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
September 1, 2012

The missing conversations

We could start by reducing time and energy focused on we don’t want and focus instead on what we do want. If enough of us do this, then media and politicians will take an interest and follow.
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.”
June 12, 2012

Students’ questions arising from lecture “The good life in reflexive communities: Aristotle & Lash”

Questions my students asked: Isn’t a world of good lives in reflexive communities too utopian?.. how does what you are saying...what do you mean by...do you have examples of...?
May 28, 2012

Lecture on the good life in the reflexive community: Aristotle & Lash

Instead of looking to science to stop our world from ending, we need to look at ourselves and learn to imagine and create a new world… Slavoj Zizek
May 15, 2012

Structure for public participation: learning from what works

One lesson learnt was the unstoppable value of people power, armed with knowledge and purpose. Don and Rose Craig
May 10, 2012

Tribute to Larry Ross (1927-2012) – From a nuclear-free New Zealand to a nuclear-free world

Larry created a structure that “reached and motivated ordinary grassroots people around the country to feel they could do something and to act together.” Jenny Lineham
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?
March 8, 2012

“It takes a village to raise a child” – OK, but where’s the village?

… calls are made for village, or community to look after all kinds of vulnerable people. Unfortunately little is said about the kind of village that could do this and do it well