Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Views from Asia on the Ukraine Crisis

Dr Anita PerkinsThe violent conflict in the Ukraine has been a constant backdrop to our thinking here in New Zealand over the past several weeks. Unbearable images of suffering are broadcast on the news daily. According to the Council on Foreign Relations there have ... Continue Reading >>

Covid-19 Delta Variant Causes Widespread Devastation in Southeast Asia

By Dr Anita PerkinsIn recent days our lives have been abruptly thrown into uncertainty as the Delta variant of Covid-19 has reached New Zealand shores and caused the entire country to go into level-4 lockdown.Meanwhile our neighbours in Southeast Asia are ... Continue Reading >>

Outlook bleak for Myanmar despite Indonesian-led ASEAN efforts

By Anita PerkinsOn 1 February 2021 Myanmar suffered a military takeover.On 24 April Indonesian President Joko Widodo hosted a summit of ASEAN leaders in an attempt to make headway on the crisis in Myanmar. The summit was attended by Myanmar’s coup leader, Senior ... Continue Reading >>

Constitutional Law in a time of democratic decline

Constitutional Law in a time of democratic decline Address to the Asia Forum meeting held at Bell Gully, Board Room 171 Featherston Street Wellington, 10 March 2021, 5.30pm. Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer QCSpeech ... Continue Reading >>

Challenges to democracy in Myanmar and the U.S.

Dr Anita PerkinsIn recent months we’ve seen challenges to democracy the U.S. and Myanmar which pose both domestic and international security threats. These developments are especially unwelcome in light of the global cooperation required to address the Covid-19 ... Continue Reading >>