Members are free to participate in working groups, seminars/webinars and research symposium/colloquium, and virtual events. 

The Forum reserves the right to decline the registration or the membership.

Members are predominantly former and current politicians, military leaders, ambassadors/diplomats, academic and community leaders, NGO leaders. 

As a non-profit forum, we crowdsource.  During our events, participants are welcome to take photos, without interrupting the sessions, and share their best photos with us.

2022 events

Our events in 2022 are conducted virtually except for the consortium which will be a hybrid (on-site and online) event.  The date of the consortium will depend on border restrictions and government policy.

Special Program with political leaders : Coalition building and management

Date: June 30th, 2022

Time: 6PM NZDT

Moderator: Simon O’Connor, National Party MP


1. Nina Nima, MP, Bhutan
2.Vytautas Gapsy, MP, Lithuania

A Memo from Taiwan

Date: June 1, 2022
Time: 4pm

Moderator: SGM Anthony Spadaro (Ret), APSI Forum and Center of Excellence


Claire Chin  (Taiwan First Secretary)
Ron Hanson (New Zealand journalist)

Pakistan-India Strategic Stability Talks

Date: May 5, 2022, Time: 2pm NZDT

Moderator: Paul Cobaugh 

1. Dr Mansoor Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow · Center for International Strategic Studies 
2. Lt General Sunil Srivastava, Indian Army 
3. David Jonas, Adjunct Professor of Law, George Washington University

Webinar: Eurasia's new great power competition

Date: April 1st, 2022

Time 8 AM NZDT

Dr Ashok Sharma, Visiting Fellow at the UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra


1) Rodger Baker , Senior Vice President, Strategic Analysis Stratfor

2) Dr Vira Ratsiborynska, Asia-Pacific and Europe Global (APEG) Foundation 

3) Dr Lukas Filler, Senior Adviser (Non-Resident), Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS 

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

APSI COE Human Security Innovation Hub webinar

Date: July 12th, 2022

Time: 7 pm NZST

Terrorism and Crisis Response Strategies: An Introduction

Brett Murphy, BA, Head of Media Planning and Operation 

Major General (Ret) Robert Nobel, Australia's Ambassador for Counter Terrorism
Travis D Frain, Co-founder of Survivors Against Terror
Lt.Col (Res) Uri Ben Yakoov, Director for Development, International Institute for Counter Terrorism

Special Program with Ambassadors : Role of cultural diplomacy in conflict resolution

Date: August 16th 2022
Time: 7pm NZST
Moderator: HE Dr Jesus Domingo, Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa &Tonga

- HE Dr Fabrizio Bozatto, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Republic of Nauru, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa &Tonga 
- HE Sagi Kani, Israel Ambassador to Singapore

AI and future of war

Date: September 1st, 2022

Time: 8am NZST

Moderator: MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret), APSI Forum and Center of Excellence 

Mark Solomon (Virginia) 
Ramon Rahangmetan (Netherlands) 

2022 Summit

Date:  December 12-13

2022 Summit: Security Challenges and Strategic Cooperation Among Democracies

Moderator: Brett Murphy

Day 1: Strategic Cooperation and the influence of small allies and partners

• 8.30am-8.50am: Arrival coffee and tea

• 8.50am-9am: Karakia, Waiata, and National Anthem

• 9am-9.30am: Welcoming Address: Dr Anita Abbott

• 9.30am-10am: Opening Remarks: National Defense Spokesperson Tim van der Molden

• 10am-11am: The influence of small states upon the great powers
- Squadron Leader Elizabeth Reardon , Royal New Zealand Air Force (TBC)
- Representative from the US

• 11am-11.10am: Break

• 11.10am-12.10pm: Small states among larger powers.
- Solomon Island High Commissioner Eliam Tangirongo
- Representative from from East Timor 

•12.10pm-1.10pm: Networking lunch

1.10pm-2.10pm: Small states and the development of international law
Dr Joanna Siekiera 

2.10pm-3.10pm: Asia’s Cauldron and Strategic Cooperation : Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Architecture
Representative from the US
Taiwan First Secretary Claire Chin

3.10pm-3.15pm: Break

• 3.15pm-4.30pm: Concluding panel: Strategic Cooperation and the influence of small allies and partners
Sergeant Major Anthony A. Spadaro (Ret)
Representative from Samoa (TBC)
Representative from South Korea (TBC)

7 pm: Dinner, Public Kitchen, Steamer Wharf/Beach, Queenstown

Day 2: Power Bargaining and Cooperation among Allies
• 8.30am: Arrival coffee and tea

• 8.30am-9am: Opening Remarks:
Violation of Alliance Norms: Possible threat and cooperation
MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann, APSI Forum and Center of Excellence
• 9am-10am:
Global Communications: Threats and Challenges
MGySgt Scott Stalker, United States Space Command (TBC)
MGen Karsten Stoye, Euro Control (TBC)

• 10am-11am: Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific 
Paul Cobaugh
Col John Black (TBC)

• 11am-11.10am: Break

• 11.10am -12.10pm: Strategic Partnership with non-state actors 
-Representative from Australia
- HE Sudesh Maniar, Singaporean High Commission (TBC)

• 12.10pm-1.10pm: Transnational and Trans-government coalition
Reps from Australia and New Zealand

• 1.10pm-2pm: Lunch break

• 2pm-3pm: Nuclear Multilateralism and Coercive Diplomacy 
Representative from Pakistan
Representative from India

- • 3pm-3.10pm: Break

• 3.10pm-4.10pm : Food security: A non-traditional security challenge

Dr Eddy Kristianto (Food Security)
Don Lord (Human Trafficking)  TBC

4.10pm-5.10pm: Concluding panel: Power Bargaining and Cooperation among Allies
MGen Franceso Diella (NATO IMS Cooperative Security Division)
Rodger Baker (Startfor) (TBC)
BG Constantin-Adrian Ciolponea

Appreciation evening organised by APSI COE community hub
Dr Barnaby Pace and Maxwell Abbott

Mocktail @ below zero ice bar, Searle Lane, Queenstown



Maritime Security and Competing Interests in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean

What are the key strategic challenges for maritime security in the region?
What are the strategic ambitions of the key players?
In what ways can conflict in the South China Sea be managed?
In what ways will Sino-Indian Relations in the Indian Ocean lead to conflict?

Date: 25th of February 2021
Venue: Oaks Hotel Wellington, 89 Courtenay Pl, Wellington


MGen (Ret) Gert-Johannes Hagemann, APSI Forum

Dr Andrew Dowse, Director Defence Research and Engagement at Edith Cowan University
Hunter Stires, Fellow at Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research, U.S. Naval War College
Sergeant Major (Ret) Anthony Spadaro, APSI Forum and Center of Excellence
LtGen (Ret) Vinod Bhatia, Former Director of Centre For Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS), India 
MGen (Ret) Ravi Arora, CEO and Chief Editor Indian Military Review 

Distinguished participants:
Brooke van Velden, Act Party Deputy Leader
Bill Chen, Representative from Taiwan
HE Dr Jesus Domingo, Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa &Tonga
Dr Vira Ratsyborynska, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Dr Chandra Pandey, Kathmandu University
Dr Mamadou Bah, Research Contributor, APSI COE

Professor Dwi Andreas Santosa, Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Indonesia

8.30am-9am:    Arrival coffee and tea

9am-9.05 am:  Waiata, National anthem and karakia

9.05am-9.15am: Welcoming address

9.15am - 11.15am: PANEL I
Hunter Stires
Sergeant Major (Ret) Anthony Spadaro

11.15am- 12pm: Morning tea and APSI Forum monthly meeting 

12pm-12.30pm: Lunch break

12.30pm-2.15pm:  PANEL II
Dr Andrew Dowse
LtGen (Ret) Vinod Bhatia
MGen (Ret) Ravi Arora

2.15pm-2.30pm: Concluding Remarks

Working Group Series, APSI Forum

Asia's Powers and Middle East Arms Race: Trends and Non-proliferation Efforts

Date: 28th of January 2021

Venue: Novotel Hotel, 133 The Terrace, Wellington
Dr Anita Abbott, APSI Forum
MGen (Ret) Gert-Johannes Hagemann, APSI Forum
Sergeant Major (Ret) Anthony Spadaro, APSI Forum
8am-8.15am: Staff Briefing
8.15am-8.30am:    Arrival coffee and tea
8.30am- 8.45am:   Waiata, National anthem and karakia : Harry Lazarus
8.45am-9am:     Opening remarks: Maxwell Abbott, Global Partnership and Development Ltd
9am-10am   : The proliferation of WMD and dual-use materials in the Middle East: A European Perspective   
Speaker: Dr Ian Anthony, Programme Director, European Security Programme, SIPRI
10am-10.15am: Morning tea break
10.15am-11.15am: Potential application of nuclear deterrence theory to the proliferation of WMD in the Middle East 
Speaker:  Miles Pomper, Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation Studies
11.15am-11.45am: Panel discussion: Asia and the Iran–Saudi Arabia proxy conflict
Chair: MGen (Ret) Hagemann
11.45am-12.15pm : Panel discussion: China's nuclear approach in Iran 
Chair: Dr Anita Abbott
12.15-1pm: Lunch break
1pm-2.30pm: NPT and Non NPT states: India and Pakistan
Chair: Sergeant Major (Ret) Anthony Spadaro
Dr. Mansoor Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow at Center for International Strategic Studies, Pakistan 
LtGen (Ret) Vinod Bhatia, Director of Centre For Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS), India
2.30pm: Concluding Remarks 
Distinguished participants:
His Excellency Dr Jesus Domingo, Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa &Tonga
His Excellency Mr Grzegorz Kowal, Polish Ambassador
Bill Chen, Representative from Taiwan

Nuclear Security Challenges and Strategic Arms Reduction in the Asia-Pacific region

Date: November 5, 2020
Venue: Novotel Hotel, 133 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington 

Facilitator: Dr Anita Abbott, APSI Forum

8am-8.15am: Staff Briefing

8.15am-8.30am:        Arrival coffee and tea

8.30am- 8.45am:   Waiata, National anthem and karakia 

8.45am-9am:     Opening remarks

Speaker: Guy Roberts, Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, Biological Defense Programs

10am-10.15am: Morning tea break

10.15am-11.15am: Emerging military technologies and their potential future impact on the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region
Speaker: James Faist, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities, Office of the US Secretary of Defense

11.15am-11.30am: Annual meeting (APSI committee and advisory board ONLY) 

11.30am-12.30 pm:  Lunch break 

12.30-1pm: Nuclear risks and opportunities: A global round-up
Speaker: Dr James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

1pm-1.30 pm: Commentaries
Northeast Asian democracies and potential proliferation triggers
Speakers:  Dr Anita Abbott and Sergeant Major (Ret) Anthony A. Spadaro, APSI Forum

1.30pm-2.30 pm: Is India's Policy on Use of Nuclear Weapons Credible?
Speaker: Major General Ravi Arora, CEO and Chief Editor 'Indian Military Review'

2.30pm-3.30pm:  China and India-Pakistan nuclear arsenals
2.30pm-3pm: Arms Race Instability in South Asia: Trends and Trajectories
Speaker: Dr Mansoor Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow at Center for International Strategic Studies, Pakistan

3pm-3.30pm: China-Pakistan Nuclear Relations 
Speaker: Dr Priyanka Singh, Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), India

3.30pm-4pm: Concluding Remarks 

Distinguished guests:
His Excellency Dr Jesus Domingo, Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa &Tonga

Bill Chen, Representative from Taiwan

Chris Penk, National MP

James McDowall, MP, ACT, party spokesperson for Foreign Affairs

APSI Forum Working Group Series

29-30 July, Queenstown, New Zealand
88 Frankton Road, Queenstown

Defence Against Biological Agents
Addressing military, political, scientific, and legal challenges in biological defence

July 29

12.30pm-12.40pm: National Anthem and Karakia 

12.40pm-1pm: Welcoming address: Mike Theelen, Chief Executive, Queenstown Lakes District council

1pm-1.30pm: Strategic Foresight Analysis: Potential biological weapons threats
Facilitator: Dr Anita Abbott, Committee Chair, APSI Forum

1.30pm-2.30pm: Biological weapons: Past, present, and future
Speaker:  Dr Seth Carus, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of National Security Policy at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction 
Presentation by SKYPE

2.30pm-2.45pm: Afternoon tea break

2.45pm-3.45pm: Biological warfare and the future of the Law of Armed Conflict
Speaker: Prof. Sascha Dov Bachmann, Professor in Law at Canberra Law School
Presentation by SKYPE

3.45pm-4.15pm:  Bio-defence alliance
His Excellency Mr. Zbigniew Gniatkowski, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Poland
(Polish perspective)

4.15pm-4.45pm: Foreign Affairs and Defence Challenges
Speaker: Simon O'Connor, Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade committee

4.45pm-5pm: Closing Remarks: Brett Murphy

7pm: Dinner at Millennium Hotel

July 30

8.30am-9am: Biodefense: Trends and Challenges
Speaker: Major General Gert-Johannes Hagemann, Deputy Commander of Headquarters. Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ RRC-FR) in Lille, France 
Live webinar/Skype

9am-10am: Foreign policy and biochemical terrorism
Speaker: Tracy Walder, Author, former CIA officer and FBI special agent, and worked  at the Agency's Counterterrorism Center Weapons of Mass Destruction Group 

10am-10.30am: Morning tea break

10.30am-11.30pm: Measures for controlling the threat from biological weapons
Speaker:  Hon. Andrew C. Weber, Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs; Senior Fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks.
Presentation by SKYPE

11.30am-12.30pm: China's Biological Warfare Programme: An Integrative Study With Special Reference to Biological Weapons Capabilities
Contributor: Dr Dany Shoham, Biological Weapons expert, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Visiting Fellow at IDSA New Delhi

12.30pm-1.30pm:  Lunch

1.30pm-3pm: Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness
Gillian Somerville, Human Factors Engineer, GES consulting
Dr. Barnaby Pace, Human Factors Psychologist

3pm-3.10pm: Afternoon tea break

3.10pm-4.10pm: National security threat perception embedded in biological threat
Speaker: His Excellency Dr Itzhak Gerberg, Ambassador, Embassy of Israel in New Zealand 

4.10pm-4.40pm: Strategic Communication
The role of media in the event of a bioterrorist act
Speaker: Brett Murphy, Asia-Pacific Security Innovation Forum

4.40pm-4.50pm: Closing Remarks: Dr Anita Abbott

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