Dr Anna Powles
Dr Anna Powles is a senior lecturer with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University, New Zealand, specialising in geopolitics and security in the Pacific Islands region. Her current research projects examine the operation of the Australia-New Zealand alliance in the Pacific; how strategic competition is intersecting with local dynamics in the Pacific; and the shaping of Pacific regional architecture and order.
Anna is an Associate Scholar with the MacMillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury, and in 2019 was a Senior Visiting Fellow with the East-West Center, Honolulu.She holds a PhD from the Australian National University and is an alumni of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. She has previously held positions with the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste, the United Nations Development Programme, the International Crisis Group, the Australian Parliament, and has consulted for various international NGOs in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, and the New Zealand Government.