October 1, 2010

Local and global village security: Iran-United States dialogue (2)

If the United States and Iran want talks, will they act as if they do? To see what’s at stake, look at Iraq. Could New Zealand help with nuclear-free diplomacy?
October 1, 2010

Muddling into world war 3, or helping to prevent it?

Scenario 1: United States-Chinese crisis, nuclear redeployment and ships in New Zealand waters/ports… Scenario 2: neutral peace-broking and neutral zone of peace
September 28, 2010

Economic and geo-strategic ruin or coherent communications framework?

Economically, New Zealand's accumulated deficit is $180B and rising. Diplomatically/militarily, does it accept either Chinese or United States naval visits, or both? Or none? Is there a framework for resolving such problems?
September 23, 2010

Local and global village security: Iran-United States dialogue

A simple phone call might start talks on Iran’s nuclear program. Could non-threatening nuclear-free NZ check this out?
August 11, 2010

Global economy – noticing there’s an elephant in the room

I’m hopeful that increasing awareness of the global economic crisis will stimulate an appreciation of the nature of the challenges. I see this awareness as a necessary prerequisite for effective transition to a more sustainable future.
August 10, 2010

Framing coherent, flourishing community, economic and foreign policy

Successful small countries that offer some cues are Switzerland and Singapore. In their own ways, they have each turned their small size to positive account.
August 4, 2010

Ladder Awards: Geoffrey Palmer & John Key re UN Gaza Inquiry

With Geoffrey Palmer's appointment to head a UN inquiry re the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, New Zealand's even-handed Middle East policy becomes something more than sitting evenly on both hands
July 21, 2010

From an Iranian nuclear standoff to a nuclear free world

World leader and villager roles to make diplomacy work – an update
May 30, 2010

Towards a peaceful or unpeaceful world? Supporting US-Iran liaison

Sanctions against Iraq led to terrible strife and wrecking of the country. Everything must be done to prevent this sort of thing happening to another country. Already an arc of disorder and strife stretches from Pakistan across to Somalia.
May 18, 2010

Iran accepts settlement brokered by Turkey & Brazil

“It appears that a nuclear-exchange deal with Iran is finally in the making. This raises the positive prospect of reduced tensions in the region and allays the threat of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities that would have had seriously negative global repercussions.” Turkish Harryet Daily News 17 May, 2010
May 16, 2010

“Severe Global Recessions” & village networking for resilience

“…the world is in for more turbulent times than it has been accustomed to…” “…new thinking might be in order not only at national and international levels, but also at local ones…”
May 13, 2010

Turkey & Brazil mediating over Iran’s Nuclear Programme

Turkish mediation efforts over the Iranian nuclear development programme referred to in the Village-Connections Soap Box blog "From Old Enmities to Collaborative Peacemaking?" are bearing some fruit.