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 22, 2009

Jobs need more than a Job Summit (part one)

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key intends his Summit on Employment to be a “'do-fest,' non 'talk-fest' affair." OK, but clarity is needed as to what such a conference can achieve and what it will leave still to be done. New Zealand’s history since 1973 illustrates how without vision, short-term “pragmatism” can become very “unpragmatic"