The Foundation leads New Zealand’s track II diplomacy efforts in Asia. We regularly head New Zealand delegations to talk with leading think tanks, universities and counterpart organisations in Asia about the major political, economic and strategic issues facing the region. We also host dialogues in New Zealand, as well as roundtable discussions on major events in the region, including elections.
What is track II?
Track II diplomacy is another term for “unofficial” diplomacy. While track I diplomacy is held between governments, track II diplomacy typically involves people from outside government.
Track II diplomacy offers participants more freedom to discuss topics and issues that may be too controversial for discussion at government level. Because the focus of track II diplomacy is dialogue, not negotiation, participants can be more frank in what they say.
Participants in our dialogues include academics, retired diplomats and journalists. Government officials may also take part in an unofficial capacity. Members of our Leadership Network also take part.
Track II publications
Which organisations do we hold track II talks with?
The Foundation is currently linked with think tanks in seven countries. We also take part in track II dialogues run by other organisations, including the IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore and the ASEAN-ISIS Asia Pacific Roundtable in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
We also take part in track II dialogues run by other organisations. These include:
- IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore
- ASEAN-ISIS Asia Pacific Roundtable in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
How are delegates selected for track II dialogues?
We select track II delegates from a pool of New Zealanders who have skills, experience and expertise in Asia. This group include academics, retired diplomats, journalists, and sometimes government officials (acting in an unofficial capacity).