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Pacific Security Dynamics

Tuesday 31st August to Friday 3rd September 


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 the Antarctic 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, a concluding tabletop exercise and reflection on applying the learning back in the workplace. 

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

Key topics covered include:

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

• sources and factors affecting regional security and stability;

• key regional actors, their policies and relationships;

• regional flash points, such as the Korean Peninsula and South China Sea;

• security-trade-development nexus;

• transnational crime, climate change and resourse security.


Learning outcomes:

• gain comprehensive knowledge of complex regional security challenges and strategic trends;

• develop New Zealand responses to these challenges and trends.


The course will commence at 1300 on Tuesday 31st August and will finish 1300 on Friday 3rd September. 

The program will be fully catered, including an evening networking event on Tuesday 31st August.



Claire Grant

04 801 5799 ext 63597

Lead Academic Presenters and Facilitators

Also presentations by senior diplomatic, New Zealand government, business and civil society representatives

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 2021


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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