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Dr Anna Powles International Relations, International Relations

Senior Lecturer in Security Studies

Centre for Defence and Security Studies

Dr Anna Powles's research and teaching expertise is in the geopolitics of the Pacific/Oceania and Southeast Asia, small state security,  security sector reform and governance, civil-military relations, women, peace and security.

 

Postgraduate Teaching:

  • New Zealand Strategic Environment (distance and New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College)
  • Asia Pacific Strategic Environment (distance and Royal Brunei Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

 

Current Research Projects:

1. Private Security Sector Governance in the Pacific Islands region

Dr Powles is a co-lead investigator with Associate Professor Beth Greener on a Massey University Strategic Initiative Fund research project on private security sector governance in the Pacific Islands. She is also working with with the United Nations Development Programme and the Pacific Islands Forum as a subject matter expert on private security governance in the Pacific. 

2. New Zealand Policy in the Pacific Islands region

This research examines New Zealand foreign and security policies towards the Pacific Islands region. The findings will be published in 2018 and will include a co-authored manuscript and two sole-authored chapters. 

3. Women's Voices on Independence: West Papua, New Caledonia and Bougainville 

Independence referendums will be held in Bougainville and New Caledonia in the next four years and there is an ongoing self-determination struggle in West Papua. This project documents the perspectives of women in these contested territories on iindependence, what security means and their post-independence aspirations. 

Additional Positions:

  • Director of Women In International Security,
  • New Zealand representative on the NATO Core Group on Women, Peace and Security (2016-18),
  • New Zealand Centre Fellow at Peking University (2017),
  • Member of Massey University’s Pacific Research and Policy Centre Caucus,
  • Member of Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective (Australia/New Zealand),
  • Editorial board of Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (University of Canterbury).

 

Past Positions:

Dr Powles has previously held positions as the Monitoring & Evaluation Security Sector Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme Timor Leste; the Timor-Leste Analyst with the International Crisis Group; Advisor to the Timorese Government on the GoTL’s response to the 2006 humanitarian crisis; and various consultancy positions with international NGOs including the Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, Action Aid and World Vision.

Recent publications include ‘Principled Engagement: Rebuilding Defence Ties with Fiji (Lowy Institute: 2016); Finding Common Ground: New Zealand and Regional Security Cooperation in the Pacific’ (APCSS: 2015); and the ‘United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge: The Importance of the Integrated Approach’ (Routledge: 2015). 

She holds a doctorate from the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and is an Alumni of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. Anna has elementary proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia and Tetun.

 

Dr Anna Powles's research expertise is in the geopolitics of the Pacific and Southeast Asia focussing on small state security and foreign policy, security sector reform and governance, civil-military relations, women, peace and security,

She also holds the following positions:

  • Director of Women In International Security,
  • New Zealand representative on the NATO Core Group on Women, Peace and Security (2016-18),
  • New Zealand Centre Fellow at Peking University (2017),
  • Member of Massey University’s Pacific Research and Policy Centre Caucus,
  • Member of Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective (Australia/New Zealand),
  • Editorial board of Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (University of Canterbury).  
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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 979 3080
    Location: Block 7, Level D, Mt Cook
    Campus: Wellington

Qualifications

  • PhD - Australian National University (2009)
  • MA - Victoria University (2000)

Prizes and Awards

  • 2017 Massey University Research Fund (MURF) Award of $12,000. 1.Terms of Engagement (Massey-Lead). This project seeks to ascertain the appropriateness and utility of academic / military engagement. Drawing on debates in Anthropology about the ethics of working with military forces, military sociological literature on civil-military relations, NGO and think tank guidelines on civil-military-police-NGO cooperation, and policy discussions on military roles, interagency and external engagements, this foundational project seeks to identify boundaries in and around academic engagement with militaries and vice versa. Outputs: -Working paper on issues raised in academic discourse about engagement. -Working paper on issues from military perspective. -Set of TOE for future projects between Massey researchers and NZDF. Likely contributors: Nina Harding (Anthropological debates on ethical issues and cultural view on organisations). B Greener and A Powles (civil-military relations, military sociology). Gerard Prinsen (Development Studies perspectives on harm). 2.Southern Katipo 2017 (NZDF Lead) Planning for next major military exercise in 2017. Academics to bring expertise to comment on / engage with military planners to note areas of concern, overlap, limitations, opportunities. Outputs: -Planning and execution of exercise itself. -Post exercise analysis by NZDF and academic team. -Publications on procedural and conceptual - Massey University (2017)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Dr Anna Powles' research interests are::

  • Geopolitics of the Pacific and Southeast Asia
  • Security Sector Reform and Governance
  • Private Military Security Companies
  • Pacific Islands regional security, conflict and politics
  • Women, Peace and Security
  • New Zealand defence and foreign policy
  • Regional and UN peacekeeping
  • Geographic areas of focus: Pacific Island states, Timor Leste, West Papua, Oceania, Antarctica

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Defence Studies (160604): International Relations (160607): Political Science (160600): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Keywords

  • Pacific Islands security, politics and conflict 
  • Private military and security companies
  • United Nations peace operations and peacekeeping; stabilisation operations
  • New Zealand defence and foreign policy; New Zealand on the UN Security Council
  • Regional peacekeeping
  • Security Sector Governance
  • Southeast Asia (Timor Leste, West Papua)
  • Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325)

Research Outputs

Journal

Powles, AR., & Powles, MJ. (2017). New Zealand's Pacific Policies: Time for a Reset?. New Zealand International Review. 42(2), 16-21
[Journal article]Authored by: Powles, A.Contributed to by: Powles, A.
Greener, BK., & Powles, AR. (2015). The 'sons - and daughters - of ANZAC?'.
[Internet publication]Authored by: Greener, B., Powles, A.
Greener, BK., & Powles, AR. (2015). Building natural disaster capacity in the Pacific. : ASPI Strategist
[Internet publication]Authored by: Greener, B., Powles, A.
Powles, AR. (2015). What is New Zealand's mission in Iraq?. : Lowy Interpreter
[Internet publication]Authored by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR., & Powles, AR. (2014). What will New Zealand do with its UN Security Council seat?. : Lowy Interpreter
[Internet publication]Authored by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR., Powles, AR., & True, J. (2014). What Can New Zealand Do on the United Nations Security Council to Advance the Women, Peace and Security Agenda?. : Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective
[Internet publication]Authored by: Powles, A.Contributed to by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR., Powles, AR., & Greener, B. (2014). NZ must leave trenches if serious about UN role. : The New Zealand Herald
[Internet publication]Authored by: Greener, B., Powles, A.Contributed to by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR., & Powles, AR. (2013). Xanana Gusmao-Mauk Moruk: Timor struggles with its past and future. : Lowy Interpreter
[Internet publication]Authored by: Powles, A.Contributed to by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR., & Powles, AR. (2013). Future NZ: A Seat at the Top Table. : The New Zealand Herald
[Internet publication]Authored by: Powles, A.

Book

Powles, AR. (2017). New Zealand and the Pacific Islands Region: Change, Challenges and New Ideas. In New Zealand National Security Challenges, Trends and Issues. (pp. 88 - 106). : Massey University
[Chapter]Authored by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR. (2015). Introduction. In United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge The Importance of the Integrated Approach. : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
[Chapter]Authored by: Powles, A.Contributed to by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR. (2015). Finding Common Ground: New Zealand and Regional Security Cooperation in the Pacific. In Regionalism, Security and Cooperation in Oceania. (pp. 79 - 95).
[Chapter]Authored by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR. (2015). Beyond Reforming the Sector: Security Sector Development in Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands. In United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge The Importance of the Integrated Approach. (pp. 203 - 215). : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
[Chapter]Authored by: Powles, A.
Gardner, D., Hopner, ., McNaught, ., Nelson, NRP., & Chamberlain, K. (2015). Processes to support psychological well-being in deployed personnel. In . Powles, . Partow, & . Nelson (Eds.) United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge: The Importance of the Integrated Approach. (pp. 131 - 148). Farnham, England: Ashgate
[Chapter]Authored by: Chamberlain, K., Gardner, D., Hopner, V., McNaught, A., Nelson, N.Edited by: Nelson, N., Powles, A.
Powles, AR., Partow, N., & Nelson, N. (Eds.) (2015). United nations peacekeeping challenge: The importance of the integrated approach. Farnham, United Kingdon: Ashgate
[Edited Book]Edited by: Nelson, N., Partow, N., Powles, A.

Report

Powles, AR. (2016). Australia in the South Pacific. Australian Strategic Policy Instutute.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR. (2016). Mapping Private Security in the Pacific Islands Region.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Powles, A.
powles, AR., & Sousa-Santos, JL. (2016). Principled Re-engagement: Rebuilding Defence Ties with Fiji. ( Report No. Analysis). Lowy Institute of International Affairs.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Powles, A.Contributed to by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR., & Cox, B. (2014). Protecting Civilians in an Urban Conflict Lessons Learned from Australia’s Deployment Following the Timor Leste Crisis 2006-2007. Australian Civil Military Centre.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Powles, A.Contributed to by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR. (2013). The Private Sector, The Solomon Islands and the Peace-Economic Dividend. Australian Civil Military Centre.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Powles, A.

Conference

Powles, AR.The Dynamics of Private Security Companies in Post-Conflict Solomon Islands. . University of Queensland, Brisbane
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR.(2015, May). New Zealand National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2015 – 2019. .
[Conference]Authored by: Powles, A.Contributed to by: Powles, A.Edited by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR., & Powles, AR.NZ Perspectives on Regional Security Cooperation Mechanisms: What do effective and resilient regional security practices and cooperation mechanisms look like? Paper presented at the "Regional Security Governance and Architecture in the Pacific Islands Region: Priorities For A Resilient Future"Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies Workshop, Port Vila, 4-8 August 2014. . Vanuatu
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR., & Greener, B.After the Missions Symposium: A Less Operational World?. . Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University, Wellington
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Greener, B., Powles, A.Contributed to by: Powles, A.
Powles, AR.Protection of Civilians. Presented at Council for International Development Civil Miltary Forum 2013
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Powles, A.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • Nov 2016 - Jan 2017 - United Nations Development Programme
    Private Security Sector Governance in the Pacific Specialist
  • Oct 2014 - Oxfam Australia
    Reviewed Pacific Small Arms Action Group report on "Arms, Gender and Security in the Pacific"
  • April-May 2013 - Kings College Humanitarian Future's Programme
    Multi-country study into the role of the private sector in post-conflict recovery. Undertook Solomon Islands and Regional Assistance to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) country study.
  • Aug 2011-Jan 2012 - Australian Civil Military Centre
    Commissioned by the Australian Civil Military Centre to conduct lessons learned policy research analysing Australia’s engagement in Timor Leste in response to the 2006 crisis
  • May 2011 - Oxfam Australia
    Commissioned by Oxfam Australia to conduct research on conflict, security, and development trends in Timor Leste to inform Oxfam’s five-year strategic planning in Timor Leste.
  • Nov 2010-Jan 2011 - United Nations Development Programme
    Commissioned by UNDP to independently evaluate the European Union-funded United Nations Security Sector Review project in Timor Leste
  • April-Sept 2009 - Norwegian Refugee Council
    Member of independent evaluation team commissioned to evaluate the Norwegian Refugee Council’s emergency humanitarian response programs in Timor-Leste

Languages

  • Tetum
    Last used: 2013
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average
  • Bahasa Indonesian
    Last used: 2013
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 2 0

Teaching

  • 149715 Asia Pacific Security Environment (postgraduate paper taught at the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Academy and extramurally)
  • 149701 New Zealand Strategic Environment (postgraduate paper taught at the New Zealand Defence Command and Staff College and extramurally)
  • Supervision of doctoral and masters-level students

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Brian Nelson - PhD
    R2P, Ripeness and Decisions: What Policymakers Want
  • Sirous Amerian - PhD
    China's rise in the Asia-Pacific: Regional perceptions and responses

Media and Links

Media

  • 26 Feb 2015 - Online
    What is New Zealand's mission in Iraq?
    Analysis of New Zealand's Building Partner Capacity non-combat deployment to Iraq published in the Lowy Interpreter
  • 24 Oct 2015 - Magazine
    NZ gains UNSC seat but questions remain
    Interview with the National Business Review on NZ's win at the United Nations Security Council
  • 19 Oct 2014 - Television
    NZ gains seat on the UN Security Council
    Interview with TV3 Three60 on New Zealand's successful win of a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council
  • 02 Mar 2105 - Radio
    Iraq-bound troops given option to withdraw
    Radio New Zealand Morning Report interview on New Zealand deployment to Iraq

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