David Capie


  • BA (Hons), LLB (Victoria University)
  • MA (ANU)
  • PhD (York)


David Capie is Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies and an Associate Professor in International Relations. His research interests focus on conflict and security issues, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, and New Zealand's foreign relations. He has authored or co-authored three books and numerous articles and book chapters. His research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the East-West Center and the Royal Society of New Zealand's Marsden Fund. In 2007, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.


Victoria University of Wellington Teaching Excellence Award, 2012. Nominated for a New Zealand National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award, 2013. Victoria University of Wellington Award for Excellence in Early Career Research, 2007.

Current research projects

David's current research examines regional security institutions in the Asia Pacific region, with a particular interest in debates about norms and socialization.

Thesis supervision

I am interested in supervising graduate research at both the Masters and Doctoral level in the following broad areas:

  • Regionalism and institutional change in East Asia
  • Security cooperation and conflict in Asia and the Pacific
  • New Zealand's international relations

Selection of publications

  • “Regional defence and security dialogues” in Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2017 (London: International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2017), 171-182.
  • “Asian Regionalisms” in Sumit Ganguly, Andrew Scobell and Joseph Chinyong Liow (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies (New York: Routledge, 2017).
  • “The United States and Southeast Asia” in Alice Ba and Mark Beeson (eds.) Contemporary Southeast Asia: The Politics of Change, Contestation and Adaptation (3rd edition, New York, Palgrave, 2017) 265-279.
  • “The Patterns and Paradoxes of ASEAN’s Institution Building: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead” in Mohammed Sinatra (ed.) ASEAN Future Forward (Institute for Strategic and International Studies, Kuala Lumpur, 2017) 115-125.
  • “New Zealand’s Interests in the ADMM-Plus: Multilateralism, regional cooperation and a rules-based regional order” Asia Policy, vol. 2 (July 2016) 107-113.
  • "Indonesia as an Emerging Peacekeeping Power: Norm Revisionist or Pragmatic Provider?" Contemporary Southeast Asia, vol.38, no.1 (April 2016) 1-27.
  • "Evolving attitudes to Peacekeeping in ASEAN" in Katsuya Tsukamoto (ed.) New Trends in Peacekeeping: In Search of a New Direction (National Institute for Defence Studies, Tokyo: 2015), 111-125.
  • "Transnational Crime as Non-Traditional Security Issue" in Mely Cabellero-Anthony (ed.) Introduction to Non-Traditional Security Studies: A Transnational Approach (Sage, London, 2016).
  • "New Zealand and ASEAN: a 40-year dialogue" New Zealand International Review, vol. 40, no. 4 (July/August 2015).
  • "The United States and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief in East Asia: Connecting Coercive and Non-coercive Uses of Force" Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 38, no. 3 (2015).
  • "Structures, Shocks and Norm Change: Explaining the Late Rise of Asia’s Defence Diplomacy" Contemporary Southeast Asia, vol. 35, no. 1 (2013), 1-26.
  • "The Bilateral-Multilateral Nexus in Asia’s Defence Diplomacy" in William Tow and Brendan Taylor (eds.) Bilateralism, Multilateralism and Asia-Pacific Security: Contending Cooperation (London: Routledge, 2013), 115-131.
  • "Illicit Arms Trafficking in Mainland Southeast Asia" in Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy (ed.), An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia: The Illegal Trade in Arms, Drugs, People, Counterfeit Goods and Resources (London: I.B. Tauris, 2013) 89-112.
  • "The Responsibility to Protect Norm in Southeast Asia: Framing, Resistance and the Localization Myth", The Pacific Review, 25:1 (2012), 75-93.
  • "Explaining ASEAN's Resilience: institutions, path dependency and Asia's emerging architecture" in Ralf Emmers (ed.), ASEAN and the Institutionalization of East Asia (London: Routledge, 2011).
  • "Small arms, violence and gender in Papua New Guinea: towards a research agenda" Asia-Pacific Viewpoint, vol 52, No. 1 (April 2011).
  • "Bridging Asia and Europe? Australia and New Zealand Membership in ASEM" in Sebastian Bersick, Ger-Bart Egberts and Paul Van Der Velde (eds.) The Asia-Europe Meeting: Contributing to a New Global Governance Architecture (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2011).
  • "The Shangri-La Dialogue and the Institutionalization of Defence Diplomacy in Asia", The Pacific Review, vol. 26, no. 3, 2010 (with Brendan Taylor).
  • "When Does Track Two Matter? Structure, Agency and Asian Regionalism" Review of International Political Economy, vol. 17, no. 2 (June 2010).
  • "New Zealand and the World: Imperial, International and Global Relations" in Giselle Byrnes (ed.) The New Oxford History of New Zealand (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009).
  • “Influencing armed groups: are there lessons from the socialization literature?” in Daniel Warner (ed.) Exploring Criteria and Conditions for Engaging Armed Groups on Humanitarian and Human Rights Law (Geneva Call & United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva, 2008)
  • "Localization as Resistance: The Contested Diffusion of Small Arms Norms in Southeast Asia" Security Dialogue, vol. 39, no.6 (December 2008).
  • The Asia-Pacific Security Lexicon (with Paul M. Evans) 2nd edition (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Singapore, 2007).
  • "Gone by Lunchtime: New Zealand’s Foreign Policy Consensus and the 2005 Election,” in Stephen Levine and Nigel S. Roberts (eds.) The Baubles of Office: The New Zealand Election of 2005 (Victoria University of Wellington Press, Wellington, 2007).
  • “Regional Security,” in Raymond Miller (ed.) New Zealand Government and Politics 4th edition (Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2006).
  • “Constructing New Zealand in the World,” in Raymond Miller and Michael Mintrom (eds.) Political Leadership in New Zealand (Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2006).
  • “Power, Identity and the Shifting ‘Balance of Influence’: ASEAN’s Evolving Relations with the United States,” in Evelyn Goh (ed.) Betwixt and Between: Southeast Asian Strategic Relations with the U.S. and China (Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore, 2005).
  • “Representing New Zealand: Identity, Diplomacy and the Making of Foreign Policy,” in Teresia Teawia and James Liu (eds.) New Zealand Identities: Belonging and Longing to Be (Victoria University of Wellington Press, Wellington, 2005) (with Gerald McGhie).
  • “Non State Actors / Armed Opposition Groups,” in Resource Handbook for the Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peace Building (Foreign Ministry of Switzerland, Geneva, 2005).
  • “The Politics of Dealing with Rebel Groups,”(with Pablo Policzer) in The Human Security Report (Oxford University Press, New York, 2005).
  • 'Keeping the Promise of Protection: Holding Armed Groups to the Same Standard as States' (with Pablo Policzer). A policy brief commissioned for the United Nations' High Level Panel on Global Security, January. 2004.
  • “Between a Hegemon and a Hard Place: The ‘War on Terror' and Southeast Asia-US Relations,” The Pacific Review , vol. 17, no. 2, 2004.
  • "Trading the Tools of Terror: Armed Groups and Light Weapons Proliferation in Southeast Asia,” in Paul Smith (ed.) Terrorism and Transnational Violence in Southeast Asia (M. E. Sharpe, New York, 2004).
  • “Missing the Target? The Human Cost of Small Arms Proliferation and Misuse in Southeast Asia,” in Annelies Heijmans, Nicola Simmonds, Hans van de Veen (eds.) Searching for Peace in the Asia-Pacific (Lynne Rienner, 2004).