Public Commentary

Nina regularly publishes commentary in international media including the Washington Post, The Guardian, Die Zeit Online, Tagesspiegel, University World News and the Conversation. She is also regular commentator on international relations on Radio New Zealand, Nights.

She has written a number of articles on New Zealand foreign policy, including on what a progressive foreign policy could look like, and how New Zealand could use its influence during the COVID crisis.  She has advocated for a debate with more diverse voices on New Zealand’s role in the world,  and outlined how New Zealand’s Labour-led government could rethink its foreign policy.  She has co-founded a new independent organization, Te Kuaka  (formerly New Zealand Alternative), which promotes a progressive role for New Zealand in the World. In 2020 she edited a book on New Zealand’s role in the world: Beyond These Shores, Aotearoa and the World.

During the COVID crisis she also wrote an article with Dr. Jess Auerbach on the need for a new approach to social sciences and humanities.

Recent Public Commentary 

Hall, Nina. “Five things Americans should know about Jacinda Ardern’s visit to the US this week”, Washington Post, May 24, 2022.

Hall, Nina. “International Organizations, Activists, and Climate Change”, International Affairs Forum, (Special Issue on Climate Change and Energy), March 2022.

Hall, Nina. “WHO and the global response to COVID-19”, RNZ Nights, 1 February 2022.

Hall, Nina. “Political Change in Germany”, RNZ Nights, 14 December 2021.

Hall, Nina, Charlie Lawrie, and Sahar Priano “Climate activism has gone digital, disruptive and is facing up to racism within the movement”, The Conversation, 1 December 2021.

Hall, Nina. “Climate Activism at Glasgow: Does the rise of digitally distributed activism challenge traditional climate NGOs?”. Cambridge University Press Blog, 8 October 2021.

Hall, Nina. “European Politics”. RNZ Nights, 12 October 2021.

Hall, Nina. “Can Germany’s Traffic Light Coalition slow climate change?” Newsroom, 5 October 2021.

Hall, Nina. “Floods and their Impacts for German Voters”, RNZ Nights, 3 August 2021.

Hall, Nina. “Who will replace Angela Merkel?”. RNZ Nights, 25 May 2021.

Hall, Nina. “New Zealand made the right call on supporting the vaccine waiver. Now comes the hard part”. The Spinoff, 17 May 2021.

Hall, Nina. “Getting a Vaccine to the World”, RNZ Nights, 16 March 2021.

Hall, Nina. What would a President Joe Biden mean for New Zealand?, The Spinoff, 2 November 2020.

Hall, Nina. Jacinda Ardern’s pandemic leadership will probably win her a second term in New Zealand. The Washington Post/Monkey Cage. 17 October 2020.

Hall, Nina. The border may be closed, but NZ ignores its place in the world at its peril, The Spinoff, Sept 8 2020.

Hall, Nina and Jess Auerbach, A new approach to social sciences, humanities in a time of crisis, University World News, 7 May 2020.

Hall, Nina, Max Harris, Thomas Nash, Evelyn Marsters, and Arama Rata, “NZ is winning global kudos for our Covid-19 response. How do we use it?”, The Spinoff, 8 May 2020.