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Pacific Security Dynamics

Monday 16th to Thursday 19th November 


Massey University Wellington, Wallace St, Mount Cook Wellington New Zealand

This four day course delivers an in-depth and interactive study of comprehensive security challenges and cooperation opportunities in the vast Pacific region which stretches from Antarctica in the south to the Bering Strait in the north.

The course includes presentations by prominent experts from academia and the public/private sector, daily small group deliberations and a concluding tabletop exercise.

Topics will also cover the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on security and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Key topics covered include:

• the implications of the New Zealand Government’s policy “reset” towards the Pacific Islands

• shifts within regional geopolitics and major power competition

• the Korean Peninsula and South China Sea

• non-traditional security threats, such as climate change and cyber security

• the security-trade-development nexus

• regional security cooperation mechanism


Learning outcomes:

• Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of complex regional security challenges and strategic trends

• Participants will assess the current New Zealand responses to regional security challenges and consider alternative multi-stakeholder collaborative arrangements.


The course will commence at 1300 on Monday 16th November and will finish 1300 on Thursday 19th November. 

The program will be fully catered, including an evening networking event on Monday 16th November.


Claire Grant

04 801 5799 ext 63597

Lead Academic Presenters and Facilitators

(Also included are talks by representatives of senior government, business and civil society)

Professor Rouben Azizian

Professor Rouben Azizian came to CDSS after spending 13 years at the US Defense Department's... More

Dr Anna Powles

Dr Anna Powles's research and teaching expertise is in the geopolitics of the Pacific/Oceania... More

Dr Germana Nicklin

Dr Germana Nicklin has had over 30 years experience in the public sector and brings a wealth of... More



  • Pacific Security Dynamics 2020


Event Location



Massey University Wellington
Wallace Street
Mount Cook
New Zealand 6021

Event Organiser

Claire Grant
0800 627 739 ext. 63597

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