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May 18, 2015

From the 2016 New Zealand Defence White Paper to a New Wellington Declaration?

New Zealand’s military re-alignment with the United States opens us to expectations that we would support the United States should major disputes or armed conflict build up between it and China (our biggest trading partner).
November 18, 2014

Cosmopolitan Public Conversations to Support Security Council re ISIS +?

“Diplomacy always has an important role to play if you ultimately want to find long-term solutions..." (Prime Minister John Key on Security Council role). Given the formidable list of difficult issues and recent cuts to ministry staff, how can the pool of expertise be extended?
October 24, 2014

NZ as Security Council Honest Broker – With (Convivial) Diplomatic Village Support

"How did New Zealand win 145 out of 193 votes for a UN Security Council seat? How can it network to make the most of the opportunity, even to create a permanent legacy?"
October 5, 2014

Cold War 5-Eyes Node or Global Broker? – NZ after Snowden

The Five Eyes electronic network co-opts members to support NSA-spying on citizens and governments everywhere. New Zealand could do much better by everyone in a globally-networked world by….
March 15, 2014

Using technology to connect well in an interconnected world

In the last 10 years, the number of students learning the Chinese language in New Zealand universities has halved according to Massey Chinese language lecturer Rosemary Haddon. Does this matter?
February 26, 2014

Making Wellington a diplomatic village for the Asia Pacific region – and beyond?

In the light of some difficulties Australia been experiencing in relation to Indonesia and China, I was moved to write to the Australian and New Zealand prime ministers about some ways forward.
December 5, 2013

Fears China Diaoyu/Japan Senkaku Stand-off could lead to World War 3

At worst, the Diaoyu-Senkaku crisis could easily spiral into a (nuclear) World War 3 according to "highly credible" senior diplomats and military planners, including from the United States…
July 15, 2013

A Way Through Cybersecurity Thickets – Open Letter to the New Zealand Government

A way through cybersecurity controversies with the potential to first garner the support of all political parties in New Zealand, and then also international support from the United States, China, and other nations....
July 13, 2013

Fulfilling the promise of new technology unencumbered by security agendas

New Zealand is seen by otherwise friendly nations, including China and others in Latin America and Europe, to be collaborating in a network that spies extensively on them. New Zealand needs to be in a position to communicate comfortably and sustain good diplomatic and trade connections with both...
June 26, 2013

From the Edward Snowden case to a new Switzerland of the Southern Hemisphere?

United States Secretary of Defence, Chuck Hagel, just a few weeks before Snowden made his public claims about the US hacking Chinese servers, stressed how: "Cyber threats are real, they're terribly dangerous ….They're probably as insidious and real a threat (as there is) to the United States, as well as China, by the way, and every nation."
June 7, 2013

Mai Chen – Connecting Asians and Pakeha to contribute to the Asian Century

Typically in Asian cultures it is in the context of trusted relationships that business-doors are opened. Most in Aotearoa/New Zealand have not had much experience in building up relationships with Asians.
April 15, 2013

Working constructively with China, the United States and North Korea? Open Letter to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

Will New Zealand assist Korean crisis diplomacy and create a new win-win international trade model?