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DEFSEC Media is New Zealand's defence, security and fire B2B/B2G publishing group. Our leading magazines, Line of DefenceNZ Security and Fire NZ are read by key business, government and military decision makers and influencers. This website is the online home of cutting-edge content from each of our titles.

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Prime Minister’s international scorecard: a win and a loss

Line of Defence, Summer 2017/18

Having notched up her first two international trips as prime minister, Jacinda Ardern has returned with mixed results, writes Wayne Mapp. What do these results suggest in terms of the Government’s approach to international affairs going forward?

BOOK REVIEW: China as a Polar Great Power

Line of Defence, Spring 2017

In her latest book, the University of Canterbury's Professor Anne-Marie Brady analyses China’s race to the Poles, what it reveals about China’s global ambitions and domestic imperatives, writes the Asian Review of Books' Kyle Hutzler.

Partners in the Pacific: NZDF patrols support sustainable fisheries

Line of Defence, Spring 2017

Peter Greener, Senior Fellow at Victoria University Wellington’s Centre for Strategic Studies, reports on two significant NZDF operations highlighting the contribution New Zealand can make to sustainable fisheries in the South Pacific.

Royal New Zealand Navy hosts SW Pacific Regional Initiative

Line of Defence, Spring 2017 

Rapid evolution of maritime security threats and challenges demanding coordinated regional responses a driver for continued Heads of Maritime Forces meetings following hosting of successful inaugural meeting in Auckland, writes Peter Greener

Is North Korea actually a serious threat to peace?

Line of Defence, Spring 2017

Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp cuts through the emotive rhetoric surrounding recent North Korean nuclear and missile tests, arguing that despite the bluster, North Korea and the United States are hardly on the brink of war.

Insight: we need a private-public sector dialogue on security

NZ Security, August 2017

Professor Rouben Azizian spoke at the NZSA Security Industry Awards Dinner educational seminars on 25 August about "National Security and Regional Responsibility: the need for new paradigms". NZ Security talks to him in this exclusive interview.

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US-China relations through the North Korea looking glass

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp analyses the current state of US-China relations in the context of recent disputes with North Korea. Does the rogue state provide the ultimate litmus test for relations between the two great powers?

Interview: Fiji continues to look north for military cooperation

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

In this exclusive Line of Defence interview, Anna Powles of Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies, argues that New Zealand needs to be heeding the winds of geopolitical change in the Pacific.

China’s expanding Belt and Road policies: Challenges for Oceania

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

Marc Lanteigne, Senior Lecturer at Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies situates New Zealand and the South Pacific within China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.

Genocide Looming in South Sudan?

Line of Defence, Winter 2017

In this sobering account, Damien Rogers of Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies examines a South Sudan plagued by corruption, poverty, displacement and human misery, crippled by an intractable civil war that may well turn genocidal.

Interview: A comprehensive approach to national security?

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017

Should New Zealand take on a greater regional security role? Why do we have a National Security Handbook, but no National Security Strategy? Prof Rouben Azizian, Director of Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies offers his insights.

New challenges require a rethink of security

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017

Dr Rhys Ball of Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies suggests that ‘security’ encompasses a broader and more complex range of challenges than what we’ve traditionally thought – and government is only part of the solution.

New Zealand foreign policy with President Trump

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017

Former Defence Minister Hon Dr Wayne Mapp considers the uncertainties faced by New Zealand foreign policy in the context of the Trump administration, but there are also opportunities. Among them, could a 'Five Eyes' FTA supersede the TPP?

Massey University’s ‘Year of Security’

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017

Massey has designated 2017 as ‘The Year of Security’, which will see an intensification in CDSS’ activity, including a range of events and the launch of the book New Zealand National Security: Challenges, Trends and Issues. We find out more.

BOOK REVIEW: Security challenges in a globalised world

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017

New Zealand National Security: Challenges, Trends and Issues situates New Zealand within its broader political and regional security context and the various great and minor power tensions occurring within the Asia Pacific and South Pacific regions. 

Q&A: Evaluating NZ’s membership of the UN Security Council

Line of Defence, April 2016

Amid continued commentary in the media assessing New Zealand’s temporary membership of the United Nations Security Council, Dr. Damien Rogers of Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies, provides his take.

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