When we discuss poverty, the two extremes seem to fall in two categories: beneficiaries and the uber rich. The “middle class” seems to be an amorphous blob which fills the gap between the two, and (according to the law of post-90s politics) is the demographic which politicians have to appeal for votes. There is no … More Have we forgotten about the working poor?
Originally published in The Herald Contrary to popular belief, there is often a fine line between pragmatism and idealism. The art of welding the two together is what makes for great public presentation – and that can often lead to a better outcome for everyone involved. It’s about setting goals, and achieving those practically. … More Principles and politics: Manus Island
Let me begin strong – there was no way I would ever have agreed to the TPPA when it was American interests driving the entire deal. With the Trump administration dropping out and Canada boycotting the final agreement of the TPP11 (TPPA minus America) it seems the free-trade agreement was dead. But like everything in … More The kinda-new TPPA: We should have cautious optimism
The purpose of this policy paper is to state objectives and find solutions to eliminate the persecution of individuals in the Syria and Iraq regions. As there is current sectarian warfare and intervention by foreign states, heavy consideration must be placed on the largest actors in these regions, specifically the Syrian President Bashar-al Assad and … More A policy paper on Syria and Iraq
The Rwandan genocide was an atrocity which had tremendous global repercussions. It came at a time when, after two world wars and the Cold War, the international community had vastly different values and norms than was presented by Rwanda in 1994. What this essay will attempt to cover is the background of the conflict, … More The Rwandan Genocide
One can assume that ‘independence’ means complete self-determination of a state and practises non-reliance. With many former African colonies, the relationship between coloniser and colony post-independence is far more nuanced. This paper will focus on the states in Africa which were once French territories, and examine the relationship dynamics that emerged from separation, and how … More Africa and France – a tale of colonization
The issue of climate change is a global one, but of particular urgency to New Zealand. Rising sea levels, weather anomalies and resource scarcity has left the Pacific particularly vulnerable. Climate change must be securitized so that a policy framework can be established to reflect the dangers it presents. If viewed through this lens, the … More New Zealand and climate change – what we can do
Oberthur’s main argument consists of establishing normative features extracted from the European Union’s (EU) climate policy and imposing them internationally; that it has been a consistent and powerful force in shaping “higher politics” and will continue to be. Oberthaur cites a steady decline in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from the EU since 1992 and … More “Where to go from Paris? The European Union in climate geopolitics” Sebastian Oberthür – A review
Introduction In a world where free-trade is ubiquitous and normative, it is logical that the current regime would be considered the solution to climate change. The debate then turns to one of how we do that; whether market liberalism will lead to climate solutions, or that the state, as institutionalism argues, needs to take a … More Is the market or government the solution to climate change and environmental destruction?
Originally published in the Hawke’s Bay Today Hawke’s Bay has had continuous issues with water. The ones that are of most concern include the continued extraction of water via the Hertaunga aquifer by Miracle Water with no cost, and irrigation schemes which soak up vast amounts, and is epitomised in the Ruataniwha Dam project. … More Our reliance on a failed model