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While relations between the major powers have been relatively stable and there has been less conflict amongst other states in recent years, non-traditional threats to international peace and security have risen, in particular international terrorism (especially that motivated by extremist ideologies) and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). At the same time, traditional intra-state concerns such as state failure or fragility, and conflict and post-conflict situations continue.
New Zealand takes a comprehensive, multi-faceted and long-term approach to addressing these international security issues. New Zealand participates actively in the international campaign against terrorism, initiatives to prevent WMD proliferation, peace support operations, and works with other governments and in regional and international bodies to promote wider security cooperation and stability.
Responsibility for international security policy in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade rests with the International Security and Disarmament Division (ISED).
Prime Minister John Key and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen signed a partnership arrangement to maintain and strengthen the strong co-operation that New Zealand has developed with NATO. More