Professor Rouben Azizian, Massey University, NZ
Professor Rouben Azizian joined the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University in December 2015 after spending close to 14 years at the US Defense Department’s Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu where he lectured and conducted research on the Asia-Pacific Regional Security Architecture, Diplomacy and Confidence Building, Security Sector Development, as well as US, Russian, Central Asian and Oceania security issues.
Before joining APCSS, Professor Azizian taught at the Department of Political Studies at the University of Auckland in 1994 – 2001. From 1998 – 2001 he was the President of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Prior to becoming a full-time academic he had an extensive career in the Soviet and later Russian Foreign Service, which included assignments in Nepal (1972-1978) as Attaché and Third Secretary; Sri Lanka (1980-1985) as Second and First Secretary; and New Zealand (1991-1994) as Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission. Professor Azizian has published several books as well as numerous book chapters, journal articles and working papers on Asia-Pacific security issues. He is a member of the editorial boards of scholarly journals Asian Politics and Policy, Central Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific Journal of Marine Science and Education and Russia and Asia-Pacific.
Dr John Battersby, Massey University, NZ
Dr John Battersby is a Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS), Massey University, Wellington, lecturing in Crime, Intelligence and Terrorism. John was a Research Historian with the Treaty Issues and International Law Team at the Crown Law Office, Wellington, followed by a number of years in law enforcement.
John was the inaugural Police Research Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington in 2016 and has since become a Teaching Fellow at CDSS specialising in intelligence and counter terrorism. He contributes to professional development programmes with a number of different agencies. He has published on aspects of the New Zealand Wars, New Zealand security in the twentieth century and more recently terrorism. John is a frequent commentator in New Zealand and overseas media on intelligence, terrorism and gun control issues.
Dr Reuben Steff, University of Waikato, NZ
Dr Reuben Steff is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato, where he teaches courses on New Zealand Foreign Policy, International Relations and Global Security. Prior to this, he spent two and a half years working for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Trade in the International Security and Disarmament Division, and the Strategic Policy Division.
His academic research stretches across a number of areas and includes the implications of Artificial Intelligence for the global balance of power and small states, the intersection between nuclear deterrence theory and ballistic missile defence, New Zealand and US foreign policy, and great power competition. He is the author of Security at a Price: The International Politics of US Ballistic Missile Defense (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and Strategic Thinking, Deterrence and the US Ballistic Missile Defense Project: from Truman to Obama (Routledge, 2014).
His two forthcoming books are US Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump: Drivers, Strategy and Tactics (Routledge, 2020) and Emerging Technologies and International Security: Machines, the State and War (Routledge 2020). He also has a number of journal articles published in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Pacific Review, Contemporary Security Policy, Defense and Security Analysis, New Zealand International Review, National Security Journal, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs
Dr Carl Bradley, Massey University, NZ
Carl is an Honourary Research Fellow with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies located on Massey University’s Wellington campus. He is a historical criminologist and has taught criminal justice, crime prevention, drugs and crime, and organised crime at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Carl has worked for Massey University since 2004 in both a full-time and part-time capacity for the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Te Au Rangahau (School of Management) and in the History programmes. His teaching has included early New Zealand history, military history and command, leadership and management. He completed his PhD at the University of Newcastle (NSW) in 2014 and attained a Master’s degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Massey University in 2004.
Carl’s current research is in outlaw bikers and patched street gangs. The main focus is on the cultural nature of these groups and their impact and influence over their host communities, their role in shadow economics, and internationalization. He also researches indigenous response to colonization with particular focus on armed response and ideas around warrior societies and atrocity.
Nicholas Dynon, Defsec Media, NZ
Nicholas is a Director of Defsec Media Limited, and since 2015 has been Chief Editor of its enterprise and national security publications New Zealand Security Magazine and Line of Defence Magazine. He is also Group Marketing Manager at Optic Security Group, having previously held business development positions in the border and private security sectors.
Prior to this, Nicholas served 14-years with Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection, which included postings to Shanghai (2005-2008) as Vice Consul, and Beijing (2008) and Suva (2009-2012) as First Secretary. He also served part-time in the Australian Army as a non-commissioned officer (Royal Australian Corps of Signals) and then commissioned officer (Royal Australian Corps of Transport). He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia.
Nicholas holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from the Australian National University and a Master of International Studies with Honours from the University of Sydney. He has had journal articles published in The China Journal, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, China: An International Journal, and National Security Journal, and his research focuses on China-West security relations, theories of national power, and the private sector in New Zealand’s national security.