Robert Ayson is Professor of Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington where he works in association with the Centre for Strategic Studies. He has held academic positions with the Australian National University, Massey University and the University of Waikato, and official positions in Wellington with the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee and the External (now National) Assessments Bureau. He has written books on two of the twentieth century's leading thinkers in strategic studies and international relations, Hedley Bull and Thomas Schelling, and has also published on Asia-Pacific regional security, nuclear issues and New Zealand and Australian defence and security policy.
When Washington doesn’t speak with one voice, its powers of strategic ambiguity are slowly chipped away.
Wellington has appeared slow to respond to a crisis in Solomon Islands where once it would have been a regional leader.
Had Jacinda Ardern employed Scott Morrison’s “one country, two systems” language, all hell would have broken loose.