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Paul G. Buchanan: NZ’s Security Council Bid

Tuesday, 5 June 2012, 10:58 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

On May 24, 2012 the foreign ministers of the US and New Zealand met for bilateral meetings after the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Chicago. Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar were topics of discussion, but the real news was the US's tacit endorsement ... More >>

Paul Buchanan: On Iran, NZ’s Silence Speaks of Subtle Shift

Wednesday, 21 March 2012, 11:05 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

As one of the most conspicuous non-nuclear states in the world, New Zealand has a long history of involvement with non-proliferation and disarmament issues. It is a long-standing member of the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) and ... More >>

Paul Buchanan: A new containment policy in the South Pacific

Friday, 24 February 2012, 11:45 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul Buchanan writes: One of the interesting aspects of the leaked emails between Foreign Minister Murray McCully and MP Johns Hayes, a former diplomat, is the latter’s mention of the need to “resist” China’s growing presence in the South Pacific... More >>

Paul Buchanan: Bainimarama channels Pinochet

Tuesday, 13 December 2011, 2:47 pm | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul G. Buchanan writes: The Fijian military regime fronted by Commodore Bainimarama has promised elections in 2014... But the ambitious objectives cannot be achieved within the timeframe currently outlined for the constitutional re-draft and elections. More >>

A Word From Afar - The Unspoken Election Issue

Monday, 21 November 2011, 2:38 pm | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul G. Buchanan writes: Conspicuous by its absence from this year’s election campaign is mention of foreign policy. The lack of attention is surprising given how important foreign relations are to the national well-being. More >>

Paul Buchanan On Public Goods and Private Bads

Friday, 21 October 2011, 4:28 pm | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul Buchanan writes: Much has been written about the difference between public goods and private goods, including issues of fungibility versus liquidity in the allocation of each. Less attention has been devoted to the issue of public and private bads... More >>

Paul G. Buchanan On The PM And The NZSAS "Mentoring"

Friday, 30 September 2011, 11:49 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul G. Buchanan writes: When John Key authorized the re-deployment of an SAS company to serve as counter-terrorism advisors to the Afghan Police's Crisis Response Unit (CRU) in 2009, he was authorizing a mission that differed from the theater from 2001-2005. More >>

A Word From Afar: Is NATO No More?

Friday, 8 July 2011, 8:43 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

The Cold War ended as a result of the ideological defeat of Stalinism, materially reflected in the dissolution of its regional security apparatus in Europe. When the Soviet Union and its dependents collapsed at the turn of the 1990s, the Warsaw Pact ... More >>

Paul G. Buchanan: A Door Cracks Open in the Little Red Dot

Thursday, 28 April 2011, 8:27 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul Buchanan considers the politics developing inside Singapore and notes on May 7 2011, 2.5 million Singaporeans (out of a total population of 5 million) go to the polls. As a one party-dominant authoritarian state, the outcome is already assured... More >>

Paul Buchanan: Middle Eastern Transitions - A Skeptic's View

Thursday, 17 February 2011, 8:37 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul Buchanan writes that while the wave of demonstrations sweeping the Middle East have served as a wake up call to autocrats and foreign sponsors, it is not “revolutionary” nor ‘democratic'. Such terms are not grounded in a realistic assessment... More >>

Leaked Cables Detail Evolution Of Post 9/11 Foreign Policy

Tuesday, 21 December 2010, 9:41 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul G. Buchanan analysis: The Wikileaks publication of US diplomatic correspondence about New Zealand foreign policy paints an interesting picture of the evolution of the country’s approach to international relations in the post 9/11 era... More >>

Paul G. Buchanan: In Defence of Cross-Border Raids

Monday, 4 October 2010, 9:55 pm | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul Buchanan writes that cross-border US military raids by drones against Taliban & al-Qaeda in west Pakistan has sparked considerable debate, but recent Iranian raids on Kurdish militant bases in northern Iraq have received less critical attention... More >>

Paul Buchanan: New Zealand’s Coming Melian Dilemma

Tuesday, 14 September 2010, 9:32 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul Buchanan writes that New Zealand’s contemporary foreign policy approach is to straddle the fence between East and West. Economically, New Zealand sees its future rooted in Asia, with China being its primary partner. A dilemma is developing... More >>

NZ's Responsibility To Protect In Afghanistan

Tuesday, 17 August 2010, 9:16 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul Buchanan writes that NZ’s first combat death and NZSAS involvement in the transfer of prisoners to a notorious detention centre in Afghanistan have elicited debate about whether it should continue its contribution to the NATO-led force. More >>

Paul Buchanan: Two Sides of the Afghan COIN

Tuesday, 29 June 2010, 10:52 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul Buchanan writes that the dismissal of General Stanley McChrystal as commander of US and International Security Assistance forces in Afghanistan for what amounted to insubordination goes beyond the issues of civil-military relations in a democracy. More >>

Paul G. Buchanan: Dissecting North Korean Madness

Monday, 24 May 2010, 1:09 pm | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul Buchanan writes: "One of the most impenetrable mysteries of contemporary comparative politics is discerning the rationale behind the behaviour of the North Korean regime... The latest evidence of its aberrant nature is provided by the March 26 torpedo attack ... More >>

Paul G. Buchanan: Is Being All Against Enough?

Monday, 12 April 2010, 9:25 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

One simple way of distinguishing between political ideologies and political movements is to focus on whether they are proactive or reactive in nature. That is to say, the dividing line is drawn by whether they are founded upon being for or against ... More >>

Paul Buchanan: A Corporate Makeover for the NZSIS

Thursday, 25 March 2010, 10:18 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul Buchanan analyses the recent annual report of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, unearths some surprising covert additions, and writes: it represents the latest statement of the corporate reform project at work within the NZSIS... More >>

Paul Buchanan: Why The NZDF Is In Afghanistan

Tuesday, 26 January 2010, 11:27 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

A Word From Afar: Why the NZDF is in Afghanistan. Paul G. Buchanan 26-01-10 The controversial publication of photographs of NZSAS soldiers in action in Kabul has again raised questions about the reasons why New Zealand military forces are deployed ... More >>

Paul Buchanan: The Strategic Utility of Terrorism

Thursday, 19 November 2009, 9:27 am | Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

A Word From Afar: Paul Buchanan writes: One of the axioms of counter-terrorism is that the nastiness of the atrocity is inversely proportional to the terrorist’s chances of success. That is to say, the worse the act, then less likely that terrorist ... More >>

 

 

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