December 6, 2010

New Zealand should help cool Korean and United States heads

I think the right starting point is Foreign Minister McCully’s call for “cool heads” to prevent escalation....I invite him to consider how this can be translated into practice, and to examine carefully the Chinese spokesperson’s statement…
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 28, 2010

Local Place and its Co-Construction in the Global Network Society – Hazel Ashton’s concluding thesis chapter

Hazel Ashton writes: I submitted my doctoral thesis in 2008 and now, some two years later, have just re-read my conclusion. I think issues raised are still relevant and I'm hopeful that material can assist in conversations between communities, policy/decision makers and academia especially about new opportunities ...
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 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 29, 2010

Costs of modern violence at global and local levels

How sustainable is this form of modernity, beset as it is with economic and environmental crises?
July 27, 2010

Ladder Awards: effective Restorative Justice and publicity

Ladder award: St Thomas’s of Canterbury boys school for a highly effective Restorative Justice programme and to The Press for publicising it
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.