Next Gen Roundtable: Track II Simulation

Can New Zealand maintain an Independent and Values-based Foreign Policy?

The China Studies Centre and Asia New Zealand Foundation invite tertiary students to submit an Expression of Interest to attend an upcoming Track II simulation. The purpose of this dialogue is to help build confidence for engaging in Track II roundtable discussion. The discussion does not set out to articulate any official positioning on any particular matter but serves to shine a light on different approaches towards international engagement.

Under Chatham House rule, discussants will have the opportunity to express their views in a free and frank environment – and help grow our shared understanding of the issues at hand and explore possible responses.

The roundtable explores how New Zealand foreign policy is evolving to respond to external affairs and geo-political trends. What is ‘top-of mind’ when it comes to managing New Zealand’s international engagements across Asia and the Indo-Pacific? What are the challenges and implications for New Zealand in pursuing an independent and values-based foreign policy in a world where concepts such as sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-interference are non-negotiable issues amongst the major powers? When and should New Zealand intervene on the ‘internal’ issues of another country – especially if it impacts the values and principles that New Zealand embraces? On what issues should New Zealand make a stand on, e.g. R2P?

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021

Time: 1:30-3:30pm

Venue: Room 307, Level 3, Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland Business School


1:30pm Welcome and Introductions: Dr. James To, Senior Adviser (Research and Engagement), Asia New Zealand Foundation

1:45pm Useful terms/acronyms to socialise and discuss: James To and Jordan King, Senior Adviser (Research), ANZF

2:15pm NextGen Roundtable
Moderator: Dr. James To
Lead Discussants: Mr Adriaan Barnard, MFAT and Dr Stephen Noakes (5 mins each)
Student (4-5 mins)
Student (4-5 mins)
Q&A: 60 mins

3:25pm Wrap Up and Concluding Remarks

3:30pm Event concludes


Limited places!

We have 25 places available for this roundtable. To apply, please send a half page Expression of Interest outlining your interest in or knowledge of the topic to Dr Steve Noakes at

This event is for tertiary students only.

You will be advised if you have a place or otherwise by 30 September 2021.