Is New Zealand prepared for the 'Indo-Pacific' Era? Event as iCalendar

(New Zealand Asia Institute)

21 February 2019

4 - 5pm

Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Case Room 4, Level 0, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland, 1010

The Southeast Asia Centre of Asia Pacific Excellence (SEA CAPE), and the New Zealand Asia Institute are pleased to invite you to a seminar by Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak, followed by refreshments.

He will explore a range of issues and developments since his last visit to New Zealand, including assessing if the ‘Asia-Pacific’ geographic frame has now been surpassed by the ‘Indo-Pacific’, and what that might mean for geopolitics and economics in the region.

The Asia-Pacific - with the hyphen - has harnessed and underpinned regional peace and prosperity for decades. From the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, intra-regional trade, investment and economic development have expanded steadily to the collective benefit of all regional economies. This interlocking framework for prosperity was accompanied by security cooperation and coordination from the ASEAN Regional Forum and the East Asia Summit to the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus.

Few countries in the Asia-Pacific have benefited as much as New Zealand, whose trade-led and trade-dependence have benefited from its geographic proximity to Asia. Asia's rise has brought New Zealand along on its coattails of growth and development, but signs of things to come bode ill. The United States-China 'trade war' and steady erosion of the rules-based order that has served the Asia-Pacific so well for seven decades pose unprecedented risks, exacerbated by the rise of the 'Indo-Pacific' as an ordering regional framework. Is New Zealand ready in the event the Asia-Pacific is eclipsed by the Indo-Pacific, with the likely consequences such a profound shift would entail? This public seminar aims to examine the different ways the Indo-Pacific might be viewed and how it impinges on New Zealand.

Dr Pongsudhirak is an internationally regarded political analyst and commentator who writes, speaks and facilitates discussion on Thailand’s politics, political economy and foreign policy, as well as ASEAN security and economic cooperation. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and commentator in international media where he writes regular opinion columns.

For more information about this event please email Dinah Towle or phone 09 923 1636.

Please register for this seminar - we hope to see you there.

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