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

Members are predominantly former and current politicians, military leaders, ambassadors/diplomats, academic and community leaders, NGO leaders. To register, please complete the registration form below. The registration fees will enable us to provide venues and meals during the proceedings.

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

Facilitators:

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, Pakistan, and Israel
Chair: Sergeant Major (Ret) Anthony Spadaro

Speakers:  
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
Representative from Israel 

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

​Seminar and Panel Discussion Series, APSI Center of Excellence (COE)

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): China's role, advantages, and consequences

TBC

Chair:
Dr Anita Abbott, APSI Forum

Date: 23rd February 2021  (TBC)
Venue: Oaks Hotel Wellington, 89 Courtenay Pl, Wellington

8.30am-12.30pm

Speakers:
Prof. Sascha Dov-Bachmann (Australia)
Prof. Dwi-Andreas Santosa (Indonesia) 
Representative from Singapore (TBA)


Seminar and Panel discussion series, APSI COE

Balkan Silk Road and Great Power Competition: Geopolitical and Economic Influencer

TBC

Date: 24th of February 2021 (TBC)
Venue: Oaks Hotel Wellington, 89 Courtenay Pl, Wellington

Chair:
Sergeant Major (Ret) Anthony Spadaro

8.30am-12.30pm

Speakers:

Dr Vira Ratsyborinska
Professor Sascha-Dominik Dov Bachmann
TBA

Seminar and Panel Discussion Series, APSI Center of Excellence (COE)

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

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

8.30am-4.30pm

Chair:

MGen (Ret) Gert-Johannes Hagemann, APSI Forum

Speakers:
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 
Royal Australian Navy Sea Power Centre (TBA)

Distinguished participants:

Brooke van Velden, Act Party Deputy Leader

Bill Chen, Representative from Taiwan

Working Group, APSI Forum

Arms control and confidence building measures in the Asia-Pacific region.

Date: May, 2021  (Date TBA)
Venue: TBA

For invited guests only

Chair:
Sergeant Major (Ret) Anthony Spadaro, APSI Forum


APSI Working Group Series, APSI Forum

Non-proliferation and alternative security architecture
Date: TBA
Venue: TBA

Seminar and Panel Discussions, APSI COE

NATO and EU Strategic Cooperation and Implication for Partners in Asia-Pacific

Date: 1st of April 2021
Venue: TBA

Facilitators:
Dr Anita Abbott
MGen (Ret) Gert-Johannes Hagemann
Major Sergeant (Re) Anthony Spadaro

Speakers:
Dr Vira Raysiborynska
Professor Sascha Dov-Bachmann
TBA


Seminar and Panel discussions, APSI COE

Discussions on Women and Security issues in the Asia-Pacific region
Date: July 2021 (Date TBA)
Venue: TBA

Free for members

Membership Enquiry: publicdiplomacy@apsisummit.com

Research Symposium, APSI COE

Crisis Management and Emergency Preparedness
Date: TBA
Venue: TBA

Keynote Speakers:
Dr Barnaby Pace
His Excellency Dr Jesus Domingo

Seminar, APSI COE

Cultural Diplomacy and Cooperation with International Organisations

Date: TBA
Venue: TBA

Membership Enquiry: publicdiplomacy@apsisummit.com


Working Group Series, APSI Forum

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

9am-10am      
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
COPTHORNE HOTEL AND RESORT QUEENSTOWN LAKEVIEW
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
Speaker:
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
Speakers: 
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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