Mar 28 • 2HR 0M

Forging an Independent Foreign Policy for Aotearoa New Zealand: Terence O'Brien imprint

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We shed light on world events and bring perspectives, so that New Zealanders may be better informed and make better decisions. Maty Nikkhou-O'Brien Founder & Executive Director Diplosphere is a non-partisan think tank which aims to promote independent thinking and diplomacy. Our mission is to stimulate curiosity in world affairs for people of all stripes. We provide a forum on international affairs and trade through critical analyses and private and public events. We examine current international issues through several perspectives, to provide objective, balanced, and rigorous analyses.
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Terence O'Brien was a diplomat (qualified as "legendary" by Helen Clark), free thinker, and giant of NZ foreign policy who helped secure his country's seat at the UN Security Council 1992-93 against the odds. He served Aotearoa New Zealand with distinction for over 40 years in the foreign service, and as founding director of the Centre for Strategic Studies. This panel discussion includes
The Rt Hon Jim Bolger ONZ, former prime minister
Chris Seed, Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, MFAT
Michael Powles, former NZ ambassador to Indonesia, China, the UN in New York, and the Pacific; Senior Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies
Malcolm McKinnon, New Zealand historian, adjunct associate professor, Victoria University
John O'Brien, CEO, Carbon Market Solutions; former advisor at UNDP
Chair: Maty Nikkhou-O'Brien and Dan O'Brien, Founders, Diplosphere