The job of Donald Trump’s New Zealand representative would seem a nightmare to some, but Scott Brown says he’s “the luckiest guy in the world”. Brown marks his first year as Washington’s man in Wellington this week, and spoke to Sam Sachdeva about the highs and lows of the job so far.
A senior Kiwi diplomat criticised her Wellington bosses for their scrutiny of a deal with United States lobbyists, saying they were “driving me crazy” and telling the Americans to disregard a timeline inserted into the contract. Sam Sachdeva reports.
That Donald Trump has upended the world of diplomacy is not up for debate. Yet the New Zealand embassy’s decision to engage a US lobbying firm with no prior foreign experience raises questions about the state of our affairs in Washington, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
A chance Washington encounter between a Kiwi diplomat’s Labrador and a US lobbyist with Donald Trump’s phone number made headlines around the world. It led to a six-month, $250,000 relationship - but did New Zealand know what we were getting ourselves into?
Faced with an assertive China and a warring but isolationist United States, Asia is becoming more dangerous by the day. Thomas Coughlan talks to visiting American academic Zack Cooper about the security concerns in the region.
Xi Jinping’s reappointment as Chinese president with no term limits has raised a number of questions. What’s driven the move, should we be afraid, and what are the obstacles in the way of the newly-anointed “People’s Leader”? Sam Sachdeva reports.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has refused to buckle on his country’s deportation of Kiwis, claiming it is both legally and morally right to send back criminals who may never have stepped foot in New Zealand.
To Australian foreign policy expert Allan Gyngell, the world order as we knew it isn’t just changing - it’s over. Gyngell spoke to Sam Sachdeva about what China’s rise and America’s decline means for Australia and New Zealand, and what we can learn from the two countries’ diverging approaches to the Asia-Pacific.
In many ways, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s first foreign policy speech was as much about what she didn’t say as what she did. Sam Sachdeva reports on the main takeaways from Ardern’s address.
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