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Associate Professor Steve Jackson
School of Physical Education, University of Otago

Mr Stephen Haigh
Department of Political Studies, University of Otago

Since its inception in 1966, the Otago FPS has enjoyed a steadily growing reputation, and is now regarded as the premiere event on New Zealand’s international relations calendar. It attracts prominent international academics, journalists, diplomats, and private and public sector officials, along with interested members of the public from throughout the world.

Typically opened by NZ’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the FPS is purposely limited to 180 attendees and 15 speakers, and takes place in the congenial atmosphere of Salmond Hall, one of Otago University’s halls of residence. In recent years, FPS titles have included “Human (In)security: Achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals?;” “Globalization and International Trade Liberalization;” “Universal Human Rights?;”and “Security in a Post-Cold-War World.” FPS papers are anthologized in book form and now constitute an important body of scholarship


Globalization is effecting a close convergence of sport and foreign policy. In order to respond to novel social, political, cultural and economic pressures, states are increasingly turning to sport as a foreign policy instrument; and they cannot ignore the corresponding influence that global sport has on their core interests.

The 2006 Foreign Policy School is devoted to exploring
this relationship in detail.


Sport and state security: sport, war and civil conflict; terror and sport.
The political economy of sport: hosting mega-sports events; global sport migration; branding the nation; multinationals, free trade, and sport policy.
Identity, legitimacy, and recognition: tribalism, nationalism and sport; sport and universal ideals.


Salmond Hall, 19 Knox Street, Dunedin

Dates and Times

Registration for the School is in Salmond Hall’s foyer between 5.30pm and 7.00pm on Friday 23 June. A light buffet meal will be served, and the opening session commences at 7.00pm. The School will close at approximately 1pm on Monday 26 June.


(includes GST, Friday evening refreshments and light buffet meal, Saturday and Sunday lunches, and morning and afternoon teas)

Proceedings not included in fee:
Before 31 May 2006 $NZ265
After 6 June 2006 $NZ305
NZIIA Rate $NZ240
Student Rate $NZ95

Accommodation and Meals $NZ175
Salmond Hall, Includes 3 nights Bed and Breakfast, Saturday and Sunday Dinner
Total Amount Enclosed: $NZ
Payment should be made by cheque.
All cheques are payable to University of Otago
GST: 11-163-831

Download the full enrolment form and PDF here.

To obtain an enrolment form or for further
information contact:

C/- Julie Wilson
University of Otago,
PO Box 56,
Tel 64 3 479 7534,
Fax 64 3 479 9045

You may download an enrolment form here.

Otago Foreign Policy School is grateful
for the support of:

Austrian Embassy, Canberra
Australian High Commission, Wellington
British High Commission, Wellington
Canadian High Commission, Wellington
School of Physical Education, University of Otago
Division of Humanities, University of Otago
Embassy of France, Wellington
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)
OfficeMax New Zealand Limited
Quartz Reef Winery, Cromwell, Central Otago
SPARC (Sport & Recreation)
Vice-Chancellor University of Otago, Professor David Skegg
Vincent George House of Travel Ltd, Dunedin

Keynote Address

Rt Hon Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs, (Wellington)

Confirmed Speakers
(click names for speaker biography)

Ms. Ingrid Beutler
Consultant, Office of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace.
"The UN and Sport for Development and Peace".

Associate Professor David Black
Chair of the Department of International Development Studies and Associate Professor of Political Studies, Dalhousie University, Canada
"Dreaming Big: The pursuit of 'second order' games as a strategic response to globalisation".

Associate Professor Susan Brownell
Anthropology, Fellow of the Center for International Studies, University of Missouri, St Louis, United States
"China, Sport, and Foreign Policy"

Dr Scarlett Cornelissen
Senior Lecturer, Political Science, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
“Framing the nation: sport mega-events as political project in post-apartheid South Africa”

Professor Robert Redeker
Philosophy, Lycee Pierre-Paul Riquet de Saint-Orens de Gameville, Toulouse, France
“The Myth and Illusion of Sport as a Tool of Foreign Diplomacy”

Professor Peter Donnelly
Director of the Centre for Sport Policy, University of Toronto, Canada
“Sport and Human Rights”

Associate Professor Dave Gerrard
Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago
“Playing Foreign Policy Games: States, Drugs and Other Olympian Vices”

Dr Brendan Hokowhitu
Te Tumu, School of Mäori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, University of Otago
“Exoticising the Bicultural:New Zealand Foreign Policy, Sport and the Bicultural Nation”

Mr Andrew Jennings
Investigative reporter, writer and filmmaker
“Sport, Foreign Policy and Corruption within FIFA and the IOC”

Professor Bruce Kidd
Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto, Canada
“Sport, International Development and Foreign Policy”

Mr Chris Laidlaw
Writer, Broadcaster, Wellington

Professor Joseph Maguire
Loughborough University, United Kingdom
“Globalisation, Sport Migration and Foreign Policy”

Professor Wolfram Manzenreiter
Department of East Asian Studies, Vienna University, Austria
“Football diplomacy in the East Asian postcolonial world - Japan's quest for normal state status and regional integration in the North Pacific”

Professor Kristine Toohey
Sport Management, Griffith University, Australia
“International Sport, Terrorism and Foreign Policy”

Associate Professor Xin Xu
International Relations, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan and currently visiting Research Fellow, Princeton University, U.S.A.
“Olympic Games as Foreign Policy tool: the Case of China and Taiwan”


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