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April 12, 2013

How New Zealand can help prevent Korean war

New Zealand’s traditional paradigm of military alignments and war-fighting with its roots in its colonial Anglo Saxon past does not provide the map Prime Minister John Key needs to address the Korean crisis constructively. His predecessor Helen Clarke’s nuclear-free diplomacy did. John Key's Foreign Minister McCully seems to understand what is needed.
January 14, 2013

Sister Cities as Asian Century Brokers

The sister-city debate needs to move beyond just retaining or opposing the status quo, by exploring, instead, how more might be made of sister-city relationships
December 19, 2012

Platforms for doing well – and helping others to do well – in the Asian Century. Open Letter to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

To do well in the new Asian Century - and help others to do well - New Zealand could …
November 15, 2012

An open Letter to Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia

What if Australia’s Asia-connected schools were nestled in local communities and cities that were also well connected? Well connected, that is, both internally via social media, and internationally as hubs between Asian, US, and developing nation cities?
November 10, 2012

Local-global connection-building for futures that work

This blog has sought to demonstrate how diversities in a country like New Zealand can connect creatively from the grass roots to much more effectively address economic, ecological and other issues facing villages, nations and the wider world.
November 7, 2012

Local-global connection-building to get through a global economic crisis

Countries previously considered prosperous find themselves mired in debt they cannot repay. The Antipodean Village Blogger argues that understanding some of the basic causes of this problem should help with the identification of realistic proposals to deal with it. The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Australian strategy for the Asian Century is seen as an instructive example of such proposals.
October 7, 2012

New Zealand relations with US & China: Ally, Wiggler, or Constructive Broker?

The greatest value of the visit by United States’ Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta may to be to sharpen New Zealand’s appreciation of the need for coherent and constructive Asia-Pacific policy-making
August 24, 2012

Neutral venue for safe secure data services?

John Key showed exceptional skill and expertise in managing international data flows to make his substantial fortune. Can he now help New Zealand do well, and position it to help others to do well, from the management of such flows?
June 13, 2012

From the Promise of the Enlightenment to the Promise the Arab Spring?

“I see the core challenge as being similar in both the Middle East and in the West. That is, to clarify and implement more genuinely democratic forms of participation from local levels upwards and to create relations based on mutual respect.”
May 5, 2012

Could Wellington become an Antipodean Diplomatic Village?

Could New Zealand and Turkey build on their historically-grounded ANZAC relationship to help prevent (potentially nuclear) war breaking out in the present? Could they begin conversations in antipodean Wellington?
April 8, 2012

China, the United States, Australia, New Zealand & Huawei

Feeling continually pressured to make choices between rival giants looks like a no win path for a small country
March 11, 2012

New Iran talks – this time with some antipodean assistance?

BBC correspondent James Reynolds says Iran nuclear issue talks in Geneva in 2010, and Istanbul in January 2011 “were essentially parallel monologues.” Could antipodean New Zealand offer some low-key but effective communication-building?