7.9.2022 – geostrategic

trajectory of contests

Adapted from this quote:

Nor should we naturally assume it is a demonstration of the inevitable trajectory in other areas of geostrategic contest.”

From a speech to foreign policy think tank the Lowy Institute in Sydney, by the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern.

In the wake of the tensions we see rising, including in our Indo-Pacific region, diplomacy must become the strongest tool and de-escalation the loudest call. That won’t succeed, however, if those parties we endeavour to seek to engage with are increasingly isolated and the region we inhabit becomes increasingly divided and polarised,” Ardern said.

On the one hand I agree with everything I think Ms. Ardern just said.

On the other, I am reminded of the speech of Mr. Wilson in the The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain.

Mr. Wilson addressed the crowd with many multi syllabled words as well and delivered a speech and sat down victorious because, as Mr. Twain said, “There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus and upset the convictions and debauch the emotions of an audience not practiced in the tricks and delusions of oratory.

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