Dr Reuben Steff

Dr Reuben Steff


Senior Lecturer International Relations, University of Waikato 


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. 

His academic research 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: (1) Security at a Price: The International Politics of US Ballistic Missile Defense (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), (2) Strategic Thinking, Deterrence and the US Ballistic Missile Defense Project: from Truman to Obama (Routledge, 2014), (3) US Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump: Drivers, Strategy and Tactics (Routledge, 2020) and (4) Emerging Technologies and International Security: Machines, the State and War (Routledge 2020).

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