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Confronting Sharp Power.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

  Source:   International relations is about exercising power to achieve objectives on the global stage. The actors that do so are states, companies, non-governmental organizations or criminal and non-state political actors acting directly or as proxies. The tools they employ have traditionally included hard power, which is the threat and use of diplomatic, economic […]

Arms Smuggling Into PNG From Indonesia As Elections Draw Close

Written by 36th Parallel on Friday, May 11th, 2012

Arms Smuggling Into PNG From Indonesia As Elections Draw Close First published in the Post-Courier and Pacific Scoop (Pacific Media Centre) Report – By Frank Rai in Port Moresby. Police in Vanimo have confirmed a gun running syndicate operating between the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia is smuggling high-powered firearms into the […]

Bainimarama channels Pinochet

Written by Paul Buchanan on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

36th Parallel External Report, 13 December 2011 – The Fijian military-bureaucratic regime fronted by Commodore “Frank” Bainimarama has promised elections for September 2014, these having been preceded by a constitutional consultation process that is to produce a new Charter in September 2013. The timetabling of the elections will follow ratification of the new Constitution. Analysis […]

New Zealand’s Unspoken Election Issue

Written by Paul Buchanan on Monday, November 21st, 2011

36th Parallel External Report, 21 November 2011 – Conspicuous by its absence from this year’s election campaign is mention of foreign policy. The SAS Afghanistan deployment was brought up once in the first Leaders debate, on Saturday Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced New Zealand’s foreign policy achievements (mostly to do with trade) at the East […]

Leaked Cables Detail Evolution Of Post 9/11 Foreign Policy

Written by Paul Buchanan on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

36th Parallel External Report, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 – 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, set against the backdrop of the chill in relations between the two states caused by the […]

New Zealand’s Coming Melian Dilemma

Written by Paul Buchanan on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

36th Parallel External Report, 14 September 2010 – 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… Analysis – By Paul G. Buchanan. First published at […]

Fiji An Icon Of Pacific Constitutional Instability

Written by Selwyn Manning on Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

36th Parallel External Report, 01 November 2006 – Why Fiji’s Army Believes It Has A Right To Overthrow Its Government – Last week, while covering the Forum in Nadi, Fiji, Scoop sought the views of Fijians as to why their military was threatening to over-throw the Fijian government. Should the demands of Fiji’s military commander […]

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