Prof Robert Ayson
Professor of Strategic Studies
Strategic Studies (Centre for), School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations
Phone: 04 463 6445
Location: Room 205, 16 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus
STRA 531 - Strategic Studies
Robert Ayson has been Professor of Strategic Studies at Victoria University since 2010 and works in close association with the Centre for Strategic Studies. He has also held academic positions with the ANU, Massey University and the University of Waikato, and official positions with the New Zealand government. Professor Ayson completed his MA as a Freyberg Scholar to the ANU and his PhD at King's College London as a Commonwealth Scholar to the UK. He is an Honorary Professor with the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College
Professor Ayson has a particular interest in how we think about strategic competition and cooperation, including the management of armed conflict. This work ranges from exploring the ideas of Hedley Bull and Thomas Schelling to evaluating New Zealand and Australian responses to the changing Asia-Pacific balance between China and the United States. It also includes his current research for a book on Asia's Security and his long-standing interest in nuclear issues. He teaches and supervises on a range of related areas. A frequent media commentator and blogger, you can follow him on twitter at @robayson.
- Hedley Bull and the Accommodation of Power, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 256pp.
- Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific, [co-edited with Desmond Ball], Crows Nest NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2006, 343pp.
- Thomas Schelling and the Nuclear Age: Strategy as Social Science, London & New
York: Frank Cass, 2004, 235pp.
- 'Is Minimal Order Enough? Hugh White's Strategic Parsimony', Security Challenges, 9:1 (Autumn 2013), pp. 17-26.
- 'Choosing Ahead of Time? Australia, New Zealand and the US-China Contest in Asia', Contemporary Southeast Asia, 34:3 (December 2012), pp. 338-364.
- 'After a Terrorist Nuclear Attack: Envisaging Catalytic Effects', Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 33:7 (July 2010), pp. 571-593.
- 'The "Arc of Instability" and Australia’s Strategic Policy', Australian Journal of International Affairs, 61:2 (June 2007) pp. 215-231.
- 'Regional Stability in the Asia-Pacific: Towards a Conceptual Understanding', Asian Security 1:2 (April 2005) pp. 190-213.
- 'Attacking North Korea: Why War Might be Preferred', [with Brendan Taylor] Comparative Strategy 23:3, (July/August/September 2004) pp. 263-279.
Selected book chapters
- 'Formalizing the Informal?', in Jochen Prantl (ed), Effective Multilateralism: Through the Looking Glass of East Asia, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 196-214.
- 'The Changing Character of Warfare', in Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke & Jim George (eds.), An Introduction to International Relations, 2d ed, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 199-217.
- 'Multilateral Institutions and Major-Power Cooperation: A Framework for Analysis', in N.S. Sisodia and V. Krishnappa (eds), Global Power Shifts and Strategic Transition in Asia, New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2009, pp. 197-218.
- 'Strategic Studies', in Chris Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal (eds), The Oxford Handbook of International Relations, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 558-575.
- 'New Zealand Defence and Security Policy, 1990-2005', in Roderic Alley (ed), New Zealand in World Affairs IV: 1990-2005, Wellington: Victoria University Press in association with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, 2007, pp. 131-151.
- 'China’s Rise and New Zealand's Interests: A Policy Primer for 2030', [with Chris Elder], Discussion Paper 11, Wellington: Centre for Strategic Studies: New Zealand, August 2012.
- 'US-New Zealand Relations', Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand [with Jock Phillips], 2012.
- 'Neighbours, Allies and Giants: Three Themes in Australian Strategic Thinking', ARI Paper 71/2008, Real Instituto Elcano, Madrid, Spain, 3 July 2008.
- 'New Zealand and East Asia's Security Future', Outlook Edition 3, Wellington: Asia-New Zealand Foundation, April 2006.
- 'Why Values Count', The Strategist, 3 February 2014.
- 'Marching to a different drum: NZ and China's Air Identification Zone', The Strategist, 29 November 2013.
- 'Yes, Australia has changed its East China Sea Policy', The Interpreter, 31 October 2013.
- 'Australian move might threaten New Zealand relationship with China', The Dominion Post, 15 October 2013.
- 'Amphibious ANZACs?', The Strategist, 14 June 2013.
- 'Let's hope threats don’t lead to action: A Korean conflict could wreck New Zealand's regional assumptions', New Zealand Herald, 5 April 2013.
- 'Part of the Pivot? The Washington Declaration and US-NZ Relations', [with David Capie] Asia Pacific Bulletin 172, Washington DC: East-West Center, 17 July 2012.
- 'Loosening the China Straitjacket', Pacnet 67a, Honolulu: Pacific Forum CSIS, 6 December 2011.
For more information on Robert's publications, papers and presentations please go to the CSS website.