Small States and the New Security Environment (SSANSE) Conference - College of Arts - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
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Small states and the changing global order: NZ faces the future

3–4 June 2017

Venue: Rooms 102 and 117, John Britten Building, University of Canterbury, 69 Creyke Rd, Ilam, Christchurch, 8041

Hosted by the Department of Political Science and International Relations, School of Language, Social and Political Sciences, College of Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Small states make up half of the membership of the United Nations. Small states may be small in population and size, but they have frequently had a disproportionate effect on global politics and they are more often affected by global shifts in power. This conference provides a critical examination of the foreign policy choices of one typical small state, New Zealand, as it faces the changing global balance of power. Presentations will address a series of questions around the theme of: How will New Zealand adjust to the new geopolitical, geo-economic environment and how prepared are we for the future world order? What are New Zealand’s core strategic interests and how can they be strengthened? How can New Zealand manage big power and small power relationships and our engagement with multilateral institutions? How are we dealing with the shift towards regionalism in economic and security affairs? New challenges such as the geopolitical rise of Asia? The role of information communication technology as a tool and new challenge facing diplomacy? The impact of international terrorism and the rise of the far-right and isolationism on NZ’s core bilateral relations? And how to balance our relations with the dominant global power, the US, and the rising power, China?

New Zealand’s foreign policy challenges are typical of many small states in the world today and are thus ideally suited to help inform theoretical debates on the role of small states in the changing international system.

Policy briefs from the 2017 SSANSE conference can be accessed here.