New Zealand International Review

bimonthly journal devoted to the discussion and understanding of international issues that affect New Zealand.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, March-April

Confronting Iraq in a Vision Vacuum: Gerald McGhie Questions the Wisdom of the Bush Administration's Approach to the Problem of Iraq
Without lifting a finger directly against the United States Saddam Hussein has ousted Osama bin Laden from the international centre stage. At the time of writing (mid-January), it is not certain whether the United States/Western coalition will invade...
Decommissioning the Russian Far East Fleet's Nuclear Submarines: Ron Smith Reports on a Vladivostok Conference That Focused on a Worrying Legacy of the Cold War
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union built up the largest fleet of nuclear-propelled submarines in the world, with something under half of them stationed in the Far East. Since the demise of the Soviet Union many of these vessels have been taken out...
Dr Colin Campbell Aikman, CBE (1919-2002). (Obituary)
Colin Campbell Aikman, a former president and director of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, died shortly before Christmas 2002 in his 84th year. His life was shaped by intelligence of the highest order, great industry, a wide view...
Institute Notes: National Office and Branch Activities
Gerald McGhie relinquished his position as Director at the end of the year. At the final Standing Committee, the President, Sir Kenneth Keith, paid tribute to his achievements, not only in organising successful seminars but also in addressing the NZIR's...
Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Putting the Jigsaw Together: Rebecca Lineham Reports on a Conference Run by Wilton Park in the United Kingdom
Reconstructing a country after conflict is a bit like building a jigsaw puzzle with pieces missing, too many corner pieces and a lot of blue sky. And then someone shows you the partly completed picture from the last attempt and somehow that should...
Stretching the UN'S Envelope of Credibility: Kennedy Graham Assesses the Legitimacy of the United Nations' Approach to the Question of Regime Change in Light of Its Dealings on Iraq
The decision of the Security Council in resolution 1441 to hold Iraq to exacting standards of disarmament is a milestone in the annals of UN politics. Its unanimity, said the Secretary-General, afforded it the `unique legitimacy' that comes only from...
The Chinese Leadership Succession: Does It Complete or Continue? Jianhai Bi Provides a Perspective on the 16th Chinese Communist Party Congress and Its Ramifications
A major change in China's leadership brought about at the conclusion of the 16th Party Congress in mid-November 2002 is the most significant political event in China for a decade. Compared with previous political transitions that had been tainted by...
The Zimbabwe Crisis: Reluctance, Inadequacy or Another Rubicon to Cross? Jo-Ansie Van Wyk Backgrounds South Africa's Diplomatic Efforts to Address the Zimbabwe Issue
In light of Zimbabwe's persisting economic and political decay and mounting international and domestic criticism of the South African approach to that country, South Africa's inability to influence Zimbabwean events for the better would seem patent....
Zambia: Scaling Back the Rot: Stephen Chan Comments on a New President and Old Disquiets for Zambia
The Zambian elections conducted just after Christmas 2001 were bitterly contested by several parties and presidential candidates, and the results provoked complaints of rigging and fraud. Although Levy Mwanawasa was declared president, and his ruling...