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 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.
May 9, 2010

Israeli Embassy Reopened in Wellington – Opportunities for Conversations?

There are opportunities with Mr Tzur being here for New Zealand to open up more direct channels of communication to help understand the issues and to help progress Middle East peacemaking.
April 28, 2010

Turkey & New Zealand – From World War One Antagonists to Peacemaking Partners? (Part 1, 2010)

There was, and remains, an opportunity to forge a new kind of partnership for peace with the Turkey that New Zealand fought against in world war one.
April 22, 2010

Local nuclear-free zone campaigns supported nationally from a campaigner’s house

Now President Obama himself wants New Zealand to step up to take an active role in helping to improve global nuclear security. Larry Ross had often said that the best way for New Zealand to be a true friend to the United States was not to follow it down confrontational pathways that pointed towards nuclear extinction. It made more sense, rather, to ….
April 16, 2010

President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit, & NZ Villagers

President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit where NZ Prime Minister John Key "rides high on nuclear-free NZ". It is of course wonderful indeed that a national leader can now so step on to the world stage to have laid on him a mantle woven by ordinary people acting very locally in his country 3 and 4 decades ago.
October 10, 2009

Welcome, Mr US Ambassador David Huebner – open letter by John Gallagher

"To the extent that there is great cultural-cum-demographic diversity in Asia and New Zealanders are not Asians, we can be equidistant from the regional fault-lines and can help in the safer management of these fault-lines." (Ramesh Thakur - Time to Befriend the Asian Tigers). How might New Zealand start to get into this kind of work?
February 4, 2009

First, Winston Peters and North Korea – now, Murray McCully and Iran?

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?
January 23, 2009

Jobs need much more than a Job Summit (part two)

John Gallagher continues his blog on life after the February 2009 New Zealand Jobs Summit. This time he looks at how wider vision in this information age can keep pragmatism working for jobs and for much else besides.