International Academic Forum (IAFOR)

  • Description
  • Insti­tu­tional His­tory and Mission

    The Inter­na­tional Aca­d­e­mic Forum is a con­fed­er­a­tion of lead­ers and opin­ion for­m­ers around the globe who have one thing in com­mon: a desire to make a dif­fer­ence. As the Asia-​Pacific region emerges as a new and pow­er­ful cen­ter of world events to rival the tra­di­tional European-​American hege­monic axis, dif­fer­ent and con­flict­ing nation­al­is­tic fears and domes­tic polit­i­cal inter­ests often dic­tate neg­a­tive for­eign poli­cies. The stakes for ensur­ing coop­er­a­tion between the Asian states and the West­ern world has never been higher.

    Founded in 2009 by a group of con­cerned Asian, Euro­pean and North Amer­i­can aca­d­e­mics and busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als, IAFOR is a mis­sion dri­ven orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing and pro­mot­ing mean­ing­ful dia­logue irre­spec­tive of inter­na­tional bor­ders. IAFOR is com­mit­ted to ensur­ing that Asian lead­ers and opin­ion for­m­ers in both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, in edu­ca­tion, the media, and busi­ness, have the chance to meet their col­leagues from other con­ti­nents, and dis­cuss issues of national and inter­na­tional rel­e­vance and importance.

    Iden­ti­fy­ing Prob­lems | Iden­ti­fy­ing Solutions

    IAFOR’s advis­ers have iden­ti­fied the fol­low­ing issues of being of imme­di­ate concern:

    1. Edu­ca­tion at all lev­els in Asia as global stan­dards are attempted to be met in the face of eco­nomic real­i­ties and dif­fer­ent, and fre­quently con­flict­ing ide­olo­gies and doc­trines. We sup­port the idea of uni­ver­si­ties with­out bor­ders as out­lined in the UNESCO Higher Edu­ca­tion initiatives.
    2. Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment. Glob­al­iza­tion is often seen in a neg­a­tive light, as the dom­i­na­tion by force of rich indus­tri­al­ized nations rep­re­sented by cor­po­ra­tions, and indeed it can be. IAFOR seeks to ensure that local voices are heard and that busi­nesses act respon­si­bly in their prac­tices deal­ing with poorer South-​East Asian coun­tries. Gov­ern­ments, busi­ness peo­ple, and aca­d­e­mics must engage in respon­si­ble dia­logue so the ben­e­fits of the appli­ca­tion of pos­i­tive Global stan­dards are appar­ent in all sectors.
    3. Energy and the need to con­trol it has already placed a strain on the rela­tions of the Asia-​Pacific region’s most cru­cial play­ers, China and Japan, arguably the world’s most impor­tant bilat­eral rela­tions as the Asian the­ater of influ­ence grows. How these two cul­tural and eco­nomic giants over­come mutual feel­ings of dis­trust is a dis­course that must be main­tained as among the most cru­cial, with ram­i­fi­ca­tions spread­ing through­out the Pacific Rim and beyond.


    IAFOR will encour­age and sup­port the foun­da­tion and insti­tu­tions of fora, through con­ven­tions, con­fer­ences, sum­mits as well as more infor­mal meet­ings, to forge part­ner­ships across dis­ci­plines, depart­ments, and pri­vate and pub­lic institutions.

    How we work

    1. IAFOR has insti­tuted a net­work of global lead­ers and opin­ion for­m­ers who are experts in a given area to act as IAFOR advisers.
    2. Our advis­ers pre­pare short reports on a given topic, issue or region, given their area of exper­tise. IAFOR asks that this report high­light three key areas of par­tic­u­lar and direct concern.
    3. IAFOR will then con­sult with other con­cerned advis­ers so as to decide on the appro­pri­ate timescale, venue and envi­ron­ment for these issues to be raised.
    4. IAFOR works with the adviser and other con­cerned orga­ni­za­tions to ensure the atten­dance at the event of those in a posi­tion to influ­ence policy.
    5. IAFOR ensures that the infor­ma­tion relat­ing to these events is made avail­able to those unable to attend the con­fer­ences and sem­i­nars in the form of freely acces­si­ble web-​based publications.

    Core Activities

    The three pri­mary activ­i­ties of the Inter­na­tional Aca­d­e­mic Forum are as follows:

    1. Orga­niz­ing inter­na­tional con­fer­ences in Asia to be inter­est to aca­d­e­mics, busi­ness per­sons, gov­ern­ment offi­cials, and other con­cerned global lead­ers and opin­ion formers.
    2. Sup­port­ing orig­i­nal research, and pro­vid­ing appro­pri­ate plat­forms for its dis­sem­i­na­tion. IAFOR will archive all research pro­duced in asso­ci­a­tion with its con­fer­ences and sem­i­nars and make it pub­licly and avail­able on the IAFOR website.
    3. Build­ing alliances with an inter­na­tional net­work of lead­ing Asian and global insti­tu­tions, orga­ni­za­tions and cor­po­ra­tions to influ­ence pol­icy fol­low­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions of IAFOR advisers.



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