Monday, July 13, 2020

Foreign Affairs

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...

OUR NEW FOREIGN POLICY TOOL — TV PROGRAMMES

The Government hopes that its new Pacific TV service will help to counter growing super power rivalry in the region. The Ambassador to the Pacific...

SUBTLE CHANGES TO US NAVY VISITS CRITERIA

Prime Minister John Key appears to have subtly changed the criteria which the Prime Ministers must use before they admit potentially nuclear armed naval...

WHAT IS THE SIS UP TO?

The Government’s intelligence agency inspector has revealed problems involving the Security Intelligence Service and its work in co-operation with other agencies. The revelations are contained...

NZ ARMY OFFICERS TO TRAIN IN CHINA

New Zealand military personnel have begun training with their Chinese counterparts --- part of a growing relationship between the huge People’s Liberation Army and...

CABINET UNDER PRESSURE TODAY TO TAKE SYRIAN REFUGEES

Cabinet will discuss the Syrian refugee crisis today but it is by no means clear whether New Zealand will take any or if they...

NEW ZEALAND'S LOW KEY DIPLOMATIC TRIUMPH

It may be our most low key diplomatic triumph. But as Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee heard yesterday New Zealand has already had a disproportionate...

THE RETURN OF THE DIPLOMATS

It’s one of the ironies of this Government that an administration which sought to purge the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and make...

NZ NEEDS CHINA AND THE US TO DO A DEAL

  A top expert on the US- China relationship says New Zealand and Australia do not want to have to choose between the two countries. Hugh...

KIWI SPOOK COMES IN FROM THE COLD

  One of New Zealand’s top intelligence analysts came in from the cold over the weekend and debated intelligence policy with academics at the Otago...

NZ READY TO LEAD MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS

New Zealand takes up the Chair of the Security Council next week and Mr McCully is nothing if not ambitious for New Zealand’s term It...

TPP GREEN LIGHT: NEGOTIATIONS COULD BE OVER IN TWO MONTHS

  It looks like a green light at last for the Trans Pacific Partnership which could well be law by the end of the year. Both...

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