Sunday, February 28, 2021

Foreign Affairs

NZ at centre of Syrian crisis but powerless to do anything

New Zealand yesterday found itself at the centre of an international crisis yesterday but was powerless to do anything. And as a consequence the Prime...

New Zealand takes on the super powers at the UN

Though Helen Clark’s campaign to become UN Secretary General looks to have stalled, New Zealand’s bigger mission in New York, to make something of...

Beijing summons NZ diplomats to late night meeting over South China Sea

New Zealand diplomats in Beijing were last month summonsed into the Chinese Foreign Ministry at 9.00 p.m. to hear China’s  complaints about New Zealand’s...

Brownlee manoeuvres the Navy around Treasury and the Americans

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee yesterday confirmed that the Cabinet had approved the purchase of a $493 million ice-strengthened tanker for the Navy. The announcement coming...

Chinese puzzle

The Government's sensitivity over the relationship with China was  evident yesterday as Ministers retreated into no comments over allegations that China was threatening trade...

Navy gets new tanker but does it need more. Simon Murdoch thinks it might.

One of the country’s most eminent former public servants is questioning some aspects of the recent Defence White paper and wondering whether the document...

The EU – UK breakup: How McCully plans to win

New Zealand is talking about an all-out diplomatic assault on Europe and Britain as the country tries to extricate itself from the European Union. Ministry...

NZ in new UN move

Foreign Minister Murray McCully heads off to the UN Security Council today with a new New Zealand initiative. Mr McCully says New Zealand is making...

The Iranian Foreign Minister's visit – missiles and mutton

New Zealand’s seat on the Security Council is beginning to pay tangible dividends on the trade front. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif included a...

Key tells Aussies we are not part of ANZUS

Prime Minister John Key is challenging Australia’s attempt to redefine the Australia-New Zealand defence arrangement as being a part of ANZUS. Mr Key’s comments at...

AUSTRALIA SAYS WE'RE STILL PART OF ANZUS

The Defence White Paper which was intended to be published before the end of last year is now expected to be published by the...

TOP MFAT OFFICIAL CHALLENGES LABOUR OVER TPP

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has taken its gloves off in defending the TPP and come out swinging against two economic studies...

IS IT TIME TO EXTEND OUR MILITARY MISSION IN IRAQ

New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the country will not make any immediate changes to its deployment of trainers to assist the Iraqi...

PARIS — THE POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS

Events such as those which happened over the weekend in Paris have a tendency to impact domestic political agendas. In 2001 in the wake of...

PARIS – WHAT IT MEANS FOR US

(Jim Rolfe is a former army officer and  Director of Victoria University of Wellington's Centre for Strategic Studies. He is currently working as a...

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