Our dialogues

The Asia New Zealand Foundation organises track II (informal diplomacy) dialogues between New Zealand and individual countries or groups of countries. We also participate in dialogues run by other organisations working in the track II field.

Information about our track II work with various nations, and reports from recent dialogues, can be found below.


We have held talks with the Chinese People's Institute for Foreign Affairs, the Shanghai Institute for International Studies and China Institute of Contemporary International relations since 2008.


In a new initiative, the Asia New Zealand Foundation partnered with the Habibie Center of Jakarta to bring together 15 young people from New Zealand and 15 from Indonesia to discuss strategies for strengthening links between the two countries. 


Talks are held regularly with the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

Other dialogues


The Asia New Zealand Foundion Leadership Network member Scott Pearse-Smith reports on the 2014 NZ-India Track II dialogues held in Delhi.

In a new initiative, the Asia New Zealand Foundation brought together academic and government experts for a roundtable discussion to look at India in 2014.

This annual dialogue with India's Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses began in 2009.


A dialogue with the Myanmar Institute of Science and Institute of Strategic and International Studies was set up in 2012.

South China Sea

The International Workshop on the South China Sea is an annual event organised by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and the Vietnam Lawyers' Association.

South Korea

A relationship with the Asan Institute for Policy Studies was set up in 2012. 

Southeast Asia

The Asia New Zealand Foundation joins Asialink (Australia) and the ASEAN member nations for this dialogue, which began in 2008.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies website (IISS) Asia Security Summit, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, is the foremost annual forum for defence and security issues in the wider Asia-Pacific region.


A relationship with the Prospect Foundation was set up in 2012, with the first dialogue in Taipei. The most recent dialogue was held in Wellington in April 2013.


Dialogues with the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam have been held since 2008.

Want to get involved?

If you are already actively involved in New Zealand’s track II activities, or you have the specialist background and aspiration to be involved, please let us know.

Email a copy of your CV, with your name, phone number, email address and a brief note about your current or proposed track II involvement to Andrew Butcher.

Last updated: 29 Apr 2015