Hugh White
Hugh White

Professor Hugh White AO is Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra.  He spent much of his career in the Australian Government, including as International Relations Advisor to Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Deputy Secretary for Strategy in the Department of Defence. Subsequently he was the founding Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and from 2004 to 2011 he was Head of ANU’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. His major publications include Quarterly Essay 39, Power Shift: Australia’s Future between Washington and Beijing, The China Choice: Why America should share power, Quarterly Essay 68, Without America: Australia’s future in the New Asia and How to defend Australia. In the 1970s he studied philosophy at The University of Oxford and The University of Melbourne.

As a contributor

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Rivalry in the Pacific

The latest issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines Australia’s struggle to retain influence among its Pacific island neighbours as foreign powers play a greater role and as small nations brace for the impacts of climate change. 

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Can We Be Friends?

Australian Foreign Affairs is published three times a year and seeks to explore – and encourage – debate on Australia’s place in the world and global outlook.

Correspondence by Hugh White

Extracts by Hugh White

Why Australia needs to pin its hopes (not fears) on a great and powerful Indonesia
Defending Australia as China looks south
Can Australia depend on its neighbours?