Institute Notes: National Office and Branch Activities

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Institute Notes: National Office and Branch Activities


HE Bruno Julien, the Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Australia and New Zealand, addressed a meeting at the National Office on 13 June. Another meeting was held on 29 June to hear Tony Pawson (UK Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence) speak on 'Defence Intelligence: Meeting the 21st Century Challenges'. In July the NZIIA hosted a meeting with Dr Marcos Jank, President of the Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations.

Two books have been launched recently at Victoria University of Wellington, both by former Foreign Minister Russell Marshall: New Zealand and the World: The Major Foreign Policy Issues, 2005-2010, edited by Brian Lynch, on 21 August, and Dr Malcolm Templeton's Standing Upright Here, New Zealand in the Nuclear Age 1945-1990 on 28 September.

On 9 October the NZIIA's fifth annual foreign policy lecture was given in Wellington by Dr Han Seung-soo, a former Deputy Prime Minister (1996-97) and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2002-02) of the Republic of Korea. His topic was 'North East Asia--A Strategic Perspective'. (The text of this address is to be found elsewhere in this issue.)

A seminar on Korea-New Zealand relations, 'Partners for the Future in a Changing Asia', was conducted jointly with the Korea New Zealand Business Council at Victoria University of Wellington on 10 October. (It is intended to publish some of the papers from this seminar in the next issue of the NZIR.)

Auckland

On 22 June a joint meeting was held with the New Zealand Asia Institute to hear Professor Robert Sutter (Georgetown University) speak on 'US Policy and Prospects in Asia during the George W. Bush Administration'. On 30 June the branch heard Professor Robert Redeker on 'The Myth of Sport--a Danger for the People?; completing a series of addresses on the same topic that the French philosopher and writer gave to various NZIIA branches following the Otago Foreign Policy School. Other meetings included:

2 Aug HE Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani (Ambassador of Iran), 'Iran: The Nuclear Issue and Policy Toward the Middle East'.

14 Sep Prof Anthony Cordesman (Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington), 'The Growing Crisis in the Greater Middle East'.

4 Oct Athol Forrest (Director, International Defence Relations, NZDF HQ), 'The Crisis in East Timor: A New Zealand Perspective"

Christchurch

On 22 June Redeker addressed a joint NZIIA-Alliance Francaise meeting. The following meetings were also held:

26 Jul Susannah Gordon (recently charge d'affaires at the New Zealand Embassy in Dili), 'What Can New Zealand Achieve in East Timor?'

24 Aug Prof Martin Holland (NCRE), 'Making Poverty History: The European Union as a Global Development Super-power'. …

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