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What exactly is Track II

Event Details


Thu 26 Jul 2018


05.30pm until 07.00pm


Asia New Zealand Foundation Level 16, Fujitsu Tower 141 The Terrace



Asia After Five is a social networking event hosted by the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Mix and mingle over drinks and nibbles, hear stories from inspiring individuals and get a taste of the many strands of the New Zealand-Asia relationship.

Our next Asia After Five on Thursday July 26 2018 will feature Abbas Nazari and Sarah Pereira – speaking to the theme of Track II diplomacy, and how that experience has bolstered their interest and engagement with Asia in their work, career, and outlook for the future.

“What exactly is Track II?”

As the primary facilitator of New Zealand’s think-tank engagement with Asia, the Asia New Zealand Foundation leads a series of high-level Track II delegations each year to build upon the growing connections between New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.

Track II or informal diplomacy is a free and frank discussion with dialogue partners and involves sharing of perspectives on political, security, trade and economic issues. The range of discussions with experts, commentators and officials reveal new insights, nuances and understandings for progressing our regional and bilateral relationships.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is growing this programme to inspire a new generation of policy makers, academics and analysts to #ThinkAsia as part of their career development, and to highlight pathways and opportunities ahead.

Abbas Nazari works at Treasury, where he oversees investment in the tertiary education system. Some recent of his projects include the rollout of fees-free tertiary study and the rebuild of Canterbury University following the 2011 earthquake. Abbas has been a member of the Foundation’s Leadership Network since 2017, through which he maintains and grows his interest in international relations and business. Abbas has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and Southeast Asia and was part of the Foundation’s Track II delegation to Delhi, India.

Sarah Pereira works as an analyst in International Policy and Strategic Analysis at the Ministry for Primary Industries. She has previously interned at the New Zealand Parliament and at the United States Congress. Sarah has a Masters in Strategic Studies from Victoria University, with her thesis focusing on great power competition in the Asia-Pacific – especially the challenges the rise of China poses for the status quo world order. Sarah was a delegate with the Foundation’s Track II delegation to Hanoi, Vietnam.

We are happy for you to invite a colleague or friend to the event. For catering purposes, please ensure they are registered.

Please note that you will need to enter Fujitsu Tower before 6pm as doors close after that time.

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