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TVNZ's interview with 2024 Kippenberger Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies

Mike Green sat down with Jack Tame from TVNZ’s “Q&A” to talk about the changing regional security landscape, AUKUS, and the options for small and middle powers to shape the emerging regional order.

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Interview with Jack Tame and Dr Michael Green

US-China Strategic Competition in Asia: How far will it go?

Public Lecture: 2025 Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair Dr Michael J. Green, 30 April 2024.

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Dr Michael J Green 2025 Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair

We can have an 'independent foreign policy' and still align with Nato

Emeritus professor Roberto Rabel, writes opinion piece for The Post.

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Emeritus Professor Roberto Rabel

"We can't be passive": New Zealand's changing tone about a more worrying world

Professor David Capie comments on the new foreign policy assessment released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Chris Hipkins New Zealand Prime Minister

New Zealand Draws Closer to NATO with a Wary Eye

Professor David Capie writes about the Ukraine war and the enhanced New Zealand-NATO cooperation and the political challenges that presents for Wellington.

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Nato countries help to train Ukrainian recruits

2023 Sir Howard Kippenberger Lecture: Identity, Race, and US-China Conflict.

Alastair Iain Johnston is the Gov. James Albert Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs in the Government Department at Harvard University.

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Whither the Liberal International Order: Lessons from Historical Orders

In this CSS lecture, Professors George Lawson (ANU) & Ayse Zarakol (Cambridge) discuss the fate of the Liberal International Order after drawing important lessons from their previous & current work on historical orders.

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Whither lecture

America's Asia Strategy Has Reached a Dead End

Van Jackson argues Washington should prioritize economic statecraft and stop thinking with its missiles.

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President of the United States Joe Biden 2021

Anxiety, insecurity and institutional paralysis in the Antarctic regime

Presented by Professor Alan Hemmings, a leading specialist on Antarctic governance, and an Adjunct Professor at Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

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Picture of wind swept Antarctica.

Afghanistan: The end of strategic optimism

It could be a long time before western nations try to intervene again to rebuild other countries' institutions and political systems, writes Robert Ayson for Newsroom.

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Australian Light Armoured Vehicle in Afghanistan during early 2011

CSS webinars are now available for viewing

During the pandemic, the Centre for Strategic Studies has held a number of webinars on subjects from the impact of COVID in Southeast Asia to the challenges facing the Biden Administration.

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Manjeet speaks at a lectern.

Podcast: New Zealand's Indo-Pacific Recalibratio‪n‬

In an Apple Podcast, Prof Capie argues that despite NZ's traditional focus on trade and economy in the Asia-Pacific region, it is increasingly thinking more critically about potential geopolitical & security challenges.

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New Zealand soldiers walk by helicopters parked in an air field.

Incline: NZ's place in the world

Incline, edited by CSS Director Dr David Capie and Professor Robert Ayson, is an independent website which publishes analysis and commentary on issues and trends that impact New Zealand's international relations.

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Intelligence and Security in our Changing World

4 November 2021. CSS hosted a public address by Hon Andrew Little, who reflected on National Security following the recent release of the Royal Commission Report into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques.

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Hon Andrew Little
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