New Zealand's ASEM Membership: Online Paper

Matthew Doidge's paper explores New Zealand's place in the Asia–Europe Meeting, examining three elements. First, it considers the membership issues, exploring both the formal path toNew Zealand's accession and the evolving calculus by which its views of forum membershipwere structured. In so doing, it focuses on factors such as the enabling context provided by achange of national government in 2008, the impact of the global financial crisis, and theposition of Australia. Second, drawing on a series of interviews undertaken within the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, it examines perceived benefits of the Asia–Europe Meeting for New Zealand, and the extent to which these have been delivered. Third,it addresses the issue of a New Zealand ASEM strategy, outlining potential priority areas for future engagement.

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