In the media 2017

Read coverage from the Centre for Defence and Security Studies in the media.

North Korea claims 'perfect success' with H-bomb test

North Korea says it has tested an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, marking a dramatic escalation of the regime's stand-off with the United States and its allies.

04 September 2017
Dr Marc Lanteigne
AM Show

What would happen in iran if US reneges on the nuclear deal

Six months into his administration, Donald Trump appears increasingly determined to start implementing his campaign promise of “dismantling the disastrous deal with Iran.”  According to remarks in recent interviews, the president is looking for ways to not certify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) when the next deadline comes in October. 

31 July 2017 
Sirous Amerian
IranInsight Blog, AtlanticCouncil.org

China presses leadership claims to protect Antarctic

China is pressing its claims as a global leader on polar climate research and other environmental issues as American support for international cooperation melts away. Marc Lanteigne, who lectures on China and on polar regions at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University, says China is aiming to fill the void left by the United States on environmental issues.

06 June 2017
Dr Marc Lanteigne
Morning Report, Radio NZ

Prime Minister Bill English heads to Japan to talk trade

Prime Minister Bill English is heading to Japan to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  They're expected to talk about strengthening trade between the two countries, including through the Trans Pacific Partnership.  Massey University Security Studies Senior Lecturer Marc Lanteigne speaks to Duncan Garner.

16 May 2017
Dr Marc Lanteigne
AM, Radiolive

Australian tertiary education policy is not just a domestic matter

Dr Germana Nicklin comments in an opinion piece that it is disturbing to see yet another erosion of New Zealanders' rights in Australia with the recently announced change in status for New Zealand tertiary students from "domestic" to "international".

16 May 2017
Dr Germana Nicklin
NZ Herald

Global cyberattack: NZ's spy agency strengthening security

Dr Andrew Colarik comments on the WannaCry Cyber-attack, saying when Wikileaks released US National Security Agency files they laid bare all the vulnerabilities of all the systems we use.

13 May 2017
Dr Andrew Colarik
NZ Herald

Hostile state-run media challenges Rouhani

Iran’s incumbent president, Hassan Rouhani, is not only running against 5 people who survived vetting by the Guardian Council. He is also contending with a hostile state-run broadcasting authority.

A trend visible in recent months has been the effort by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) to downplay the achievements of the Rouhani administration. IRIB has hosted administration critics and not invited any one from the government to give an opposing view.

08 May 2017
Sirous Amerian
IranInsight Blog, AtlanticCouncil.org

Cooling the cyber 'politricking' threat to New Zealand's election

Last year cyber-criminals crossed the digital Rubicon. Even with the jury still out on Russian electoral interference in the US elections, there appears to be a metaphorical army on the other side of the river.

Dr Andrew Colarik comments in this article on the concern as to whether New Zealand is vulnerable to cyber manipulation of its election process.

28 April 2017
Dr Andrew Colarik
National Business Review

'Russia is not prepared to escalate or fight back': Professor Rouben Azizian

US President Donald Trump hasn't ruled out taking additional military action against Syria just days after ordering the launch of cruise missiles at a Syrian air field.  Russia has condemned his decision and issued a joint statement with Iran saying they will respond with similar aggression if it happens again. Syrian and Russian warplanes continue to target the town that was hit by a chemical attack. Is this the start of World War 3?

10 April 2017
Professor Rouben Azizian
AM, Radio Live

NZ naval deployment to Fiji welcomed

A New Zealand naval ship will be deployed to Fiji to help tackle illegal fishing in the region. New Zealand's Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee met his Fijian counterpart, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, at a South Pacific defence ministers' meeting in Auckland on Thursday  to discuss issues including maritime surveillance. He said an inshore patrol vessel will be deployed to Fiji for six months in May to combat the widespread problem. According to Mr Brownlee, the increase in illegal fishing vessels from Vietnam, also known as "blue boats", required counter-action. Massey University defence lecturer, Anna Powles, says the decision is a welcome surprise.

07 April 2017
Dr Anna Powles
Date Line Pacific, RadioNZ
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Germana Nicklin: Quite different messages from two versions of name

Dr Nicklin gives an opinion that what is striking about the new agency Oranga Tamariki/Ministry for Vulnerable Children is the difference in meaning between the Maori and English versions of the name. The Maori name means the wellbeing of children (implication = "all children"); the English name is about vulnerable children.

05 April 2017
Dr Germana Nicklin
The Dominion Post

Massive CIA leak exposes danger of contractors

One major issue seems to connect high-profile government leaks: contractors. And that should offer a warning to both private and public corporations.

17 March 2017

Dr Rhys Ball
National Business Review

A comprehensive approach to national security and a more assertive New Zealand in regional security?

Should New Zealand take on a greater regional security role, and how well placed is it to do so? Why do we have a National Security Handbook, but no National Security Strategy? And is our approach to security too Defence-centric? Professor Rouben Azizian, Director of Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies offers his insights.

01 March 2017
Professor Rouben Azizian
Line of Defence, Volume 1, Issue 3, Autumn 2017

New challenges require a rethink of security

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.

01 March 2017
Dr Rhys Ball
Line of Defence, Volume 1, Issue 3, Autumn 2017

The fog of smokeless war: a cyber security capability for NZDF

The recently published Defence Capability Plan earmarks an investment on new cyber warfare capabilities for the NZDF. Military cyber threats are increasing, which means a ‘defensive’ capability makes sense, but with laws of cyber conflict remaining unclear, all is quiet on the ‘offensive’ capability front.

01 March 2017

Dr Andrew Colarik
Line of Defence, Volume 1, Issue 3, Autumn 2017

Don’t let diplomacy down

Sirous Amerian, a PhD student and tutor at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies comments in a blog post on President Trump, Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

16 February 2017
Sirous Amerian
London School of Economics and Political Science, Middle East Centre Blog
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New Zealand lacking true dialogue on cyber security

Dr Andrew Colarik to talks about what needs to happen to make New Zealand truly cyber resilient.

21 February 2017 Dr Andrew Colarik
New Zealand Security Magazine

Opening of 7th course for Royal Brunei Armed Forces/Massey University partnership

The seventh 40-week course at the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Command and Staff College, delivered in partnership with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University, was opened on Friday.

14 January 2017
Borneo Bulletin

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