Events

Seminar

Pacific Update, Suva

The Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre will host its Pacific Update with the support of KAS Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific again this year.
The multidisciplinary conference takes place from 3 to 5 July 2019 at the University of the South Pacific in Suva/Fiji.

Forum

Otago Foreign Policy School, Dunedin

KAS Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific is proud to support the University of Otago in New Zealand’s Foreign Policy School again this year.
The School provides a forum for discussion of current challenges and possible policy solutions.

Event

2. Australia-Germany 1.5 Track Cybersecurity Dialogue, Berlin and Brussels

Cybersecurity has become a priority for political leaders and discussion around these issues is important amongst value-partners and allies to ensure economic and national security for their populations. After the success of our inaugural Cybersecurity Dialogue 2018 in Canberra, this year we are bringing a delegation of Australian cybersecurity experts to Berlin and Brussels.

Discussion

SDG16 in the Pacific, Fiji

The Institute for Economics & Peace in cooperation with the KAS Australia & the Pacific office presented its most recent report on SDG16 in the Pacific, 'Strenghtening and legitimising institutions to achieve sustainable development'.

Event

Roundtable discussions with Mark Hauptmann, Member of the German Bundestag (MP) in Wellington

He will be visiting New Zealand from 15 until 18 April 2019.
Mark Hauptmann, Member of the German Bundestag (MP), was awarded a PM Fellowship by the New Zealand Government. PM Fellowships provide an opportunity for rising political leaders to visit New Zealand and to learn more about, and to intensify, the bilateral relationship between New Zealand and their home country.

Event

Political Dialogue Programme Australia and New Zealand: Tackling the New Challenges for Political Parties and Liberal Democracies in Changing Times

Dr Klaus Schueler, Federal Managing Director of the CDU Germany, and Frank Priess, Deputy Head, Department for European and International Cooperation at KAS Germany, to visit Canberra, Sydney, Wellington and Christchurch. February 2019
These are turbulent times for liberal democracies like Australia and Germany as they face similar political challenges- both internally and externally. Likewise, New Zealand is still adjusting to political changes following the change of power from the National Party to a Labour-New Zealand First-Green coalition.

Event

ASPI-KAS Cybersecurity Fellowship: Exchanging Knowledge and Enhancing Cooperation

KAS Australia and the Pacific and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute are engaging in a new joint initiative intended to enhance cooperation on analysis of current cyber security challenges (February/ March 2019)
In the wake of ongoing hacking attacks from a variety of actors, including documented state-sponsored hacking programs, cyber interference, espionage and targeted data/intellectual property theft, many nations have taken unprecedented steps to protect their countries' critical infrastructure and push back against malicious cyber activities.

Lecture

KONRAD ADENAUER LECTURE

with Professor Sir Christopher Clark
Professor Sir Christopher Clark, Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge, will be the keynote speaker of the second Konrad Adenauer Lecture.
(c) Hartmut Voigt

Event Reports

2nd Australia-Germany Cybersecurity Dialogue, Berlin and Brussels, June 24 – 28 2019

by Katja Theodorakis

After the success of our first Australia-Germany Cybersecurity Dialogue in Canberra in 2018, for this year’s dialogue we took a group of Australian experts to Berlin and Brussels. The delegation engaged in theme-focused roundtables and bilateral meetings at relevant ministries and institutions in Berlin and Brussels to examine current challenges and how to best manage them based on multifaceted approaches and bi-lateral/multi-lateral cooperation.

Event Reports

Pacific Update, Suva

The Pacific Update, a multinational conference organised by ANU’s Development Policy Centre in cooperation with the University of the South Pacific (USP) and with the support of KAS Australia and the Pacific as well as the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), was held from 3 to 5 July 2019 at USP in Suva/Fiji.

Event Reports

Otago Foreign Policy School, Dunedin

The University of Otago, with the support of KAS Australia and the Pacific, has held its 54th Otago Foreign Policy School from 28 until 30 June 2019 in Dunedin/New Zealand.

Event Reports

Second Konrad Adenauer Lecture

by Barbara Rundel

Professor Sir Christopher Clark: “Uncertain Times. Germany, Europe and the World Order”
According to Professor Sir Christopher Clark, history should not be seen as a master, illuminating the way ahead of us, but more like an oracle: It offers us a variety of narratives, and it is only by attempting to understand and explain these stories that we deepen our understanding of today’s problems.

Event Reports

4th ASPI-KAS 1.5 Track Australia/Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue

“Shifting Frontiers: Addressing Post-Caliphate Terrorism Dynamics”
In cooperation with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), KAS Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific brought a high-level delegation of Counter-Terrorism policymakers and experts from Germany and the EU to Australia to discuss current trends, effective counter-strategies and increase cooperation regarding these developments.
Fusion Photography

Event Reports

Luncheon Discussion with German Minister of Defence

On the occasion of the visit of the German Minister of Defence, Dr Ursula von der Leyen, KAS Australia and the Pacific co-hosted a luncheon discussion in cooperation with the German Embassy.

Event Reports

Political Dialogue Programme Australian-German Relations with MP Klein

by Katja Theodorakis

mit MdB Volkmar Klein
Australia and Germany have been enjoying an increasingly close relationship. MP Volkmar Klein’s visit to Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne provided an excellent opportunity to focus on strengthening these ties further.

Event Reports

Pacific Political Party Workshop

Legal and Regulatory Frameworks for Political Parties
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji, in cooperation with the KAS Regional Programme - Australia and the Pacific, organised a workshop on Political Parties in the Pacific which took place recently in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Event Reports

Australian-German Dialogue on Asia

by Katja Theodorakis

In cooperation with the College of Asia and the Pacific at the ANU we conducted for the first time a conference to address the challenges and opportunities offered by the ever-evolving geographical, economic and strategic space of Asia.

Event Reports

Expert and Think Tank discussions in New Zealand

by Simon Aleker

Several meetings and discussions on Asia and the current challenges in the Asia-Pacific region took place with experts and Think Tanks in New Zealand from the 5th to the 7th of September.
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