The Centre for Strategic Studies is New Zealand’s leading institution for research and public engagement on strategic, foreign policy and security issues.

Through media commentary, research, public events and outreach, the Centre seeks to contribute to an informed public discussion on New Zealand’s security interests, and regional and global security challenges.

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Staff at the Centre for Strategic Studies publish regularly on strategic and security issues.

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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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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