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Geopolitics after Covid-19: Who can NZ trust?

Given our inability to expect responsible leadership from China or the US, and the risks of reigniting the spread of the virus, coalitions of the trusted will only emerge slowly, write Robert Ayson and David Capie.

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The Foreign Policy Cupboard is Bare this Election

While economic recovery and public health has taken priority in the upcoming election, there is little discussion about NZ's foreign or defence policy, writes Prof. Rob Ayson.

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Incline: NZ's place in the world

Incline, edited by CSS Director Dr David Capie and Professor Robert Ayson, is an independent website which publishes analysis and commentary on issues and trends that impact New Zealand's international relations.

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