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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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Pacific Power Paradox - American Statecraft and the Fate of the Asian Peace

Dr Van Jackson speaks about his new book with the Institute for Peace and Diplomacy (IPD).

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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

New Zealand and the end of the Asia-Pacific era

Professor David Capie discusses the rise and fall of the Asia-Pacific era and how New Zealand can prepare for its challenges.

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David Capie Lecture

Security in Europe: a view from the Latvian Foreign Minister

Edgar Rinkēvičs talks about the war in Ukraine and the growing security challenges in Europe and around the world.

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Latvian Foreign Minister Edgard Rinkevics

The Past, Present and Future of Drones on the Battlefield

Public lecture by Professor Sarah Kreps, Cornell University on the role of drones in previous counterterroism strikes, the current role of drones in the war in Ukraine, and future evolution of drones on the battlefield.

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Professor Sarah Kreps Cornell University Public Lecture at Victoria University of Wellington

Robert Ayson: What New Zealand could do about Ukraine

Is there anything our Government could do in response to Russia's attempt to recast international boundaries through the use of force? Robert Ayson lays out nine potential options.

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Vladimir Putin

Treating Russia as a pariah is not the answer; ending Putin's rule is

Emeritus Professor Roberto Rabel is currently a visiting professor at the University of Warsaw. Opinion: Russia is currently an international pariah, especially but not exclusively amongst democracies.

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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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