Welcome to the National Security Journal 
by Editor-in-Chief, Rouben Azizian

Time for a National Security Strategy
by Christopher Rothery

The Changing New Zealand National Security Environment: New Threats, New Structures, and New Research
by William Hoverd

The Ghost of New Zealand’s Terrorism Past and Present
by Managing Editor John Battersby

Research Approaches to Terrorism: A Way Forward for New Zealand
by Eamonn Barnett & Nick Nelson

Counterfeiting in the Primary Industry Sector and the Threat to New Zealand’s Economy
by Stephen Quirke and Rhys Ball

Securing Public Places: New Zealand’s Private Security Sector as a National Security Enabler
by Nicholas Dynon

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National Security Focus

The NSJ is focused broadly on national security. It invites academics and practitioners across the expanded national security working space to contribute their research, knowledge and experience. It is available to subscribers across the government, NGO, business and academic sectors and on request.

Aims of the Journal

The journal aims to:

  • to provide a platform for the dissemination of high quality academic and professional research on national security topics relating to New Zealand and its regional environment.
  • to foster a closer interaction between academic and professional communities.
  • to encourage various agencies and community groups to engage with each other in areas of mutual interest.


The NSJ has two sections:

  • a refereed section for academic contributions, where research is focused on topics of national security interest; and
  • an open section for practitioners writing in their field of expertise, on topics of national security significance.

Journal Management

The NSJ is managed by the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University and is run by a Managing Editorial Board assisted by an Advisory Panel of academics and professionals.



Views expressed in contributions to the National Security Journal are those of the authors, they do not necessarily reflect the views of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies.  Any errors of fact are the responsibility of the authors.

ISSN (print) 2703-1926     ISSN (online) 2703-1934