable, he spoke also about Malaysia and Brunei combining their efforts to send peacekeepers to UNIFIL in Lebanon. He said these military to military engagements are the first of its kind from ASEAN. He explained on the regional policy on One ASEAN One Response on Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR). He hoped that the agreement to enable ASEAN militaries to use the ASEAN insignia during HADR operations will be a preamble for the use of the same insignia when the regional organization can agree to an ASEAN Peacekeeping Force. Military forces being deployed in UN PKO are reimbursed with UN funds whilst HADR funds are self-funded by contributing nations. Although these matters may seem like a hurdle, there has been efforts by developed nations to fund UN PKO costs in Africa. Since traditional UN PKO contributors hail mainly from South Asia, ASEAN could continue its efforts to support UN PKO through various means.

Fig 4: A moment at Red Square

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