New Zealand Foreign Policy in an Era of Great Power Competition


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When: Mar 20 2019 - 3:30pm until Mar 20 2019 - 5:00pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

New Zealand Foreign Policy in an Era of Great Power Competition

An Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Dr. David Capie
Director, Centre for Strategic Studies Victoria University of Wellington

Dr. Satu Limaye (Moderator)
Director, East-West Center in Washington

New Zealand is a close U.S. partner but also has a vitally important economic relationship with China. The PRC takes around 25% of NZ exports, is the largest source of international students, the second largest source of tourists (after Australia), and Left to right: David Capie and Dr. Satu Limayean increasingly important source of foreign direct investment. Yet while New Zealand’s close economic ties with China have drawn attention and even criticism from some US commentators, much less attention has been paid to the fact that over the last decade New Zealand’s defense and security relationship with Washington has grown closer than any time since the 1980s, with some even describing it as a “de facto alliance”. This seminar explored recent developments in relations between New Zealand, China and the United States. It discussed some of the most pressing issues, including shifts in New Zealand’s defense policy, and debates about Chinese political influence and interference. It outlined nascent policy responses, and examined some of the challenges New Zealand faces as relations between Washington and Beijing grow increasingly confrontational.

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David Capie is Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies and an Associate Professor in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests focus on conflict and security issues, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, and New Zealand's foreign relations. He has authored or co-authored three books and numerous articles and book chapters. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, and is also a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum Expert and Eminent Persons’ Group.

Satu Limaye is the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: The Indian Ocean in Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Policies (forthcoming); Russia's Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (forthcoming); Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What that Means for the US; America’s 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions (with Robert Sutter); The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.

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