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EVENT 2023

1. Virtual Congress, APSI Forum

Date: March 13

Non-state actors and the policies of state actors

8.25 am: Karakia: Bill Millward, pastoral care, APSI Forum

8.30 am - 9am: Introduction: MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret), Board of Director, APSI Forum

9am - 11.30am: Session 1: Civil Society: Leadership and Network

Chair: Dr Vira Ratsiborynska

- The role of civil society in foreign policy

Speaker: Winston Peters, Former Deputy Prime Minister, NZ

-Non-state actors and foreign policy

Speaker: Leighton Baker, former leader of the New Conservative Party

- Global Civil Society: Opportunities and Strengths

Speaker: Dr Kenneth Davis, BIED Society

- Leadership and Network in Countering Human Trafficking

Speaker: Joanne Hand, Hagar International NZ

- Commentary from a civilian perspective : New Zealand's Free Nuclear Policy: Learning from the Past

Maxwell Abbott, Board of Director, APSI Forum


1pm - 3pm:

Session 2: Strategic Communication and Civil Society

Chair: Jasmine Ratief , APSI Research Institute for Security Studies

- Communicating for Influence: Strategic Communication for non-profit organisations

Speaker: Dr Ellen Nelson, Co-researcher, Rural Leaders NZ

- Strategic Communication: Opportunities and Risks

Speaker: Ron Aledo, Strategy Consultant, former CIA senior analyst

- Non-state Actor Threats and Strategic Communication

Speaker: Tracy Walder, Author and educator, Former CIA officer and FBI special agent

- Toward a new conceptualisation of civil-military relations

Speaker: Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan (Ret), Founder of Lead by Example Consulting



Session 3: State and Non-State Alliances

Chair: Brett Murphy

- The Role of Media and Strategic Communication

Speaker: Major General Rajan Kochhar (Ret), Vice Chairman National Council of News and Broadcasting

- Community Cell Groups: Leadership and Network

Speaker: Dr Eddy Kristianto, APSI Community Hub

- Non-state actors in intergovernmental negotiations

Speaker: Brigadier Kuldip Singh

- Engagement policy with non-state actors

Speaker: Joyce Chitsulo, Member of Parliament, Malawi

6.30pm-6.45pm: Concluding Remarks: Anita Abbott, PhD

To what extent can non-state actors shape the policies of state actors?

2. Strategic Discussion Forum

The future of force and statecraft

Date: March 16

Venue: Sofitel Club Lounge, Sofitel Hotel, Wellington, 11 Bolton Street, Wellington Central





16th of March:

9.30am-10am: Welcome, and arrival tea and coffee

10am-10.15am: Opening:Tim van de Molen, National Defense Spokesperson

10.15am-10.45am: Changing rules of wars, and strategic approach

Distinguished guest: Lieutenant General Leo Kosinski

10.45am-11am: Commentary

Ambassador Grzegorz Kowal

11am-11.45am:Key challenges of modern warfare

MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret), Board of Director of APSI Forum

11.45am-12.30pm: Strategic Interaction and asymmetric warfare theory


Lunch, canapé, dinner with our international guests

3. Collaboration evening

Date: August 30-31, 2023

Venue: Diplomat Lounge, Intercontinental Westlake Hotel, Hanoi

2pm-4pm (High tea and hot drinks served)

4pm-6pm (mocktails and hot drinks served)

4. Annual Summit

Venue: Sofitel Hotel, Wellington

Room: Lady Norwood

Date: 20th of November 2023

Moderator: Brett Murphy

The Future of Force and Statecraft

Critical Strategic Thinking in Practice

8am-8.30am: Arrival tea and coffee

8.30am-8.40am: National anthem, karakia: William Millward

8.40am-8.45am: Welcome: Maxwell Abbott, APSI Board of Advisors (Business Partner and Development)

8.45am-9am: Opening Remarks: His Excellency Afamasaga Fa’amatalaupu Toleafoa, Samoan High Commissioner

Part 1: Political and Strategic Prospects in the Indo-Pacific Region

Chinese Logic and Implications

-What are the key geopolitical factors that shape the Indo-Pacific region's political and strategic prospects?

-How can critical strategic thinking be effectively applied to the analysis of the Indo-Pacific region's political and strategic prospects?

-What are the key geopolitical and geoeconomic drivers behind China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region?

-How is China's military modernization impacting the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific, and how are other countries responding to this development?

9am-10am: Lukas Filler, PhD, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

10am-10.30am: Commentary:

Dr Joanna Siekiera, Senior Researcher, APSI Forum and Center of Excellence

MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret), Board of Advisors , APSI Forum and Center of Excellence

Professor (Adj) David Jonas

10.30am-11am: Morning tea break , group photo

Part 2: Horn of Africa and Security in the Indian Ocean Region

-What are the key factors that shape the security environment in the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean region?

-What are the potential risks and opportunities of the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean region's emerging power dynamics, and how can they be anticipated through strategic analysis?

-What are the root causes of insecurity in the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean region, and how can critical strategic thinking inform effective policy recommendations to address them?

-How can critical strategic thinking be applied to the analysis of the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean region's security environment?

11am-11.30: MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret)

11.30-11.45: Commentary: Anita Abbott, PhD

Part 3: Geopolitics of Naval Powers in the MENA

11.45-12.30 pm: Anita Abbott,PhD

-How do the naval strategies of major powers in the MENA region influence regional stability and security dynamics?

-How do naval powers in the MENA region contribute to the proliferation of weapons and arms transfers, and what are the key mechanisms and routes for such transfers?

-How do non-state actors interact with the naval strategies of state actors in the MENA region, and what are the security implications?

-In what ways does the evolving maritime security environment in the MENA region challenge traditional theories of naval power and strategic thinking?

12.30pm-1.45pm: Lunch break

Part 4: Soft Power Statecraft

-How does soft power statecraft differ from traditional hard power approaches in achieving foreign policy objectives, and what are the advantages and limitations of each approach?

-What role does public diplomacy play in the exercise of soft power statecraft, and how do countries utilize media, cultural exchanges, and public engagement to shape their image and reputation abroad?

-How does Timor Leste unique cultural identity impact its diplomatic interactions and cooperation with neighboring countries and international partners?

-How can cultural diplomacy be effectively utilized as a tool for policy dialogue and promoting mutual understanding between nations, and what are the key factors that contribute to its success or failure?

-What are the essential diplomatic skills and tasks required for effective diplomacy in the modern era, and how do they vary across different contexts and levels of diplomacy?

-How does Papua New Guinea define and utilize soft power statecraft to enhance its international influence and promote its interests on the global stage?

-How does the concept of "soft power" apply to Tibet's diplomatic endeavors, and what cultural assets does Tibet possess that can enhance its diplomatic influence?

-What are the potential avenues for Tibet to enhance its participation in international forums and dialogues, and how can it overcome diplomatic obstacles in doing so?

1.45pm-3.45pm : Panel Discussion

Diplomatic skills and tasks:

-Her Excellency Mrs. Felicidade de Sousa Guterres, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to New Zealand

-Her Excellency Mrs Ömür Ünsay, Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye to New Zealand

Cultural diplomacy for policy dialogue:

-Col. Tony K Aseavu, Defence Attaché , Papua New Guinea

-Mrs. Norzin Dolma, Minister of Department of Information and International Relations of the Tibetan Government in Exile

3.45pm-4pm Closing: His Excellency Grzegorz Kowal, Polish Ambassador to New Zealand

4pm-4.15pm: Declaration

MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret)


To fund its activities, APSI Forum relies on the sponsors and registration fees. Registration fees for onsite events are for delegate packages (arrival tea and coffee, lunches, morning and afternoon teas, and dinner).

Annual Summit

NZ $399/pp (early bird - by the 28th of August 2023)

NZ $499/person (After the 28th of August)

(morning and afternoon teas, lunches, and dinners are included)

Virtual attendance: NZ $80

The payment can be made via bank transfer

APSI Forum and COE

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited



5. International Parliamentary Assembly

21st of November

Type: Virtual

Topic: Traditional and non-traditional security challenges: Lessons learned

Moderator: Brett Murphy, BA

8-8.45am: Opening Panel:

VAdm Paul Bennett (Ret) , Board of Advisors, APSI Forum and COE

MGen Adrian Ciolponea, DIstinguished Research Associate , APSI Forum and COE

Dr Minh Tran, Senior Researcher, APSI Forum and COE

8.45am-10.00 am

Hon. Vytautas Gapsys (Lithuania)

Senator Malcolm Roberts (Australia)

Leighton Baker, (New Zealand)

Honorable Kalon (Minister) Norzin Dolma (Tibetan Government in Exile)

10.00 am - 10.15am: Closing and declaration: MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret), Board of Advisor , APSI Forum and COE




6. End of year staff assembly

Annual Meeting and Report

Date: December 16

Preparing for 2024:

Building Bridges: Strategies for Effective International Cooperation

Operation Daniel:

The Future of Conflict and Cooperation

Asia's New Geopolitical Landscape: A Future of Cooperation and Conflict

Operation Jabez:

Contemplating the future

Asia Pacific Security Innovation (APSI) Forum and Center of Excellence


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