The Rules-Based Order and how New Zealand could better defend itself from nuclear war and climate change.

Blog No. 202 This blog with a preface from the Editor appeared in a recent Scoop newsletter. Scoop The Dig recently contained a most timely item by Robert Patman on the foreign policy challenge facing New Zealand’s new government. Patman advocates New Zealand adding its diplomatic voice to those nations wishing to revise the status […]

Nuclear Disarmament: Part III: Climbing the Utopian Ladder.

Blog 201: A previous blog proposed the establishment of a NZ Strategic Policy Institute (NZSPI.)  NZ Think Tank This would be a think-tank modelled on Australia’s ASPI, but with a huge difference. The Australian think tank is funded by governments actively involved in confrontation with China and by major defence corporations that benefit from that […]

Disarmament: Part II: The Obstacle Course

Blog 201: Part II In the light of global governments’ incompetence in creating and coping with the crises of nuclear war, pandemic and climate/environment, improved outcomes from governmental decision-making are urgently required. Perhaps nations should consider arranging constitutional conventions. It is notable that a country high on the ‘Goodness Index’ is Ireland Ireland It stands […]

Disarmament: Part I. NZ’s challenge: setting the scene

Blog No: 201. New Zealand’s new, Labour government has no shortage of domestic policy questions requiring urgent attention. However, while dealing to these pressing matters it has also to be taking note of matters overseas.  There are multiple problems besetting the international community. These, in their turn, will beset NZ. Such problems, originating in other […]

Blog No. 200: Part V: What is to be done?

The war advocate most recognisable as the MIC’s public face is former head of the CIA and currently Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. (My reading is that Trump, though Pompeo’s boss, is less committed to war-mongering confrontation but, like his probable successor, has little choice but to sing to the MIC’s song-sheet.) This article gives […]

Blog 200: Part IV: Duped!

There is now open, but not yet kinetic, confrontation. In the red corner we have the Eurasian alliance of China and Russia. In the blue, we have the Western alliance of NATO, the other Five Eyes countries (including NZ) and sundry subordinated states. With the MIC having invested so heavily in the US election, there […]

Blog No 200: Part III: The growing peril.

Blog No. 200:  Part III : The growing Peril. Recently, a former NZ Minister of Defence wrote in the NZ International Review, a journal with a defence establishment, diplomatic and academic readership interested in foreign affairs, “Nuclear war and the fears it gave rise to are now much less likely.” It is alarming that someone […]

Blog No.200: Part II: The MIC

The MIC (aka ‘Deep State.’)   This is the Military-Industrial complex that, so long ago, Eisenhower warned was in danger of usurping the US government. In the interim, it has done so and has used its vast cash-flow to suborn the Congress. According to Christian Sorensen, in his just published ‘Understanding the War Industry’ War Industry […]

Blog No.200: Part I: War & Apathy

This is the 200th Blog since I sat down in October 2014, to write Blog No 1. Looking back, I realise that I have been writing as much for the sake of clarifying my own thoughts in regard to international relations, as for clarifying those of the limited numbers, who actually read what I have […]

The Road to War

Blog 199 The recent UN summit of world leaders showed a world in total disarray. Disarray The Western ‘rules based system,’ based on social inequality, is now in open conflict (war by other means) with a Chinese communalist alternative that is challenging its economic and political supremacy.  The Americans use the term ‘ communist’ as […]