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53rd Otago Foreign Policy School - Asia-Pacific Diplomacy in Transition: Ideas, Issues, and Institutions


Programme (pdf)

Friday 29 June

4:00pm Registration

5:40pm Opening of the School

5:40pm Mihi whakatau: Mr Mark Brunton, Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha (Kaitakawaenga Rangahau Māori, Facilitator Research Māori, University of Otago)

5:50pm Mr David Cull, Mayor of Dunedin

6:00pm Professor Vernon Squire, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Otago

6:10pm Rt Hon Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Acting Prime Minister

7:10pm Cocktail Function

Saturday 30 June

8:55am Welcome and announcements (Co-Directors)

9:00am Professor Evelyn Goh
Australian National University
“The Asia-Pacific in Transition: Globalization and the Economic-Security Nexus””


10:30am Dr Kurt Campbell
The Asia Group, Washington D.C.
“America`s Rebalancing towards the Asia-Pacific in Retrospect and Prospect”

11:15am Professor Li Minjiang
Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore
“Sub-national Governments in China’s Neighbourhood Diplomacy”

12:00pm LUNCH

1:00pm Professor Ian Hall
Griffith University, Brisbane
"From Panchsheel to Panchamrit? Narendra Modi and the Reinvention of Indian Foreign Policy"

1:45pm Ms Barbara Dreaver
TVNZ Pacific Correspondent
“Geo-politics, security and human rights issues in the Pacific – the challenges of journalism in a rapidly evolving region”

2:30pm Professor Aurora de Dios
Miriam College, Quezon City
“The Politics of Exclusion: Gender, Misogyny and Authoritarianism”


3:45pm Professor David Welch
University of Waterloo
“Empathy, threat perception, and negotiation: the cases of North Korea and the South China Sea”

4:30pm Roundtable One: MFAT`s 75th Anniversary Reflections on Asia-Pacific

Ms Alison Mann, Divisional Manager, Asia Regional Division
Ms Stephanie Lee, Special Adviser on Climate Change
Ms Si`alei van Toor, Acting Divisional Manager, APEC Policy Division
Mr James Waite, Acting Unit Manager, Americas Division

5:30pm End of DAY ONE

Sunday 1 July

8:00am Welcome and announcements (Co-Directors)

8:10am Professor Patrick Köllner
Vice President, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg
“Understanding the Development and Roles of Foreign Affairs Think Tanks in the Asia-Pacific”

9:00am Dr Alan Bollard
Executive Director, APEC Secretariat, Singapore
“Economic Diplomacy and Diplomatic Economists in the Asia-Pacific”

9:45am Ms Elaine Tan
Executive Director, ASEAN Foundation, Jakarta
“New Diplomatic Challenges Facing ASEAN”


11:00am Professor Dingli Shen
Fudan University, China
"Diplomacy to Denuclearize the DPRK"

11:45am Associate Professor Takako Hikotani
Columbia University, Washington D.C.
“`Value Diplomacy` in Japan: window dressing, or substantial change?”

12:30pm LUNCH

1:30pm RoundtableTwo: The Challenge of Institutional Adaptation for Foreign Ministries

Discussant: Dr Simon Draper, Executive Director, Asia New Zealand Foundation

Ms Anna Naupa, UN ESCAP, Fiji
Mr Kazuhiro Nakai, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan
Mr Youngwan Kim, Deputy Director-General of the Office of Planning and Coordination, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seoul
Dr Timo Bauer-Savage, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Germany
Mr Andrew Cumpston, Deputy Head of Mission, Australian High Commission
Mr Demian Smith, Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs, US Embassy

2:45pm Mr Vangelis Vitalis
Trade and Economic Deputy Secretary, MFAT
“New Zealand Trade Policy in turbulent times”


4:00pm Dr Simon Draper
Executive Director, Asia New Zealand Foundation
“Navigating the New Normal: How New Zealand is managing the shifting dynamics in Asia”

4:45pm MFAT Representatives` reflections

4:55pm Closing remarks from Co-Directors

5:00pm End of School