Islamic State: Motivations and Implications for New Zealand

From Islamic State: Implications for NZ, 4:06 pm on 1 March 2015

The Iraq Ambassador H E Mouayed Saleh Marianne Elliott and Professor Paul Morris
The Iraq Ambassador H E  Mouayed Saleh Marianne Elliott and Professor Paul Morris.

“Within the Middle East anarchy is heaped upon anarchy in a cascade of violence which defies rational outside understanding. Islam confronts devastating religious violence. The anarchy can, in the end, only be subdued through concerted efforts by political and religious leaders within the region itself and in the wider Islamic world. Outside military power will accomplish little.”  Terence O’Brien

Radio New Zealand recorded a public forum on Wednesday 25 February, held at Parliament’s Grand Hall and organised by Diplosphere. Diplosphere is an independent, non-partisan organisation which aims to promote independent thinking and diplomacy and broaden the public debate on International Affairs.

Prof Robert Ayson listens to the British High Commissioner H E Jonathan Sinclair
Prof Robert Ayson listens to the British High Commissioner H E  Jonathan Sinclair.

The audio on this page contains the prepared remarks of the invited speakers with the exception of Professor Robert Patman who contributed via a video link. 

Chair: Patrick Gower, Political Editor 3 News

Panel (in the order they appear in the audio):

H.E. Mouayed Saleh, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Australia and New Zealand

Prof. Paul Morris, Director of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington

Marianne Elliott, Former Human Rights Advisor at UN Mission to Afghanistan. National Director of Action Station.

H.E. Jonathan Sinclair, LVO, British High Commissioner to New Zealand.

Prof. Robert Ayson, Professor of Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington

Terence O’Brien, Former Ambassador including to the UN Security Council. Senior Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies.

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