Dr Peter Greener

CSS Senior Fellow Dr Peter Greener

Dr Peter Greener is an Honorary Professor, and was previously Academic Dean at the Command and Staff College of the New Zealand Defence Force, where he has taught Defence and Strategic Studies since 2008.

Dr Greener is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT University, where he was Head of the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies 2003–2007, and Head of the Department of Psychotherapy and Applied Psychology from 1998–2003.

He has a Masters degree in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD from the University of Auckland in Political Studies with a focus on New Zealand defence capability decision making.

Dr Greener's research interests include international peacekeeping and the aetiology, management and resolution of conflict; capability development; and the politics of defence decision making. He brings to these interests the perspective of his many years experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.


Phone: +64 21 534 024

Media and Interviews

P. Greener, Into the Blue – an Interview with Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies, Chief of Air Force, Jul 11, 2018  Line of Defence, Vol.1 Issue 8, Winter 2018, DefSec Media

P. Greener, Defence Capability Plan 2019 – Climate change, concurrency and complementarity Line of Defence, Winter, 2019, DefSec Media, Issue 12

P. Greener, Towards 2025: An interview with the Chief of Defence Force Line of Defence, Summer 2018/2019, DefSec Media, Vol.1 Issue 10

Papers and publications

P.Greener, The Defence Capability Plan 2019: Ten Different Views from Security Commentators, Ed. Nina Harding
August 19, 2019 Security Politics Development Network, Massey University

Greener, B., & Greener, P. (2019). Capable for what? New Zealand's 2019 Defence Capability Plan

P. Greener, Chief of Army: The New Zealand Army – Present and Future Line of Defence, Vol.1 Issue 7, DefSec Media, Autumn 2018

P. Greener, ‘Continuity and Change in New Zealand Defence Policy Making’ in Robert Patman and Iati Iati (Eds), New Zealand and the World Past: Present and Future (Singapore, World Scientific Publishing Company, 2018)

P. Greener, Interview with Chief of Navy ; The Future for the Royal New Zealand NavyLine of Defence, Vol.1 Issue 6, DefSec Media, Summer 2017/18

P. Greener, Partners in the Pacific: NZDF operations support sustainable fisheries Line of Defence, Vol.1 Issue 5, DefSec Media, Spring 2017

P. Greener, Royal New Zealand Navy Hosts South West Pacific Regional Initiative, Line of Defence, Vol.1 Issue 5, DefSec Media, Spring 2017

P. Greener, ‘New Zealand Military as Peacekeepers: International perceptions’ in B.K. Greener (Ed), Army Fundamentals: From Making Soldiers to the Limits of the Military Instrument (Auckland: Massey University Press 2017)

P. Greener, Flying into the Future: Where next for the RNZAF? INCLINE, Mar 13, 2017

P. Greener, Reading Between the Lines –The Defence Capability Plan 2016 , Line of Defence, Vol.1 Issue 3, DefSec Media, March 2017

P. Greener, Defence White Paper 2016 - What does it mean for future capability? Line of Defence, Volume 1, Issue 2, November 2016

P. Greener, 'The $11 Billion Dollar Shopping List: What to Expect from the 2016 Defence White Paper', Line of Defence, April 2016

P. Greener, ‘The defence debate is already underway’, The Dominion Post, May 8, 2015.

P. Greener, ‘Weighing up the alternatives to NZ's Hercules fleet’, The Dominion Post, January 14, 2015.

P. Greener, ‘Introduction’ in Sarah Chandler and Charlie O’Hara-Smith (Eds), Sinai Journal: 30 Years of Kiwis Serving with the Multinational Force and Observers, Wellington: NZDF/Te Ope Kaatua o Aotearoa in association with Willson Scott International Publishing Limited (2012)

P. Greener, ‘Troops on the Home Front’, Asia Pacific Defence Reporter, June 6, 2011

P. Greener, ‘Preparing for an Uncertain Future: Force Structure Implications of the New Zealand Defence White Paper 2010’, Security Challenges, Vol.7, No.1, Autumn 2011

D. Parker and P. Greener, ‘Influencing the Moral Dimensions of the New Zealand Defence Force’ (with Don Parker) in Stouffer, F. and Seiler, S.(Eds) (2010) Military Ethics, Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press

P. Greener, ‘The New Royal New Zealand Navy’, Asia Pacific Defence Reporter, August 1, 2010

P. Greener and J. Stouffer (eds), Decision Making: International Perspectives, (Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2009)

P.Greener, 'Timing is Everything: The Politics and Processes of New Zealand Defence Acquisition Decision Making', Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence No.173, Canberra: The Australian National University Press (2009)

N. Floyd, and P. Greener, ‘Effective ‘future Anzac force’ needs careful Consideration’, The Canberra Times, September 29, 2009

P. Greener, and N. Floyd, ‘A future Anzac force would have many Advantages’, National Times, September 25, 2009

P. Greener, and N. Floyd, ‘21st Century Anzacs’, The Dominion Post, September 24, 2009

P. Greener, (ed.), ‘Very, very, very good friends’? (Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology and Auckland War Memorial Museum, 2008)

P. Greener, (2008) ‘Tilting at Windmills? New Zealand’s Opposition to Nuclear Weapons’, War, Peace and Democracy – The Hexham Debates 2007-2008, ed., Caroline Westgate, (Hexham: Northumbrians for Peace and Hexham Quakers, 2008)