On the Razor's Edge? New Zealand's New Balancing Act Between the US and China

The Center for Australian New Zealand Pacific Studies

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On the Razor's Edge? New Zealand's New Balancing Act Between the US and China

 Small states throughout the Asia-Pacific are confronted by a growing dilemma over how to balance their traditional security ties with the US and rapidly growing trade with China. This gives Washington and Beijing potential leverage over small states to use within their competition with one another. This presentation explores the implications of this for New Zealand. It explains that New Zealand has adopted a mixed set of strategies to manage its position between the US and China, closely aligning itself with Washington while remaining nonaligned on some key security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Wellington has certainly not opted for neutrality and, as such, its much-vaunted 'independent' foreign policy is open to question. Additionally, analysis contained in the presentation draws upon findings from a survey of the New Zealand strategic studies community conducted in late 2016 on these issues, and considers whether alternative strategies of alignment are feasible for the New Zealand government.    

by Dr. Reuben Steff    


Dr. Reuben Steff is a lecturer of International Relations and Global Security at the University of Waikato in the Political Science and Public Policy Programme. His expertise and research interests lie in great power competition, with a focus on the intersection between nuclear deterrence and missile defence, the emerging technological aspects of the arms race, small states and New Zealand foreign policy. His latest co-authored book is authored with Dr. Nicholas Khoo, Security at a Price: The International Politics of US Ballistic Missile Defense (Rowman & Littlefield, November 2017). 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
2:00-3:30 PM

Room 305
Intercultural Center (ICC)

Georgetown University
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057

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