New Zealand International Review

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

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, March-April

A Long and Valuable Association: Sir Frank Holmes Reflects on the Importance of the NZIIA to His Early Career
Sir Frank Holmes's involvement with the NZIIA spans more than a half-century. He was the President from 1998 to 2000, and in 2009 was elected by the National Council as one of three inaugural life members. As an NZIIA delegate to the unofficial Commonwealth...
Chogm 2009 and the 'Wider Commonwealth Summit': An Outward-Looking 'Commonwealth@60': W. David McIntyre Comments on the Commonwealth Summit Held at Port of Spain, Trinidad, in the Last Week of November 2009
CHOGM 2009 at Port of Spain, the first held in the Caribbean for 24 years, celebrated 60 years of the modern Commonwealth since the 1949 decision to accept republics as members. But it was a very outward-looking event. Rwanda was accepted as the 54th...
Facing the Challenge of New Zealand's near Abroad: Terence O'Brien Discusses Aspects of New Zealand Policies in the South Pacific
The South Pacific is New Zealand's 'near abroad', and dealings with it can be both complex and challenging. Three benchmarks under-pin New Zealand's approach: the decolonisation period, in which New Zealand played a constructive role; the path-breaking...
Indonesia's Prospects and Challenges: Arifin Panigoro Finds Cause for Hope on the Resurrection of an Asian Economic Tiger
Indonesia has transformed itself into a more stable and promising economy. It is now a member of the G20, an acknowledgment of its contribution to the world's economy. Yet, Indonesia is facing the common challenges for most developing economies: maintaining...
The Politics of Aid: Elizabeth Chan Comments on New Zealand's Overseas Aid Provision Nearly a Year on from the Government's Decision to Reabsorb NZAID into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
With nearly a year having passed since the merging of NZAID back into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, it is possible now to appraise the impact of the changed institutional arrangements. The hasty and premature reorganisation has had a negative...
The Russian Far East: New Directions: Dmitry Shlapentokh Reviews the Sino-Russian Agreement of September 2009 regarding Development of Russia's Eastern Region
Post-Soviet Russia and China have a difficult relationship. Russia, while flirting with China, is fearful of Chinese expansion. Still, the September 2009 agreement between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao indicates...
Trembling on the Nuclear Trigger: Exaggerating the Soviet Threat: Binoy Kampmark Reflects on the False Perceptions Underlying Cold War Nuclear Deterrence Policies
Misunderstandings and false readings often lead to war between states. US-Soviet rivalry may well have precipitated a super-power conflict involving nuclear weapons. Recent declassified material involving a two-volume study by the contractor BDM Corporation,...