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The New Zealand Centre for Global Studies is a non-profit organisation. We conduct research and policy analysis on global affairs and New Zealand’s role within that realm.
What We Do
Global Citizenship & Education
Global Citizenship as a concept involves the idea of institutional construction of allegiance that is no longer bound by or centred upon the formal relationship that an individual has to their own territorial society as embedded in the form of a state. Traditional citizenship is being remolded into the concept of Global Citizenship by activism associated with the global community’s transnational economic, political and social evolution. Learn More
Global Law & Governance
Global Law and Governance does not mean ‘world government’ in a federalist sense, but rather a global framework of coordination among international organizations, national governments, civil society and the private sector, with the United Nations playing a central role. It involves issues of global commons that transcend direct jurisdictional control by the nation state. Learn More
Global Security & Disarmament
Global Security traditionally refers to measures taken by states and international organisations including the United Nations, European Union and others to ensure mutual survival and safety. Measures include military action and diplomatic agreements such as treaties and conventions. NZCGS focuses its work on global security and impending human security in the 21st century global condition. Learn More
Global Sustainability & Climate
Global Sustainability is the second existential threat facing humanity, equivalent in magnitude and danger to the existence of nuclear weapons. The Centre therefore treats Global Security and Global Sustainability as the two thematic programmes, of equal import and urgency. In many ways, sustainability is a more complicated danger than weapons, because it has to do with how humans conduct their daily lives. Learn More
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A stunning panoramic photograph of the Port Hills in Christchurch was taken one week after the terrorist attack on the city’s mosques. The art was entitled ‘The Silence’ and donated to the Salaam Exhibition at Grafton Regional Gallery, Australia. The exhibition was set up to draw attention to the dangers of extremism and raise money for victims of the mosque attacks. Read more.
1 September 2021 marked the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty.
The Centre’s former Director, Dr Kennedy Graham commemorates the occasion with an insightful piece on the issues that differentiate New Zealand and Australia in policy-making, how the ANZUS Treaty has been the lightning rod for their interconnection, and how New Zealand views the Treaty today.
Read the piece here.
Dr Kennedy Graham, the Centre’s founding Director, has completed a Working Paper on the Climate Commission’s Report and the 2019 Act. It is based on the implications for Governance and Policy-making, in collaboration with the Victoria University of Wellington’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.
The Centre held its 8th Annual Global Affairs Lecture on 6 December, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm. The Lecture was given by New Zealand’s Minister of Climate Change, Hon James Shaw, who had just returned from the UN’s COP26 (Glasgow), where he co-chaired a critical working group on transparency.
The title of the Lecture was: “The UN and Climate Negotiations: Implications for our planet and country.” The Minister’s talk can be found here NZCGS – 8th Annual Global Affairs Lecture
The Centre is delighted to publish a policy brief on Japan and the Regional Order. The author, Dr Thomas Wilkins is a Senior Lecturer in International Security at the Department of Government and International Relations (GIR) at the University of Sydney. He is also a Senior Fellow (Non-Resident) at the Japan institute for International Affairs (JIIA) think-tank in Tokyo. He specializes in Asia-Pacific/Indo Pacific security issues, middle power and alignment theory.
He has published widely in academic journal such as Review of International Studies, The Pacific Review and Australian Journal of International Affairs. He co-edited the volume Rethinking Middle Powers in the Asian Century: New Theories New Cases (Taylor & Francis 2018), and his latest monograph is entitled Security in Asia Pacific: The Dynamics of Alignment with Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2019.
Read the brief in its entirety here: Japan and the Regional Order.
Blogs From Our Experts
On 8-9 August, the Centre, in collaboration with the Toda Peace Institute (Tokyo), convened a Symposium at the University of Auckland. The primary subject was: Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament: Conflicting perspectives in an age of tension The symposium was marked...
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it may be necessary to move the Doomsday Clock forward to just one minute to midnight. The world needs a new global security architecture to constrain nuclear weapons, hypersonic missiles, killer pathogens, and the mounting...
Proving that history does irony, banks that once feared masked robbers now fear mask-free customers. But does history also do mockery? The 1984 Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed away on Boxing Day in Cape Town. Almost a decade ago, Tutu refused to...
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