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Robert Ayson

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.
 


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Research report

19 Dec 2016

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Australia and New Zealand should be natural military partners. But differences in their strategic outlooks and military priorities have sometimes placed limits on the extent of that partnership. Both countries published Defence White Papers in 2016 which...

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Blog post

05 Dec 2016

Introduction

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s surprise resignation announcement has brought the curtain down on a political career that can only described as astonishingly successful. Still hugely popular in the second half of his third term, Key has displayed a...

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Book

18 May 2016

Paul Dibb AM has had an extraordinary career. He enjoys an international scholarly reputation of the highest order, while at the same time he has done much distinguished public service. He was a pioneer in moving back and forth between posts in government departments, notably the Department of...

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Journal

06 Apr 2016

The 2016 Defence White Paper (DWP 2016), released in February this year, was the third such document in a little under seven years—a notably shorter interval than has been the case since the release of the first back in 1976.

In this volume, we’ve assembled a selection of articles written...

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01 Oct 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 Council.

Undertaking this assessment means getting through a veritable pile of statements ...

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07 Apr 2015

As a small state New Zealand benefits from a strong rules-based order which, through negotiated agreements and a growing body of law, limits what the strong can extract from the weak.

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New Zealanders, and their governments, like foreign policy to be about the...

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Research report

09 Nov 2014

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

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  • Political competition and a lack of crisis management mechanisms could make it very hard for China and Japan to
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Research report

17 Jul 2014

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

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One of the liveliest debates to have taken place on ASPI’s blog, The...

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Commentary

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14 Jun 2013

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

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Commentary

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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 Zealand than ours is to Australia. That means we need to read the Gillard government's new White Paper...

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