September 20, 2018

An International Brokering Platform For A “Wellington Diplomatic Village”

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern By the Antipodean Blogger (Photo source: Wairarapa Times Age) Dear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Very shortly you will […]
February 18, 2012

Neutral communication brokering between Asia-Pacific elephants

“The very fact of New Zealand being an anglophile outpost in Asia-Pacific makes it possible to search for strategies of niche diplomacy…. as interlocutors between Asia-Pacific and the West.” Ramesh Thakur, 1992
December 31, 2011

From US-Iran problems to a new, local-global solutions paradigm

New Zealand diplomats with nuclear-free peacemaking credentials based already in Tehran, Washington, London, and Europe could right now begin...
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
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.