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The question to ask, in time of course, is how this war may affect our investments. While I have to confess I’ve thought about this already, right now the thought of thinking about all that just seems so horribly distasteful in the context of millions of people being displaced and potentially hundreds of thousands being killed. There’s a lot to unpack and in due time I’ll get to it, but for now, I’d really like to encourage you think about the actual people suffering in all this. Forget what it means for you, forget about the politics and the perspectives of so-called experts – just put yourself in the minds of those who are now literally fighting an enemy they likely have not chance in defeating – the courage, the willingness to take arms and resist against an authoritarian like this, is absolutely amazing.

Dr Reuben Steff is my guest today.

Dr Steff has a PhD in Strategic Studies and a Masters in International Studies (MInSt) from the University of Otago,. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato where he teaches courses on International Relations and Global Security.

Apart from the books he’s written, he’s done research around (1) strategic vulnerabilities facing New Zealand, (2) US-China competition, (3) New Zealand and US foreign policy, the (4) implications of Artificial Intelligence for the global balance of power and small states, and the (4) intersection between nuclear deterrence theory, ballistic missile defence and the security dilemma.


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