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Otago Foreign Policy School 2022

Kia ora koutou

You may recall that, following the outbreak of COVID-19, the Otago Foreign Policy School was postponed in 2020 and re-scheduled for June 25–27, 2021.

However, given the increasing impact of the global pandemic in many parts of the world, the likelihood of continuing restrictions on international travel in 2021, and the vital importance of Populism and Global Politics topic, the organisers of this conference have been forced to rethink the rescheduling of this event.

For a while we seriously toyed with the idea of using a ‘dual platform’ or hybrid approach to facilitate the 2021 conference. That is to say, a conference consisting of both online presentations by international contributors and face-to-face presentations for speakers from New Zealand and perhaps Australia. But this hybrid approach involves some logistical and practical problems relating to time differences and access, and we decided, on balance, it was a poor substitute for a face-to-face event on a core international issue.

In light of current difficulties associated with COVID-19, we decided to further postpone the 2020 School on Populism and Global Politics until 1–3 July 2022.

Thank you for your understanding.

Professor Robert G. Patman
2020 School Director
Institute of Social Sciences
University of Otago

Professor Dirk Nabers
2020 School Director
Politics Programme
Kiel University