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Force and Statecraft:
Strategic Objectives and Relationships in
2010 Defence White Paper
Author: Robert Ayson
Volume 7, Number 1 (Autumn 2011), pp. 11-29.
The 2010 White Paper argues persuasively for a defence force which can respond to threats against New Zealand and its territories, close ally Australia, and Pacific Island Forum countries. Traditional relationships are emphasised, including New Zealandís evolving security partnership with the United States and the Singapore and Malaysia centred Five Power Defence Arrangements. Despite some careful drafting on China, and some coverage of India, rather little attention is given to newer defence relationships in Asia at a time of regional transition. But the biggest gap may arise if ambitious savings targets are not realised by 2014-5, squeezing funding for core capabilities with a wider regional reach.
About the Author
Robert Ayson is Professor of Strategic Studies and Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. A former government official in New Zealand, he was until 2009 Director of Studies in the ANUís Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Robert.Ayson@vuw.ac.nz.