Guest Blogger John Gallagher writes: universities need to mediate ultimately between two-way, local and global, knowledge flows. The better a university is able to connect from local to global, and global to local, the more effective it can become.
Guest Blogger John Gallagher writes: Where other, larger countries are willing to relate to us, it will be on their terms rather than our own. We are the only ones who can look, primarily, after our own interests and concerns, or, indeed, our very independence.
John Gallagher notes how a new way for nuclear-free New Zealand to relate well to the US is to help it to make peaceful connections. The previous Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, helped connection-building between North Korea and the US. Could Peter’s successor, Mr McCully, work with his officials to do something similar between Iran and the US?
Guest blogger John Gallagher asks how New Zealand can best relate to the wider world in the context of major changes. These include: new communications technologies, globalization, Asian migration, economic growth and dominance of places like Japan, China and India, and acute resource constraints and ecosystem pressures.
New Zealand is well respected for its nuclear free stance and its subsequent peace brokering and peace-keeping roles. Can it also develop an approach to intercultural relations based on local networking and local through to international forms of collaboration?