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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 […]
July 17, 2017

Korean Nuclear Standoff in the Context of International Rivalries – How Nuclear-Free New Zealand Could Help Out

By John Gallagher (with input also by Dennis Small)   Prefaratory note, 17-7-17 This blog describes the ongoing Korean crisis in the context of fraught wider […]
March 3, 2016

North Korean Nuclear Tests – NZ Peace Foundation Letter to the NZ Foreign Minister

... any condemnatory or punitive actions against North Korea should be accompanied by constructive actions to reduce hostilities, build peace and lower the role of nuclear weapons within the region.
May 18, 2015

From the 2016 New Zealand Defence White Paper to a New Wellington Declaration?

New Zealand’s military re-alignment with the United States opens us to expectations that we would support the United States should major disputes or armed conflict build up between it and China (our biggest trading partner).
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
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?
December 10, 2009

John Key, Barack Obama, Afghanistan & the Pacific Way

I thought that maybe New Zealand Prime Minster John Key might try and connect with United States President Barak Obama through their common links to the Polynesian world.
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?