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New Zealand’s Ardern Continues Tilt Toward the West at the UN
September 28, 2022

New Zealand’s Ardern Continues Tilt Toward the West at the UN

By Geoffrey Miller
The Russia-Ukraine War was a major dividing line at the U.N. General Assembly, and Ardern largely spoke with those of a similar mindset.

Jacinda Ardern Strikes a Softer Tone on China
August 02, 2022

Jacinda Ardern Strikes a Softer Tone on China

By Geoffrey Miller
Throughout a recent speech, New Zealand’s prime minister was mild with her criticism of China and optimistic about the health and future of the bilateral relationship.
New Zealand Will Not Join the US Coalition Against China Anytime Soon
July 06, 2022

New Zealand Will Not Join the US Coalition Against China Anytime Soon

By Nicholas Khoo
Wellington’s deeply ingrained tradition of foreign policy independence and robust economic ties to China serve as a considerable constraint on major policy change.

A Return to Values-based Foreign Policy in New Zealand
July 01, 2022

A Return to Values-based Foreign Policy in New Zealand

By Guy C. Charlton
As the recent U.S.-New Zealand joint statement makes clear, the values aspect in New Zealand’s diplomacy remains a priority in its Pacific diplomacy. 

Tale of 2 Summits: Why Jacinda Ardern Said No to the Commonwealth, But Yes to NATO
June 21, 2022

Tale of 2 Summits: Why Jacinda Ardern Said No to the Commonwealth, But Yes to NATO

By Geoffrey Miller
Prioritizing the NATO meeting over the Commonwealth highlights the changes underway in New Zealand's foreign policy.

Why Is New Zealand’s Defense Minister Visiting South Korea?
June 13, 2022

Why Is New Zealand’s Defense Minister Visiting South Korea?

By Geoffrey Miller
When it comes to geopolitical strategy, New Zealand and South Korea are becoming closer by the day.

Jacinda Ardern Is Bringing New Zealand Closer to the US
May 03, 2022

Jacinda Ardern Is Bringing New Zealand Closer to the US

By Geoffrey Miller
The New Zealand prime minister’s speech to this week’s U.S. Business Summit in Auckland signals a closer alignment with the West – and skepticism toward China.
How Significant Is New Zealand’s New Russia Sanctions Law?
March 09, 2022

How Significant Is New Zealand’s New Russia Sanctions Law?

By Geoffrey Miller
The law was motivated by a desire to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine but will have long-term implications for New Zealand’s policy toward China as well.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Will Change New Zealand’s Foreign Policy
March 01, 2022

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Will Change New Zealand’s Foreign Policy

By Geoffrey Miller
New Zealand is preparing new domestic sanctions legislation in response, a signal that its long-held balancing between East and West may be at an end.

New Zealand’s Subtly Shifting Foreign Policy
January 28, 2022

New Zealand’s Subtly Shifting Foreign Policy

By Lifang Peng
In the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic and the China-U.S. trade war have forced the New Zealand government to diversify its trade and diplomatic relations.

Decoding Nanaia Mahuta’s First Foreign Trip
November 17, 2021

Decoding Nanaia Mahuta’s First Foreign Trip

By Geoffrey Miller
New Zealand’s foreign minister is on her first trip overseas: a seven-country tour of Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, the UAE, Qatar, the U.S., and Canada.
Pacific Nations Have an Interest in Challenging China’s Expansive Maritime Claims
October 18, 2021

Pacific Nations Have an Interest in Challenging China’s Expansive Maritime Claims

By Phuong Vu
Small island nations have a strong reason to prevent the de facto acceptance of Beijing's interpretations of international law.

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