David Capie

David Capie is Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

Politics
Jul 9, 2018

NZ has signalled a new, tougher stance on China. How will Beijing respond?

The most important foreign policy statement we have seen yet from the new government includes a shift in NZ's position on China

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Politics
Oct 30, 2017

How international issues could gatecrash the Ardern honeymoon

Attempts to renegotiate the TPP provide the immediate task, but defence also looms as a big challenge for a government with three key internationally focused positions filled by NZ First MPs

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Politics
Jul 26, 2016

In a little-noticed Laos moment, McCully signals a major turnaround in NZ policy on Thailand

Following a military coup in 2014, high level contacts between Wellington and Bangkok went into deep freeze. Why is that now beginning to thaw, asks David Capie

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Politics
Jul 13, 2016

Beijing’s rhetoric has been furious. What matters now is the action it takes

The ruling from the Hague on the South China Sea is stunning. The stakes for the region are high, and New Zealand's response notably more cautious than Australia or the US, writes David Capie.

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Politics
Jun 9, 2016

For all the thrill of cyber armies and drones, there’s more to NZ’s new defence strategy

With an increased emphasis on our immediate neighbourhood and non-traditional defence activities, the Defence White Paper strikes a refreshing balance, writes David Capie

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Politics
Apr 17, 2016

A warning shot has been fired at John Key from China. But why?

The NZ PM has been welcomed to Beijing with a commentary at the state news agency cautioning an 'absolute outsider' against raising the South China Sea dispute, suggesting to do so would imperil trade relations. It follows a shift in tone from NZ on the issue.

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