OPINION: Examining the Impacts of Neglecting New Zealand's Military
Neglecting New Zealand's military could have serious consequences from reduced global influence and weakened strategic partnerships to a decline in military capabilities and an impact on the economy.
As a nation, New Zealand has always been proud of its peaceful and neutral stance in international affairs. However, neglecting its military may have significant implications, both domestically and globally. In this blog post, we will examine five key implications of New Zealand neglecting its military.
Reduced Ability to Protect National Interests
The military forces of New Zealand are tasked with the safeguarding of the nation's essential interests, comprising the security of its citizens, territories, and economic assets. The neglect of military capabilities could negatively impact its ability to counter threats and adequately defend the national interests, thereby exposing New Zealand to potential risks. Such a scenario may also result in a decrease in confidence regarding the country's defensive capacities, rendering it a more vulnerable target for hostile actors.
Decreased Global Influence
A strong military presence gives a country the ability to project its power and influence on the global stage. With a military in a weakened state, New Zealand may lose its ability to shape international affairs and have its voice heard. As a result, the country may become less relevant in global decision-making, and its influence on the world stage may be reduced.
Weakened Strategic Partnerships