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Why we should care about what happens in DR Congo

24 May 2018

Despite its low profile in global news, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is more than just an Ebola health concern – it has strategic significance for the West and for China and is a source of valuable raw materials for high-tech industries globally. Dr Marc Lanteigne says there are a range of reasons that DR Congo should be on our radar.

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Top Auckland police officer and Masters graduate delves into the recesses of the dark web

04 May 2018

The new Waitākere Police area commander, Inspector Scott Webb says our entanglement in the dark web is growing. He investigated the origins of the Silk Road - the first darknet market - and strategies for tackling the dark web while studying for a Master of International Security at Massey University. 

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Professor Thierry Balzacq visits Massey University

09 May 2018

CDSS was privileged to host Professor Balzacq who is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD), at the Australian National University.  The world renowned researcher in the field of security delivered two public talks and a round table session while he was here.

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Nukes to cyber war – NZ security in focus

05 April 2018

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, potential terror threats, and the security implications of climate change are among emerging issues relevant to New Zealand and the Pacific as discussion topics at a conference at Massey University this week.

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International Women’s Day cycling event expands

06 March 2018

For the second consecutive year, Massey University has teamed up with other Wellington organisations for a community event that invites former refugee women to improve their bike riding skills.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day on Thursday, senior lecturer Dr Negar Partow and tutor Nicola Macaulay from the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at the Wellington campus, have teamed up with the group including the non-governmental organisation ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, to offer the women new to Wellington the opportunity to try a new skill and meet others in a similar situation.

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Roundtable held with Ambassadors and senior diplomats from five Latin American nations

23 February 2018

Ambassadors and senior diplomats from five Latin American nations (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba and Mexico), posted in New Zealand attended a roundtable at Massey University on February 15 to discuss regional security in the Pacific. The roundtable was hosted by the Centre for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS). The diplomats shared their national and regional security priorities as well as perspectives on their countries’ relations with New Zealand. The CDSS experts offered their views on key security trends and challenges in the Pacific region.

The roundtable demonstrated the increased interest and role of Latin American nations in the Pacific regional affairs and identified opportunities for further collaboration between Massey University and relevant academic organizations in Latin America.

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Successful professional development course in international and regional security delivered

09 February 2018

A group of seven Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) students from Beijing, China have successfully completed the first professional development course in international and regional security on Wellington Campus. They reported that the two-day intensive course had been very worthwhile for them to learn a global view on security from the informed lecturers at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies. They were presented with background information on the Middle East, Africa, the Pacific and Syria which they found enlightening and thought-provoking. The students were presented with their certificates by the Defence Attache from the Chinese Embassy.

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China’s strategic outlook: expanding its footprint or just finding its feet?

26 January 2018

In a Line of Defence interview, Dr Marc Lanteigne explores the notion of China as an ‘expansionist’ power.  China’s expansionary approach to its economic and political influence is now widely acknowledged, as is the expanding footprint of its rapidly modernising military. Should this be cause for alarm, or is it ‘fair enough’ for an emerging world power that was – until very recently – a largely passive player in world affairs?

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CDSS welcomes visiting scholars

19 January 2018

CDSS has welcomed two resident visiting scholars this month. Dr Tadashi Iwami from International Pacific United (IPU) Tertiary Institution in Palmerston North will be at Massey University's Manawatu Campus until March 2018.  His primary research interests are in the field of International Relations, together with a regional focus on Asia, particularly Japan. He is an International Relations Lecturer at IPU and Co-Chair of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Palmerston North Branch.  

Dr Egemen Bezci has been a post-doctoral researcher at Stockholm University at the Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS). He will be at at Massey University until July 2018 and his research will focus on asymmetric security alliances with a particular focus on Southeast Asia Treaty Organization. He has recently edited a special volume on Kurdish politics following the referendum of September 2017. Dr Bezci is currently based on Wellington Campus.

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