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A bridge too far.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Jiaozhou Bay/Qingdao-Haiwan Bridge, China. Photo: Feel the Planet (feel-planet.com).   The Labour-led government in New Zealand has settled on a new mantra when it comes to addressing the US-China rivalry. It claims that New Zealand is ideally situated to become a bridge between the two great powers and an honest broker when it comes to […]

Confronting Sharp Power.

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

  Source: http://akross.info/?k=List+of+magical+weapons++Wikipedia   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 […]

On intelligence oversight, a broader perspective.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Introduction. Director Paul G. Buchanan has been named as a member of the New Zealand Inspector General of Intelligence and Security’s Reference Group, an external interest intermediation panel. The backdrop to his appointment is that historically the IGIS has been a hollow agency posing as an institutional check on the agencies it is statutorily charged […]

Brazil enters the military airlift market, with New Zealand as a target.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

 Photo: Embraer.com   Military aviation has become a global business that transcends strike forces and combat-only platforms. Flexibility in non-military missions such as search and rescue, firefighting and medical evacuation are now added to traditional military airlift missions like troop and weapons transport, airdrop and long-range patrol, surveillance and intelligence gathering. In this analytic brief […]

Occasional Paper Series: Foreign Policy Realignment, Issue Linkage, Institutional Lag and the New Zealand Intelligence Community.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau facility in Waihopai, South Island (41° 34′ 35″ S, 173° 44′ 20″ E). Source: Shultz via Wikimedia Commons.   Introduction.  This essay examines the subject of institutional lag after foreign policy realignment, using as an example the “core “ of the New Zealand intelligence community (the Security Intelligence Service […]

Analytic Brief: Cyber warfare comes to the South Pacific.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Friday, June 12th, 2015

News that Chinese hackers obtained personal details of 4 million US federal employees dating to 1985, following on the heels of similar attacks on the customer records of private insurance companies and retirement funds as well as the internal email networks of the US State Department and White House, demonstrate that a guerrilla cyber-war is […]

Balancing civil liberties and intelligence operations in New Zealand.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

In recent days there have been claims that there has been both more and less spying by New Zealand intelligence agencies. Proponents and opponents of the intelligence community have seized on one or the other claim to argue in favour or against NZ’s involvement in the 5 Eyes signals intelligence network and the expansion of […]

Analytic Brief: Political Fratricide.

Written by Paul Buchanan on Monday, November 26th, 2012

Analytic Brief: Political Fratricide. Paul G. Buchanan “Fratricide.” Reza Karimi. (Source: www.iranianpainting.com/fratricide.htm) Analytic Brief: Political Fratricide. Paul G. Buchanan Introduction: In light of recent events involving the New Zealand Labour Party, this brief explores the phenomenon known as political fratricide and its sub-set, party fratricide. Political fratricide is the tearing apart of a political movement or […]

RNZ Interview: Paul Buchanan IVed On Radio New Zealand On An Investigation Into The GCSB

Written by Selwyn Manning on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

RNZ Interview: Paul Buchanan IVed On Radio New Zealand On An Investigation Into The GCSB RNZ Report: With Paul Buchanan – Security and Intelligence Analyst, and Nicky Hager – Investigative Journalist and Author, whose 1996 book “Secret Power – New Zealand’s role in the international spy network” detailed the surveillance system, ECHELON, used at the […]

Interview: Opposition Grows Against New Zealand Government’s Anti-Boat People/Asylum-Seeker Deterrent Legislation

Written by Selwyn Manning on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Opposition Grows Against New Zealand Government’s Anti-Boat People/Asylum-Seeker Deterrent Legislation TriangleTV Interview: Selwyn Manning With Tracey Barnett – Asylum Seeker Laws – September 10, 2012. The New Zealand National-led Government has initiated legislation that, if passed through its final stages of Parliament, will detain asylum-seekers should they arrive at the nation’s borders in groups of […]

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