Dr Tanya Ogilvie-White is the director of NZCGS and senior fellow at Australian National University. Her research focuses on multilateral security cooperation.
A dual national of New Zealand and the UK, Tanya has been engaged in policy-focused research and diplomatic initiatives for the past 25 years, beginning her career at the Mountbatten Centre of International Studies (MCIS), Southampton University, UK, where she wrote her PhD thesis on the dynamics of nuclear weapons proliferation and disarmament. In 2003, following post-doctoral work at the Programme for Promoting Nuclear Nonproliferation (PPNN), she moved to New Zealand to take up a lectureship in international relations at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. In addition to her academic work, during her time in New Zealand, Tanya became involved in Track 1.5 and Track 2 diplomatic and capacity-building initiatives, including for the Council on Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), UNIDIR, and the US Naval Postgraduate School.
Tanya’s work has had a strong Asia-Pacific focus ever since she moved to New Zealand. Working with an extensive network of scholars and practitioners, her research and outreach activities have centred on fostering collaboration to manage the region’s rapidly evolving strategic risks, and on bolstering multilateral institutions in the interests of common security. Along with 30 scholars and officials from around the world, she is currently involved in the multiyear Disarmament, Deterrence and Strategic Arms Control Dialogue (hosted by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research), and the Missile Dialogue Initiative (hosted by International Institute for Strategic Studies). She is also engaged in academic and policy-focused projects on nuclear and missile-related issues in her capacity as senior fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University (Canberra) and the Griffith Asia Institute (Brisbane).
Previously, Tanya was research director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament; senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute; and Stanton nuclear security fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, UK. Her recent publications include: The Logic of Nuclear Deterrence: Assessments, Assumptions, Uncertainties and Failure Modes (UNIDIR, 2020); Post-INF Arms Control in the Asia-Pacific: Political Viability and Implementation Challenges (IISS, 2020); Narrowing Nuclear Use Pathways in Northeast Asia (UNIDIR, 2020); and Australia and Extended Nuclear Assurance (Chatham House, 2020).
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