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Dr Reuben Steff teaches International Relations and Security Studies in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Waikato. His research predominately focuses on nuclear deterrence, NZ foreign policy, the functioning of ideology, and geopolitical competition between the US, Russia and China. He is the author of the book Strategic Thinking, Deterrence and the US Ballistic Missile Defense Project: from Truman to Obama (2014).
Facing a growing tension between a security alliance with the US and economic links with China, the idea of independence for New Zealand looks increasingly strained, writes international relations lecturer Reuben Steff.