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2024

Dates will be confirmed when the funding is available, and the number of delegates is sufficient.

Please note, most delegates are self-funded or are fully sponsored by their institutions.
APSI Forum relies on its delegate fees in order to fund its events. Therefore, paid registration is not refundable but is transferable.

For Speaker Expression of Interest Form and memberships, contact: info@apsisummit.com

We do not share the discussion and findings of the summits, international parliamentary assembly, and on-site forum discussions to non-members.

The members will need to contribute by sharing their knowledge, expertise, and skills in the forum

 APSI Forum also relies on the registration fees, donations from individuals, embassies/high commissions, consulates, and governmental agencies for funding its events.

Registration

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 $499/person 
(morning and afternoon teas, lunches, and dinners are included)

The payment can be made via bank transfer

APSI Forum and COE
ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

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060359024245202

Please note, the registration fees are transferable but are not refundable.

2024:

The Jonah Project
February - May:
Part 1: Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Discussion Series

June-November
Part 2: Tomorrow's Geopolitics: Shaping Force and Statecraft

Events organised by APSI Forum and Center of Excellence (COE)

March: Congress
Peace Building and Conflict Resolution

Type: Virtual
Date: March 25
7pm-9pm NZT

How do think tanks like APSI collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations in peace building initiatives?

What are the challenges faced by think tanks in their efforts to promote peace building and conflict resolution, and how do they overcome these challenges?

Moderator: Maxwell Abbott

Session 1: Media as Mediator: Shaping Peaceful Narratives
Speaker: Brett Murphy, BA

Session 2: Food Resilience for Peace Building Effort
Speaker: Dr Eddy Kristianto

Conclusion: Assessing the Influence of Concepts
Anita Abbott, PhD

May: Strategic Forum Discussion
Strategic Approaches: Balancing Support for Taiwan while Neutralizing China’s Influence 

Type: Virtual

Date: May 12
6pm-7pm

Facilitator: MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret) 

Contributors:
Col. John Black (Ret)
Dr Satoru Nagao (Fellow (Non-Resident) at Hudson Institute)

July: Geopolitical Cooperation High Tea

Date: July 4

2.30pm-4pm

Venue: Fable Auckland, MGallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Informal discussions over an elegant afternoon tea that highlights the importance of collaboration and networking among international stakeholders

July: Strategic Forum Discussion

Geopolitics of Cooperation over Open Waters

Date: July 4
Virtual

6pm-7pm

Facilitator: Anita Abbott, PhD

 Contributors:

Prof. Mumin Chen, Deputy of the Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in New Delhi, Professor of International Relations at National Chung Hsing University 

Prof. Amit Gupta, Senior Advisor, Forum of Federation 

Brigadier Kuldip Singh (retd), ex-Principal Director, National Security Council Secretariat & Joint Intelligence Committee, Prime Minister's Office, India

Dov Lipman, Member of the 19th Knesset, CEO of Yad L’ Olim

Prof. Amer Sabaileh, Non resident fellow Middle East and North Africa, Stimson Center

August: Innovate and Inspire

Global Power Shifts: The AI Factor

August 22

Virtual

6-7pm NZT

Facilitator: MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret)

Contributors:

Prof Dr Patrick Glauner, Deggendorf Institute of Technology 

George Howell, Rain Cloud

August: International Parliamentary Assembly

Frontiers of Global Geopolitics: Investigating Strategic  Significance Across Diverse Terrain

Venue:  Aurora Room, Intercontinental Hotel, Wellington 

Date: August 23 

Programme:

8.30am-9am 
Arrival coffee and tea
Fireside chat with the board

9am-9.15am
Welcome: New Zealand MP Hon. Tim van de Molen

9.15am-9.45am: 
Opening Remarks: Anita Abbott, PhD

9.45am-10.15am:
Session 1: Tibet: Geopolitical Significance
Speaker: Tenzin Phuntsok Doring, Member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile

10.15 am-10.45 am:
Session 2: Fiji: Leadership in Pacific Geopolitics Dynamics 
Speaker: Hon. Rinesh Sharma 

10.45 am-11 am:
Coffee break

11 am-11.30 am:
Session 3:
Taiwan: Geopolitical Implications of Cross Strait Relations with Mainland China.                                                                                Speaker: Her Excellency Ambassador Joanne Ou

11.30 am-12 pm:
Session 4:   Australia: Charting Pathways Amidst Global Uncertainty        
Speaker: Senator Pauline Hanson                                                                                                                                                                                 

12 pm-12.30 pm:
Session 5:   New Zealand: A Strategic Lens on Global Geopolitics       
Speaker : Hon Ingrid Leary                                                                                                                                                                                               

12.30-2 pm
Lunch Dialogues: Bridging Borders and Minority Challenges 

2 pm-2:30 pm:
 Tsering Dolma
 

Please do NOT use any devices (e.g: cellphone, recording devices) during our sessions. 

If you stay at the hotel, we encourage you to leave your phone in your room. 

September: Navigating Diplomatic Horizon Discussion among Diplomats 
Unveiling the Dynamics of Non-Aligned Foreign Policy

Date: September 2

10 am-12 pm NZT

Venue: Meetings on the Terrace, 152 The Terrace, Wellington 

Facilitator: Anita Abbott, PhD

  1. What are the primary strategic objectives of countries pursuing non-aligned foreign policies in the contemporary geopolitical landscape?

  2. How do different countries implement non-aligned foreign policies, and what are the outcomes in terms of international relations and domestic politics?

  3. How do non-aligned countries navigate security challenges without formal alliances, and what strategies do they employ to maintain sovereignty and stability?

  4. What diplomatic strategies are used by non-aligned countries to balance relationships with major powers while maintaining their autonomy?

  5. How do non-aligned countries leverage cultural diplomacy and soft power to advance their foreign policy objectives?

September: Strategic Forum Discussion
Can a state be Pacifist? 

Virtual

7pm-8pm NZT

Facilitator: Dr Joanna Siekiera 
Contributors:
Professor Stephen Nagy,  International Christian University, Tokyo
TBA

  1. What historical precedents exist for state-level pacifism, and what can be learned from these examples?

  2. How do different international relations theories (e.g., realism, liberalism, constructivism) view the concept of state pacifism?

  3. How do international laws and norms support or hinder the practice of state pacifism?

  4. What are the ethical arguments for and against the adoption of pacifism at the state level?

October: Special topic 
Eurasia's Next Chapter: Potential Coalition and Conflict


Date: TBA
Virtual

Facilitator: VAdm Paul Bennett (Ret) (TBC)

Contributors:

Dr Joanna Siekiera (TBC)
Dr Vira Ratsiborynska (TBC)
Dr Mark Episkopos
MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret)

Eurasia's Next Chapter: Potential Coalition and Conflict

  1. What are the key factors driving the formation of potential coalitions in Eurasia in the coming years?

  2. How might shifting geopolitical dynamics impact the emergence of alliances and conflicts within Eurasia?

  3. What role will energy resources play in shaping potential coalitions and conflicts in Eurasia's next chapter?

  4. What are the potential scenarios for cooperation and competition among major powers within Eurasia, and how might these scenarios evolve in the coming years?

  5. How might the strategic interests of Turkey, India, China, Russia, and Iran converge or diverge, leading to the formation of potential coalitions or exacerbating conflicts in Eurasia?

  6. What role does each of the key players (Turkey, India, China, Russia, Iran) envision for themselves in shaping the future geopolitical landscape of Eurasia, and how might their aspirations influence potential coalition dynamics or conflict escalation?


October: Geopolitics Today Discussion Series
Chessboard Dynamics: Strategic Rivalries and Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

October 14

7-8pm NZT

Facilitator:  Anita Abbott, PhD

Contributors:
Prof. Mumin Chen, Deputy of the Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in New Delhi, Professor of International Relations at National Chung Hsing University 

Prof Stephen Nagy,  International Christian University, Tokyo

November: Summit

Tomorrow’s Geopolitics: Emerging Rivalries and Cooperation

Venue: Lady Norwood Room, Sofitel Hotel, 11 Bolton St, Wellington

Participants should attend pre and post summit events.

Pre summit: 

7pm: Working Group dinner

Summit:

Tomorrow's Geopolitics: Emerging Rivalries and Cooperation

November 18
Venue: Lady Norwood Room, Sofitel Hotel, 11 Bolton St, Wellington

Moderator: Brett Murphy

8.30am-9am: Arrival tea and coffee

9am-9.15am: National anthem and karakia

9.15am-9.30am: Welcome

9.30am-10.30am
Session 1: Indo-Pacific Tensions: Navigating Regional Rivalries and Cooperation

Speakers:

Prof. Mumin Chen, Deputy of the Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in New Delhi, Professor of International Relations at National Chung Hsing University 

Representative from Australia (TBA)
-How are the strategic interests of major powers shaping the geopolitical landscape of the Indo-Pacific region?

- What impact do infrastructure projects like China’s Belt and Road Initiative have on regional rivalries and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific?

-How does the Taiwan Strait Crisis influence the strategic calculations of major global powers?, What are the immediate and long-term implications of the Taiwan Strait Crisis for U.-China relations?

-How do regional powers like Japan, South Korea, and Australia perceive the Taiwan Strait Crisis, and how does it affect their defense strategies?

10.30am-10.40am: Morning tea break

10.40am-11.40am
Session 2: Recalibrating Alliances: The US, EU, and Emerging Powers

Speakers:

HE Lawrence Meredith 

Representative from the US (TBA)

  • What are the implications of the US pivot to the Indo-Pacific for its traditional alliances with EU countries?

- What strategies can the US and the EU employ to strengthen their alliance while also engaging constructively with emerging powers?

- How do military alliances, such as NATO, adapt to the changing geopolitical landscape with the rise of emerging powers?

- What lessons can be learned from historical shifts in alliances that can inform current strategies for the US, the EU, and emerging powers?

11.40am-12.40pm
Session 3: Tech Titans: The Geopolitics of Innovation and Cybersecurity

Speakers:

MGen Adrian Ciolponea, SACT Rep Europe-NATO HQ (TBC)

Anthony Grasso, Head of Cyber Security, Titanium Defence 

- How are geopolitical rivalries shaping the global landscape of technological innovation?

- What are the challenges and opportunities for international cooperation in combating cyber threats

- What are the risks and benefits of state-sponsored cyber operations in the context of geopolitical rivalries?

-What lessons can be learned from recent high-profile cyber incidents to improve global cybersecurity practices?

12.40pm-1.30pm: Lunch break

1.30pm-2.30pm
Session 4: Small States in the Indo-Pacific: Navigating Between Major Powers

Speakers:  

His Excellency Samoan High Commissioner Afamasaga Fa’amatalaupu Toleafoa

Representative from Fiji (TBA)

- How do small states in the Indo-Pacific region define and prioritize their national interests amidst competing influences from major powers?

- How do small states balance security cooperation with major powers while promoting regional stability and peace?

-What are the challenges and opportunities for small states in leveraging their strategic location to enhance their geopolitical significance?

-How do small states navigate conflicting security interests and alliances among major powers in the Indo-Pacific?

2.30pm-3.30pm
Session 5: The Future of ASEAN: Balancing Major Powers

Representative from Papua New Guinea  

Her Excellency Philippines Ambassador Kira Christianne D. Azucena 

- What are the key priorities and challenges for ASEAN in navigating relations with major powers such as the US, China, and India?

-  How can ASEAN enhance its resilience to external pressures and maintain its relevance amidst shifting geopolitical dynamics in the Indo-Pacific?

- How can ASEAN enhance its capacity for strategic foresight and diplomacy to effectively navigate the complexities of major power competition in the region?

- What lessons can ASEAN draw from historical experiences in managing relations with major powers to inform its future strategies and policies?

3.30-3.40: Afternoon tea break

3.40pm-4.40pm:
Session 6: Expanding Strategic Horizons:  NATO and the Indo-Pacific

Speakers:

Representative from NATO (TBA)

MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret), Board of Advisor, APSI Forum and COE


- How can NATO's partnership frameworks, such as the Partnership Interoperability Initiative (PII), be utilized to enhance cooperation with Indo-Pacific countries and regional organizations?

- How can NATO's core principles and capabilities be adapted to address emerging security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region?

- How does NATO's engagement in the Indo-Pacific contribute to broader efforts to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific and uphold international norms and principles?

-What are the resource implications for NATO in expanding its strategic horizons to the Indo-Pacific, and how can these be managed effectively?

4.40-5pm Scenario Thinking: Redrawing the Global Map: Future Scenarios for Geopolitical Rivalries and Cooperation
Anita Abbott, PhD

5pm-5.30pm
Declaration and Concluding Remarks : MGen Gert-Johannes Hagemann (Ret)

Tomorrow’s Geopolitics:  Future Global Challenges

7pm

Dinner

Toast: Maxwell Abbott

 Post summit: 

End of Year Panel Discussion: Asia's Next Chapter: Conflict and Conflict Among Tomorrow's Rising Powers
Moderator: Brett Murphy, BA

9-10 am

 Virtual Strategic Outlook Discussion
Geopolitical Landscapes: : End of Year Reflection and Future Scenarios

7-8.15pm

Dec (date to be confirmed):

End of Year staff assembly 

Preparation for 2025 Colloquium on:

The Geopolitical Implications of Advanced Weapons Development and Strategic Narrive

 This colloquium explores the intersection of advanced weapons development and the strategic narratives employed by nations to shape global geopolitical dynamics. It examines how the development of cutting-edge military technologies—such as artificial intelligence, cyber warfare capabilities, hypersonic weapons, drone technology, and space-based systems—influences international power structures and security policies.

This colloquium also investigates how countries use strategic narratives to justify their advancements in military technology, project power, and influence global perceptions. It analyzes the role of these narratives in shaping military doctrines, altering power balances, and addressing ethical and policy challenges. By considering case studies and current developments, this colloquium aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of how advanced weapons development and strategic narratives together impact international relations, security, and global governance.

Please do NOT use any devices (e.g: cellphone, recording devices) during our sessions from the 17th to the 19th. 

If you stay at the hotel, we encourage you to leave your phone in your room. 

Events organised by APSI Community Relations Division

April: 5th Anniversary 

Organised by: Community Relations Division

15th of April
The Launch of The Jonah Method
In collaboration with Polintell

 

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