Members are free to participate in working groups and research symposium/colloquium
Registration fees for non-members are for venue hire, morning and afternoon teas, and lunches

For membership enquiries, contact: publicdiplomacy@apsisummit.com

Working Group Series, APSI Forum

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

Date: 28th of January 2021
Venue: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace, Wellington (TBA)

For members and invited guests only

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

10am-10.15am: Morning tea break

10.15am-11.15am: China's nuclear approach in Iran 
Speaker:  TBA

11.15am-12.15pm: Asia and the Iran–Saudi Arabia proxy conflict
Speakers: TBA

12.15-1pm: Lunch break

1pm-3pm Iran nuclear deal and the future of US-India counter terrorism 
Speaker: TBA

3pm-3.10pm: Afternoon tea break

3.10pm- 4.30pm: NPT and Non NPT states: India, Pakistan, and Israel
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 (TBA)

4.30pm: Concluding Remarks 

Distinguished guests:
Ambassadors and MPs

Seminar and Panel Discussions, APSI Center of Excellence (COE)

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

Date: February 2021 (Date TBA)
Venue: Novotel Hotel, Wellington (TBC)
Registration:
Free for members
$ 80 (virtual)
$ 120 (attendance at the venue. Morning tea, afternoon tea, and lunch are included)

Working Group, APSI Forum

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

Date: May, 2021  (Date TBA)
Venue: Novotel Hotel, Wellington

For members and invited guests only

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


Research Colloquium, APSI Center of Excellence (COE)

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

Registration: 
Free for members

Registration: 
$ 80 (virtual)
$ 120 (attendance at the venue. Morning tea, afternoon tea, and lunch are included)

Membership Enquiry: publicdiplomacy@apsisummit.com

Working Group Series, APSI Forum

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

Date: June 2021 (Date TBA)
Venue: Novotel Hotel, 133 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington  (TBC)

For members and invited guests only

Facilitators:

Dr Anita Abbott, APSI Forum
MGen (Ret) Gert-Johannes Hagemann, APSI Forum
Sergeant Major (Ret) Anthony Spadaro, APSI Forum

Seminar and Panel discussions, APSI COE

Discussions on Women and Security issues in the Asia-Pacific region
Date: July 2021 (Date TBA)
Venue: Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North, New Zealand (TBC)

Free for members. 

Research Symposium, APSI COE

Crisis Management and Emergency Preparedness
Date: TBA
Venue: Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North, New Zealand (TBC)
Registration: 
$ 80 (virtual)
$ 120 (attendance at the venue. Morning tea, afternoon tea, and lunch are included)


Seminar, APSI COE

Cultural Diplomacy and Cooperation with International Organisations

Date: TBA
Venue: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace, Wellington (TBA)

Registration: 
$ 80 (virtual)
$ 120 (attendance at the venue. Morning tea, afternoon tea, and lunch are included)


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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