Rethinking New Zealand's National Security
Wednesday 8 February 2023
Governments the world over are taking a hard look at the national security strategies, reappraising how they plan for – and are less reactive to – their ever-changing geopolitical environment, the multiplicity and interconnectedness of emerging threats, and the risks that social fragmentation and a declining economic situation might create.
The fourth Otago National Security School combines national security practitioners with leading New Zealand and international academics to address such issues as; how states are rethinking their strategies from the bottom up to account for the role of cybersecurity, disinformation, and the changing landscape of counterterrorism; how narratives about risk and threat thread into planning and execution of national security strategies; how in particular smaller and medium sized states are synchronising their national security policy making; the part economics plays in national security; and corresponding issues like the oversight of intelligence agencies and how indigenous rights can be respected in decisions about national security.
- Mr Tony Lynch – Deputy Chief Executive of the National Security Group, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Associate Professor William Hoverd – Director, Centre of Defence and Security Studies, Massey University
- Sir Terence Arnold – Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand
- Ms Victoria Walker – Assistant Director, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (on Zoom)
- Mr Andy George – Counter Terrorism Strategic Co-ordinator, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Associate Professor Joe Burton – University of Nottingham (on Zoom)
- Dr Sanjana Hattotuwa – Research Fellow, The Disinformation Project and Special Adviser, ICT4Peace Foundation, Switzerland
- Ms Carolyn Tremain – Chief Executive, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (on Zoom)
- Ms Melanie Mark-Shadbolt – Deputy Secretary, Tūmatakōkiri (Māori Rights and Interest), Ministry of Environment