A discussion with Demian Smith, US diplomat, returning to Washington DC reflecting on his posting here in New Zealand at a time of big political and geopolitical shifts and events.
For the discussion I’m joined by NZUS Council chair - Leon Grice - for a very open conversation with Demian about his time here, what it takes to be a good diplomat and whether it is different being a US diplomat, we reflect on some of the big political and geopolitical shifts, movements and events of the last three years.
We look at the current challenging and complex terrain in the NZ-US relationship - China, the WTO, and the multilateral/international order - where there may often be agreement on the need for reform but differences in the approach, and what he thinks the future holds. Above all it is a discussion that celebrates democracy, our shared democratic values, and the ability of democratic nations to change.
Jordan Small: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordancsmall/
Demian Smith: https://www.linkedin.com/in/demiansmith/
Leon Grice: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leongrice/
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Credits – opening and closing music:
Happy Boy Theme Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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