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CPTPP: a ’7/10 deal’ and the need for independent trade analysis

After New Zealand's Trade Minister, David Parker, signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Chile, he gave the agreement a ‘7 out of 10’. How persuasive are Parker’s claims?
Blog post

New Zealand and China in a fractured world

China is unlikely to be influenced by advice from countries which seem intent on seeking to contain its growth or restrict its role as a great power, writes Michael Powles.
Blog post

Flying into the future: where next for the RNZAF?

Over the weekend of 25-26 February 2017, tens of thousands were thrilled by flying displays hosted at Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Ohakea on the eightieth anniversary of the founding of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The RNZAF opened the Air Tattoo...
Commentary

New Zealand's Security Council doctrine

With a third of New Zealand’s two-year United Nations Security Council stint already complete, it’s timely to determine whether a distinct and consistent New Zealand view has been emerging on the Council. Undertaking this assessment means getting through a veritable pile of statements which New...
Commentary

Leveraging the women, peace and security plan

This year New Zealand will become the 49th country to adopt a National Action Plan (NAP) on women, peace and security. New Zealand’s draft NAP was released in May 2015. It focuses on five areas: (1) ensuring women’s involvement in decision-making within conflict and post-conflict...