Welcome to Trans-Tasman Tales, the free podcast by the Australian High Commission in New Zealand.
In today’s episode we’re joined by Dean of the Australia New Zealand School of Government, Professor Ken Smith to talk about the public sector and why it needs to well educated and research-led.
The full episode is available here.
This week’s guest blogger is Quinton Devlin, Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)
Photo by http://www.ramsi.org/
Shortly after the first rays of dawn hit the tarmac of the Honiara international airport on 24 July 2003, Australian and New Zealand police, soldiers and civilians – along with forces from eventually 13 other Pacific Islands nations – began landing in Solomon Islands to help a neighbour ravaged by five years of ethnically-charged conflict. These men and women formed the first elements of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, widely known as RAMSI.
This week’s blog is by First Secretary Alanna Mackay on the recent World Humanitarian Summit, and what that means for the Pacific –
“Geography is destiny” is a much debated diplomatic polemic, reportedly first uttered by Napoleon.* The saying may be an oversimplification, but it has always had an element of truth to it. There is no doubt that people’s opportunity and threat analysis has always been heavily influenced by who is nearby. States such as Singapore, Italy or Kazakhstan have traditionally had a fundamentally different set of strategic calculations than Australia and New Zealand because of geography.