When we launched Incline back in April, we were motivated by a sense that there was not enough commentary on the issues that affect New Zealand as it charts its way in the world. We felt there were too few discussion pieces that put a New Zealand spin on developments in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. We wanted to do our bit to try and fill the gap. Looking back as 2015 draws to a close, we like to think we’ve made a good start.
Since April, we have published thirty substantive posts covering everything from parliament’s scrutiny of trade agreements to the future of the monarchy in the Pacific, from killer robots to New Zealand’s actions on the UN Security Council. We’ve touched on bilateral issues, including ties with China, India, Russia and the United States, as well as New Zealand’s dealings with regional groups like ASEAN and the Pacific Islands Forum. There has been debate about the next Defence White Paper, and commentary on the UN’s women, peace and security agenda and how best to protect civilians in conflict zones.