THE ART OF DIPLOMACY: THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND FESTIVAL FORUM
OMAR SAIF GHOBASH, SAMANTHA POWER, PHILIPPE SANDS
“All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter,” said the 18th-century Irish statesman Edmund Burke. But in today’s world of rising nationalism and increased polarisation, compromise often seems a distant possibility: acts of terrorism are not infrequent, as we in NZ are painfully aware; Brexit hardliners are leading the charge in the UK and in the US oppositional politics is to the fore. Meanwhile locally, under MMP, balancing coalition needs attracts accusations of “selling out” from both left and right. Three authors and operators on the international stage – United Arab Emirates Assistant Minister for Culture and Public Diplomacy Omar Saif Ghobash,
former journalist and US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, and barrister and writer Philippe Sands, offer analysis and discuss whether our diplomatic, legal and institutional frameworks are sufficient to manage current concerns. Chaired by Linda Clark.
Supported by The University of Auckland