Ian Hill

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Ian Hill is a retired senior career diplomat in the New Zealand foreign ministry. In the course of his 42 years in the diplomatic service, Mr Hill served three times in Moscow, twice as Ambassador (2009–12 and 2016–20). He also served as Deputy Head of Mission for five years in Washington DC, and held other senior foreign service roles in London and the Pacific. Mr Hill served in several senior foreign ministry positions in Wellington, including as Director for European Affairs, and was also the Prime Minister’s foreign affairs adviser from 1993–95. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University.

Ukraine conflict: turning point?
Ukraine conflict: turning point?
Putin’s new escalatory threats and the near-existential battle for Russia and its president.
Russia and Turkey: Sometimes strongmen need to get along
Russia and Turkey: Sometimes strongmen need to get along
Putin and Erdoğan have forgiven all manner of friendship-breaking behaviour to retain their power in Eurasia.
Winter is coming: staying the course on Ukraine
Winter is coming: staying the course on Ukraine
Standing firm against Russia won’t be easy for Western governments faced with Putin’s chokehold on European gas.
War in Ukraine: Gloomy prospects
War in Ukraine: Gloomy prospects
What both sides might eventually have to settle for to end the fighting – and when – is far from clear.
Rallying around the flag: Domestic support for Putin is holding up
Rallying around the flag: Domestic support for Putin is holding up
Russians doubt what they are told about the Ukraine conflict yet their view is still shaped by relentless propaganda.
War in Ukraine: How this might end
War in Ukraine: How this might end
There are many ways Putin’s invasion could pan out. All of them ultimately involve Ukraine accepting concessions.
What the Ukraine crisis means for the Indo-Pacific
What the Ukraine crisis means for the Indo-Pacific
Beijing’s support for Russia comes with downsides for the region, not least a hit to global markets.
Putin’s hubris foreshadows tragedy – for Ukrainians and Russians alike
Putin’s hubris foreshadows tragedy – for Ukrainians and Russians alike
The invasion will drive Ukrainians even closer to Europe and bind the NATO alliance with a greater purpose.
Putin’s choice
Putin’s choice
It’s a wintry outlook for Russia/NATO relations, over Ukraine and beyond.
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