Robert Ayson

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Robert Ayson is Professor of Strategic Studies and directs the Centre for Strategic Studies: New Zealand. He has held academic positions with The Australian National University, Massey University and the University of Waikato, and official positions in Wellington with the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee and the External (now National) Assessments Bureau. He has written books on two of the twentieth century’s leading thinkers in strategic studies and international relations, Hedley Bull and Thomas Schelling, and is a frequent media commentator on Asia-Pacific security, nuclear issues and New Zealand and Australian defence policy. Robert is also Honorary Professor at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College.


19 December 2016

Australia and New Zealand are developing maritime capabilities to uphold the rules-based system. Regional uncertainty will intensify their defence cooperation, but trans-Tasman differences in...

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5 December 2016

Many of the world’s liberal democracies are staring down deep divisions over the future of their open societies. Robert Ayson argues that this is not the case for New Zealand, and Key’s leadership...

18 May 2016

Essays in honour of Paul Dibb, a noteable actor in public service, currently a Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) at The Australian National University. 

1 October 2015

With a third of New Zealand’s two-year United Nations Security Council stint already complete, it’s timely to determine whether a distinct and consistent New Zealand view has been emerging on the...

7 April 2015

As a small state New Zealand benefits from a strong rules-based international order which limits what the strong can extract from the weak.

9 November 2014

This paper examines the possible escalation of conflict between China and Japan and the implications for Australia and the US.

17 July 2014

This paper presents a collection of views about the definition, role, purpose and health of strategic policymaking.

14 June 2013

For a while now defence officials and analysts on both sides of the Tasman have been looking for ways to...

10 May 2013

Australia recently released a defence White Paper that has encouraging but complicated implications for New Zealand.

Australia's defence policy is much more important to New...