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Dr Reuben Steff

Qualifications: MInSt, (Otago), PhD (Otago)

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About Reuben

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. He is also a member of Te Puna Haumaru - NZ Institute for Security and Crime Science.

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, ballistic missile defence and the security dilemma, New Zealand and US foreign policy, and great power competition. He is the author of four books, including: (1) Emerging Technologies and International Security: Machines, the State and War (Routledge 2020), (2) US Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump: Drivers, Strategy and Tactics (Routledge, 2020), (3)  Security at a Price: The International Politics of US Ballistic Missile Defense (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and (4) Strategic Thinking, Deterrence and the US Ballistic Missile Defense Project: from Truman to Obama (Routledge, 2014).

He also has a number of journal articles published in the Journal of Strategic Studies, Pacific Review, Contemporary Security Policy, Defense and Security AnalysisNew Zealand International ReviewNational Security JournalProfessional Journal of the Royal New Zealand Navy, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Expertise

Globalisation; International Relations; New Zealand Politics; Politics; Security; Technology

Research Interests

I am interested in research collaborations and supervision in the following areas:

Deterrence Theory and Missile Defense; Arms Controls/Arms Races; Security Dilemma; US Foreign Policy; Russian and Chinese Foreign Policy; New Zealand Foreign Policy and Security; Great Power Competition; Science, Technology and International Security (including Missile Defence, Hypersonic Missiles, Railguns, Artificial Intelligence and Drone Warfare); Asia-Pacific Security; International Terrorism.

Featured Publications

Books

  • Dr Reuben Steff. (November 2020) Emerging Technologies and International Security: Machines, the State and War, eds. Reuben Steff, Simone Soare and Joe Bortun (Routledge)
  • Dr Reuben Steff. (September 2020) US Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump: Drivers, Tactics and Strategy (Routledge)
  • Dr Reuben Steff & Dr Nicholas Khoo. Security at a Price: The International Politics of US Ballistic Missile Defense (Rowman & Littlefield, November 2017)
  • Dr Reuben Steff. (2013) Strategic Thinking, Deterrence and the US Ballistic Missile Defense Project: from Truman to Obama (Routledge)

Journal Articles

  • Dr Reuben Steff. (July 2021). 'Strategic Liberalism: A New Framework for New Zealand Foreign and Defence Policy in the Face of Accelerating Great Power Competition in the Indo-Pacific'. Professional Journal of the Royal New Zealand Navy,  2: 1, pp. 32-47
  • Dr Reuben Steff. (March 2021). 'The Biden Administration and New Zealand’s Strategic Options: Asymmetric Hedging, Tight Five Eyes, Alignment and Armed Neutrality'. National Security Journal, 3: 1, pp. 1-22. open access: https://nationalsecurityjournal.nz/the-biden-administration-and-new-zealands-strategic-options-asymmetric-hedging-tight-five-eyes-alignment-and-armed-neutrality/
  • Dr Reuben Steff. (April 2020) 'Why this time is different: The North Korea Crisis and New Zealand’s interests'. National Security Journal, 2: 1, pp. 1-22, open access: http://nationalsecurityjournal.nz/latest-issue-0201-2020/602-2/
  • Dr Reuben Steff & Dr Alan Tidwell (2020) 'Understanding and evaluating Trump’s foreign policy: a three frame analysis,' Australian Journal of International Affairs, 74:4, 394-419, DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2020.1721431
  • Dr Reuben Steff & Dr Francesca Dodd-Parr. (2019) 'Examining the Immanent Dilemma of Small States in the Asia-Pacific: The Strategic Triangle between New Zealand, the US and China', Pacific Review, 32: 1, pp. 90-112. DOI: 10.1080/09512748.2017.1417324
  • Dr Reuben Steff & Dr Nicholas Khoo (2014) Hard Balancing in the Age of American Unipolarity: The Russian Response to US Ballistic Missile Defense during the Bush Administration (2001–2008), Journal of Strategic Studies, 37:2, 222-258, DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2013.866556
  • Dr Nicholas Khoo & Dr Reuben Steff (2014) “This program will not be a threat to them”: Ballistic Missile Defense and US relations with Russia and China, Defense & Security Analysis, 30:1, 17-28, DOI: 10.1080/14751798.2013.864869 
  • Dr Reuben Steff (2013) Cooperative Ballistic Missile Defence for America, China, and Russia, Contemporary Security Policy, 34:1, 94-119, DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2013.771035

Chapters

  • [Forthcoming] Dr Reuben Steff. (2022). 'Great Power Politics and Security: COVID-19's Effects on the US-China Balance of Power', in (eds.) Aiden Warren, Global Security in the Post-Pandemic Age. (Edinburgh University Press).
  • Dr Reuben Steff and Akkas Abbasi. (2020). 'Artificial Intelligence and the Military Balance of Power: Interrogating the US–China confrontation', in (eds.) Reuben Steff, Joe Burton and Simona R. Soare, Emerging technologies and international security
    Machines, the State, and War
    (Routledge)
  • Dr Reuben Steff. (2020). 'Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Small States, in (eds.) Reuben Steff, Joe Burton and Simona R. Soare, Emerging technologies and international securityMachines, the State, and War (Routledge)
  • Dr Reuben Steff. (2020) 'Nuclear Deterrence in a New Age of Disruptive Technologies and Great Power Competition', in (ed.) Anastasia Filippidou, Deterrence: Concepts and Approaches for Current and Emerging Threats (Springer) (ISBN 978-3-030-29367-3)
  • Dr Reuben Steff. (2019) 'Looking to the Future: Expanding New Zealand's Foreign Relations Beyond Traditional Partners', in (ed.) Prof. Anne-Marie Brady, Small States and the Changing Global Order (Springer) (DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-18803-0)

Issues Papers

Recent Publications

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Papers Taught

Supervision

Current doctoral researchers include:

  • Aleksi Rantaniemi: The Genie that got out of the Bottle? Assessing the Proliferation of Lethal Autonomous Technologies
  • Akkas Abbasi: China's Evolving Nuclear Strategy and Implications for International Security
  • Ahn Nguyen: Towards the Development of an Effective Regional Mechanism to Combat Maritime Piracy and Armed Robbery in Southeast Asia
  • Estelle Townshend: Religion & Foreign Policy: the Impact of Religion on the Foreign Policies of Qatar & UAE
  • Muhammad Karim: Governance as a Key Driver of Conflict in Pakistan
  • Francis Okpaleke: Automated Weapons and US Grand Strategy


Associations and Memberships

Editorial Board - National Security Journal

Editorial Board - Defense & Security Analysis

Advisory Board - Weapons of Mass Destruction Book Series (Rowman & Littlefield)

Member - University of Waikato Institute for Security and Crime Science

Research Associate - Small States and the New Security Environment