DIPLO Development Summaries

Our sixth DIPLO Development Summary, ‘EU-Pacific Relations and the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent’ is now available. In July 2022, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) launched its 2050 Strategy for a Blue Pacific Continent setting out regional priorities and inviting development partners to engage with a Pacific vision for their future. In this context, Dr Mathew Doidge reflects on the development relationship of the European Union with the Pacific Island states, and the possibility for reframing that the Blue Pacific Strategy offers.

EU-Pacific Relations and the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent

DIPLO Media Reports

Diplo.nz is pleased to announce that the latest in our ongoing DIPLO Media Reports series is now available. It can be accessed in the Outputs section of this site.

Ukraine, and the EU’s 2004 Eastern Enlargement

Dr Mathew Doidge and Dr Serena Kelly’s analysis of Ukraine’s EU membership aspirations, viewed through the lens of the 18th anniversary of the Union’s ‘big bang’ enlargement to the Central and Eastern European Countries in 2004, has been published in The Conversation. Understanding Ukraine’s symbolic fight to return to Europe, as the EU marks 18 years since its ‘big bang’ enlargement may be accessed here.

DIPLO Development Summaries

Our fifth DIPLO Development Summary, The French Presidential Election and the Future of the European Union, examines what may be a key inflection point for the future of the European Union. With starkly contrasting visions for the EU, the outcome of the race between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen has potentially significant consequences for integration.

The French Presidential Election and the Future of the European Union

DIPLO Development Summaries

In our fourth DIPLO Development Summary, ‘The Return to Europe: The Eighteenth Anniversary of the European Union’s First Eastern Enlargement’, Dr Mathew Doidge (University of Canterbury) reflects upon the 2004 enlargement of the European Union to Central and Eastern Europe. The stability created is brought into sharp relief by current events in Ukraine.

The Return to Europe: The Eighteenth Anniversary of the European Union’s First Eastern Enlargement

Shock and Abandonment? New Zealand, Britain and European Community enlargement, 1960-1985

On 4 April 2022, DIPLO, in cooperation with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) and thew European Studies Association of Australian and New Zealand (ESAANZ) will host a presentation by NZIIA President Dr Hamish McDougall examining New Zealand’s political and diplomatic relationships with Britain and the enlarged European Community in historical perspective. Event details may be found here.

DIPLO Media Reports

Diplo.nz is pleased to announce that the latest in our ongoing DIPLO Media Reports series is now available. It can be accessed in the Outputs section of this site.

Dr Serena Kelly – NZPSA Conference

On February 9 2022, Serena Kelly presented at the virtual New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) conference. The title of the paper was: ‘Power dynamics and the EU–NZ FTA’ and drew on some preliminary results from DIPLO’s on-going media analysis of the EU in New Zealand. With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.