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Volume: 46
Number: 2
Date Published: March/April 2021
  • The dangers of vaccine nationalism

    Marçal Sanmartí discusses the medical geopolitics of the world’s Covid-19 response and the limits of multilateralism.

  • Going forward, thinking back

    Rita Ricketts reflects on the origins and consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

  • A matter of survival

    Edgardo Valdés López outlines Cuba’s foreign policy in the new world.

  • Forming a perfect symphony

    Balaji Chandramohan comments on Joe Biden’s presidency and its strategic impact in the Indo-Pacific region.

  • Freyberg’s friend Winston Churchill

    Ken Ross reviews the wartime relationship between New Zealand’s foremost soldier and the renowned British prime minister.

  • New Zealand’s trade in the pandemic era

    Damien O’Connor emphasises the central role of trade in the government’s wider work programme.


Royal visit 1977

Paul Cotton recalls his first encounter with British royalty in Samoa.


Paul Spoonley: The New New Zealand: Facing Demographic Disruption (Andrew Butcher).

Matthew Wright: Freyberg, A Life’s Journey (Ian McGibbon).

Stephan Feuchtwang (ed): Handbook on Religion in China (Anthony Smith).

John Bolton: The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir (Reuben Steff).



US Election
Volume: 46
Number: 1
Date Published: January/February 2021

·         America divided

Roberto Rabel discusses what the 2020 elections mean for foreign relations.

·         Assessing the Pacific Reset

Dr Iati Iati examines and analyses some of the key tenets of New Zealand’s approach to Pacific Islands countries.

·         East Timor in the world today

Adaljiza Magno outlines the experience of one of the world’s newest states and explains its approach to international affairs.

·         Punching above our extra-terrestrial weight

Marçal Sanmartí discusses New Zealand’s response to the new space race.

·         Debunking Freyberg’s Mexico myth

Ian McGibbon addresses a longstanding but intriguing misconception about Bernard Freyberg’s early military service.


Graham Hassall and Negar Partow (eds): A Seat at the Table: New Zealand and the United Nations Security Council 2015–2016 (W. David McIntyre).

Simon Marsden: Protecting the Third Pole: Transplanting International Law (Graeme Waters).

Jeff Sparrow: Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre (Wil Hoverd).

Alan Bollard: Economists at War, How a Handful of Economists Helped Win and Lose the World Wars (Brian Easton).


Changing direction

Sir Anand Satyanand and Melanie Thornton outline their vision for the NZIIA under the new arrangements recently approved by the National Council.



Georgia's Prospects
Volume: 45
Number: 6
Date Published: November/December 2020

·         Georgia: challenges and opportunities
 George Dolidze outlines the situation facing and aspirations of a small
 state on the edge of Europe.

·         The Galwan valley clash: another perspective
 Sagarika Dutt analyses the recent conflict on the China–India border.

·         Unwelcome foreign acquisitions
 Stefano Riela discusses the case of personal protective equipment amid
 the Covid-19 crisis.

·         3D printing and geopolitics 
 Marçal Sanmartí suggests that a revolutionary new manufacturing
 technology could have profound impact on international relations in

·         Waging hybrid warfare 
 Balaji Chandramohan suggests that increasing use of unconventional
 methods is changing the character of warfare and the nature of strategy.

·         Times they are a-changin’ for trade 
 David Parker comments on Trade for All and the state of international


Apia 1975–77

Former diplomat Paul Cotton recalls his service as high commissioner in Western Samoa.


Brian Easton: Not in Narrow Seas: The Economic History of Aotearoa New Zealand (Gerald McGhie).

Andrei Martyanov: Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning (Hugh Steadman).

Andrei Martyanov: The (Real) Revolution in Military Affairs (Hugh Steadman).

Philippe Peycam, Shu-Li Wang, Hui Yew-Foong and Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao (eds): Heritage as Aid and Diplomacy in Asia (Stephen Hoadley).

Lucyna Czechowska, Andriy Tyushka, Agata Domachowska, Karolina Gawron-Tabor and Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska (eds): States, International Organizations and Strategic Partnerships (Roberto Rabel).



Volume: 45
Number: 5
Date Published: September/October 2020
  • The Coming of the Chinese dilemma
    Gerald Hensley discusses the challenges facing New Zealand in dealing with the developing situation in East Asia
  • The recent deadly India–China border clash
    Ashok Sharma suggests that the June incident in the Galwan Valley, by exposing China’s geopolitical intent, has shattered India’s illusions about China
  • Instability in Central Asia
    Dmitry Shlapentokh discusses the implications of last year’s prison revolt in Tajikistan
  • Russia and Poland — the long sweep of history
    Malcolm McKinnon reviews Russo-Polish relations and expresses the hope for a fruitful and enduring rapprochement in future
  • We are all in this together
    Ron Mark reflects on his time as minister and discusses New Zealand’s role as a contributor to regional and collective security
  • Wake up alarms in security
    Hugh Steadman suggests grounds for a new antipodean defence policy
  • A white mammoth in the room?
    Marçal Sanmartí argues that the emergence of a space economy has the potential to cause geopolitical disruption. 

The Battle of Stalingrad – Gerald McGhie reflects on a famous novel about one of the defining struggles of the Second World War
Helen Clark: Women, Equality, Power: Selected Speeches from a Life of Leadership (Negar Partow)
Roger Faligot: Chinese Spies from Chairman Mao to Xi Jinping (Stephen Hoadley)
Max Hastings: Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943 (Bryan Couchman)

Small State Diplomacy
Volume: 45
Number: 4
Date Published: July/August 2020
  • Introducing small state diplomatic initiatives

    Roderic Alley suggests that most states must maximise opportunities available within a properly functioning, rules-based multilateral order.

  • Liechtenstein and the crime of aggression

    Sina Alavi and Diana Barnes outline a small state’s mission to complete the legacy of Nuremberg.

  • A sheep in wolf’s clothing?

    Karen Devine reviews nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament strategy in Irish foreign policy.

  • Advancing national interests through international norms: the case of Costa Rica

    Ludovico Feoli comments on a small Central American state’s approach to maximising its international diplomatic projection.

  • Small islands states’ diplomatic strategic partnerships in climate negotiations

    George Carter examines the efforts of small Pacific states to lessen their vulnerability to global climatic dynamics.

  • Colombia’s ‘African descent’ initiative at the United Nations

    Diana Panke and Julia Gurol discuss a small state effort in a multilateral arena.


Anna Fifield: The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un (Paul Sinclair).

Bob Westhoff: Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opiod Epidemic (John Battersby).

Robin Gerster: Travels in Atomic Sunshine, Australia and the Occupation of Japan (Ian McGibbon).


Volume: 45
Number: 3
Date Published: May/June 2020
  • 'We are in danger of entering a new cold war'

    Anthony Smith interviews Izumi Nakamitsu, the United Nations' high representative for disarmament affairs.

  • An exceptional representative

    Ted Woodfield reflects on Mike Moore's trade negotiation legacy.

  • Towards bounded engagement

    Bates Gill discusses the new normal for US-China relations and what it means for the rest of the world.

  • South-east Asia's challenging future

    Thitinan Pongsudhirak discusses the difficult situation confronting states in a major battleground region in the growing US-Chinese rivalry.

  • Covid-19: a white dove or a black swan?

    Marçal Sanmarti discusses the impact of the global pandemic on geopolitics and national strategies.


Facing an uncertain future - Gerald Hensley comments on the approach to defence outlined by Hugh White and suggests that there is good reason not to be too gloomy about coming difficulties.


1945: liberation without freedom - Zbigniew Gniatkowski describes the impact on Poland of the final defeat of Nazi Germany, 70 years ago in May.


Vietnam War perspectives - Anthony Smith discusses a range of recent studies of South-east Asia's most prolonged conflict since 1945.


MARILYN GARSON: Still Lives: A Memoir of Gaza (Prue Hyman).

SUN Tzu: The Art of War (David Belgrave).

RICHARD SAKWA: Russia's Futures (Paul Bellamy).


Roger Essex Burchall Peren (Ian McGibbon).



Defending Australia
Volume: 45
Number: 2
Date Published: March/April 2020
  • Facing an uncertain future

    Hugh White discusses the choices Australia faces in defence provision and what they mean for New Zealand

  • The echoes of colonialism

    Leoni Connah suggests that Kashmir's future remains uncertain following India's revocation of its self-rule.

  • The challenge of extremism in South-east Asia

    Sidney Jones suggests that investing in research to understand extremist movements remains a top priority in meeting their on-going threat.

  • Journeying around David Lange

    Ken Ross reflects on John Henderson's service as the prime minister's chief of staff in the 1980s.

  • The hypocrisy of New Zealand's donations to UNRWA

    David Cumin and Dov Bing respond to Marilyn Garson's depiction of the plight of Gaza's inhabitants.

  • What lies ahead for Sino-New Zealand relations?

    Stephen Jacobi comments on the state of the relationship today, where it might head in the future and the importance of strong legal frameworks.

Russia and the Islamic world - Dmitry Shlapentokh discusses a recent study by a leading American expert on Russia.


Jonathan Miller: Duterte Harry, Fire and Fury in the Philippines (Mark Rolls).
Dmitri Trenin: Russia (Andrew Wierzbicki).
Hugh White: How to Defend Australia (David Belgrave).



Pacific Futures
Volume: 45
Number: 1
Date Published: January/February 2020
  • Conference report - James Kember reports on the NZIIA’s recent conference in Auckland.
  • The need to keep questioning - Aupito William Sio comments on youth, media and new opportunities in relation to Pacific peoples.
  • Pacific resets - Gerald McGhie puts New Zealand’s current policy in its historical context and suggests ways of improving co-ordination with the islands’ countries.
  • Thinking the unthinkable - Hugh White suggests that the rise of China is fundamentally changing the strategic outlook in the western Pacific and undermining assumptions that have underpinned Australian defence thinking.
  • Are we really aiding Gaza? - Marilyn Garson discusses the effect of donor states’ actions upon Palestinian lives in the blockaded strip.
  • Geoffrey Cox — New Zealand diplomat - Ken Ross reflects on the brief diplomatic career of one of New Zealand’s most distinguished expatriates.


New Zealand’s membership of the League of Nations — independence or something else? - Malcolm McKinnon notes the centenary of New Zealand joining the first world security organisation.


Anne-Marie Brady: Small States and the Changing Global Order: New Zealand Faces the Future (W. David McIntyre).

Richard A. Bitzinger and James Char: Reshaping the Chinese Military: The PLA’s Roles and Missions in the Xi Jinping Era (Stephen Hoadley).

Brian Lynch (ed): New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, An Eye, an Ear and a Voice: New Zealand's Changing Place in the World, Proceedings of the 75th Anniversary Conference (Jim Rolfe).



Dr John Trolove Henderson (Ken Ross)

Stuart William McMillan MBE (Ian McGibbon)

Volume: 44
Number: 6
Date Published: November/December 2019
  • Russia and NATO - Gerald McGhie argues that Western attempts to expand NATO membership in the former Soviet Union are triggering traditional sensitivities in Moscow.
  • Creating a sense of security — and hope - Jacinda Ardern addresses the UN General Assembly.
  • Moscow legation: no piano! - Ken Ross discusses the early days of New Zealand’s diplomatic representation in Russia.
  • A steady friendship - Liam Finnigan puts New Zealand’s current relationship with China in perspective.
  • Remembering Poland’s agony and sacrifice - Zbigniew Gniatkowski provides a Polish perspective on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.


The fall of a wall and its legacy - Roberto Rabel recalls the dramatic events in Berlin 30 years ago.


Tanzania and Kenya 1981–83 - Paul Cotton recalls his time representing New Zealand in East Africa.


  • Joe Burton: NATO’s durability in a post-cold war world (Serena Kelly).
  • Stephen Davis: Truthteller: An investigative reporter’s journey through the world of truth prevention, fake news and conspiracy theories (Michael S. Daubs).
  • Rebecca Strating: The Post Colonial Security Dilemma: Timor-Leste and the International Community (Anthony Smith).

  • Ann Lee: Will China’s Economy Collapse (David Belgrave).


   An eye, an ear and a voice - Chris Seed launches the proceedings of the MFAT 75th

   anniversary conference.




Trade Prospects
Volume: 44
Number: 5
Date Published: September/October 2019
  • Overseas trade: challenges and opportunities – David Parker reviews New Zealand’s trade negotiation strategy and performance and outlines the government’s efforts to create a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy.
  • Are videogames the next frontier for politics after Twitter? – Marçal Sanmartí reviews the development of videogames and the prospect of their use in the political world.
  • Diplomacy — protecting our interests – Winston Peters outlines the government’s achievements in intensifying New Zealand’s international voice and some of the challenges it faces, especially trade risks.                                                                           
  • A forgotten anniversary – Ian McGibbon recalls a battle that sealed Nazi Germany’s fate 75 years ago.                                                                                                           
  • Prospects for the far flank – Balaji Chandramohan comments on India’s strategic orientation after the recent general elections.
  • Time for the revisionists – Denis Lenihan suggests that it is time to reassess the relationship between Alister McIntosh, Paddy Costello and the Department of External Affairs.
  • From Cancun to Katowice: a remarkable journey – Jo Tyndall reflects on her experience as New Zealand’s climate change ambassador.                                                                                          


New Zealand declares war – Ian McGibbon recalls a major step in New Zealand’s path to independence.                                                                                                                


Taiwan 1998–2001 – Nick Bridge recalls his experience heading New Zealand’s mission in Taipei.                                                                                                


  • Manuel Castells: Rupture: The Crisis of Liberal Democracy (Stuart McMillan).
  • Robert Green: Security Without Nuclear Deterrence (Stephen Hoadley).
  • Maire Leadbeater: See No Evil: New Zealand’s Betrayal of the People of West Papua (Damien Rogers).
  • Prof Dr Tridib Chakraborti and Dr Mohor Chakraborty: Expanding Horizon of India’s Southeast Asia policy: ‘Look’, ‘Move’ and ‘Act’ East (Sagarika Dutt).


European Union
Volume: 44
Number: 4
Date Published: July/August 2019
  • Poland’s EU membership: seized opportunities – Zbigniew Gniatkowski outlines the benefits Poland has enjoyed since joining the European Union in 2004.
  • Brexit: the need to think again – Rita Ricketts considers the current state of the United Kingdom’s bid to leave the European Union, especially in light of the recent European Parliament elections.
  • Thwarted aspirations: Catalonia from Versailles to Brussels – Marçal Sanmartí suggests that Catalonia faces the same barriers to secession that it did at the end of the First World War.
  • Reflections on the Sunshine Policy – Ian McGibbon discusses on-going efforts to secure an inter-Korea rapprochement.
  • New Zealand–Japan relations in uncertain times – Bethan Greener examines the way ahead for New Zealand in dealing with a designated key future partner.
  • Negotiating turbulent waters – Ken Ross reflects on the place of the Paris legation in ending the Paddy Costello diplomatic saga.

    75 years since Bretton WoodsMalcolm McKinnon reflects on changes in the global monetary and  financial system, and New Zealand’s place in it, since the ground-breaking Bretton Woods conference    of July 1944.


David Dufty: The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau: How Australia’s Signals-Intelligence Network  Helped Win the Pacific War (Rhys Ball).

Lucien Bianco: Stalin and Mao: A Comparison of the Russian and Chinese Revolutions (Peter Harris).

Terry Kinloch: Godley, The man behind the myth (Ian McGibbon).




CONFERENCE REPORT - A fruitful Japan–New Zealand dialogue – Ian McGibbon reports on a recent meeting between the Japan and New Zealand institutes of international affairs.



The National Council meeting.

Volume: 44
Number: 3
Date Published: May/June 2019
  • Russia and New Zealand: 75 years of dialogue and co-operation

    Sergey Lavrov notes a significant anniversary for Russia–New Zealand diplomacy.

  • Pacific partnerships

    Winston Peters highlights the importance of New Zealand’s relationship with the United States.

  • 8 Calling out unacceptable behaviour

    Charles Parton discusses the problem of Chinese interference in the United Kingdom.

  • Policy-making in the age of bewilderment

    Terence O’Brien considers geopolitics and New Zealand’s relationships and suggests the need for an alternative and progressive trade strategy.

  • Letting someone else have your way

    James Kember recalls advancing New Zealand interests in Africa and France.

  • Scholarly mavericks at External Affairs

    Ken Ross discusses Alister McIntosh’s approach to staffing his department with particular reference to Paddy Costello.

    ANNIVERSARY - First steps at Versailles

    Ian McGibbon notes the centenary of New Zealand’s emergence on the international stage at the peace conference that formally ended the Great War.

    REFLECTIONS - Greece 1980–83

    Paul Cotton recalls his stint as New Zealand ambassador in Athens.


    Elizabeth Economy: The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State (Peter Harris).

    Deborah Lipstadt: Antisemitism: Here and Now (Anthony Smith).

    Neil Plimmer: Compass Points — A Memoir (W. David McIntyre).

New Zealand - China
Volume: 44
Number: 2
Date Published: March/April 2019
  • New Zealand’s China — past, present and future

    John McKinnon discusses the changing basis of the relationship and calls for transparency and consistency in our dealings with the emerging economic giant.

  • Disputes and diplomacy in the South China Sea

    Stephen Hoadley suggests that longer-term resolutions of fundamental disagreements in a key geo-strategic area remain elusive and are probably unachievable.

  • Donald Trump, populism and the shallow roots of American internationalism

    Roberto Rabel reflects on the US president’s ‘America First’ approach to international affairs.

  • Trumpism as anti-post-modernism

    Dmitry Shlapentokh discusses the constructed reality that he perceives underpinning the American economy.

  • Endeavours of the mind: the soft power of Oceania

    Rita Ricketts reviews an exhibition that has recently been held in London and Paris.

  • Advancing nuclear disarmament through the CTBT

    Lassina Zerbo discusses a verifiable and enforceable prohibition on nuclear testing 60 years in the making.

  • Assessing Fiji’s recent general election

    Michael Potts comments on the November 2018 vote that he observed as part of a multinational observer group. 


    Still vital: NATO at 70 Roberto Rabel notes the anniversary of the treaty that has underpinned Western security for seven decades.


    Thomas Schmidinger: Rojava: Revolution, War and the Future of Syria’s Kurds (Hossein (Jiyar) Aghapouri).

    David E. Sanger: The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age (Anthony Smith).

    Susan Woodhouse: Garfield Todd: The End of the Liberal Dream in Rhodesia (Stephen Chan).


    Guilford (Giff) Montgomerie-Davidson CNZM, OBE, JP.

New Zealand Diplomacy
Volume: 44
Number: 1
Date Published: January/February 2019
  • The case for New Zealand diplomacy

    Brook Barrington outlines the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s approach to protecting and advancing New Zealand’s interests in a challenging world.

  • Australian perspectives on the Indo-Pacific

    Frances Adamson outlines Australia’s approach to regional co-operation and relations with New Zealand.  

  • MFAT at 75

    Winston Peters lauds the achievements of the New Zealand foreign service and suggests that it needs to have the courage to take the risks required to grasp future opportunities.

  • Advancing a progressive trade policy

    Stephen Jacobi suggests the need to ensure that trade works for all by making it more inclusive and equitable.

  • John Mulgan: New Zealand wants you

    Ken Ross discusses one of the country’s best and brightest whose prospective diplomatic career was tragically forestalled.

    CONFERENCE REPORT - An eye, an ear and a voice: New Zealand’s changing place in the world Ian McGibbon reports on the MFAT 75th anniversary conference.

    REFLECTIONS - Putting India on the radar screen

    Nick Bridge continues his account of his time as New Zealand high commissioner in India.

    ANNIVERSARY - Forging the short-lived ANZAXIS

    Ian McGibbon notes the 75th anniversary of New Zealand’s first international agreement.


    Thomas Frank: Rendezvous with Oblivion (Michael Appleton).

    Brendan Taylor: The Four Flash Points: How Asia Goes to War (David Belgrave).

    Richard McGregor: Asia’s Reckoning: The Struggle for Global Dominance (Mark Pearson).

    Damien Rogers: Law, Politics and the Limits of Prosecuting Mass Atrocity (Stephen Hoadley). 

Volume: 43
Number: 6
Date Published: November/December 2018
  • MFAT at 75: tales to be told

    Ken Ross comments on the foreign ministry’s origins and highlights the need for a history of it.

  • Shifting the dial: the next steps

    Winston Peters outlines the measures needed to further redefine New Zealand’s voice internationally, with particular reference to the Asia–Pacific region.

  • The case for a look east trading policy

    Eldrede Kahiya suggests that Latin America will be an important alternative export destination for New Zealand.

  • An enduring Cold War enigma

    Rita Ricketts takes another look at allegations that Paddy Costello was a Soviet agent.

  • Recognising our naval history

    John Martin responds to the suggestion that there has been a recent maritime shift in New Zealand’s defence preparations.

    REFLECTIONS - Putting India on the radar screen

    Nick Bridge recalls becoming a diplomat and later serving at the New Zealand high commission in New Delhi.

    ANNIVERSARY - Ending the war to end all wars

    Ian McGibbon comments on the centenary of the Armistice that brought the fighting on the Western Front to an end.


    Ralf Emmers and Sarah Teo: Security Strategy of Middle Powers in the Asia Pacific (Jim Rolfe).

    Madeleine Albright: Fascism: A Warning (Stuart McMillan).

    Howard W. French: Everything Under the Heavens: how the past helps shape China’s push for global power (Peter Harris).


    Douglas William Albert Day.



Volume: 43
Number: 5
Date Published: September/October 2018
  • Korea’s new journey towards a nuclear-free and peaceful peninsula
    Ambassador Seung-bae Yeo reviews the outcome of the President Moon–Chairman Kim summits.
  • The great cyber game
    Dylan Stent discusses North Korea’s cyber strategy in the 21st century.
  • New Zealand–North Korea: towards constructive engagement
    Paul Bellamy surveys interaction between two countries that have limited contact.
  • Defending New Zealand: a new emphasis
    Wayne Mapp reviews New Zealand defence policy in light of the recently released strategy statement.
  • Coping with the challenges of modern existence
    Terence O’Brien comments on international relations in the age of Trump.
  • Alister McIntosh and John Beaglehole: NZIIA pals
    Ken Ross outlines the relationship of two giants in their field.
    ANNIVERSARY - The enduring Korean ceasefire: Ian McGibbon comments on the 65th anniversary of the armistice that stopped the fighting on the Korean peninsula.
    Robert G. Patman, Iati Iati and Balazs Kiglics (eds): New Zealand and the World: Past, Present, and Future (W. David McIntyre).
    Nicholas Khoo and Reuben Steff: The International Politics of U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense (Stephen Hoadley).
    Stephen Robinson: False Flags: Disguised German Raiders of World War II (Stephen Harris).
    The National Council meeting.
Volume: 43
Number: 4
Date Published: July/August 2018
  • The royalty Commonwealth summit: London, 2018
    W. David McIntyre comments on the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held in Britain for twenty years.
  • Size is not the issue
    Maire Leadbeater examines New Zealand’s defence ties with Indonesia and its failing of the victims of human rights abuses in East Timor and West Papua.
  • With such good news, why take a risk?
    Peter Harris discusses the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China.
  • Whither European unity?
    Andrew Wierzbicki argues the case for the European Union, decries the damage done by Brexit and emphasises the importance of Europe for New Zealand.
  • Encouraging closer ties with Latin America
    Fletcher Tabuteau reflects on his recent visit to key states in western South America.
  • Myanmar today: democracy or demagoguery?
    Ross Wilson discusses the difficulties confronting Aung San Suu Kyi in dealing with the crisis in Rakhine state.
    ANNIVERSARY - The Fourteen Points at 100: Woodrow Wilson's legacy scorned  Roberto Rabel recalls the expression in 1918 of a presidential vision very different to that now emanating from Washington.
    STUDENT PERSPECTIVE - Towards an ‘absolute’ prohibition on torture
    Jessica Sutton discusses new challenges for international humanitarian law in a changing world.
    COMMENT - New Caledonia 1987–88
    Russell Marshall sets the record straight on his role in pressing France to deal with the status of its South Pacific colony.
    Anne-Marie Brady: China as a Polar Great Power (Reuben Steff).
    John Pomfret: The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom, America and China, 1776 to the Present (Peter Harris).
    Jürgen Tampke: A Perfidious Distortion of History, The Versailles Peace Treaty and the Success of the Nazis (Ian McGibbon).
    Constance Ellen (Connie) Lawn ONZM
Volume: 43
Number: 3
Date Published: May/June 2018
  • Fighting jihadists in MindanaoSimon Gray suggests that defeating the Islamic State in the Philippines requires more than military
  • Engaging with an uncertain world
    Jacinda Ardern gives an outline of her government’s approach to international affairs.
  • Facing a global kaleidoscope of uncertainty
    Terence O’Brien discusses the Ardern government’s foreign policy.
  • A maritime shift?
    Colin Robinson speculates on the proper force balance for the New Zealand Defence Force in future.
  • In the shadow of the phantom
    Bob Rigg discusses the further deconstruction and degradation of democracy in the United States.
  • Dancing with the dragon
    Stephen Jacobi considers the opportunities and risks in the New Zealand–China relationship.
    ANNIVERSARY - Tet, 1968
    Roberto Rabel looks back at the critical turning point in the Vietnam War.
    OPINION PIECE - The devil in the details
    Farib Sos imagines a conversation weighing up the administration ‘reign’ of Donald J. Trump and its impact on the global influence of the United States.
    Stephen Hoadley: New Zealand United States Relations (Robert Patman).
    Julian Gewirtz: Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China (Peter Harris).
    Chris Whipple: The Gatekeepers: How White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency (Anthony Smith).
    Maty Nikkhou-O'Brien
Volume: 43
Number: 2
Date Published: March/April 2018
  • Jacinda Ardern – ready for global diplomacy?
    Ken Ross assesses the new prime minister’s capacity to perform on the world
  • APEC post-2020
    Brian Lynch comments on APEC leaders’ launch of a review to chart APEC’s forward path and identify its on-going place in regional economic architecture
  • Populism: a threat that lingers
    Stuart McMillan outlines reasons why populism may continue to influence politics in many countries in the immediate future.
  • The Mark Twain syndrome — why cities might rule (sometime)
    Colin James predicts that megacities may in time challenge the nation-state system that has underlain international affairs for five centuries.
  • The future of Europe: a Polish perspective
    Krzysztof Szczerski argues the need for the European project to be rooted in the will of the citizens and firmly established upon loyal co-operation of the states.
  • The menace of the fall armyworm
    Lere Amusan and Seyi Olelekan Olawuyi discuss climate change, ‘foreign insect’ and food security challenges in Nigeria and South Africa.
     STUDENT PERSPECTIVE - The enemy of my ally is my friend?
    Ben Williams and Matthew Morrison discuss America’s increasingly complex relations in the Middle East.
    Stephen Hoadley: New Zealand Trade Negotiations (Charles Finny).
    Graham Allison: Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? (Anthony Smith).
    Jonathan Fenby: Will China Dominate the 21st Century (Peter Harris).
    Lynne Olson: Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood With Britain In Its Darkest, Finest Hour(Stephen Hoadley).
    Professor Athol Wilson Mann CMG
    National Office and branch activities
Volume: 43
Number: 1
Date Published: January/February 2018
  • Kiwi in a kaffiyeh or a tui in a tallis?
    Ann Beaglehole looks back at New Zealand’s approach to the formation of the state of Israel 70 years ago and the early New Zealand–Israel relationship.
  • Achieving the impossible
    Paul Sinclair discusses President Trump’s approach to the challenge presented by North Korea.
  • Seeking constructive dialogue with North Korea
    Paul Bellamy outlines unofficial interaction between New Zealanders and the Pyongyang regime.
  • Burnishing New Zealand’s small state rampant credentials
    Ken Ross discusses the UN legacies of Helen Clark and several other New Zealanders.
  • The future of the Commonwealth
    Sir Anand Satyanand reviews the relevance of the unique, respected world-wide organisation to New Zealand.
  • Opportunities for the future
    Gray Southon discusses New Zealand experiences in collective and common security and calls for a strategy of respectful engagement.
  • Gerald McGhie: Balancing Acts, Reflections of a New Zealand Diplomat (Ian McGibbon).
  • B.K. Greener (ed): Army Fundamentals: From Making Soldiers to the Limits of the Military Instrument (Colin Robinson).
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  • Alister McIntosh’s ‘best’ diplomat
    Ken Ross argues that that Paddy Costello was never a Soviet agent, as often alleged, but was in fact one of New Zealand’s most brilliant foreign service officials.
  • Esprit de contradiction
    Rita Ricketts reviews MI5’s evolving case against Costello, as revealed in his recently released file in the British archives.
  • The MI5 verdict
    Ian McGibbon outlines what Paddy Costello’s recently opened MI5 file indicates about why British counter-espionage concluded that he was a Soviet agent.
  •  A modern French Revolution
    Emma Nichols discusses the implications of Emmanuel Macron’s ascent to power in France.
  • NewZealand’s strategic context: one or many scenarios?
    Stephen Hoadley sketches the six strategic scenarios that are likely to challenge New Zealand in the coming years
  • Overseeing NewZealand’s modern military operations
    Rhys Ball and Wil Hoverd discuss the implications for democracy and national security of the deployment of special operations forces.
  • Adjusting to political earthquakes
    Terence O’Brien provides a New Zealand view of the current geopolitical landscape.

Dalia F. Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi (eds): Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberism: Illiberal Intelligenstia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy (William Shepard).
Lynne Olson: Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood that Helped Turn the Tide of War (Anthony Smith)
Antje Missbach: Troubled Transit, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Indonesia (Andrew Butcher).


Polish Concerns
September/October 2017
Vol 42, No 5
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  • Why Poland is a threat to the European Union
    Stuart McMillan warns that the Polish Law and Justice Party’s policies may have serious consequences
  • Seeking opportunities in a turbulent world
    Bill English reviews his government’s approach to international relations.
  • Meeting the challenge of the globalisation paradox
    Andrew Little outlines a Labour vision for meeting the global challenges ahead.
  • Towards a new global compact
    James Shaw provides a Green Party perspective on world affairs and the challenges and opportunities now confronting New Zealand.
  • Alister McIntosh: a mandarin for all seasons
    Ken Ross examines the long-serving secretary of external affairs’ relationship with contrasting prime ministers in the 1950s.
  • Peace and justice
    George Troup discusses the role of the legal institutions of The Hague in international affairs.

Eliot E. Cohen: The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force (Miriam Wharton)

Malcolm McKinnon: The Broken Decade: Prosperity, Depression and Recovery in New Zealand, 1928–39 (Dan Bartlett) 

William Hoverd, Nick Nelson and Carl Bradley (eds): New Zealand National Security: Challenges, Trends and Issues (Reuben Steff)

New Zealand Trade Negotiations

The National Council

Foreign Policy
July/August 2017
Vol 42, No 4
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  • Promoting the New Zealand brand

    Murray McCully reflects on his eight-and-a-half-year stint as New Zealand’s foreign minister.

  • An inspiring opportunity


    Swiss diplomat Flavio Milan describes his experience while embedded in New Zealand’s UN Security Council team for two years.

  • A very complicated business

    Ken Ross outlines the ‘horse-trading’ behind Alister McIntosh not becoming Commonwealth secretary-general in 1965.

  • What does the future hold for the United Nations?

    Terence O’Brien provides a brief selective view of some of the layers of change around the world that are challenging the UN system.

  • Blame it on Grotius

    John Goodman reflects on the legacy of the Dutch moralist Hugo Grotius in the evolution of International law.

  • Climate change or climate catastrophe?

    Hugh Steadman warns that immediate action is demanded to meet the threat posed by global warming.

  • Regional security: challenges and opportunities

    Mark Mitchell outlines New Zealand’s approach to security in the Asia–Pacific region and promises that it will remain outward looking and engaged.


Fighting global poverty

Annette Dixon suggests that New Zealand has much to offer the world in the field of global development. 

Xavier Márquez: Non-Democratic Politics: Authoritarianism, Dictatorship and Democratization (Malcolm McKinnon).
N. Ganesan (ed): Bilateral Legacies in East and Southeast Asia (Thitinan Pongsudhirak). 
Ian McGibbon: New Zealand’s Western Front Campaign (John Moremon).
Haidi Willmot, Ralph Mamiya, Scott Sheeran, and Marc Weller (eds): Protection of Civilians
(Maria A. Pozza).

Dame Margaret Laurence Salas DBE, QSO; Neville Hugo Sale Judd CVO, QSO

Korean Peninsula
May/June 2017
Vol 42, No 3
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  • Tillerson cuts teeth on the Korean peninsula

    Stuart McMillan comments on the recent visit to South Korea by the new US secretary of state.

  • China in a modern global context over half a century

    Peter Harris continues his review of China’s place in the world by looking at its response to changes in the international order following the demise of the Soviet Union.

  • Adjusting to the Trump presidency

    Robert Ayson comments on the implications of Donald Trump’s foreign policy for New Zealand and suggests the need for damage control.

  • The times they are a-changing

    Brian Lynch reviews New Zealand’s options in an increasingly volatile international environment

  • Asia–Pacific regional integration — with or without the United States?

    Stephen Jacobi discusses the outlook for regional trade and investment in a profoundly changed situation

  • John Key’s global diplomacy

    Ken Ross examines the role of the recently retired prime minister in international affairs.

  • Clinton’s defeat in historical perspective

    Dmitry Shlapentokh comments on Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid and compares her to Marie Antoinette.

David Shambaugh: China’s Future (Paul Sinclair).
Ian Storey and Lin Cheng-yi (eds): The South China Sea Dispute: Navigating Diplomatic and Strategic Tensions (Joanna Mossop).
Robert Ayson: Asia’s Security (Mark Pearson).

American Politics
March/April 2017
Vol 42, No 2
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  • The audacity of Trump: how he won and what we missed – Reuben Steff discusses the  outcome of the recent American presidential election.
  • The audacity of hope – Rita Ricketts reflects on Hillary Clinton's failed bid for the US presidency.
  • Looking for opportunities with President Trump – Wayne Mapp considers the way forward for New Zealand as old certainties are wiped away.
  • Shinzo Abe pushes hard on a regional agenda – Stuart McMillan reviews the recent Abe-Putin meeting and its aftermath.
  • New Zealand's Pacific policies - time for a reset? – Anna Powles and Michael Powles argue that a reconsideration of New Zealand's approach to the Pacific Islands region is warranted.
  • China in a global context over half a century -  Peter Harris reviews China's place in the world during its transformation from an isolated and internally troubled state to the strong, independent and self-assured power of today.
  • A deeply flawed legacy - Hugh Steadman proides an alternative view of President Obama's foreign policy record.


  • Joel K. Bourne Jr: The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World (Nayantara Sheoran Appleton).
  • Nick Cheesman and Nicholas Farrelly (eds): Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion (Anthony Smith).
  • Johan Saravanamuttu: Power Sharing in a Divided Nation: Mediated Communalism and New Politics in Six Decades of malaysia's Elections (Anthony Smith).
  • Claudia Pond Eyley and Dan Salmon (comps):Helen Clark: Inside Stories (Dan Barlett).
  • Michael Powles (ed): China and the Pacific: The View from Oceania (James To).
US Election
January/February 2017
Vol 42, No 1
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  • International challenges facing the Trump presidency – Stephen Hoadley review the likely post-election foreign policy of the United States.
  • Reflections on the South China Sea arbitration rulings – Sir Kenneth Keith comments on the international arbitral tribunal’s recent awards in the case brought against China by the Philippines.
  • New Zealand – India relations: a step forward – Ashok Sharma review John Key’s recent visit to India.
  • Colombia’s path to peace – Juliana Bustamante-Reyes looks into the system of justice provided in the recently achieved peace agreement.
  • Unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors: an urgent European problem – Caitlin Daugherty-Kelly discusses the European Union’s approach to the influx of many youthful migrants.
  • Jutland – so what? – Scott Thomson notes the importance of the major sea battle that took place in the North Sea a century ago and calls on New Zealanders to redevelop a sea-sense.


Australia Great War – Ian McGibbon reviews the recently completed centenary history of Australia’s effort in the First World War.


Mikhail GorbachevThe New Russia (Rouben Azizian).
David Kilcullen: Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror (Anthony Smith).
William J.Perry: My Journey at the Nuclear Brink (Stuart McMillan).
Timothy Wood: Detainee Abuse During Op Telic: ‘A Few Rotten Apples? (Roderic Alley).


Bruce MacDonald Brown QSO.


The National Council meeting.

Labour's Foreign Policy
November/December 2016
Vol 41, No 6
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  • New Zealand and the world – Andrew Little outlines the Labour Party’s approach to international affairs.
  • An independent foreign policy – Wayne Mapp suggests that New Zealand must adapt if it is to realise the potential of its current approach to international affairs.
  • Game changer competition – Reuben Steff discusses the emerging technological arms competition and a possible New Zealand response.
  • Defence: an evolving approach – Gerry Brownlee reviews the security environment confronting New Zealand and the government’s response to new challenges.
  • Facing new defence challenges – Balaji Chandramohan suggests that the 2016 Defence White Paper represents a paradigm shift in New Zealand’s strategic outlook and its defence operational reach.
  • Looking to an uncertain future – Terence O’Brien reflects on challenges for New Zealand within the Pacific


Raymond MillerDemocracy in New Zealand (Bronwyn Hayward).
Brian Lynch (ed): New Zealand and the United Nations: 70th Anniversary (Matt Hill).
Mark Riebling: Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler (Anthony Smith).


Roderick Macalister Miller QSO.


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September/October 2016
Vol 41, No 5
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  • Brexit: a long march - Rita Ricketts reflects on the recent British vote in favour of leaving the European Union.
  • Europe after the British exit: demise or reinvention? - Stephen Hoadley analyses the implication of Brexit for Europe and concludes that the European Union will survive intact, but will have to adjust, if not reinvent itself.
  • NATO’s summit of unity - Zbigniew Gniatkowski reviews the recent NATO’s summit deliberations in Warsaw.
  • Putting our refuge hand up - Molly Kennedy discusses New Zealand’s approach to the pressing problem of refugee resettlement in the global context.
  • Peter Fraser’s post-war diplomacy - Ken Ross examines the international activities of New Zealand’s wartime prime minister.
  • The Obama presidency - Mark Gilbert takes a look back at the challenges and accomplishments of the present US administration.

BOOK LAUNCH: New Zealand and the United Nations 70 years on

Murray McCully launches a new volume that highlights New Zealand’s role in the world body.


David KilcullenOut of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla (Jeremy Moses).
Anna Powles, Negar Partow and Nick Nelson (eds): United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge: The Importance of the Integrated Approach (Anthony Smith).
Keller Easterling: Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Malcolm McKinnon).



The National Council meeting.

Policing Terrorism
July/August 2016
Vol 41, No 4
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  • Policing terrorism in a void -John Battersby reviews New Zealand’s approach to a major security concern.
  • Germany’s relations with Russia: willing fools or trusted intermediaries? - Stuart McMillan comments on the global impact of the relationship between Berlin and Moscow.
  • The current refugee crisis: what’s new? - Klaus Neumann discusses refugee issues in light of Australia’s and New Zealand’s experience.
  • Punching above our weight - John Key outlines his government’s approach to New Zealand’s role and place in world affairs.
  • Diplomatic dancing with Oceania - Ken Ross discusses New Zealand prime ministers’ involvement in Pacific Islands affairs.
  • Friends with benefits - Stephen Jacobi comments on the vital economic relationship between Australia and New Zealand.
  • Moving out of comfort zones - Terence O’Brien reflects on the approach that a small, isolated Pacific state needs to adopt in a rapidly changing international climate.


James Curran: Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War (Gerald Hensley).
Peter Edwards: Australia and the Vietnam War (Roberto Rabel).
Sean Naylor: Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command (Rhys Ball).



May/June 2016
Vol 41, No 3
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  • Chinese whispers - Rita Ricketts provides impressions of China following a recent visit.
  • Seeking opportunities and facing challenges -Murray McCully gives an overview of New Zealand’s international priorities for 2016.
  • Australia’s strategic outlook: a paradigm shift -Balaji Chandramohan reviews the recently issued Australian defence white paper.
  • Helen Clark: some Washington encounters - Ken Ross discusses the Labour prime minister’s dealings with ‘long faced officials’, the Reagan Retreads and Christopher Hill.
  • Holbein’s mistake: The Ambassadors - John Goodman reflects on the observations of an 18th century Frenchman on the art of diplomacy.
  • Following an engagement approach -Andrew Hyde outlines American support for multilateral efforts to solve international problems on several levels.
  • ISIS attacks Tunisia - Tawfik Jelassi discusses the significance of the armed attack on the Tunisian border town of Ben Gardane in March.


Ulla Fionna (ed): Watching the Indonesian Elections 2014 (Anthony Smith).
Edward Aspinall, Marcus Mietzner, Dirk Tomsa (eds): The Yudhoyono Presidency: Indonesia’s Decade of Stability and Stagnation (Anthony Smith).
Rouben Azizian and Carleton Cramer (eds): Regionalism, Security and Cooperation in Oceania (Roderic Alley).
Elizabeth Warren: A Fighting Chance (Jennifer Curtin).
Sándor Jászberényi: The Devil is a Black Dog: Stories from the Middle East and Beyond (Stephen Hoadley).
Stephen Loveridge: Call to Arms: New Zealand Society and Commitment to the Great War (John Tonkin-Covell).
Alastair Kennedy: Chinese Anzacs: Australians of Chinese Descent in the Defence Forces 1885–1919 (Ian McGibbon).


Sports Diplomacy
March/April 2016
Vol 41, No 2
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  • Sports diplomacy: New Zealand’s hardest soft power? – Steve Jackson offers a cautionary note and Mark Gilbert and Sir Jim McLay provide further perspectives. 
  • ANZUS: ‘our richest prize’ or ‘that scrap of paper’? – Ken Ross examines the intellectual underpinnings of New Zealand’s search for a comfortable relationship with the United States.
  • CHOGM 2015: the invisible summit holds out promise for rejuvenation – W. David McIntyre reviews the recent Commonwealth gathering in Malta.   
  • Strategic liberalism and Kiwi maximalism – Reuben Steff suggests a new paradigm as a basis for New Zealand foreign policy.
  • The ‘beautiful island’ speaks – Stuart Vogel discusses the recent Taiwanese presidential elections.
  • Assessing New Zealand’s climate target ambition – Catherine Leining, Brian Fallows and James Renwick provide perspectives on New Zealand’s climate change approach, as revealed at a recent seminar.
    The United Nations at 70
     – Brian Lynch reports on a seminar held in Wellington late last year to commemorate the world body’s significant anniversary.


Jean-Frederick Morin, Tereza Novotna, Frederik Ponjaert and Maria Telo (Eds): The Politic of Trasatlantic Trade Negotiations: TTIP in a Globalized World (Stephen Hoadley).
Jonathan Holslag: China’s Coming War with Asia (James To).
Bryan Denson: A Spy’s Son: A True Story of the Highest Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia (Rhys Ball).




Harold Huyton (‘Tim’) Francis.
Roger George Weston.


Trans-Pacific Trade
January/February 2016
Vol 41, No 1
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  • Making trans-Pacific friends – Stephen Jacobi comments on the implications for New Zealand’s relations with China and the United States of the recent agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  
  • Should war define New Zealand’s self-view? – Terence O’Brien argues that good international citizenship not war involvement should underpin New Zealand’s sense of place in the world.   
  • An English tea party? – Rita Ricketts reflects on the advent of Jeremy Corbyn as British Labour leader and compares him with David Lange.   
  • David Lange’s French connection – mais qui? – Ken Ross discusses the Labour prime minister’s contest with French President Mitterrand on a range of difficult issues.  
  • A tale with many dimensions – Fu Ying explains the many challenges facing China and predicts a successful outcome because of strong fundamentals.
  • Indonesia’s new maritime focus – Balaji Chandramohan outlines Indonesia’s evolving maritime strategy in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Rescuing Boko Haram’s schoolgirl victims – Samuel Oyewole comments on Nigeria’s inability so far to free the abducted girls and its inadequate crisis management strategy.

Anthony Giddens: Turbulent and Mighty Continent, What future for Europe? (Stuart McMillan).
Masha Gessen: The Tsarnaev Brothers, The Road to a Modern Tragedy (Anthony Smith).
Gianni Vattimo and Michael Marder: Reconstructing Zionism: A Critique of Political Metaphysics (Nigel Parsons).

Iran Nuclear Deal
November/December 2015
Vol 40, No 6
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  • Editorial – Maty Nikkhou-O’Brien.
  • The upsides and downsides of the Iranian nuclear deal – Robert Patman and Laura Southgate argue that the agreement will not only curtail Iran’s nuclear programmes but also provide diplomatic side benefits.  
  • The potential pitfalls and windfalls of the nuclear deal with Iran – Rouzbeh Parsi, Ephraim Asculai, Paul Morris, Negar Partow, and Paul Buchanan provide perspectives on the deal.  
  • US foreign policy: Obama and beyond – Elliott Abrams predicts an increase in American military capacity and a more assertive role in international affairs.  
  • Countering over-stretch – Dmitry Shlapentokh puts the recent deal with Iran in the context of US decline.
  • Making a case for a defence U-turn – Hugh Steadman responds to the defence minister’s invitation to New Zealanders to have a say on defence by proposing a radical shift in approach.  
  • Focusing on economic security – Tim Wood suggests a radical re-prioritisation of New Zealand’s defence policy in the forthcoming defence white paper.
  • Norman Kirk, rugby postponement and the Kirk brand – Ken Ross describes how the Labour prime minister stared down the 1973 Springboks.
  • Allies at war, partners in peace – Wang Lutong notes China’s commemoration of the end of the Second World War and proclaims the principles that underlay the global effort against fascism.

Global development goals
 – Sagarika Dutt reviews discussion about the post-2015 development agenda in a recent publication.
Brian Bader: What Diplomats Do, The Life and Work of Diplomats (Gerald McGhie).
Andrew Ross: Mixed Emotions: Beyond Fear and Hatred in International Conflict (Xavier Marquez).
Srdja Popovic and Matthew Miller: Blueprint for Revolution: how to use rice pudding, lego men, and other non-violent techniques to galvanise communities, overthrow dictators, or simply change the world (Damien Rogers).

Security Council
September/October 2015
Vol 40, No 5
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  • Keeping balance in a two-step dance – Brook Barrington outlines New Zealand’s aspirations for its two-year role on the Security Council.
  • The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty at 45 – Rose Gottemoeller reviews the cornerstone of international arms control and non-proliferation efforts.
  • Standing up for values? Robert Ayson discusses why New Zealand commits to conflict.
  • Global Citizens in a world of disorder – Colin James reflects n New Zealand’s place in an increasingly troubled international environment.
  • Norman Kirk’s ‘OE’ – Ken Ross reflects on the prime minister’s visits to South-east Asia, London and Washington.
  • Wider and still wider – Brian Easton looks at the prospects for further expansion of the European Union.
  • Together in struggle – Yosef Livne looks at wartime links between New Zealand and Jewish Palestinian soldiers.

Aglaya Snetkov: Russia’s Security Policy Under Putin: A Critical Perspective (Stephen Hoadley).

Joseph S. Nye, Jr: Is the American Century Over? (Anthony Smith).

Jeremy Harwood: World War Two From Above: An Aerial View of the Global Conflict (Stephen Harris).

The National Council meeting.

ASEAN-New Zealand Relationship
July/August 2015
Vol 40, No 4
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  • New Zealand-ASEAN: a 40-year dialogue – David Capie provides an overview of New Zealand’s relationship with South-east Asia over four decades and notes challenges ahead.
  • New Zealand’s defence relations with ASEAN – Paul Sinclair reviews the evolution of New Zealand’s involvement in effors to ensure the security of South-east Asia.
  • Focus ASEAN, southern star – Halim bin Saad provides a Malaysian perspective on New Zealand’s role in South-east Asia.
  • ASEAN-New Zealand’s four-decade long relationship – Nyunt Maung Shein notes New Zealand’s improved relations with Myanmar and proposals to upgrade its ties with ASEAN to a strategic partnership.
  • The ASEAN Regional Forum and its continued relevance – Barry Desker, Sarah Teo Li Shan and Dylan Loh Ming Hui discuss the performance and prospects of an important ASEAN process.
  • Beyond 40 years: reframing ASEAN in New Zealand’s strategic outlook – Thitinan Pongsudhirak discusses the new challenges and opportunities in the relationship between New Zealand and South-east Asia.
  • Indonesia-New Zealand relations: platform for a stronger ASEAN – Rahimah Abdulrahim, Ibrahim Almuttaqi and Steven Yohanes Polhaupesy assess the prospects for closer ties between New Zealand and ASEAN’s largest member.
  • The New Zealand-ASEAN trade partnership: 40 years of development and prospects – Nguyen Duc Thanh outlines the process by which New Zealand and Vietnam changed from neighbours to strategic partners.
  • ASEAN-New Zealand political and security relations – Lim Jock Seng provides a Brunei Darussalam perspective.

William Hayton: The South China Sea: the Struggle for Power in Asia (Anthony Smith).

Defence Policy
May/June 2015
Vol 40, No 3
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  • Defence: striking the right balance – Gerry Brownlee discusses the New Zealand defence white paper to be produced this year.
  • Facing East Asia’s complexities without a grand vision – Stuart McMillan discusses how East Asia’s great powers relate to one another.
  • Takeshima and the Northern Territories in Japan’s nationalism – Alexander Bukh comments on the dispute between Japan and South Korea over the Liancourt Rocks.
  • The Otago Foreign Policy School turns 50 – Ken Ross recounts early memories and high points in the school’s history.
  • How Jihadists think and act – Karim Pourhamzavi discusses Wahhabism as an ideology and tactic in the mid-18th century and present-day Syria and Iraq.
  • Under construction – Brian Easton looks at the state of the European Union in light of his observations during a recent visit.
  • Towards a deeper partnership – Balaji Chandramohan discusses US grand strategy in the Asia-Pacific region and the convergence of US and Indian interests.\

China and the Pacific: the view from Oceania
 – Michael Powles reports on a ground-breaking conference in Samoa. 
Antarctica and the Arctic – Peter Kennedy reports on a recent NZIIA symposium.    
Douglas Newton: Hell-bent: Australia’s leap into the Great War (Ian McGibbon).
Kerry Brown: The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China (Anthony Smith).

Professor Gordon Stewart Orr.

March/April 2015
Vol 40, No 2
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  • A challenging legacy – Hans Hubertus Mack discusses the place of memories of the First World War in Germany and the German approach to commemoration of the centenary of that conflict.
  • Australia’s dangerous ally – Malcolm Fraser outlines the dangers and disadvantages of Australia’s alignment with the United States and call for a new approach to national security that would have important implications for New Zealand if adopted.
  • New Zealand’s jihadis – Aaron Zelin discusses the problem New Zealand faces in dealing with Muslim radicalisation and the danger of participation by its citizens in foreign conflicts.
  • New Zealand prime ministers – at the White House – Ken Ross outlines the course of top-level contact between Washington and Wellington in the last 75 years.
  • When diplomatic breakups occur – Paul Bellamy traces the troubled course of Australian-North Korean relations since 1974, and its impact on New Zealand.
  • A chain over sea and time – Yosef Livne looks at Anzac and Zionist enterprise in two great conflicts.
    Exchanging regional perspectives
     – Peter Kennedy reports on the seventh Track II dialogue between Japan and New Zealand.

Frank L. Smith III: American Biodefence: How Dangerous Ideas about Biological Weapons Shape National Security (Ron Smith).
Sayed Hossein Mousavian with Shahir Shahidsaless: Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace (Negar Partow).
Neil Wallace: When the DFarm Gates Opened: The Impact of Rogernomics on Rural New Zealand (Neil Fraser).
William E.Shepard: Introducing Islam (Christopher van der Krogt).
Rt Hon Sir Ivor Lloyd Richardson PCNZM, Kt.

National Security
January/February 2015
Vol 40, No 1
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  • Facing a challenging security environment – John Key outlines his government’s approach to the rise of the Islamic State and new measures being introduced to bolster New Zealand’s security.
  • Getting around the Security Council table – Terence O’Brien reflects on the challenges that face New Zealand following its election to the world security body.
  • Towards an all-hazards approach – Jim Rolfe discusses New Zealand’s approach to security in the 21st century.
  • Global diplomats: the second tier – Ken Ross reviews the global diplomacy performance of eleven post-war New Zealand prime ministers other than the four standouts.
  • Searching for Pacific climate change solutions – Vikas Kumar discusses the impact of climate change on the future of the Pacific region’s microstates.

Combatting statelessness
 – Claire Achmad reports on the Frist Global Forum on Statelessness held recently in The Hague.

Scott Thomson muses on the common use of the term ‘radical’ and the religious element in ISIS jihadism and endorses the archbishop of Canterbury’s plea for patient ideological effort to overcome extremism. 
W. David McIntyre: Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands (Gerald Hensley).
Matthew Abrahams: Out of Bounds: Academic Freedom and the Question of Palestine (Nigel Parsons).
Michael R. Fitzgerald and Allen Packwood (eds): Out of the Cold: The Cold War and its Legacy (Anthony Smith).

Missing Airliner
Nov/Dec 2014
Vol 39, No 6
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  • The search for MH370 – Paul Sinclair discusses the prospects for and challenges facing international maritime cooperation in search and rescue.
  • Protecting Canberra’s international goals – Ken Ross reviews post-1945 Australian prime ministers’ global diplomacy.
  • Old attitudes in Japan’s new leadership – Stuart McMillan examines the Abe government’s approach to international affairs and finds some worrying aspects.
  • Engaging with the world – Terence O’Brien discusses angles and aspects of New Zealand’s approach to external relations.
  • New Zealand’s first conquest – Ian McGibbon recalls New Zealand’s occupation of German Samoa just over a century ago.
  • A unique event – Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga speaks at the ceremony in Auckland to mark New Zealand’s occupation of German Samoa.
  • Adjusting to the Indian political tsunami – Tim Groser discusses the possible implications of Narendra Modi’s accession to power for trade negotiations, including the prospective India-New Zealand free trade agreement.
    Dimitry Shlapentokh discusses two recent books that present opposing views on explanatory value of geo-political models. 
    Amin Saikal: Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq (Anthony Smith).
    John Sweeney: North Korea Uncovered: Inside the World’s Most Secret State (Paul Bellamy).
    Paul French: North Korea: State of Paranoia (Paul Bellamy).
  • OBITUARY – Frank Henry Corner CMG
Regional Security
Sep/Oct 2014
Vol 39, No 5
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  • Asia’s maritime order and New Zealand’s response – Robert Ayson comments on the South China Sea, Asia’s regional security and New Zealand foreign policy.
  • Trading with China: a success story – Tim Groser reflects on the evolution of New Zealand’s trade relationship with its second largest export market.
  • Helen Clark’s global diplomacy – Ken Ross review the performance of New Zealand’s most prominent female political figure.
  • India’s 2014 elections: the BJP’s victory – Sagarika Dutt reviews the triumph of Narendra Modi’s party in the recent Indian elections.
  • The way forward – Peter Kennedy provides a New Zealand perspective on patchwork governance.
    Daniel Innerarity and Javier Solaner (eds): Humanity at Risk: The Need for Global Governance (Roderic Alley).
    Jaroro J. Ingram: The Charismatic Leadership Phenomenon in Radical and Militant Islamism (Anthony Smith).
    Elizabeth Van Wie Davis: Ruling, Resources and Religion in China: Managing the Multiethnic State in the 21st Century (Jack Georgieff).
    Representing New Zealand abroad – Sir Jerry Mateparae reflects on his international role as governor-general.  
  • OBITUARY – John Vivian Scott
Indian Elections
Jul/Aug 2014
Vol 39, No 3
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  • India votes: a Modi landslide - Ashok Sharma provides an overview of the recent elections in India and suggests likely policy directions under the new administration.
  • Mod's rise: the far flank implications - Balaji Chandramohan comments on India's strategic orientation after the general elections and foresees possible porblems in the nuclear field.
  • Jim Bolger's global diplomacy - Ken Ross assesses the National prime minister's contribution to the process of establishing New Zealand as a progressive small state.
  • Stoking the engine of growth - Tim Groser discusses the Trans-Pacific Partnership and trade integration in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Disarmament: the balance sheet - Angela Kane asks whether the world is listening to Secreatary-General Ban Ki-moon's calls for progress.
  • Russia-New Zealand ties: two looming milestones - Ian McGibbon notes several anniversaries in relations between New Zealand and Russia that will occur in August 2014.
  • India's hungry and enslaved - Badar Alam Iqbal examines two major problems confronting India.
  • CONFERENCE REPORT: Global security - Brian Lynch reports on a recent conference in Bratislava.
    David Grant: The Mighty Totara: The Life andTimes of Norman Kirk (Michael Bassett)
    Paul Danahar: The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring (Anthony Smith)
    Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel (eds): The Syria Dilemma (Anthony Smith)
    David Finkel: Thank You for Your Sevice (Stephen Hoadley)
Drone Strikes
May/Jun 2014
Vol 39, No 3
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  • Drone strikes: ethics and strategy - Natalie Dalziel discusses the United States' increasing prospensity to use drones in its global fight against terrorism.
  • David Lange's global diplomacy - Ken Ross assesses the performance of a former Labour prime minister.
  • New Zealand and the world: challenges we must meet - Winston Peters outlines New Zealand First's approach to international affairs.
  • Finding our way in a transformed world - Terence O'Brien discusses New Zealand's place in the international system in a atime of rapid globalisation.
  • Paths to victory - Christopher Paul discusses what history tells us about how to defeat insurgencies.
  • China's maritime strategy - Balaji Chandramohan comments on China's aspirations to become a global power.
  • Questioning our natural alliance - Hugh Steadman calls for more careful assessment of New Zealand's interests when supporting the Western alliance in response to contentious international events.
  • Book Reviews:
    RACHEL MILLER: Wife and Baggage to Follow (Peter Kennedy)
    MARLENE LARUELLE AND SEBASTION PEYROUSE: The Chinese Question in Central Asia, Domestic Order, Social Change, and the Chinese Factor (Dmitry Shlapentokh)
    LEADBETTER: Peace, Poer and Politics: How New Zealand Beacame Nuclear Free(Gerald Hensley)
  • Institute notes.
Discovering Asia
March/April 2014
Vol 39, No 2
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  • Discovering Asia
  • Norman Kirk's global diplomacy
  • The Colombo chogm: a troubling outcome
  • Diplomatic postings: the case for non-professional appointees
  • Going north
  • Tonga's risky seabed mining ventures
International Law
January/February 2014
Vol 39, No 1
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  • A century of international arbitration and adjudication
  • On the frontline of democracy
  • New Zealand's global diplomacy story-book
  • The trans-Tasman link: more than the sum of the two parts
  • India: new focus, new opportunities
  • The Maritime guerrillas: a sign of things to come?
  • The South Pacific rediscovered?