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Thu, 20 Mar


New Zealand Parliament Buildings

Perspectives on the Crisis in Ukraine: Should New Zealand Be Worried?

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Perspectives on the Crisis in Ukraine: Should New Zealand Be Worried?

Time & Location

20 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Pipitea, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

About the Event

The Ukraine is 17,000 KMs away from New Zealand. Yet, in today’s interconnected world, events there can profoundly affect us here. War would be catastrophic in terms of lives, and would send the world economy into tailspin. The weakening of a rules-based international system would also disadvantage New Zealand’s ability to project her voice on the world stage. New Zealand has a great interest in a negotiated, diplomatic solution acceptable to all, and is well placed to contribute. Our panel covered different perspectives on the crisis; historical, national, and international.  

Host: Grant Robertson, MP

Chair: Maty Nikkhou-O'Brien 


- Stuart Prior, former New Zealand Ambassador to Moscow

- Terence O’Brien, former New-Zealand Diplomat to the UN (including on the Security Council), to the European Union, and as Ambassador to WTO-GATT, founding Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies.

- Dr. Andrew Ladley, lawyer and mediator in conflict and transition issues

- Michalis Rokas, Chargé d'affaires, EU Delegation to New Zealand

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